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Engineering, Fluid dynamics


ANSYS Fluent is a fluid dynamics (CFD) software tool that includes physical modeling capabilities across a wide range of CFD and multiphysics applications. It can be used to model flow, turbulence, heat transfer, and reactions for industrial applications.

Available versions (Euler, old software stack)

Legacy versions Supported versions New versions
14.5, 15.0 16.2, 17.0 18.0, 18.2

Environment modules (Euler, old software stack)

Version Module load command Additional modules loaded automatically
14.5 module load legacy fluent/14.5 centos_cruft/6
15.0 module load legacy fluent/15.0 centos_cruft/6
16.2 module load fluent/16.2 legacy centos_cruft/6
17.0 module load fluent/17.0 legacy centos_cruft/6
18.0 module load new fluent/18.0
18.2 module load new fluent/18.2
19.5 module load new fluent/19.5

How to submit a job

For submitting a fluent job, you need to create a journal file, which contains the commands that fluent should run. You can submit a fluent job for the journal file my_journal_file.jou with the following command.
bsub [LSF options] "fluent [fluent options] -i my_journal_file.jou"

Here you need to replace [LSF options] with LSF parameters for the resource requirements of the job. Please find a documentation about the parameters of bsub on the wiki page about the batch system. Note that for parallel jobs, it is sufficient to use the -n option of bsub. The batch system will automatically set the fluent parameter for specifying the number of cores, based on the value that you specify for -n. Please find below some description for the command line parameters, the are in the submission command specified as [fluent options].

Parameter Description
-cc Use the classic color scheme
-env Show environment variables
-mesher Start Ansys Fluent in meshing mode
-nm Don't display mesh after reading it
-post Start the Ansys Fluent post-processing-only executable
-rx Specify realease number

A typical Fluent job submission could look like the following:

bsub -W 8:00 -R "rusage[mem=2048, scratch=2048]" "fluent 2d -i fluent_case.jou > output.out"

In fluent, you can choose between single and double precision solvers. The choice can be specified via the parameter that indicates if the model is two or three-dimensional. In this example command, ouput is redirected to the file output.out.

Keyword Description
2d two-dimensional model single precision
2ddp two-dimensional model double precision
3d three-dimensional model single precision
3ddp three-dimensional model double precision

Parallel jobs

You can run parallel fluent jobs on the cluster, by specifying the number of cores through the -n option of bsub. Fluent supports distributed memory parallel mode, which allows you to run single simulations across multiple compute nodes. Using fluent, you can choose between PCMPI and Intel MPI. On our HPC clusters, we noticed a problem with the CPU affinity settings, when using PCMPI. In some cases, all MPI processes were bound to a single processor core, which lead to a slow down for those jobs (by a factor that is equal to the number of cores, that users specified for the simulation). Therefore, we strongly recommend to not change any MPI settings through command line parameters. For parallel fluent jobs, the batch system automatically sets the MPI options such that Intel MPI is used.


As an example, we use a parallel fluent job, that runs on 4 cores.
[leonhard@euler02 fluent]$ ls
baseline.jou  test_mesh.msh
[leonhard@euler02 fluent]$ module load fluent/17.0
[leonhard@euler02 fluent]$ bsub -n 4 -W 1:00 -R "rusage[mem=2048,scratch=2048]" "fluent 2ddp -i baseline.jou &> test.log"    
Fluent job.
Job <26024496> is submitted to queue <normal.4h>.
[leonhard@euler02 fluent]$ bjobs
26024496   leonhard    PEND  normal.4h  euler02                 * test.log Aug 29 15:29
[leonhard@euler02 fluent]$ bjobs
26024496   leonhard    RUN   normal.4h  euler02     4*e1123     * test.log Aug 29 15:29
[leonhard@euler02 fluent]$ ls
baseline.jou  iso_htc_baseline.out  lsf.o26024496  test.log  test_mesh.msh
Since we redirected the output, the log information will be stored in the file test.log instead of lsf.o26024496.

License information

Commercial (centrally provided by IT shop)