6th OpenFOAM Conference 2018

23 October 2018 - 25 October 2018
Germany, Hamburg

ESI-Open CFD is pleased to announce the 6th Annual OpenFOAM Conference. This event offers a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments and interact with users and developers across the OpenFOAM community.

Who should attend?

This is the OpenFOAM primary event in all areas of CFD applications and Process integration; useful for CFD engineers, Managers, IT specialists, Developers, Consultants, Researchers, Students, those seeking Continuing Professional Development hour-creditation.

This year's conference agenda (October 23rd - 25th) will include a focus on Aerodynamics and Optimisation, continuing themes on Aeroacoustics, Multiphase, Fire Modeling, Environment, High Performance Computing, Overset and Meshing and OpenFOAM Technology.

Additional Workshops (October 25th):

  • Applications Best Practices
  • Optimisation in OpenFOAM
  • OpenFOAM made Easy with Visual-CFD
  • Opensource simulation with OpenFOAM and Scilab

Congratulations to Thorsten Zirwes (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Steinbuch Centre for Computing, Germany), winner of the Student Paper Award for his presentation "Optimizing Load Balancing of Reacting Flow Solvers in OpenFOAM for High Performance Computing".

Congratulations to Johan Roenby (Stromning, Denmark), winner of the Best Paper Award for his presentation "The IsoAdvector VoF method: Recent and future development" in affiliation with the Aalborg University (Assistant Professor at Department of Mathematical Sciences, Aalborg University).


This event will take place in Hamburg, Germany from 23th to 25th October 2018. This year we will host the event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport, Germany.

Flashback: Past OpenFOAM Conferences

Five years ago in April 2013, ESI premiered the OpenFOAM Conference in Frankfurt, Germany with more than 200 participants from all parts of the world. With a mix of about 35 industrial speakers from Automotive, Chemical, Aerospace, Biotechnologies, Marine, Coastal Engineering etc., the event brought OpenFOAM creators and OpenFOAM users together to exchange and share their ideas and knowledge about OpenFOAM. Attendee numbers increased even more at our second and  third OpenFOAM User Conference 2014 in Berlin and 2015 in Stuttgart and also the fourth event, held in October 2016 in Cologne and the fifth event, held in October 2017 in Wiesbaden, was again extremely well received by the worldwide OpenFOAM community.

What do the attendees from former OpenFOAM Conferences have to say?

The OpenFOAM User Conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet and exchange with the OpenFOAM makers, development and user community - A conference to attend!

Gilles Reichling

The conference is very enlightening and got to learn the new developments happening in CFD world.

Kunal Chaudhary
Roche PVT

The conference is for me a very good chance to meet and chat with people involved in OpenFOAM. Thank you!

Michael Ceniga

This was one of the best conferences I ever visited

Rok Lapuh

It was a very diverse collection of unique problem solving techniques from different standpoints (industries, universities), all contributing to the open-source community.

Nandana Varchasvi
Bergische Universität Wuppertal

I really appreciate the wide variety of industrial applications covered during each session

Dr. Caterina Tribuzi
Nova Analysis snc

Very interesting presentations and good opportunity of meeting people from other industries / academics and seeing what they do with OpenFOAM

Marutha Muthu Venkatraman
Lloyd's Register Consulting - Energy AS

I got a lot of insight and collaborations opportunities form the community

Francisco Tovar
RMIT University

The event was very good. It keeps you well informed about what is going on in the world of OpenFOAM and what is to come next

Stefanie Schiffler
P+Z Engineering GmbH

It was the perfect occasion to meet the OpenFOAM community leaders along with other users to exchange great ideas for the future of CFD.

Johannes Probst

The 2nd OpenFOAM User Conference was a great chance to know and exchange experiences and knowledge with the rest of OpenFOAM community. We need it every year regularly. The community is growing up!

Andrea Penza
TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH

A great opportunity to meet colleagues and interact with the ESI-OpenCFD team.

Tom Fahner
Actiflow B.V.

Thank you for the well organized conference

Oscar Van Straten
Damen Schelde

At early stages of using OpenFOAM, but we will understand better our requirements with regard to OpenFOAM as we use it within our projects.

Colin Hatch
Aerotex UK