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Case studies

What Autodesk CFD users are saying

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Opto 22: Connecting the world

Opto 22 used Autodesk CFD to design their new product, Groov. By implementing 3D digital prototyping and up-front simulation, the company was able to eliminate the need for fans and provide a significantly smaller and more reliable product.

“Autodesk CFD was crucial in implementing a smaller design package for our new Groov product.”
—Kyle Sullivan, Design Engineer

Video (4:47 min.)

Norgren: Cutting production time

Norgren developed the Diverter Valve, part of its Waste Heat Recovery System for truck engines. The design team cut production time by 6 months and saved thousands of pound sterling, using Autodesk CFD and Inventor.

“With Autodesk CFD and Autodesk Inventor...we were able to simulate pressure and test size. Halfway through the process, we made a change to our original assumptions, so Autodesk CFD gave us a better comparison. With the Diverter Valve and the Waste Heat Recovery project, we expect to see efficiency gains of about 11%—that’s the waste heat converted into useful energy.”
—James Robinson, U.K. Technical Director, Norgren

Video (3:45 min.)

Sudlows: Data center energy efficiency

Sudlows was challenged by a client to expand IT equipment capacity within existing data halls without disrupting operations or adding additional cooling. Using Autodesk Simulation CFD analysis, the team ran multiple conditions and failure scenarios simultaneously in the cloud and employed flexibility in pre-processing physical models and data export.

“Autodesk has a fantastic suite of software where we can design, analyze, refine, build and see how the data center behaves all within a single software workflow.”
—Sam Wicks, Data Center Design Engineer & CFD Specialist, Sudlows

Video (2:03 min.)

Betts Industries, Inc.: Ease and efficiency of use

Betts Industries, Inc., designs, engineers, manufactures, and sells components for highway cargo tanks and other industrial applications. The company chose Autodesk CFD software to design a new model of its pressure/vacuum vent, to ensure that they could use native data for design studies without hiring a specialist or outsourcing the work.

“With Autodesk CFD, we could easily see the flow inside the model, where it was moving quickly, and where the pressure pockets were—something you can't do in real life or on a flow bench.”
—Kyle Anderson, Design Engineer, Betts Industries, Inc.

 Betts Industries customer story

Parker Hannifin: Virtual product development

The world's leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, Parker Hannifin provides precision-engineered colutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial, and aerospace markets. Engineers for its Hydraulic Controls Division in the United Kingdom were unable to solve an instability issue with a wheel loader spool design after 18 months of applying conventional design, build, and test methods. They used Autodesk CFD software to create a virtual product, identify the problem, and design the solution.

“Autodesk CFD gives us a better understanding of product performance and, in turn, allows us to develop cost-effective, innovative, and more reliable designs in less time than using conventional methods of building and testing physical prototypes.”
—Bruno Fairy, Simulation and Analysis Engineer, Hydraulic Controls Division Parker Hannifin

 Parker Hannifin customer story

BioLite, Inc.: Simulating heat transfer

BioLite creates electricity-generating biomass stoves with Autodesk software to improve public health.

“By simulating many stages of product design and performance with Autodesk CFD and Autodesk 3ds Max design software, we were able to evaluate the relative impact of different design directions, reduce the number of physical prototypes we had to construct, and avoid overbuilding. That helped us save considerable time and money.”
—Jonathan Cedar, Founder, CEO and Director, BioLite, Inc.

 BioLite customer story