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Old   January 8, 2014, 20:02
Post Starting point for OpenFOAM
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Hi everybody,

I am a beginner in OpenFOAM. I just went through tutorials in user guide. But in order to learn and dive in more, how should I manage ?

I am just trying to open varios tutorial cases, open the folder contents and try to understand. But is there any other systematic approach with which we can learn it in a proper manner?

I mean, when I started learning FLUENT or CFX, there were properly placed documentation to learn various cases. But in OpenFOAM apart from 3 cases, there is no discussion. So where can I find it in a proper manner?

Till now all I felt was, "if its open source, its easy to have access and learn". But OpenFOAM is different than others!!

Please help me.

Thank You, Have a great day!
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Old   January 9, 2014, 05:03
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MSc/PhD course in CFD with OpenSource software, 2013
also read the courses of the previous years 2012 back to 2007
take a look at the previous Workshops as well

There are also many commercial offers (usually with a pricetag >1000€)
=>I point to a commercial course offer with a low price tag, but the teachers are experienced at 400€ at 200€

visit OpenFoam Meetings related websites like
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Old   January 16, 2014, 11:20
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Originally Posted by yesaswi92 View Post

Till now all I felt was, "if its open source, its easy to have access and learn". But OpenFOAM is different than others!!
I would agree it is easy to have access, but definitely not easy to learn! I was new too a semester ago so here are some questions that may help people help you:

1) What operating system are you running this on?
2) How familiar are you with C++?
3) What release of OpenFOAM are you running?

OpenFOAM is much more difficult than a commercial code because you have to know the proper things to type into the terminal - there are no buttons to click.
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