Turbulence Technical Committee

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A warm welcome to the Turbulence Technical Committee's wiki page! As part of the OpenFOAM Governance structure our job is to advance the turbulence modelling capabilities of OpenFOAM. Here, you can find information about us, our current activities and also how to get in touch.

Members of the Committee

There are currently seven committee members, led by Charles Mockett who acts as chairman.

Collectively we have experience in a wide range of turbulence modelling approaches and areas of application. A brief summary follows.

  • Charles Mockett: hybrid RANS-LES, verification & validation, numerical methods for LES​; automotive indsutry.
  • Michael Alletto: atmospheric turbulence, particle-laden flows​; wind energy.
  • Rene-Daniel Cecora: Reynolds stress modelling​; automotive industry.
  • Andrew Heather: verification & validation, code development​, release and maintnance.
  • Timofey Mukha: wall modelling, inflow turbulence; marine technology.
  • Philippe Spalart: RANS, hybrid RANS-LES, DNS; aeronautics, aeroacoustics​.
  • Stefan Wallin: RANS, LES, Hybrid RANS-LES​; aeronautics, flow control.

How to Contact Us

To contact the committee, we suggest that you open an issue on the OpenFOAM Gitlab, where you report problems, provide feedback, or describe your potential contribution. Issues relevant to turbulence are likely to get picked up by the committee for discussion, but the dialogue can commence already in the comments to the issue. If you want to make sure our attention is drawn, add an @timofeymukha tag inside the issue. In case you prefer more traditional ways of communicating, you can always simply send one of the members an e-mail.

Our Workflow

The committee holds quarterly online meetings typically lasting about two hours. In between the meetings, we carry out planned activities and keep in touch via an online collaboration tool. An important part of the work is formulating code improvement proposals to the Steering Committee, which makes the final decision. We also run a code repository associated with the committee. Currently, it is empty but the idea is to stage potential contributions to the main code and also preserve things that are removed from the code but my still be of interest to some parts of the turbulence modelling community.

Implemented Contributions

What follows is a list of new turbulence modelling features that were introduced into the code with the help of the committee. For more details, please follow the links.

- New multiphase turbulence stabilization

Activity Log

  • 2020-01-28 Regular committee meeting.
  • 2019-11-21 Timofey made a presentation about the committee's work at the Gothenburg Region OpenFOAM User Group Meeting
  • 2019-10-15 Some members had the pleasure to meet in person at the 7th OpenFOAM Conference in Berlin. Charles made a presentation about the committee's work.
  • 2019-10-16 First set of proposals submitted to the Steering Committee.
  • 2019-09-10 Regular committee meeting.
  • 2019-05-27 First meeting of the committee!


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