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Default Welcome to the Stanford University Unstructured (SU2) forum!
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Welcome to the Stanford University Unstructured (SU2) forum! Thanks to CFD Online, this forum is being opened in conjunction with the release of SU2 Version 2.0 which is provided under an open-source license and can be downloaded from

SU2: Analyze. Optimize. Design!

The suite is a collection of C++ based software tools for performing Partial Differential Equation (PDE) analysis and solving PDE constrained optimization problems. The toolset is designed with aerodynamics in mind, but is extensible to treat arbitrary sets of governing equations. It incorporates everything needed to perform a complete design loop; computing flow and adjoint solutions, obtaining objective function sensitivities, performing shape optimization and even grid adaptation.

The second major release of the code includes code structure improvements (it is now faster, more accurate and more stable) as well as new capabilities and applications (e.g., plasma analysis, engine effect simulation and unsteady design).

SU2: One year on from the first release

The initial version of the code was release on Thursday Jan. 19, 2012. Since then, it has been downloaded over 2,700 times and the main SU2 website ( has received over 22,000 independent visits from across the world, with the most visits coming from users in the USA, China and India.

The code, developed by students in the Aerospace Design Lab (ADL) in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, has been downloaded by users in more than 100 countries. Both academia and industry have demonstrated a great interest in SU2, with registered downloads from companies and research centers such as MIT, NASA, National labs, Boeing and Airbus.

SU2: Social Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

As an open-source code project, the growth of active user and developer communities is a crucial goal for SU2. Interaction between developers and users will help improve and adapt the code to the real needs of both academia and industry.

As the code continues to grow, regular modifications and improvements are added, and information about these and news updates are posted on the SU2 homepage (, through Facebook and on Twitter (@su2code).

It is hoped that this forum will support a vibrant community of users and developers and serve as a common location to share discussion, answer questions, suggest new features or improvements, and spark new collaboration and development in the code.

Thank you for your interest in SU2, and please feel free to contact us at More information on the code, including full documentation, can be found at

- The SU2 Dev Team
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