von Karman Institute Lecture Series and Events

Introductory course to OpenFOAM®

Tuesday 19 March 2024 - Wednesday 20 March 2024

VKI secretariat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Phone: +32 2 359 97 63


The course gives a practical introduction to the structure and usability of OpenFoam and OpenFOAM related applications (snappyHexMesh, paraview). Besides the general introduction the participants will perform a complete numerical simulation starting from choosing the solver till post-processing.

The second day will be partially dedicated to the open source mesh generator snappyHexMesh and a multiphase simulation will be performed with the obtained mesh.

The course is organized by Dr. Silvania Lopes, Research Engineer at the von Karman Institute. Part of lectures will be given by von Karman Institute PhD candidates. 

Location (on-site)

von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Waterloosesteenweg 72

B-1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels)


Parking places are available on the premises, just before the security fence.

To enter, please ring the bell at the fence.


Tuesday 19 March 2024

08:30 Registration

09:00 General introduction to OpenFOAM

10:15 Break

10:45 Tutorial on incompressible RANS simulation – Pre-processing

12:15 Lunch Break

13:30 Tutorial on incompressible RANS simulation – Simulation setup

15:00 Break

15:30 Tutorial on incompressible RANS simulation – Post-processing

17:00 End of course

Wednesday 20 March 2024

09:00 Meshing with SnappyHexMesh – part 1

10:15 Break

10:45 Meshing with SnappyHexMesh – part 2

12:15 Lunch break

13:30 Tutorial on incompressible multiphase VOF solver – Simulation setup

15:00 Break

15:30 Tutorial on incompressible multiphase VOF solver – Post-processing

16:30 Open discussion

Eligibility Criteria

The citizens of the following countries are eligible to attend the von Karman Institute Lecture Series:

- EU member countries
- NATO member countries
- NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia)
- Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates)
- Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Japan, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, South-Africa and Vietnam.

VKI reserves the right to request a clearance check with Belgian authorities.

The participants will have to present their ID card (for EU citizens) or passport (for other citizens) the first day of the course.

Fee and Registration

Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 12 January 2024

Deadline to register: 5 March 2024

Early bird registration, before 12 January 2024:

- Academy  – 576 €

- Non-academy – 738 €

Registration after 12 January 2024

- Academy – 640 €

- Non-academy – 820 €

The price includes the course material, lunches and coffee breaks.

Cancellation fee: 30% till 1 week before, 50% later on.

NOTE: No additional material or equipment is needed for the course. The participants will receive the course note as well as have the possibility to use the workstations in the classroom. Please note, that the number of participants is limited to 10!

For further information please contact: Dr. Silvania Lopes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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