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Old   January 18, 2023, 10:45
Default Installing solids4foam with OF9
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I'm having a problem installing solids4foam 2.0 with OpenFOAM 9 on our HPC. The system is running CentOS 7, and OpenFOAM has been built with GCC 11.2. Also, a compatible version of gFortran (11.2) is installed on the system as well.

My issue seems to stem from permission issues with the dynamicMesh directories (dynamicMesh and dynamicFvMesh). In looking through the options files for solids4foam, I see entries like those below. The specific example is for blockCoupledSolids4FoamTools.

    -std=c++14 \
    -Wno-old-style-cast -Wno-deprecated-declarations \
    -I../solids4FoamModels/lnInclude \
    -I$(LIB_SRC)/meshTools/lnInclude \
    -I$(LIB_SRC)/finiteVolume/lnInclude \
    -I$(LIB_SRC)/finiteArea/lnInclude \
    -I$(LIB_SRC)/sampling/lnInclude \
    -I$(LIB_SRC)/dynamicMesh/dynamicMesh/lnInclude \
    -I$(LIB_SRC)/dynamicMesh/dynamicFvMesh/lnInclude \
    -I$(LIB_SRC)/dynamicMesh/topoChangerFvMesh/lnInclude \
    -I$(LIB_SRC)/lagrangian/lnInclude \
The entries shown in bold refer to directories that don't exist in my $FOAM_SRC directory for OF 9. I also checked our ".com" installation, and they are not there, either. Finally, as far as I can tell, they are not created as part of the solids4foam compilation process. I expect I'll also have a problem with the finiteArea directory as I don't see it as part of my stock OF9 setup.

For those who have gotten this to work with OF 9, how have you done it? Any advice or insight that anyone can share would be greatly appreciated!

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Old   January 29, 2023, 05:46
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I have also the same problem. Do you solve this problem? If you have done it, then please guide me to deal with this problem.

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Old   January 30, 2023, 11:16
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Hi Siddhartha,

As of now, I have not been able to get solids4foam to compile. I tried downloading and compiling FOAM Extend (FE), but I couldn't get this to work on our HPC system because I couldn't resolve its third-party link requirements. FE has a nice installation script that will download and compile needed software. However, our HPC has no view to the public internet. If your situation is different, you might enjoy more success than I have.

Regarding the makefiles themselves, they appear to be hard-coded for the FOAM extend directory structure. I haven't tried to resolve includes and libraries to an OF 9 equivalent, though this may be possible.

I wish you good luck getting this to work. I'll have to explore alternative solutions for FSI.

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Old   March 17, 2023, 11:37
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I'd really like to use solids4foam for some FSI work I'm doing. I'm wondering if anyone has more insight on how to compile from source against OpenFOAM 9.

I see around the forum that others are using solids4foam with OF9. Is everyone using the Docker image? Unfortunately, I don't have the ability to use Docker in our HPC environment.

I also tried to compile FOAM Extend, but that didn't go well for me, either...

Any help the community could provide would be greatly appreciated!
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