What is it?

Butterfly is a Grasshopper/Dynamo plugin and object-oriented python library that creates and runs computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations using OpenFOAM. At the present time, OpenFOAM is the most rigorously-validated open source CFD engine in existence and is capable of running several advanced simulations and turbulence models (from simple RAS to intensive LES). Butterfly is built to quickly export geometry to OpenFOAM and run several common types of airflow simulations that are useful to building design. This includes outdoor simulations to model urban wind patterns, indoor buoyancy-driven simulations to model thermal comfort and ventilation effectiveness, and much more.

butterfly functions

Who is it for?

Architects - Designers - Engineers
Construction Industry Players

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