CFD with OpenFOAM®

Photo of scientists participating in a training course in HLRS's Ruehle Saal
NEWS: this course's language is English!

OpenFOAM® is a widely-used open-source code and a powerful framework for solving a variety of problems mainly in the field of CFD. The five-day workshop gives an introduction to OpenFOAM® applied on CFD phenomena and is intended for beginners as well as for people with CFD background knowledge. The user will learn about case setup, meshing tools like snappyHexMesh and cfMesh. Available OpenFOAM® utilities and additional libraries like swak4Foam, that can be used for pre- and postprocessing tasks, are further aspects of this course. Additionally, basic solvers and major aspects of code structure are highlighted. Lectures and hands-on sessions with typical CFD examples will guide through this course including first steps in own coding.


HLRS, University of Stuttgart
Nobelstraße 19
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Room 0.439 / Rühle Saal
Location and nearby accommodations

Start date

Oct 07, 2024

End date

Oct 11, 2024



Entry level


Course subject areas

Community-Specific Courses



Numerical Simulation

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Prerequisites and content levels


To take full advantage of the course offering it would be advisable to have a standing knowledge of using Linux, as it is used for all exercises. Basics in programming will be required for some of the exercises as well as some insights into CFD theory (see e.g. the recording and material of the 2020 CFD course; password required, please refer to Self-study-materials).

Content levels

Community-target and domain-specific content: 33 hours

Learn more about course curricula and content levels.


Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ruopp (HLRS, Universität Stuttgart), Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Harlacher (ZIMT, Universität Siegen),
Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Zirwes (Universität Stuttgart (ITV)), M.Sc. Elisabeth Beer (Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg, co-author only).

Learning outcomes

After this course, participants will:

  • have gained insight into the case setup, meshing tools like snappyHexMesh and cfMesh.
  • be able to perform pre- and postprocessing tasks with available OpenFOAM® utilities and additional libraries.
  • have a detailed understanding of the basic solvers and major aspects of code structure.
  • be able to code with CFD examples.


All times are in the Central European Time zone (Berlin).

The preliminary course outline can be found here (PDF).


Each participant will get a paper copy of all slides. The course language is English. The slides are in English.


Register via the button at the top of this page.
We encourage you to register to the waiting list if the course is full. Places might become available.

Registration closes on September 19, 2024, at 11:59 AM.


  • Students without master’s degree or equivalent: 40 Euro
  • PhD students or employees at a German university or public research institute: 90 Euro
  • PhD students or employees at a university or public research institute in an EU, EU-associated or PRACE country other than Germany: 180 Euro
  • PhD students or employees at a university or public research institute outside of EU, EU-associated or PRACE countries: 360 Euro
  • Other participants, e.g., from industry, other public service providers, or government: 960 Euro

Link to the EU and EU-associated (Horizon Europe), and PRACE countries.

Our course fees include coffee breaks (in classroom courses only).


Andreas Ruopp phone 0711 685 87259, andreas.ruopp(at)
Khatuna Kakhiani phone 0711 685 65796, khatuna.kakhiani(at)

HLRS concept for on-site courses

Besides the content of the training itself, an important aspect of this event is the scientific exchange among the participants. We try to facilitate such communication by

  • a social event on the evening of the first course day,
  • offering common coffee and lunch breaks and
  • working together in groups of two during the exercises.

Lunch Breaks

We plan to have lunch in the unversity's canteen (Mensa Stuttgart-Vaihingen, have a look at their menu online). Two other near possibilities for lunch are on all days:

  • A food truck from 11:00-14:00 in Allmandring 35, approximately 300 m from HLRS,
  • Bakery Sehne, near bus stop "Im Lauchhau", approximately 400 m from HLRS.

We will update this information if opening times etc. change and inform you more precisely before the course starts.

HLRS Training Collaborations in HPC

HLRS is part of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), together with JSC in Jülich and LRZ in Garching near Munich. EuroCC@GCS is the German National Competence Centre (NCC) for High-Performance Computing. HLRS is also a member of the Baden-Württemberg initiative bwHPC.

This course is provided within the framework of the bwHPC training program.

This offering is not  approved  or endorsed by ESI Group or ESI-OpenCFD®, the producer of the OpenFOAM®  software and owner of the OpenFOAM® trademark.

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See the training overview and the Supercomputing Academy pages.

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Stuttgart, Germany