3 Day workshop on basics of Computational Fluid Dynamics using OpenFOAM

Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching

February 25th, 2021 to February 27th, 2021

Course Content Teaching Faculty Who Should Attend
Duration and Venue Criteria for Certification Course Fee
How to Apply Accommodation Note
Address For Communication

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OpenFOAM (Open Source Field Operation and Manipulation) is an open source CFD software package developed by the OpenFOAM team at ESI and distributed by the OpenFOAM Foundation. OpenFOAM is a CFD toolbox, written in C++ and these C++ libraries are used to create executables, known as applications. The OpenFOAM distribution contains numerous solvers and utilities covering a wide range of CFD problems. Open source Field Operation And Manipulation, or OpenFOAM, as popularly known, is an Open source Computational Fluid Dynamics software. It’s a finite volume based CFD software where the toolbox written in C++ allows for the development of customized numerical solvers, and pre-/post-processing utilities for the solution of computational fluid dynamics or continuum mechanics problems.  OpenFOAM is an open source alternative to commercial software, such as Fluent.  As OpenFOAM is open source, it is widely used in the industry.  In India, OpenFOAM is used in organisations, such as ISRO, BARC, and DRDO labs, apart from the industry.

The FOSSEE (Free/Libre and Open Source Software for Education) project at IIT Bombay (https://fossee.in) has been promoting Moodle, and other FLOSS, such as OpenFOAM, Scilab, Python, eSim, Osdag, OpenModelica, R, Drupal and Linux, and open source hardware, such as Arduino and OpenPLC. The FOSSEE Project is funded by NMEICT, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India.

Methodology of the Workshop

The workshop will be for 3 days, 6 hrs of lectures/hands on session on each day. The workshop will be conducted using a mix of pre-recorded spoken tutorial videos with side by side learning and live lectures. A practice problem/assignment will also be provided after every topic followed by discussions on them to get a good understanding of each topic.

All participants will get the Spoken Tutorials on OpenFOAM, copies of our slides, and about 80 case studies solved using OpenFOAM.  Using these, all who are interested in conducting OpenFOAM workshops by themselves can do so.  They will also get exposed to the collaborative content creation activity of the FOSSEE Project.

Benefits of the Workshop

On successful completion of the workshop,participants will be able to 

  • Learn fundamentals of CFD using OpenFOAM 
  • Learn to simulate problem in OpenFOAM 
  • Learn essentials of post-processing
  • Certificate for attending the 3 day OpenFOAM workshop

Course content

The objective of the course is to train students/college teachers/design professionals to solve computational fluid dynamics (CFD) problems while understanding the intricacies involved in such simulations through a robust at the same time easy to use CFD tool box.

At the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • learn how to set up, view the files and run a case in OpenFOAM 
  • become familiar with pre-processing tools and will be able to generate mesh, set the boundary & initial conditions, learn simulation control etc.
  • learn how to plot and visualise the results in ParaView.
  • learn how to use a turbulence model in a simulation and to compare the results from a simulation using three different turbulence models. 
  • also learn how to establish  grid independence.

Teaching Faculty

  • Prof. Janani Srree Murallidharan, Faculty, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay
  • Prof. Manaswita Bose, Faculty, Energy Science Engineering,  IIT Bombay
  • FOSSEE, IIT Bombay

Who Should Attend

The OpenFOAM workshop will be useful for below discipline:

  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Science Engineering

Duration and Venue

3 day workshop starting from 25 to 27 February 2021. Every day there will be an online interactive/ hands-on session for 6 hours.

Criteria for Certification

Participation certificates, in an electronic form, will be provided to all participants after successful completion of the workshop

Course Fee


Course Fee


₹ 450 (inclusive of GST)


₹ 950 (inclusive of GST)


₹ 2950 (inclusive of GST)

How to Apply

The application will be strictly online, and no other mode of application will be entertained. The link for online registration is:

The registration form will be available until 23 February 2021, 4.00 pm


Not applicable


  • As the workshop is conducted online, it is mandatory to have a laptop and a working internet connection with good bandwidth.
  • Technical Requirements:
  • OpenFOAM 6 or newer version 
  • Following operating systems can be used for installing OpenFOAM:
  • Windows: 32/64-bit Vista/7/8/10 (Requires Ubuntu installed via VirtualBox; installation sheet available here).
  • Linux: 64-bit x86 Ubuntu 18.04 or above; or 64-bit distributions of Linux including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) v7+, CentOS v7+, Fedora v22+, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) v12+, openSuSE v13+ and Debian 8+. (OpenFOAM Installation sheet for Ubuntu is available here).
  • macOS: 10.10.3 or newer. (Installation sheet for Ubuntu using VirtualBox on Mac OS is available here).
  • For additional help with installation, please refer to the FAQ document here.

Contact Us:

Address For Communication

Mahendra Parmar,
Sr. Project Manager, ESOS Project
Department of CSE, Kanwal Rekhi Building,
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
Mumbai - 400 076.
Email: eoutreach@it.iitb.ac.in
Website - www.it.iitb.ac.in/nmeict