(Wind-US User's Guide)
(GMAN User's Guide)
(MADCAP User's Guide)
(CFPOST User's Guide)
(Common File User's Guide)
(Wind-US Installation Guide)
(Wind-US Developer's Reference)
(What's New - Users)
(What's New - Developers)
(Search Wind-US Documentation)
The NPARC Alliance
NASA Glenn Research Center
USAF Arnold Engineering Development Complex
Wind-US is a computational platform which may be used to numerically solve
various sets of equations governing physical phenomena.
Currently, the code supports the solution of the Euler and Navier-Stokes
equations of fluid mechanics, along with supporting equation sets
governing turbulent and chemically reacting flows.
Wind-US is a product of the NPARC Alliance, a partnership between the
NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) and the Arnold Engineering Development
Complex (AEDC) dedicated to the establishment of a national,
applications-oriented flow simulation capability.
The Boeing Company
been closely associated with the Alliance since its inception, and
represents the interests of the NPARC User's Association.
The current version of Wind-US is 4.0.
A list of the major changes from
previous versions is available.
Documentation for Wind-US 3.0
still exists, but is no longer being maintained.
Documentation for earlier versions has been removed.
In addition to the documentation for Wind-US itself,
documentation is also available for various pre- and
post-processing programs used with Wind-US, and for various "guidelines"
developed for use by the NPARC Alliance during software development
Most of the documentation is available in both PDF (generated using
package) and HTML form.
The PDF files may be viewed and/or printed using a variety of freely
available software packages, including
The HTML version of the documentation is also available for
installation on a local system.
In the PDF documents, hyperlinks in blue are internal to the document.
Hyperlinks in red are external, mostly to other Wind-US PDF documents.
These external links will not work when the PDF document is viewed
by opening it through your WWW browser.
They will work if you download the various Wind-US PDF documents to your
local system, storing each document in its own subdirectory under a common
parent directory, and open the document locally using a viewer like
The NPARC Alliance also maintains a
CFD Code Validation
The objectives of the site are: (1) to provide documented validation and
example cases, with downloadable input and output files, for Wind-US;
and (2) to provide analytical, computational, and experimental
validation data for use by the CFD community in general.
- What's New?
- Recent change history for the development of Wind-US documentation.
- Wind-US Installation Guide
- Information about the various code "distributions" that
are available, and instructions on downloading and installing
Wind-US and its associated pre- and post-processing tools.
- Wind-US User's Guide
- Describes the operation and use of Wind-US.
- Wind-US Developer's Reference
- Contains detailed information about Wind-US intended for
those doing development work.
Distribution of this document is restricted to registered
for more information.
- GMAN User's Guide
- An interactive menu-driven pre-processor that is used to
specify boundary condition types, and zone connectivity in
- MADCAP User's Guide
- A graphical user interface that will eventually provide access
to the full range of tools and processes used to perform CFD
Currently performs many of the same functions as GMAN, plus
a few other Wind-US utilities.
be available on the user's system.
- CFPOST User's Guide
- A post-processor that may be used to examine the contents
of the Common Flow (.cfl) file created by Wind-US.
- Various pre- and post-processing utilities supplied with
the Wind-US tools distribution.
- Common File User's Guide
- Detailed information about the common file library, a set of
routines providing access to common files.
- Guidelines Documents
- Programming, documentation, and testing guidelines created
for use by the NPARC Alliance during software development projects.
- WIND: The Production
Flow Solver of the NPARC Alliance -
an AIAA paper presenting the approach taken
in managing the joint Wind-US software development project,
an outline of the flow solver capabilities, a
brief overview of the solution procedure, and an example
Presented as AIAA Paper 98-0935 at the 36th AIAA Aerospace
Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, Jan 12-15, 1998.
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