- OpenFOAM is free, open source software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with an extensive range of features. It is used heavily across most areas of engineering and science, by commercial and academic organisations.
- OpenFOAM is produced by the OpenFOAM Foundation which, as the copyright holder (i.e. the owner), licenses OpenFOAM free and open source only under the GNU general public licence (GPL) and distributes OpenFOAM from this website.
- The GPL gives users the freedom to modify and redistribute the software and a guarantee of continued free use — as long as the terms of the GPL are adhered to.
The OpenFOAM Foundation
- The OpenFOAM Foundation is a UK not-for-profit organisation, whose specific purpose is to manage and develop OpenFOAM and distribute it free and open source to the public.
- The Foundation has a Board of Directors that currently includes Henry Weller, Chris Greenshields and Cristel de Rouvray.
- The Foundation employs no staff, but relies on a small number of committed individuals who contribute and collaborate on the management, development and maintenance of OpenFOAM.
Participants and Activities
- Henry Weller is a the architect and core developer of OpenFOAM who maintains the public OpenFOAM development repository. He is a Director of CFD Direct (UK), undertaking OpenFOAM Development projects and providing OpenFOAM Support to users.
- Chris Greenshields is the manager of OpenFOAM who maintains the website, OpenFOAM releases and free OpenFOAM documentation. He is a Director of CFD Direct, providing OpenFOAM Training to users.
- Bruno Santos is an active maintainer of OpenFOAM who manages issues on the OpenFOAM bug tracking system. He works for blueCAPE (Portugal).
- Active/recent contributors include: Richard Jones (Australia); Juho Peltola, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd; Daniel Jasinski (Poland); Alexey Matveichev (France); Timm Severin (Germany); and, Hassan Kassem (UK).