First OpenFOAM User Conference

  First OpenFOAM User Conference

    Meet the developers of OpenFOAM, April 24 to 26 in Frankfurt, Germany

Business Wire

PARIS -- March 28, 2013

ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in virtual prototyping
for manufacturing industries, announces the first OpenFOAM User Conference
taking place April 24-26 at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel in Frankfurt,
Germany. This event will be solely dedicated to OpenFOAM, the leading open
source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software suite developed by OpenCFD
Ltd.; a company acquired by ESI Group in 2012.

OpenFOAM  has extensive functionality to address many important physics,
including: complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and
heat transfer; solid dynamics; and electro-magnetics. Consequently, the
advanced capabilities of this open source CFD software are widely used in the
automotive industry as well as for applications in the energy, oil & gas, and
process industries, and in the consumer goods and heavy industries.

Dr. Chris Greenshields, co-founder of OpenCFD, declares,“The User Conference
is the first ever hosted by the producers of the OpenFOAM software. It is a
landmark in the journey since we released OpenFOAM as open source software in
2004! The conference will provide a unique opportunity to meet the team behind
the software – including Henry Weller (its creator), Mattijs Janssens and Dr.
Andrew Heather (senior developers) – and to hear about the business behind the

The diverse and exciting agenda for this event will assure that anyone with an
interest in CFD can benefit from attendance. That includes managers,
engineers, academics; even those who are today unfamiliar with OpenFOAM.
Presentations will highlight the full extent of OpenFOAM's use in different
industries, and include keynote addresses from the German companies Volkswagen
AG and Evonik Industries.

The event also provides an opportunity for ESI-OpenCFD to showcase OpenFOAM
Version 2.2, released on March 6, 2013. Some of the new features will be
explained during "Lessons in OpenFOAM", a session delivered by the ESI-OpenCFD
Development and Training teams, who will explore topics they have encountered
in their work with OpenFOAM. The teams will provide some tips and tricks in
OpenFOAM, and explain flexible case configuration, CFD principles and recent

Dr. Alain de Rouvray, ESI Group’s Chairman and CEO, will open the conference
on April 24. He will be followed by Dr. Ralf Sundermeier, Head of CAE methods
at Volkswagen AG, who will present a keynote entitled “OpenFOAM – in the fast
lane?”. Georg Skillas, Chief Scientist at Evonik Industries, will continue
with a status report: “Industrial cooperation for further development of
OpenFOAM”. To view the full agenda of the conference, please click here.

To register for the conference and for the third day dedicated to “Lessons in
OpenFOAM”, please click here.

If you have any questions about this event, or if you are interested in a
group booking, please contact Christina Theuerkauf, Events Specialist, ESI

About ESI Group

ESI is a pioneer and world-leading solution provider in virtual prototyping
for manufacturing industries that takes into account the physics of materials.
ESI has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry-oriented
applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, to
fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product
performance, and to evaluate the environment’s impact on performance. ESI’s
solutions fit into a single collaborative and open environment for End-to-End
Virtual Prototyping, thus eliminating the need for physical prototypes during
product development. The company employs about 950 high-level specialists
worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in compartment
C of NYSE Euronext Paris.

ESI-OpenCFD is a wholly owned subsidiary of ESI Group, based in the UK and
serving the global community of users of the Open Source CFD software,
OpenFOAM. OpenFOAM® is a registered trademark of ESI Group.

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