Instability and sensitivity analysis of flows using OpenFOAM®

Qiong Liu, F. Gómez, J.M. Perez, V. Theofilis

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The present contributions deal with the development and implementation of the direct and adjoint incompressible Navier–Stokes equations in a matrix-free time-stepping context making use of the open-source OpenFOAM® (open source field operation and manipulation) C++ toolbox. It is shown that a few minor modifications in the source code can enable these multi-purpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solvers to carry out global instability analysis of three-dimensional flows of engineering interest, exploiting all additional capabilities of such codes. The strength of this methodology is demonstrated through the analysis of an interesting selection of open and wall-bounded flows.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-325
Number of pages10
JournalChinese Journal of Aeronautics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • Adjoint-based analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Flow instability
  • OpenFOAM
  • Time-stepping method

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