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Old   April 23, 2015, 12:03
Default 2015 - Best of OpenFOAM GUI or wrapper?
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Good Morning Y'all,

I'm interested in anyone's experiences/ opinions on the various GUI's or wrappers for OpenFOAM? There seems to be no short supply of them. Thus far, these are what I have found (w/ vendor):

Helyx/Helyx-OS (Engys)
CAESES CFD (Friendship Systems)
Caedium (Symscape)
Visual CFD (ESI)
enGrid (EASA?)

Now, these do not include other programs that are strictly meshers or post-processors (or that appear to me as such).

Please let me know your experience, opinions, wild rumors, comparison notes, etc., along with any applications I have missed or miss-characterized.

Thanks!
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Old   April 23, 2015, 14:04
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Greetings Jimmy,

Just two notes to add/comment:
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Old   April 24, 2015, 17:16
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Bruno

Thanks for the comments. I did come across that page a while ago, its what got me looking at GUI versions actually. I forgot about it recently though.


What I really want to know though is people's experience with any of the GUIs I listed, or others for that matter. For non-programmers like me, learning OpenFOAM has been fun, educational, and super-useful for learning OF, but a well thought out GUI is much more appealing.

Of particular interest are Helyx and Visual CFD. Helyx seems to be backed by a lot of OF experience and Engys seems to be very involved in the development and training community. Visual CFD (ESI Group), while a newer product, I would think benefits heavily by being released b the people who own the development rights to the OF code itself.


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Old   April 29, 2015, 08:39
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Hi,

dice might be of interest http://www.cfd-online.com/Forums/ope...i-project.html
but Bruno already pointed to the OF-wiki that lists various GUI

And if you carefully read the forum you will notice that ESI pays some of the core developers (OpenCFD Ltd (ESI Group)) but
Henry Weller and Chris Greenshields do their own new business and founded CFD DIRECT http://cfd.direct/openfoam/
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Old   April 29, 2015, 10:09
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Yes indeed, it does seem that the OF community is a somewhat subtly interwoven bunch.

ESI, who also develops CFX and FASTRAN, owns the development rights to OF, though distribution is through the OF Foundation. And I think the primary developer behind sHM works here?

Engys, based on my own assessment and nothing official, seems to have quite the stable of OF developers and appears to lead the pack with "official" support packages.

And as you look at the other products, it appears as if quite a few other people spun off probably all these organizations and more to develop their own products or to work on product compatibility elsewhere.

Quite the microcosm.
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Hi,

the free version of Helyx is for me often a way to start a new OpenFoam project. In many cases I use the created files and edit them afterwards manually.

When I am interested to see the effects on the flow behavior due to geometry changes, using CAESES is a nice way to go. With CAESES you can create all kinds of geometries and couple it to OpenFoam in one GUI.

With the other programs I don't have experience.

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Hi,

It is interesting that Cham, the developer of the Phoenics code, released PH2OF. This software, apparently, converts a Phoenics simulation to an OpenFoam case.

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