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These are the utilities distributed with OpenFOAM

Contents

1 Error estimation

  • estimateScalarError Estimates the error in the solution for a scalar transport equation in the standard form.
  • icoErrorEstimate Estimates error for the incompressible laminar CFD application icoFoam.
  • icoMomentError Estimates error for the incompressible laminar CFD application icoFoam.
  • momentScalarError Estimates the error in the solution for a scalar transport equation in the standard form.

2 Mesh

2.1 Conversion

  • ansysToFoam Converts an ANSYS input mesh file, exported from I-DEAS, to OpenFOAM format (formerly called ideasToFoam).
  • ccm26ToFoam Converts a STAR-CCM mesh to OpenFOAM format.
  • cfx4ToFoam Converts a CFX 4 mesh to OpenFOAM format.
  • fluentMeshToFoam Converts a Fluent mesh (in ASCII format) to OpenFOAM format including multiple region and region boundary.
  • foamToStarMesh Reads an OpenFOAM mesh and writes it in PROSTAR (v4) format.
  • foamToSurface Reads an OpenFOAM mesh and writes the boundaries in surface format.
  • gmshToFoam Reads .msh file as written by Gmsh. Does not use physical type of mesh quantities yet.
  • kivaToFoam Converts a KIVA3v grid to OpenFOAM format.
  • mshToFoam Reads .msh format generated by the Adventure system.
  • plot3dToFoam Plot3d mesh (ascii/formatted format) converter.
  • sammToFoam Converts a STAR-CD SAMM mesh to OpenFOAM format.
  • star3ToFoam Converts a STAR-CD (v3) PROSTAR mesh into OpenFOAM format.
  • star4ToFoam Converts a STAR-CD (v4) PROSTAR mesh into OpenFOAM format.
  • tetgenToFoam Reads .ele and .node and .face files as written by tetgen.
  • writeMeshObj For mesh debugging: writes mesh as three separate OBJ files which can be viewed with e.g. javaview.

2.2 Generation

  • extrudeMesh Extrude mesh from existing patch (by default outwards facing normals; optional flips faces) or from patch read from file.
  • extrude2DMesh Takes 2D mesh (all faces 2 points only, no front and back faces) and creates a 3D mesh by extruding with specified thickness.
  • extrudeToRegionMesh Extrude faceZones into separate mesh (as a different region), e.g. for creating liquid film regions.
  • snappyHexMesh Adjusts (refine, snap and add layers) an existing mesh to specified boundary surfaces and refinement regions.

2.3 Manipulation

  • attachMesh Attach topologically detached mesh using prescribed mesh modifiers.
  • autoPatch Divides external faces into patches based on (user supplied) feature angle.
  • cellSet Selects a cell set through a dictionary.
  • couplePatches Utility to reorder cyclic and processor patches. Is now all built-in into morphing so reuse that code.
  • createPatch Utility to create patches out of selected boundary faces. Faces come either from existing patches or from a faceSet.
  • deformedGeom Deforms a polyMesh using a displacement field U and a scaling factor supplied as an argument.
  • faceSet Selects a face set through a dictionary.
  • fieldToCellSet Select cells based on field. Give min and max to select.
  • flattenMesh Flatten the front and back planes of a 2D cartesian mesh.
  • insideCells Picks up cells with cell centre ’inside’ of surface. Requires surface to be closed and singly connected.
  • mergeOrSplitBaffles Detects faces that share points (baffles). Either merge them or duplicate the points.
  • objToVTK Read obj line (not surface!) file and convert into vtk.
  • polyDualMesh Calculate the dual of a polyMesh. Adheres to all the feature and patch edges.
  • pointSet Selects a point set through a dictionary.
  • refineMesh Utility to refine cells in multiple directions.
  • refineShapeMesh Refines a region of a shapeMesh according to parameters specified in a refineShapeMeshDict dictionary.
  • renumberMesh Renumbers the cell list in order to reduce the bandwidth, reading and renumbering all fields from all the time directories.
  • rotateMesh Rotates the mesh and fields from the direction n1 to the direction n2.
  • scalePoints Scales the mesh points in the polyMesh directory by a factor supplied as an argument.
  • setSet Manipulate a cell/face/point/ set or zone interactively.
  • setsToZones Add pointZones/faceZones/cellZones to the mesh from similar named pointSets/faceSets/cellSets
  • singleCellMesh Removes all but one cells of the mesh. Used to generate mesh and fields that can be used for boundary-only data. Might easily result in illegal mesh though so only look at boundaries in paraview.
  • splitMesh Splits mesh by making internal faces external. Uses attachDetach.
  • subsetMesh Selects a section of mesh based on a cellSet.
  • tetDecomposition Takes a mesh and decomposes it into tetrahedra using a face-cell centre decomposition.
  • topoSet Operates on cellSets/faceSets/pointSets through a dictionary.
  • transformPoints Transforms the mesh points in the polyMesh directory according to the translate, rotate and scale options.
  • zipUpMesh Reads in a mesh with hanging vertices and zips up the cells to guarantee that all polyhedral cells of valid shape are closed.

2.4 Other tools

  • collapseEdges Collapse short edges and combines edges that are in line.
  • combinePatchFaces Checks for multiple patch faces on same cell and combines them. These result from e.g. refined neighbouring cells getting removed, leaving 4 exposed faces with same owner.
  • PDRMesh Mesh and field preparation utility for PDR type simulations.
  • refinementLevel Tries to figure out what the refinement level is on refined cartesian meshes. Run before snapping.
  • removeFaces Utility to remove faces (combines cells on both sides).
  • splitCells Utility to split cells with flat faces

3 Surface mesh

  • surfaceAdd Add two surfaces. Does geometric merge on points. Does not check for overlapping/intersecting triangles
  • surfaceClean removes baffles, collapses small edges by removing triangles and converts sliver triangles into split edges by projecting point onto base of triangle
  • surfaceInertia Calculates the inertia tensor and principal axes and moments of a command line specified triSurface. Inertia can either be of the solid body or of a thin shell
  • surfaceMeshConvert Convert between surface formats with optional scaling or transformations (rotate/translate) on a coordinateSystem
  • surfaceMeshExport Export from surfMesh to various third-party surface formats with optional scaling or transformations (rotate/translate) on a coordinateSystem
  • surfaceMeshImport Import from various third-party surface formats into surfMesh with optional scaling or transformations (rotate/translate) on a coordinateSystem
  • surfaceMeshTriangulate Extracts triSurface from a polyMesh. Triangulates all boundary faces. Region numbers on triangles are the patch numbers of the polyMesh. Optionally only triangulates named patches
  • surfaceOrient Set normal consistent with respect to a user provided ’outside’ point. If -inside the point is considered inside
  • surfacePointMerge Merges points on surface if they are within absolute distance. Since absolute distance use with care!
  • surfaceRedistributePar (Re)distribution of triSurface. Either takes an undecomposed surface or an already decomposed surface and redistribute it so each processor has all triangles that overlap its mesh
  • surfaceRefineRedGreen Refine by splitting all three edges of triangle (’red’ refinement). Neighbouring triangles (which are not marked for refinement get split in half (’green’) refinement. (R. Verfuerth, ”A review of a posteriori error estimation and adaptive mesh refinement techniques”, Wiley-Teubner, 1996)
  • surfaceSplitNonManifolds Takes multiply connected surface and tries to split surface at multiply connected edges by duplicating points. Introduces concept of - borderEdge. Edge with 4 faces connected to it. - borderPoint. Point connected to exactly 2 borderEdges. - borderLine. Connected list of borderEdges
  • surfaceSubset A surface analysis tool which sub-sets the triSurface to choose only a part of interest. Based on subsetMesh
  • surfaceToPatch Reads surface and applies surface regioning to a mesh. Uses boundaryMesh to do the hard work

4 Miscellaneous

  • expandDictionary Read the dictionary provided as an argument, expand the macros etc. and write the resulting dictionary to standard output
  • foamConvert21To22 Converts the following case dictionaries from 2.1 to 2.2 syntax: - fvSchemes - fvSolution (created from fvTolerances) - (controlDict) - for parallel processed cases, processor numbering updated from 1,2,... to 0,1,
  • foamFormatConvert Converts all IOobjects associated with a case into the format specified in the controlDict
  • foamInfoExec Interrogates a case and prints information to screen.
  • patchSummary Writes fields and boundary condition info for each patch at each requested time instance

5 Parallel processing

  • decomposePar Automatically decomposes a mesh and fields of a case for parallel execution of OpenFOAM.
  • reconstructPar Reconstructs a mesh and fields of a case that is decomposed for parallel execution of OpenFOAM.
  • redistributeMeshPar Redistributes existing decomposed mesh and fields according to the current settings in the decomposeParDict file

6 Post-processing

6.1 Data converters

  • foamToDX Translates OpenFOAM data to OpenDX format.
  • foamToEnsightParts Translates OpenFOAM data to Ensight format. An Ensight part is created for each cellZone and patch
  • foamToFieldview Write out the OpenFOAM mesh in Fieldview-UNS format (binary). See Fieldview Release 8 Reference Manual - Appendix D (Unstructured Data Format) Borrows various from uns/write_binary_uns.c from FieldView dist.
  • foamToFieldview9 Write out the OpenFOAM mesh in Version 3.0 Fieldview-UNS format (binary). See Fieldview Release 9 Reference Manual - Appendix D (Unstructured Data Format) Borrows various from uns/write_binary_uns.c from FieldView dist.
  • foamToGMV Translates OpenFOAM data to GMV readable files.
  • foamToVTK Legacy VTK file format writer. - handles volScalar, volVector, pointScalar, pointVector fields. - mesh topo changes. - both ascii and binary. - single time step writing. - write subset only. - automatic decomposition of cells; polygons on boundary undecomposed since handled by vtk
  • smapToFoam Translates a STAR-CD SMAP data file into OpenFOAM field format.

6.2 Graphics

  • dxFoamExec Post-processing graphics using openDX.
  • ensight74FoamExec Module for EnSight 7.6 to read OpenFOAM data directly without translation.
  • ensight76FoamExec Module for EnSight 7.6 to read OpenFOAM data directly without translation.
  • ensightFoamReader EnSight library module to read OpenFOAM data directly without translation

6.3 Lagrangian simulation

  • particleTracks Generates a VTK file of particle tracks for cases that were computed using a tracked-parcel-type cloud
  • steadyParticleTracks Generates a VTK file of particle tracks for cases that were computed using a steady-state cloud. NOTE: case must be re-constructed (if running in parallel) before use

6.4 Patch data

  • patchAverage Calculates the average of the specified field over the specified patch
  • patchIntegrate Calculates the integral of the specified field over the specified patch

6.5 Scalar fields

  • pPrime2 Calculates and writes the scalar field of pPrime2 ((p - \bar{p})^2) at each time

6.6 Sampling

  • sample Sample field data with a choice of interpolation schemes, sampling options and write formats.
  • sampleSurface Surface sampling. Runs in parallel (but does not merge points).

6.7 Stress fields

  • Rcomponents Calculates and writes the scalar fields of the six components of the Reynolds stress R for each time in a database.
  • stressComponents Calculates and writes the scalar fields of the six components of the stress tensor sigma for each time in a database.

6.8 Turbulence

  • R Calculates and writes the Reynolds stress R for the current time step.

6.9 Velocity field

  • Co Calculates and writes the Co number as a volScalarField obtained from field phi.
  • divU Calculates and writes the divergence of velocity field U at each time in a database.
  • enstrophy Calculates and writes the enstrophy of velocity field U at each time in a database.
  • flowType Calculates and writes the flowType of velocity field U
  • Lambda2 Calculates and writes the second largest eigenvalue of the sum of the square of the symmetrical and anti-symmetrical parts of the velocity gradient tensor, at each time in a database.
  • Mach Calculates and writes the local Mach number from the velocity field U at each time in a database.
  • magGradU Calculates and writes the scalar magnitude of velocity field U at each time in a database.
  • magU Calculates and writes the scalar magnitude of the gradient of the velocity field U at each time in a database.
  • Pe Calculates and writes the Pe number as a surfaceScalarField obtained from field phi at each time in a database.
  • Q Calculates and writes the second invariant of the velocity gradient tensor for each time in a database.
  • streamFunction Calculates and writes the stream function of velocity field U at each time in a database.
  • Ucomponents Writes the three scalar fields, Ux, Uy and Uz, for each component of the velocity field U at each time in a database.
  • uprime Calculates and writes the scalar field of uprime (\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}k}) at each time in a database.
  • vorticity Calculates and writes the vorticity of velocity field U at each time in a database.

6.10 Walls

  • checkYPlus Calculates and reports yPlus for all wall patches, for each time in a database.
  • wallGradU Calculates and writes the gradient of U at the wall, wallGradU, for the current time step.
  • wallHeatFlux Calculates and writes the heat flux for all patches as the boundary field of a volScalarField and also prints the integrated flux for all wall patches
  • wallShearStress Calculates and writes the wall shear stress for the specified times
  • yPlusLES Calculates the yPlus for all wall patches, for the specified times
  • yPlusRAS Calculates and reports yPlus for all wall patches, for the specified times when using RAS turbulence models

6.11 Miscellaneous

  • dsmcFieldsCalc Calculate intensive fields (U and T) from averaged extensive fields from a DSMC calculation
  • engineCompRatio Calculate the geometric compression ratio. Note that if you have valves and/or extra volumes it will not work, since it calculates the volume at BDC and TCD.
  • execFlowFunctionObjects Execute the set of functionObjects specified in the selected dictionary (which defaults to system/controlDict) for the selected set of times. Alternative dictionaries should be placed in the system/ folder
  • foamCalc Generic utility for simple field calculations at specified times
  • liftDrag Calculates the lift and drag for each time in a database.
  • pdfPlot Generates a graph of a probability distribution function
  • postChannel Post-processes data from channel flow calculations.
  • ptot For each time: calculate the total pressure.
  • wdot Calculates and writes wdot for each time.
  • writeCellCentres Write the three components of the cell centres as volScalarFields so they can be used in postprocessing in thresholding

7 Pre-processing

  • applyBoundaryLayer Apply a simplified boundary-layer model to the velocity and turbulence fields based on the 1/7th power-law.
  • boxTurb Makes a box of turbulence which conforms to a given energy spectrum and is divergence free.
  • changeDictionary Utility to change dictionary entries, e.g. can be used to change the patch type in the field and polyMesh/boundary files.
  • dsmcInitialise Initialise a case for dsmcFoam by reading the initialisation dictionary system/dsmcInitialise
  • engineSwirl Generates a swirling flow for engine calculations.
  • FoamX Case management tool. Only available until OpenFOAM version 1.4
  • mapFields Maps volume fields from one mesh to another, reading and interpolating all fields present in the time directory of both cases. Parallel and non-parallel cases are handled without the need to reconstruct them first.
  • mdInitialise Initialises fields for a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation.
  • setFields Set values on a selected set of cells/patchfaces through a dictionary.

8 Thermophysical

  • adiabaticFlameT Calculates the adiabatic flame temperature for a given fuel over a range of unburnt temperatures and equivalence ratios.
  • chemkinToFoam Converts CHEMKIN 3 thermodynamics and reaction data files into OpenFOAM format
  • equilibriumCO Calculates the equilibrium level of carbon monoxide.
  • equilibriumFlameT Calculates the equilibrium flame temperature for a given fuel and pressure for a range of unburnt gas temperatures and equivalence ratios; the effects of dissociation on O2, H2O and CO2 are included.
  • mixtureAdiabaticFlameT Calculates the adiabatic flame temperature for a given mixture at a given temperature.
  • Sl Calculates and prints the laminar flame speed of a given fuel at a given pressure (bar), temperature (K) and equivalence ratio.