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OpenFOAM Alternatives

OpenFOAM is described as 'is the leading free, open source software for CFD, owned by the OpenFOAM Foundation and distributed exclusively under the General Public Licence (GPL)' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to OpenFOAM for Windows, Linux, Mac, GNU Octave and MATLAB. The best alternative is SimFlow. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Elmer or KRATOS Multiphysics. Other great apps like OpenFOAM are COMSOL Multiphysics, CFDTool, ANSYS Fluent and FEATool Multiphysics.

This page was last updated Oct 5, 2020
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

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  1. SimFlow

    • Windows
    • Linux

    SimFlow is a powerful CFD software, focused on engineering and science. It combines an intuitive user interface with the advantages of the open-source OpenFOAM® libraries in something more than a compact OpenFoam® GUI.

    Almost everyone thinks SimFlow is a great alternative to OpenFOAM.
  2. Elmer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Elmer is an open source multiphysical simulation software mainly developed by CSC - IT Center for Science (CSC). Elmer development was started 1995 in collaboration with Finnish Universities, research institutes and industry.



  3. COMSOL Multiphysics

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    COMSOL Multiphysics is an engineering, design, and finite element analysis software environment for the modeling and simulation of any physics-based system.

  4. KRATOS Multiphysics

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Kratos Multiphysics (A.K.A Kratos) is a framework for building parallel multi-disciplinary simulation software. Modularity, extensibility and HPC are the main objectives. Kratos has BSD license and is written in C++ with extensive Python interface.

  5. CFDTool

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    CFDTool™ (https://www.cfdtool.com) is a fully integrated and dedicated MATLAB® Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Toolbox for modeling and simulation of fluid flows with coupled heat transfer.



  6. ANSYS Fluent

    • Windows

    ANSYS Fluent software contains the broad physical modeling capabilities needed to model flow, turbulence, heat transfer, and reactions for industrial applications ranging from air flow over an aircraft wing to combustion in a furnace, from bubble columns to oil platforms, from...

  7. FEATool Multiphysics

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GNU Octave
    • MATLAB

    FEATool Multiphysics is a fully integrated Finite Element FEM CAE simulation toolbox for Matlab. With FEATool you can easily model and simulate heat transfer, fluid flow CFD, structural mechanics, chemical reactions, general PDEs, and more.

  8. COSMOSWorks

    • Windows

    COSMOSWorks provides easy to use yet powerful design validation and optimization tools for designers and engineers alike.

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  9. FEATFLOW

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    The program package FEATFLOW is both a user oriented as well as a general purpose subroutine system for the numerical solution of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in two and three space dimensions.

  10. SimWorks

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SimWorks is a free CFD software built upon established open-source simulation tools integrated into an intuitive GUI. It supports the entire CFD simulation process: CAD import, pre-processing, meshing, running and fully integrated post-processing.

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