Also known as
Model type Tool
Model part of larger framework
Incorporated models or components:
Spatial dimensions 1D, 1.5D, 2D, 3D
Spatial extent Landscape-Scale, Reach-Scale, Watershed-Scale
Model domain Terrestrial, Hydrology, Coastal, Marine
One-line model description Open Field Operation and Manipulation is a toolbox for the development of customized numerical solvers.
Extended model description OpenFOAM (Open Field Operation and Manipulation) is a toolbox for the development of customized numerical solvers, and pre-/post-processing utilities for the solution of continuum mechanics problems, including computational fluid dynamics.

Toolbox, Computational fluid dynamics, continuum mechanics,

First name Henry
Last name Weller
Type of contact Project manager
Institute / Organization OpenCFD Ltd. (SGI)
Postal address 1 200 Berkshire Place
Postal address 2
Town / City Winnersh
Postal code RG41 5RD
Country United Kingdom
Email address contact@through.web.form

Supported platforms Linux
Other platform
Programming language C++
Other program language
Code optimized Multiple Processors
Multiple processors implemented Distributed memory
Nr of distributed processors
Nr of shared processors
Start year development 2004
Does model development still take place? Yes
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
Code development status Active
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through web repository
Source web address
Source csdms web address
Program license type GPL v3
Program license type other
Memory requirements --
Typical run time --

Describe input parameters OpenFOAM needs to read a range of data structures such as strings, scalars, vectors, tensors, lists and fields. The input/output (I/O) format of files is designed to be extremely flexible to enable the user to modify the I/O in OpenFOAM applications as easily as possible.

See also user manual

Input format ASCII, Binary
Other input format
Describe output parameters See user manual
Output format ASCII, Binary
Other output format
Pre-processing software needed? No
Describe pre-processing software
Post-processing software needed? No
Describe post-processing software
Visualization software needed? No
If above answer is yes
Other visualization software

Describe processes represented by the model --
Describe key physical parameters and equations --
Describe length scale and resolution constraints --
Describe time scale and resolution constraints --
Describe any numerical limitations and issues --

Describe available calibration data sets --
Upload calibration data sets if available:
Describe available test data sets --
Upload test data sets if available:
Describe ideal data for testing --

Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers?
Is there a manual available? Yes
Upload manual if available: Media:OpenFOAM-UserGuide-V2.1.0.pdf
Model website if any
Model forum / discussion board

This part will be filled out by CSDMS staff

OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
Is this a data component
Can be coupled with:
Model info
Henry Weller
Citation indices OpenFOAM
Nr. of pubs: 1000
Citations: 16856
h-index: 52
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Citation indices OpenFOAM
Nr. of pubs: 1000
Citations: 16856
h-index: 52

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Jacobsen, Niels G.; Fuhrman, David R.; Fredsøe, Jørgen; 2012. A wave generation toolbox for the open-source CFD library: OpenFoam®: WAVE GENERATION TOOLBOX. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 70, 1073–1088. 10.1002/fld.2726
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Model overview 440
Deshpande, Suraj S; Anumolu, Lakshman; Trujillo, Mario F; 2012. Evaluating the performance of the two-phase flow solver interFoam. Computational Science & Discovery, 5, 014016. 10.1088/1749-4699/5/1/014016
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Model overview 314
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