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Funding OpenFOAM in 2020

The cost of sustaining OpenFOAM is currently € 250k per year. Organisations with commercial dependence on OpenFOAM should contribute to the cost of sustaining it. The OpenFOAM Foundation provides Maintenance Plans for organisations to support sustainability. There are three levels of Plan: Gold (€ 20k per year); Silver (€ 5k); and, Bronze (€ 1k). The funding supports a full-time team of core developers with combined skills in software design, programming, numerics, science and engineering, mainly at CFD Direct (including OpenFOAM’s creator, Henry Weller).

2nd November 2019

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OpenFOAM 7 Released

The OpenFOAM Foundation is pleased to announce the release of version 7 of the OpenFOAM open source CFD toolbox. Version 7 is a snapshot of the OpenFOAM development version which, through sustainable development, is always-releasable. It provides new functionality and major improvements to existing code, with strict demands on usability, robustness and extensibility. OpenFOAM 7 includes the following key developments:

  • Heat transfer: consolidated solvers and improved convergence and robustness.
  • Particle tracking: improved robustness and optimized computation.
  • Multiphase: wave damping, configurable inlet phase properties, better settling numerics.
  • Reacting multiphase models: heat transfer, population balance, breakup, coalescence, etc.
  • Reactions/combustion: simplified case setup.
  • Turbulence: improved consistency and stability of wall functions, added sources.
  • Thermophysical: thermodynamic functions, temperature-strain-dependent viscosity.
  • Other models: atmospheric, rigid body dynamics, boundary conditions, sources.
  • Mesh: standardized dynamic mesh capability, improved motion solvers.
  • Case Configuration: improved data visualization, setup tools, function objects.
  • Computation: improvements to containers, fields, parallel running, etc.

8th July 2019

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Funding OpenFOAM in 2019

The cost of sustaining OpenFOAM is currently € 250k per year. Organisations with commercial dependence on OpenFOAM should contribute to the cost of sustaining it. The OpenFOAM Foundation provides Maintenance Plans for organisations to support sustainability. There are three levels of Plan: Gold (€ 20k per year); Silver (€ 5k); and, Bronze (€ 1k). The funding supports a full-time team of core developers with combined skills in software design, programming, numerics, science and engineering, mainly at CFD Direct (including OpenFOAM’s creator, Henry Weller).

5th November 2018

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Funding OpenFOAM in 2018

The OpenFOAM Foundation needs €250k annually to maintain OpenFOAM including “usability” developments, code redesign, issue resolution (bug fixing), distribution and testing, and operational costs. We provide 3 maintenance plans to fund the maintenance of OpenFOAM: Bronze at €1k per year; Silver at €5k; and Gold at €20k. Priority is given to maintenance requests from users backed by a maintenance plan, where: Bronze gives priority over published information; Silver gives additional priority over quality assurance, e.g. fixes on the Issue Tracking System; and, Gold gives additional priority over requests for usability improvements and code redesign.

2nd October 2017

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