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jasxxx February 7, 2014 04:13

pre- post- processors for openfoam in windows
i'm relatively new to CFD & openfoam.
i'm looking for a GUI pre- & post- processor for windows (vista or windows 7, 32 or 64 bit).
needs to interface with openfoam.
don't need anything fancy, just mesh flow in pipes with refined boundary layer region for
predicting pressure losses, etc using openfoam.
also must be able to import the initial CAD data probably in parasolid, STL or IGES formats.
also something which has reasonably good documentation, examples, tutorials, etc.
so far after reading this & other forums my best bet would be:
1. salome
2. gmsh
from my understanding, the following would be interesting, but are for linux only?
3. engrid - seems good for prism layers
4. netgen
5. Helyx-os
6. snappyhexmesh - has no GUI? although maybe i can use blender/swiftsnap/snappyhexmesh combination,
but i hav'nt really understood how this works yet?
any advice, hints, other software, etc would be welcome.

mqsim May 13, 2016 05:48

Hi jas,

Did you find an answer to your question? I know it is an old thread but someone probably found an answer or have some experience to share.

I am quiet new to OpenFoam too and I have been using SnappyHexMesh for 3 months now. I still don't really understand how SHM creates the mesh using the STL file, some parts of the mesh generation are dark to me. Using SHM does not give me good results so I am looking for something new and especially something more user-friendly.

I am using the OpenFoam 2.3 Windows version distributed by CFD Direct. As it is under Windows, I didn't find a good tool to create my mesh... Any hint would be welcome.


opedrofunk May 14, 2016 17:15

If you're looking for something that is easy to use, I would suggest checking out the free SketchUp Meshkit extension:
I use it to create meshes with Gmsh for OpenFOAM all the time (I also developed the extension, so I might be a bit biased ;-) ).

Anyway, hope it helps!

Kind regards,

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