Ladybug+Honeybee: CFD Simulation with OpenFOAM, Rhino/Grasshopper and Butterfly (ADVANCED)




May 11, 2017

Participants will be guided through the process of setting up and simulating a case of outdoor wind patterns using OpenFOAM, a validated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) engine. The session will start with a brief review of the Ladybug Wind Rose and Wind Profile but will move quickly to the Butterfly plugin, which helps mesh the geometry, set wind tunnel properties, and exports everything to the OpenFOAM CFD Engine engine (the only validated open source CFD software to date).

Note the Butterfly plugin is new and the learning curve for CFD is steep. Experience with Grasshopper, Ladybug and CFD is strongly recommended.

Date & Time: Thu, May 11, 2017; 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

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About the Presenter: 

Chris Mackey is a building scientist and designer at Payette Architects as well as a recent graduate of MIT’s Masters of Architecture and Masters of Science in Building Technology 
programs. His completed thesis involved the development of software to produce high-resolution thermal comfort maps of buildings off of EnergyPlus results as well as a new suite of spatial thermal comfort metrics that mirror those currently used to quantify daylight. 

SKILLS & TOPICS: Chris has intimate knowledge of the following languages / software: Python, Grasshopper, Rhino (incl. RhinoCommon), EnergyPlus, OpenStudio. In his free time, Chris is an avid contributor to the Ladybug + Honeybee environmental analysis plugins for grasshopper and is currently in the process of building a new “insect” to link these two plugins and the Rhino/Grasshopper interface to macro-scale climate modeling engines and data sets.


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