Joint Franco/Belgian OpenFoam users conference

3rd French OpenFOAM® users conference

May 23rd and 24th, 2018 | Valenciennes | France


Foam-utilisateurs (French OpenFOAM® users group), the University of Valenciennes and IMT Lille Douai (University of Lille) are pleased to invite you to the third french conference of OpenFOAM® users. For the third year in a row, this event aims to bring together OpenFOAM® users as well as those interested in potential applications of the software. People from academia and industry are invited to present advances in their relevant research and development fields exchanging ideas and information in an interdisciplinarity environment. This conference will provide an ideal opportunity to develop new collaborations and to meet experts.


“The OpenFOAM Maintenance Plan”

Chris Greenshields.
Chris Greenshields is the Director of both CFD Direct and the OpenFOAM Foundation who manages and distributes OpenFOAM. Chris began working on OpenFOAM® in 1996.

“Overview of the combustion capabilities and ongoing developments: from handling chemical mechanisms to integrating turbulence.”

Francesco Contino.
Francesco Contino has developed a reduction method (TDAC) in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano. This method enables the use of more detailed mechanisms in CFD simulation. It has been recently included in the official release of OpenFOAM®.

Tutorial sessions by Lilla Kapa KOLOSZÁR (VKI)

  1.  Modeling of turbulent heat transfer: RANS & LES
  2. Introduction of a multi-region, multiphase (VoF) solver.

Call for Contributions

You are kindly encouraged to participate in the conference by submitting a conference talk, a paper poster or a digital poster.
We would like to keep it simple. As in previous years, the title of your contribution will suffice for the submission procedure. Whenever possible, we try to accommodate everyone but the number of places being limited, a selection will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Be careful not to submit at the last minute because this year our Belgian colleagues are invited !

Important Dates

  • November, 2017 : submission process starts
  • March 1, 2018 : early bird registration
  • April 20, 2018 : deadline to submit a presentation
  • May 23, 24, 2018 : conference date

download the flyer of the conference here : flyer


Wednesday 23/05/2018

10:00-10:30 | Registration desk opens
10:30-10:40 | Welcome addresses
10:40-10:50 | Beta Simulation Solution
10:50-11:10 | Sanguinetti Véronique (Univ. Valenciennes) – How and why open source is taking on in businesses ? (presentation)
11:10-11:30 | Indurain Bruce (UVHC) – Heat transfer performances of an axial guide vane swirler (presentation)
11:30-11:50 | Taghon Fabien (PHIMECA Engineering) – Phimecasoft et OpenFOAM : une introduction aux méthodes probabilistes en CFD (presentation)
11:50-12:35 | Koloszar Lilla Kapa (VKI) – Implementation : Modeling of turbulent heat transfer: RANS & LES (presentation and code OFv4)

Lunch Break

14:00-14:50 | Greenshields Chris (OpenFOAM Foundation) – The OpenFOAM Maintenance Plan
14:50-15:10 | Bonamy Cyrille (LEGI) – Prediction of scour phenomenon around cylinder with SedFoam
15:10-15:30 | Leroy Benjamin (ICONCFD) – Rapid Cloud Deployment of CFD-based Processes (presentation and movie)
15:30-15:50 | Campo Francisco (ENGYS) – Current CFD Developments at ENGYS – Pushing the Boundaries of OpenFOAM

16:00 | Bus departure tp le Cateau-Cambrésis
17:00-18:00 | Visit Musee Matisse
18:00-19:00 | Visit : VIVAT Brewery & degustation
19:00-22:00 | Conference dinner

Thursday 24/05/2018

09:00-09:50 | Koloszar Lilla Kapa (VKI) – Impementation : Introduction of a multi-region, multiphase (VoF) solver (presentation and code OFv4)
09:50-10:10 | Pozzobon Victor (LGPM, SFR, CEBB) – Granular medium generation and hydrodynamic characterization: an application to wood chips bed (presentation)
10:10-10:30 | Lecocq Guillaume (INERIS) – Study of the propagation of a methane / air flame in various types of tubes (presentation)
10:30-10:50 | Lamorlette Aymeric & Souvandy David (AMU) – Switching FireFOAM from a compressible to a low-Mach number approximation solver (presentation)

Cofee Break

11:30-12:20 | Contino Francesco (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) – Overview of the combustion capabilities and ongoing developments: from handling chemical mechanisms to integrating turbulence.
12:20-12:40 | Dabonneville Félix (CORIA) – A multiresolution method with local mesh refinement applied to atomization
12:40-13:00 | Bozonnet Pauline & Borràs Nadal Adrià (IFPEN) – CFD simulations for a better understanding of the Hydrodynamics of Floating Wind Turbine

Lunch Break

14:10-14:30 | Devaradja René (ICONCFD) – Investigation of a modern and hybrid turbulence modelling approach for transient flows
14:30-14:50 | Aguinaga Sylvain (CSTB) & Bogdan Mateusz & Sauvageon Alexis – (AREP) – Simulation of the piston effect of a train entering or leaving an underground station (presentation)
14:50-15:10 | Anez Javier (CORIA) – Advanced atomization modeling: FCC (FLuid Catalytic Cracking) applications (presentation)
15:10-15:30 | Gamet Lionel (IFPEN) – Quantitative benchmark of VOF methods in OpenFOAM
15:30-15:50 | Dbouk Talib (IMT Lille Douai) – Research and development activities using OpenFOAM at the Energy Engineering Department of IMT Lille Douai

15:50-16:00 | Conference End
16:30-17:30 | Foam-Utilisateurs general assembly


The conference will be held in the city of Valenciennes (France), at University of Valenciennes, which is very convenient in terms of transportation with respect to the city center and train station. You will find some hotel in SomeHotelsinValenciennes (or on the map).

By car : Autoroute A2, sortie Valenciennes Sud – direction Le Cateau
Be careful, there is another event and car parksP6, P7 et P8 from ISTV are closed.
Please use Parking P5. ISTV1 (conference building) is building  21.
Public transportation,  tramway : Ligne T1 or T2  direction :  Famars-Université, stop : Moriamez Recherche, then cross the bus line and follow it fo a hundred meter.
The main entrance is clearly visible and there will be direction panels.


Registration Fees

early bird registration :  155 euros (Foam-U members) or 175 euros (Coffee breaks, Lunches and Wednesday night dinner)
regular registration : 175 euros (Foam-U members) or 195 euros (Coffee breaks, Lunches and Wednesday night dinner)


Organizing Commitee

France :

  • François Beaubert – University of Valenciennes
  • Talib Dbouk – IMT Lille Douai (University of Lille)
  • Julien Reveillon – University of Rouen
  • David Uystepruyst – University of Valenciennes

Belgium :

  • Francesco Contino – BURN Joint Research Group – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Lilla Koloszar – von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

For any information, please contact