This page is still a work in progress. We are aiming to bring in the old documentation we have from blueCFD-Core 2.3-1, but the objective is to contribute as much as possible to the openfoamwiki.net website, so that everyone can contribute.
Reminder: blueCFD-Core provides ports of OpenFOAM (the one from the OpenFOAM Foundation) for running directly on Windows, therefore the official OpenFOAM Foundation User Guides should also work with our ports.
Table of content:
A short video tutorial is available at blueCFD-Core: Install How-To @ YouTube for blueCFD-Core 2016-1 and is shown below as well:
The installation steps are very similar for blueCFD-Core 2017 and 2020, therefore this video is still representative.
If you already have 2016-1 installed, you can update by running the installer for 2016-2 and use the same installation steps. The installer should inherit the installation settings on its own.
A 40 minute video tutorial is available at blueCFD-Core: OpenFOAM® tutorial 1 How-To @ YouTube and is shown below as well:
If you’re developping or building OpenFOAM technology from source code, then check the instructions already available on our wiki.
We are gradually adding ports of popular community projects to blueCFD-Core.
Please follow the respective wiki pages for the project you want to build:
blueCFD-Core does not provide a GUI for using OpenFOAM, but there are already several GUIs developed by others that use blueCFD-Core:
DHCAE Tools CastNet has worked on Windows with blueCFD-Core since 2009-10, namely when blueCFD-Core was originally launched as blueCFD 1.6-1.
Eddy3D add-on for Rhino CAD works with blueCFD-Core 2017-2. This add-on is free, but it also depends on Rhino CAD 3D.
FEATool Multiphysics MATLAB Toolbox runs with MATLAB, can be downloaded for free here, with paid upgrades for advanced usage and support. It should work with blueCFD-Core without special installation instructions.
MantiumFlow - CFD Simulation Software by MantiumCAE started working with blueCFD-Core 2016-1.
ESI VA One at least version 2018.0.1 is known to use blueCFD-Core on Windows, uncertain about more recent versions.