OpenFOAM release notes for
OpenFOAM-1.7.0 is the latest release of OpenFOAM that contains new features
both from OpenCFD’s development version of OpenFOAM and the repository
1.6.x distribution. This release passes our standard tests and the tutorials
have been broadly checked. Please report any bugs by following the link:
This release of OpenFOAM is distributed primarily in 2 ways: (1) as
a Debian pack containing binaries and source; (2) from a source code
The Ubuntu/Debian pack is available for 32 and 64 bit versions of the 10.04
LTS operating system using the system compiler and libraries that will be
installed automatically from standard Debian packs.
To use the source version, we provide a source pack of third-party
packages that can be compiled on the user’s system. This does not include
gcc, since the system installed version is typically sufficient, but includes
paraview-3.8.0, openmpi-1.4.1, scotch_5.1, metis-5.0pre2, ParMetis-3.1
There have been a number of developments to the libraries to support the
extension of functionality in solver and utility applications.
- Large number of code refinements and consistency improvements to
support other developments.
- Wall function boundary conditions:
- New mutWallFunction continuous wall function,
- New mutLowReWallFunction continuous wall function,
- New nutWallFunction continuous wall function,
- New nutLowReWallFunction continuous wall function,
wall functions, based on k, now renamed nutkWallFunction and
- omegaWallFunction now includes laminar blending function.
- Conjugate heat transfer boundary conditions:
- New turbulentTemperatureCoupledBaffleMixed BC,
- New turbulentTemperatureCoupledBaffle BC.
There has been a set of developments to redefine the thermodynamics in some
solvers in terms of sensible enthalpy instead of total (i.e. including chemical)
enthalpy. This was done to improve the handling of thermodynamics in the case of
partially-premixed or non-premixed combustion systems, or to handle systems
with non-unity Lewis number.
- New hsPsiThermo thermophysical model calculation based on sensible
enthalpy hs and compressibility psi.
- New hsRhoThermo thermophysical model calculation based on hs and
- New hsCombustionThermo thermophysical model calculation for a
combustion mixture based on hs and psi.
- New hsPsiMixtureThermo thermophysical model calculation for a
mixture based on hs and psi.
- New hsReactionThermo thermophysical model calculation for a
complex reacting mixture based on hs.
- 1D and 2D planar simulations now possible by specifying empty patches
in the usual way.
- New MixedDiffuseSpecular wall boundary condition added.
- New pressure field measurement.
- New measurement of velocity slip and temperature jump.
- New sixDoFRigidBodyDisplacement six degree-of-freedom, fluid
coupled rigid body motion, applied as a boundary condition to a
patch in the pointDisplacement field for dynamic mesh cases. The
motion may have any number of restraints (springs and dampers)
and constraints (reductions in degrees-of-freedom) applied. Restraints
include linearAxialAngularSpring, linearSpring,
and tabulatedAxialAngularSpring. Constraints include fixedAxis,
fixedLine, fixedOrientation, fixedPlane and fixedPoint.
- MULES now supports sub-cycling on moving meshes for interface
capturing VoF (volume of fluid) calculations.
- Developments to TimeActivatedExplicitSource, a class that allows
a source to be applied to an equation according to an input dictionary
at run-time, that can be switched on at particular times and within
particular regions of the mesh, using cellZones.
A number of new solvers have been developed for a range of engineering
applications. There has been a set of improvements to certain classes of solver
that are introduced in this release.
- fireFoam: Transient solver for fires and turbulent diffusion flames.
- rhoPorousMRFPimpleFoam: Transient solver for laminar or turbulent
flow of compressible fluids with support for porous media and
MRF for HVAC and similar applications. Uses the flexible PIMPLE
(PISO-SIMPLE) solution for time-resolved and pseudo-transient
- chtMultiRegionSimpleFoam: Steady-state version of
- porousSimpleFoam: Steady-state solver for incompressible, turbulent
flow with implicit or explicit porosity treatment.
- interMixingFoam: Solver for 3 incompressible fluids, two of which are
miscible, using a VoF method to capture the interface.
- porousInterFoam: Solver for 2 incompressible, isothermal immiscible
fluids using a VoF phase-fraction based interface capturing approach.
- simpleWindFoam: Steady-state solver for incompressible, turbulent flow
with external source in the momentum equation to approximate, e.g.
wind turbines; located in tutorials, with associated turbineSiting test
Modifications to multiphase and buoyant solvers
- Multiphase and buoyant flow solvers now solve for ,
rather than the static pressure p. This change is to avoid deficiencies
in the handling of the pressure force / buoyant force balance on
non-orthogonal and distorted meshes.
- Improvements to boundary conditions and pressure referencing in
closed domains have been developed to avoid the problems encountered
in previous attempts to decompose pressure for buoyant flow.
- The following solvers have been modified for p_rgh: fireFoam
buoyantPimpleFoam, buoyantSimpleFoam, chtMultiRegionFoam,
compressibleInterFoam, interDyMFoam, porousInterFoam,
MRFInterFoam, interFoam, interPhaseChangeFoam,
multiphaseInterFoam, settlingFoam, twoLiquidMixingFoam.
Modifications to solvers for sensible enthalpy
- The following solvers
have been modified to solve for hs (instead of h): dieselEngineFoam,
dieselFoam, reactingFoam, rhoReactingFoam, coalChemistryFoam,
Modifications to steady-state compressible solvers
- Boundedness to the thermodynamics is ensured by limiting the density,
rather than the pressure. This improves convergence by maintaining
consistency between the pressure gradient and momentum changes
- Removed the Sp “boundedness” correction in the convection term from
the momentum equation.
- The following solvers have been modified with this change:
rhoSimpleFoam, buoyantSimpleFoam, chtMultiRegionSimpleFoam
- Added diffusion number limit to the time-step correction in
- Reformulated pressure correction during phase change to maintain
boundedness of pressure in cavitatingFoam.
New boundary conditions have been introduced to support new applications in
- Added new time varying boundary conditions.
- Added new velocity
inlets and wall boundary conditions: cylindricalInletVelocity,
- Added boundary conditions
for wind/atmospheric simulation: atmBoundaryLayerInletEpsilon,
There have been some utilities added and updated in this release.
- foamToTecplot360: Tecplot binary file format writer.
- IFCLookUpTableGen: Infinitely-fast chemistry (IFC) look-up table
generator that calculates the infinitely-fast chemistry relationships as
a function of ft for a given fuel.
- gmshToFoam: adapted for msh2.1 and 2.2 format.
- snappyHexMesh: lower memory usage by pre-balancing and
- blockMesh: proper spline edges.
- setSet: handling of faceZoneSet, cellZoneSet, pointZoneSet.
- splitMeshRegions: option to use existing cellZones only for split.
- changeDictionary: allow wildcards in changeDictionaryDict.
Post-processing has been extended particularly to function objects, the on-the-fly
- New fieldValues function object, allows spatial averaging, sum,
min/max calculations to be made on fields in sets of cells or faces in
- New surfaceInterpolateFields function object to generate surface
fields from volume fields where required
- New sampledTriSurfaceMesh surface type for surface sampling
- New readFields function object controls the loading of fields from
time directories for further post-processing
There is a large number of new tutorials to support the new solvers in the