Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-Provides Accurate, Detailed Design Insight Early in the Design Process


Autodesk CFD software provides fast, accurate, and flexible fluid flow and thermal simulation tools to help predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing—minimizing reliance on costly physical prototypes and helping you get innovative products to market faster. Easily explore and compare design alternatives and better understand the implications of design choices using an innovative Design Study Environment and automation tools. Autodesk CFD software supports direct data exchange with most CAD software tools including Autodesk Inventor software and Autodesk Revit software. Autodesk CFD software enables you to make great products.

Interesting SPECS on what Autodesk CFD has to benefit you:

Industry Applications

  • Industrial Flow Control: Autodesk CFD can help manufacturers of flow control devices like valves, regulators, turbines, and compressors, to simulate the fluid flow through a 3D CAD model. The intuitive interface works directly with your Inventor or other 3D CAD models.

o Visualize flow fields and model complex cavitation, free surface, and erosion as well as key performance characteristics such as velocity profiles and pressure drop.

o Reduce pressure drop or optimize flow distribution with the ability to simulate advanced capabilities such as fluid and solid interaction. This allows the designer to take into account moving solids like centrifugal pumps, turbo-machinery, and moving valves. Users can leverage CFD upfront during design development to experiment and innovate, and also downstream for failure analysis.

o Simulate flow startup, capture transient pressure fluid flow development, and simulate the mixing of two similar fluids by using a scalar mixing condition.

  • Electronics Cooling: Use Autodesk CFD to test the thermal performance of your electronics design and face challenges such as optimizing cooling, determining optimum locations of heat sinks and heat pipes, thermal management, and study of transient effects. Electronics specific functionality includes:

o Idealizations which include simplified heat sink model, PCB characterizer, compact thermal models (CTM), thermoelectric cooler devices (Peltier modules) and thermostat-controlled fans.

o CFD handles all the modes of heat transfer including: conduction, convection (forced and natural), and radiation.

  • Architectural and MEP: Architects and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) professionals can take advantage of CFD to understand airflow and thermal behavior in the built environment.

o Better predict contaminant dispersion and smoke migration in and around buildings as well as study the long-term effects of diurnal heating.

o Includes a range of CFD modeling and thermal modeling tools that are of particular interest to architectural and MEP professionals.

 Model radiant heat transfer, humidity and solar effects on occupant comfort.

 Use Local Mean Age results to best determine optimum placements of registers and returns.

 Predict contaminant dispersion and smoke migration both inside and outside buildings; increase building efficiency by understanding and optimizing design features.

Fast, Accurate, Flexible Fluid Flow and Thermal Simulation

  • CFD provides a flexible, intuitive environment for setting up fluid flow and thermal design studies. The Design Study Environment allows you to automate the creation of design studies, compare critical values, and review results across multiple designs.
  • Offers support for all major CAD environments. Even includes Autodesk SimStudio Tools 2016 R2, a CAD purposefully designed in the context of simulation, to work with virtually any geometry.
  • Flexible solving options enable you to simulate where and how you want, based on your needs. If you are testing the setup of an analysis, use your local resources to iterate and optimize your setup. When you are ready to kick off a longer, more computationally intensive simulation, use the power of the cloud and free up your local resources for other tasks*.

Autodesk Simulation Solution

  • Autodesk CFD enables designers and engineers to validate and optimize designs before manufacturing—increasing efficiency, minimizing reliance on physical prototypes, reducing costs, and decreasing errors.
  • Autodesk CFD helps designers capture ideas digitally and then share those designs with the engineering team using a common file format. As a result, team members can study a product’s real-world environment through engineering simulation.

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Download the Newest Autodesk CFD 2017 Brochure to read everything CFD has to Offer You.

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