SimFlow Third Party Configuration

Configuration

SimFlow is a graphic user interface (GUI) dedicated for the OpenFOAM. SimFlow also use the ParaView for the advanced postprocessing of CFD simulation. These third-party applications need to be installed and configured before using SimFlow. For both operating system Windows and Linux the customization process will be different.

Windows

For Windows users, installation package already includes aforementioned third-party applications:

  • SimFlow Engine (OpenFOAM for Windows delivered by SimFlow team)

  • ParaView

If you install them together with a SimFlow you will not need any additional configuration. By default, SimFlow will use those installations for running computations and doing postprocessing.

You can skip installing third-party software (not recommended) if you have already them installed or prefer another version.

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To edit the settings related to OpenFOAM and ParaView:

  1. Run SimFlow by double-clicking on the desktop icon

  2. Click the Advanced Settings button

    launcher advanced button
  3. Specify the path to the installation directory of ParaView.

    Default paths: C:/Program Files/SimFlow/ParaView-5.6.0/bin/paraview.exe

  4. Specify the path to OpenFOAM folder with application’s executable files inside.

    Default path: C:/Program Files/SimFlow/engine-1812

    launcher advanced
  5. Close the Advanced Settings window

  6. Type your project name, specify projects workspace, and click ENTER to start using SimFlow

Linux

Installation of the SimFlow on Linux operating systems includes only SimFlow application. OpenFOAM and ParaView will be automatically connected to the SimFlow only if these applications are already installed in default locations on your system. If not, you will need to indicate their location manually. For this purpose launch the SimFlow and follow these steps:

  1. Run SimFlow by double-clicking on the desktop icon or typing in terminal window:

    simFlow

  2. Click the Advanced Settings button

    launcher advanced button
  3. Specify the path to the installation directory of ParaView.
    Default paths: /opt/OpenFOAM/ThidrParty-4.0/platforms/Linux64Gcc/ParaView-5.0.1
    or you might try to find it by typing in console:

    which paraview

  4. Specify the path to OpenFOAM folder with application’s executable files inside.
    Default path: /opt/OpenFOAM/ThidrParty-4.0/platforms/Linux64GccDPint32Opt

    launcher advanced
  5. Close the Advanced Settings window

  6. Type your project name, specify projects workspace, and click ENTER to start using SimFlow