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It is with deep regret advise that the Symposium on OpenFOAM Technology 2020 (SOFT) scheduled to take place in Melbourne 22 April has been cancelled.

The rapidly changing circumstances relating to COVID-19, combined with the recent implementation of organisational travel restrictions, and government travel restrictions here in Australia and internationally has and will significantly impact on the ability of people to attend the symposium. To ensure the health and safety of our staff, partners and attendees we have decided to cancel the symposium.

This has been a very difficult decision for Applied CCM. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause. We are keen to hold the Symposium at a future date once the COVID-19 situation settles.

We thank you for your understanding during this very difficult time.

Symposium on OpenFOAM® Technology


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Symposium on OpenFOAM Technology


The Symposium on OpenFOAM® Technology (SOFT), organised by Applied CCM will bring together people who utilise software based on OpenFOAM (variants and forks). It provides an opportunity to spread the use of OpenFOAM in industrial and academic contexts in Australia. The main objective of the symposium is to facilitate sharing of knowledge at all levels between beginners through to expert. Providing a common platform for students, academics and industry for learning, understanding and contributing to the OpenFOAM community in Australia. Participants attending the symposium will gain further insight to the wide range of applications of OpenFOAM whilst meeting other practitioners. Everyone of all levels is invited to take part in the symposium.

About OpenFOAM

OpenFOAM® is the leading free, open-source software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD), developed primarily by OpenCFD Ltd since 2004. It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science, from both commercial and academic organisations. OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to acoustics, solid mechanics and electromagnetics. Being open-source, OpenFOAM offers users complete freedom to customise and extend its existing functionality, either by themselves or through support from third parties.

There are many variants and forks based on OpenFOAM technology, all released as free and open-source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

The two main variants are:

  • OpenFOAM by OpenCFD Ltd, first released as open-source in 2004.
  • OpenFOAM by The OpenFOAM Foundation, released since 2012.

The two main forks are:

  • FOAM-Extend, released by Wikki Ltd since 2009.
  • Caelus, released by Applied CCM since 2014.

Registration: $35 (inc GST)

includes lunch and refreshments

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Date and Location




Saxons Training Facilities

Level 8/500 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Registration: $35 (inc GST)

includes lunch and refreshments

9:30Keynote: Development and Application of a Hybrid Turbulence Model Based on the Flow Simulation Methodology
Dr Aleksandar Jemcov, University of Notre Dame.
11:00Inkjet Printer Design and Analysis using OpenFOAM
Dr Sam Mallinson, Memjet.
11:25A comparison of FDS and Caelus for Carpark CO Ventilation Studies
Dr Martin Leahy, Applied CCM and Daniel Lansell-Kenny, Wood & Grieve Engineers.
11:50Tutorial: Function objects in OpenFOAM
Dr Darrin Stephens, Applied CCM.
13:20Keynote: The Influence of Mesh Topology and Distribution on CFD Simulation Efficiency
Dr Rick Matus, Pointwise, Inc.
14:20RANS Modelling of Turbulent Supersonic Combusting Jets using OpenFOAM
Stefano Wahono, Defence Science and Technology Group.
14:45Application of OpenFOAM in Waste Water Treatment Systems.
Dr Mohammad Shakil Ahmmed, The University of Queensland.
15:30Tutorial: Using OpenFOAM for free surface flows
Dr Darrin Stephens, Applied CCM.

Keynote Speakers

Aleksandar Jemcov

Aleksandar Jemcov has over twenty years of experience in computational fluid dynamics and turbomachinery related flows. His research interests include development of numerical algorithms for fluid mechanics, solid-fluid interactions, efficient solver methodologies applicable to both compressible and incompressible flows, thermoacoustics, turbulence modelling, and linear algebra. Dr. Jemcov’s prior experience includes work in the Combustion Department at Pratt & Whitney Canada, Development Department at Fluent Inc., and the Development Department and Fluids Business Unit at ANSYS, Inc. He currently serves as Associate Director for Computational Sciences at the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory and is concurrently appointed as Research Assistant Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Jemcov completed his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Belgrade in 2004.

Rick Matus

Rick Matus joined Pointwise during its first year of operation. He leads the sales and marketing activities. Previously, Dr. Matus was product manager for the RAMPANT CFD solver, predecessor of Fluent, at Fluent, Inc. and for several years supervised and performed applied CFD at General Dynamics Fort Worth Division. Dr. Matus earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University in 1980, an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M in 1981, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1986.

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