UCD Computational Mechanics

OpenFOAM (Open Field Operation and Manipulation) is a C++ toolbox for the development of customised numerical solvers for the solution of continuum mechanics problems. The main code branch is produced by the UK company OpenCFD Ltd. and it is released as free and open source software under the GNU General Public License. The Extend-Project code branch maintained by the Extend-Project Team aims to include community contributions and so encompasses many abilities not included by the main branch albeit possibly with more bugs.


OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions and turbulence, to heat transfer and electro-magnetics.


Primarily OpenFOAM is used to solve problems involving Computational Fluid Dynamics, however, here at the UCD Computational Mechanics Research Group, led by Prof. Ivankovic, use OpenFOAM to tackle problems involving solid mechanics within a Finite Volume framework.


The principal areas of research adopting OpenFOAM here at the UCD OpenFOAM Simulation Group can be grouped into the following categories:


  1. adhesion and adhesives,

  2. super-hard materials,

  3. biomechanics.


UCD Computational Mechanics Group

School of Mechanical Engineering

University College Dublin