Rick's Blog

Exploring using Blender as a pre- and post-processing tool for OpenFOAM.
Jan
30
2019

The Right Tool For the Job

 I have been experimenting with the SwiftBlock addons that simplify the process of taking a mesh in Blender and defining that mesh in OpenFOAM.  There are two versions and both are about at the same level of development.  While they both work as advertised, I have come to the conclusion that neither will be appropriate for complex models.  It was at this point, the little voice in the back of my head said, 'Of course, dummy!  A wise man once said, "Always use the right tool for the job!"' (That little voice loves to quote himself!)  While Blender is great for visualizing the results of numerical analysis, it was not made for creating the meshes used in said numerical analysis.  Luckily, I found something that is the right tool for the job...

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Nov
09
2018

Groovy Grading

Quick Update 

 I thought I was going to delve into SwiftBlock and understand the mysteries of setting curved edges.........not so much.  Those mysteries still elude me.  But, I got edge grading to work, so it wasn't a complete loss! :)

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Nov
08
2018

A Basic Wind Tunnel

The Short Version... 

I've attempted to get started with OpenFOAM before.  I generally get bored with the building-block approach to learning it, jump in too deep and quickly get discouraged.  I added an OpenFOAM category to this blog in an attempt to motivate me to take smaller steps and to remain committed for a bit longer.

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Rick's Blog

Exploring using Blender as a pre- and post-processing tool for OpenFOAM.
Jan
30
2019

The Right Tool For the Job

 I have been experimenting with the SwiftBlock addons that simplify the process of taking a mesh in Blender and defining that mesh in OpenFOAM.  There are two versions and both are about at the same level of development.  While they both work as advertised, I have come to the conclusion that neither will be appropriate for complex models.  It was at this point, the little voice in the back of my head said, 'Of course, dummy!  A wise man once said, "Always use the right tool for the job!"' (That little voice loves to quote himself!)  While Blender is great for visualizing the results of numerical analysis, it was not made for creating the meshes used in said numerical analysis.  Luckily, I found something that is the right tool for the job...

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Nov
09
2018

Groovy Grading

Quick Update 

 I thought I was going to delve into SwiftBlock and understand the mysteries of setting curved edges.........not so much.  Those mysteries still elude me.  But, I got edge grading to work, so it wasn't a complete loss! :)

Continue reading
  0 Comments
Nov
08
2018

A Basic Wind Tunnel

The Short Version... 

I've attempted to get started with OpenFOAM before.  I generally get bored with the building-block approach to learning it, jump in too deep and quickly get discouraged.  I added an OpenFOAM category to this blog in an attempt to motivate me to take smaller steps and to remain committed for a bit longer.

Continue reading
  0 Comments