- OpenFOAM is free, open source software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD), developed primarily by CFD Direct, on behalf of the OpenFOAM Foundation.
- The OpenFOAM Foundation is the copyright holder (i.e. the owner) of OpenFOAM, which it distributes from this website, free and open source only under the GNU general public licence (GPL).
- The GPL gives users the freedom to modify and redistribute the software and a guarantee of continued free use — as long as the terms of the GPL are adhered to.
- OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features and is used heavily across most areas of engineering and science, by commercial and academic organisations.
The OpenFOAM Foundation
- The OpenFOAM Foundation is a UK not-for-profit organisation, whose specific purpose is to manage OpenFOAM and distribute it free and open source to the public.
- The Foundation has a Board of Directors that currently includes Henry Weller, Chris Greenshields and Cristel de Rouvray.
- The Foundation employs no staff, but relies on a small number of committed individuals who contribute and collaborate on the management, development and maintenance of OpenFOAM.
Participants and Activities
- Henry Weller is a the architect and core developer of OpenFOAM who maintains the public OpenFOAM development repository. He is a Director of CFD Direct (UK), undertaking OpenFOAM Development projects and providing OpenFOAM Support to users.
- Chris Greenshields is the manager of OpenFOAM who maintains the website, OpenFOAM releases and free OpenFOAM documentation. He is a Director of CFD Direct, providing OpenFOAM Training to users.
- Bruno Santos is an active maintainer of OpenFOAM who manages issues on the OpenFOAM bug tracking system. He works for blueCAPE (Portugal).
- Active/recent contributors include: Richard Jones, Streamline CFD (Australia); Juho Peltola and Timo Niemi, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd; Daniel Jasiński, Atizar (Poland); Mattijs Janssens (individual, UK); William Bainbridge (individual, UK); Karl Meredith, FM Global (USA); Alexey Matveichev (France); Timm Severin (Germany); Hassan Kassem (UK); and, Alberto Passalaqua (USA).
- Other organisations and individuals who have signed the Contribution Agreement, and whose contributions are work-in-progress, are: Paul Edwards, Intel (UK/Global); Francesco Contino, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).