The open-source tools of Ladybug, Butterfly, and OpenFoam are pretty incredible, and I would like to thank all those that played a part in the creation and implementation of these powerful tools.
I am working on a definition to describe the computational fluid dynamics process to students in a research program where I work. The model seems to function well, but I would like to extend the capabilities in Grasshopper, particularly in post-processing analysis and visualization. Ways to streamline and simplify the process and extend information are vital in communicating lessons, I would love to see streamlines or contour plots, but these elude me so far. Modifying fluid properties like density and viscosity also are beyond me at this point.
An updated program will evaluate flow fields around the test object geometry that can be changed out similarly to real wind tunnels. Eventually, the geometry will be 3-D printed, and a flow-field analysis conducted to compare results with attention on vortex stability, something that is beyond this version 1 model. However, I’m hopeful the OpenFoam framework has this capability.
Any feedback or comments would be much appreciated. Frankly, I’m just happy that everything installed and I was able to understand things well enough to create a working definition. Once I have the permissions, I will upload the definition for review and suggestions. Until then, I have included an image describing the general process with the hope that some may find it useful.