curiosityFluids is intended as a resource and tool for scientists and engineers using open-source computational fluid dynamics. Open-source computational tools (for example OpenFOAM) are becoming increasingly relevant and important. No longer must people significant amounts of money to pay for expensive licenses. The open-source platforms of today not only provide a host of useful solvers and packages pre-compiled, but the frameworks allow easy manipulation and customization of code in order to suit a scientist’s specific needs. For example, the turbulence model you want isn’t implemented yet? Add it. Do you need a specific solver algorithm, boundary condition, thermophysical model, transport equation? Add it.
The downsides to open-source computing tools are the (sometimes) steep learning curves, and lack of usability. However, the usability is becoming less of an issue as Linux based OS’s become more popular and the open-source tools become more refined. The knowledge required to accurately use computational software though remains. These are the ultimate garbage in-garbage out machines. Or sometimes, garbage in-nothing out machines.
curiosityFluids is aimed at helping with the latter. As the site expands it will continue to offer more and more free tutorials, lectures, and tips for the open-source computational scientist and engineer. Fee-based personalized support will also soon be available for those seeking individualized help.
Please stay tuned while curiosityFluids grows!