If you have a question about the project, please feel free to contact us at vbt-openfoam(∂)ebi.kit.edu !

OpenFOAM® is a widely used, flexible, easy to extend and powerful toolkit for computational fluid dynamics simulations that provides additional tools for pre and postprocessing. It has a number of solvers dedicated to the simulation of combustion processes. These solvers suffer from some shortcomings:

  • No detailed models for molecular diffusion are available. Instead, a unity Lewis number is assumed for all species.
  • The computation of chemical reaction rates from finite rate models uses OpenFOAM's® solvers for ordinary differential equations (ODE). Compared to other ODE solvers, they run much slower.


In order to overcome these shortcomings and to provide an OpenFOAM® based solver that can compute flames both accurately as well as efficiently, the EBI-DNS solver was created. It was first developed in 2012 and has been improved ever since. It couples OpenFOAM® to the open-source library Cantera. This enables the use of Cantera's detailed model for diffusion coefficients. This also means that reaction mechanisms can be provided to the OpenFOAM® solver in Cantera's xml format. The integration of chemical reaction rates is performed by Sundials CVODE solver, which is the only third-party dependency of the EBI-DNS solver. Compared to OpenFOAM's® own ODE solvers, this was found to speedup chemistry computation by a factor of ten, depending on the setup.

The EBI-DNS solver itself is based on OpenFOAM's® rhoReactingBuoyantFoam solver. It extends the solver by additional features and also changes the transport equations for species masses and energy, because the species can diffuse with different velocities. OpenFOAM® is used in version v1712 or 5.x and the interface is based on Cantera's version 2.5.0a2


The main technical documentation of the extension
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If you have a question about the project, please feel free to contact us at vbt-openfoam(∂)ebi.kit.edu !