Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Navigate here

Open Source CFD for Engineering Design

       ◄ Back to journal  


In order to reduce time-to-market modern Engineering Designers are increasingly using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in their project development cycle. Albeit CFD has being steadily expanding into engineering design offices only around 30 000, out of 1 million mechanical engineers who are daily involved in design, are routinely using CFD. It is a responsibility of the academia, research centers, and top industrial companies of every size to help demonstrate the advantages of CFD technology for the product development cycle. The use of open source tools, such as OpenFOAM, SU2, COOLFluiD, and Kratos will inevitably lead to a further expansion of CFD.
This special issue will present a set of high-quality papers dealing with the use of CFD for the design of mechanical engineering components and systems based only on open source CFD Codes. Diverse topics will be presented, dealing with: optimization of heat and fluid flow; turbomachinery; multi-physics computational techniques; new algorithms; description of best practices for mechanical design using CFD; multi-processing and high performing computing; and from nano to macro scale applications.
This special issue will be more focused on the applications using open source codes instead of software development.  The papers should not merely present a short description, of a successful in-house application relating CFD to mechanical engineering design but, instead, they should provide enough level of detail for that, for similar problems, engineers can find their path into this technology, i.e. free of commercialism. The test-cases should help identifying bottlenecks, and also positive assets of the used open source codes. Every submitted paper should also provide a detailed analysis of the state-of-the-art in its specific area of application. Conclusions must be drawn regarding the specific test-case presented and also by defining general design guidelines for this field. Computational costs should be described, in particular when they are higher than typical off-the-shelve computers routinely available in companies.


Prof. Dr. José Carlos Páscoa Marques
Center for Mechanical
and Aerospace Sciences and Technologies
Faculdade de Engenharia
Universidade da Beira Interior
6201-001 Covilhã, PORTUGAL

Dr. Michele Trancossi
Department of Engineering and Mathematics
Sheffield Hallam University,
Sheffield S1 1WB, UK


Before submission authors should carefully read the Instructions for Authors, which are located here. All submissions to the Topical Issue must be made electronically at via online submission system Editorial Manager.

All manuscripts will go through the Open Engineering high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. When entering your submission via online submission system please choose the type article Open Source CFD for Engineering Design.
The deadline for the submissions is 31st of December 2017, but individual papers will be reviewed and published online as they arrive.

Please note that the journal has publication fees (APCs - Article Processing Charges) which apply after the acceptance of papers (there are no submission charges). The standard APC is 1000 euro per paper, regardless of its length. The authors from Topical Issue Open Source CFD for Engineering Design who submit papers till the end of September will receive 50% discount of APC fee.

Contributors to the Topical Issue will benefit from:

  • fair and constructive peer review provided by recognized experts in the field,
  • Open Access to your article for all interested readers,
  • fast online publication of articles,
  • online submission and tracking system,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions;
  • increased visibility and readership
  • increased and accelerated citations
  • no space constraints
  • extensive promotion of best articles
  • article indexed in SCOPUS and Web of Science 

We are looking forward to your submission. If you have any question, please contact us:
Managing Editor: Karolina.Hejbudzka@degruyteropen.com