OpenFOAM is a general purpose open-source CFD code. OpenFOAM is written in C++ and uses an object oriented approach which makes it easy to extend. The package includes modules for a wide range of applications.
FOAM was written by Henry Weller and others at Imperial College. For a few years FOAM was sold as a commercial code by the company Nabla Ltd. However, in 2004 FOAM was released under GPL and was renamed to OpenFOAM. OpenFOAM is currently distributed by OpenCFD Ltd.
OpenFOAM is a very capable code which you definitely should check out if you are looking for a state-of-the-art CFD code with source-code access. The numerics implemented in OpenFOAM uses the Finite Volume Method on unstructured meshes. OpenFOAM provides many capabilities, including free-surface and multi-phase flow modelling, lagrangian spray model and automatic mesh motion.
- OpenFOAM Foundation Home Page
- www.foamcfd.org - FOAM CFD - website no longer operational, was acting as an historic reference. The current link is pointing to a snapshot in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
- www.foamcfd.org/Nabla/ - Nabla Ltd. Home Page - backup of the old nabla.co.uk, kept as an historic reference at foamcfd.org, but the link is now pointing to a snapshot in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
- www.nabla.co.uk - 9th of December 2004 - last website snapshot of the old nabla.co.uk website, before OpenFOAM was released.