OpenFOAM is an open source solver that supports 3D hybrid grids including all cell types available in Pointwise.

Any baffle domains which have boundary conditions assigned to the faceSet type will not have their grid points cloned or "inflated" at export.

On the other hand, baffle domains assigned to boundary conditions of any other type will have their points cloned.

Multiple volume conditions can be assigned and exported for interior, boundary, and complete volumes. Exporting volume conditions will result in additional files to the default five export files required by OpenFOAM. Additionally, solver attributes can be assigned so that Cell and Face data for the mesh can be exported as Sets, Zones, or both (Cae, Set solver attributes, Openfoam).

Note that more OpenFOAM solver attributes are available in CAE, Solver Attributes, OpenFOAM


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OpenFOAM volume conditions

Keep in mind that OpenFOAM does not support what is considered to be standard volume conditions. That being said, Pointwise has defined a set of "special" OpenFOAM volume conditions that can be used to define different variations of face/cell sets and face/cell zones to be exported.

When the current CAE solver is OpenFOAM, you can define collections of faces in the CAE, Set Volume Conditions panel and use the volume condition Type options to define which cells and faces should be exported via the File, Export, CAE command. The table below, presents information regarding the specific meaning of each Pointwise-defined OpenFOAM volume condition Type.

OpenFOAM Volume Conditions
Pointwise-defined special OpenFOAM volume conditions allow you to define which cells and faces should be exported via the File, Export, CAE command.
Type Description
volumeToFace All faces are exported
interiorToFace Only interior faces are exported
boundaryToFace Only boundary faces are exported
interiorToFace+boundaryToFace Interior and boundary faces are exported separately
volumeToCell All cells are exported
volumeToCell+volumeToFace All cells and faces are exported
volumeToCell+interiorToFace All cells and interior faces are exported
volumeToCell+boundaryToFace All cells and boundary faces are exported
volumeToCell+interiorToFace+boundaryToFace All cells and interior and boundary faces are exported separately