COOLFluiD: An open computational platform for multi-physics simulation and research

A. Lani, N. Villedieu, K. Bensassi, L. Kapa, M. Vymazal, M. S. Yalim, M. Panesi

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The COOLFluiD (Computational Object Oriented Libraries for Fluid Dynamics) project, offcially started in 2002, has lead to the creation of a world-class, extremely modular col- laborative platform for high-performance scientific computing and multi-physics modeling. Target applications include Space Weather modeling, aeroacoustics, turbulence, aerother- modynamics for aerospace problems ranging from incompressible regime to hypersonics, steady and unsteady flows, etc. COOLFluiD features a unique collection of parallel nu- merical solvers for unstructured meshes, where each physical model (set of PDE's, variable transformation, aerothermochemical properties, etc.) or numerical algorithm (space dis- cretization, time discretization, coupling strategy, linear system solver interface, etc.) is enclosed in a separate module which is loaded dynamically at run-time. The paper presents a concise description about the main design strengths of the platform, an overview of cur- rent capabilities (in terms of numerical methods and physical models) and a gallery of the most challenging applications tackled so far. Particular attention is devoted to the computational modeling of aerothermodynamics and plasma flows, including atmospheric re-entry flows and numerical simulation of experiments in high-enthalpy facilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2013
Event21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2013Jun 27 2013


Conference21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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