OpenCFD releases OpenFOAM 1.6

OpenCFD announced today the release of OpenFOAMTM 1.6, which a rich set of new features. The full list of new features and changes can be found in the release notes, while the code can be downloaded from the official website here.

Among the new functionalities:

  • New structure in the turbulence (RANS and LES) models
  • New wall functions for both RANS and LES models.
  • Thermophysical model to allow non-gaseous materials to be defined.
  • Generalized polynomial equation of state.
  • Finite volume discrete ordinate method for radiation modelling.
  • Discrete Simulation Monte Carlo solver.
  • Polynomial fit higher order schemes.
  • Coal combustion model in Lagrangian solvers.
  • Steady state and transient solvers for heat transfer.
  • Reacting solver in porous media.
  • Updated molecular dynamics solvers and conjugated heat transfer codes.

OpenFOAM 1.6 has been built on openSUSE 11.1 and tested on Ubuntu 9. Further information on the operating system requirements can be found in the README file.

OpenFOAM is a registered trademark of OpenCFD Limited.


  • Alex

    Hi Alberto

    Nice Homepage, a must for all the CFD practitioners which use OpenFOAM, which is my case… 🙂

    Can you tell me how do i install OpenFOAM-1.6 from SVN…?

    I have downloaded the sources from OpenCFD and I am about to compile it in my Debian Lenny, but it seems that there is a bug in the snappyHexMesh, whaich has already been corrected in an OpenFOAM-1.6.x version, this is an SVN checkout, right…?

    What do I do to download it…?

    Best regards


    • Alberto

      Hi Alex,
      thanks for your comment! 🙂

      You can easily install OpenFOAM 1.6.x from git (with -SVN foamers usually refer to the -dev version) as follows:

      – Enter into your OpenFOAM directory, and remove the OpenFOAM-1.6 directory
      – In a terminal opened in the OpenFOAM directory type: git clone git://
      – At the end of the git command, you’ll have all the updated source code
      – Rename the ThirdParty-1.6 directory to ThirdParty-1.6.x
      – Edit your ~/.bashrc so that the line sourcing OpenFOAM configurations becomes . $HOME/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.6.x/etc/bashrc
      – At this point, compile paraview (note: you might need cmake from the 32 bit ThirdParty package if you use the 64 bit version of ThirdParty tools) as explained in the README file.
      – Finally, compile OpenFOAM by going into ~/OpenFOAM/ThirdParty-1.6.x and typing ./Allwmake

      To keep your installation up to date, simply type “git pull” in your ~/OpenFOAM directory and then use the ./Allwmake script to recompile.

      Enjoy 🙂

  • anonymous

    Hi Alberto,

    I am unable to compile paraview like you have mentioned. Compilation exits with error 2 after about 52%. I had switched to system compiler in and still it wouldn’t work. I have all binutils, Qt installed. Ubuntu 8.10 – 64 bit intel processor.

    Do you have any suggestions or steps?


    • Alberto

      I have never tried to compile it on Ubuntu 8.10. The instructions I wrote are for openSUSE 11.1. You might want to search for further information on the discussion board.