Quickly modify, simplify, repair and idealize your geometry for higher quality simulation models. SimStudio Tools reads in multiple CAD file formats and allows you to quickly simplify assemblies, eliminate unnecessary detail, perform basic repair, or easily make design changes so you can explore various design ideas faster.
SimStudio Tools is a direct modeler that allows you to freely work on geometry with simple defeaturing, move, combine, edit, push, and pull commands. It acts as a companion to Autodesk CFD and your CAD system, helping you take an existing model and get it ready for simulation. Create solid and surface bodies, quickly simplify or remove small parts, create custom fluid volumes, detect and eliminate interferences and more without affecting your original CAD model. Once your model is ready you can either push it straight into Autodesk CFD or save out a neutral file for any other work you may want to do with it.
Link your CAD system to Autodesk CFD analysis software to create associative fluid flow and thermal simulations. Autodesk CFD connects to virtually any CAD system, allowing you to create fluid flow and thermal simulations of your designs. If you don’t have a 3D CAD system, use SimStudio tools for geometry creation and model editing and simplification.
Improve your design process—use the flexible Autodesk CFD Application Programming Interface (API) to automate and customize a wide variety of tasks. Automate repetitive tasks normally performed in the user interface. Create custom tasks and custom results quantities. Output results in customized or specialized formats.
Use the Design Study Environment for all stages of your design-simulation process. Study design iterations within an intuitive workflow. Drive innovation by providing product teams with data to make informed design decisions.
Manually set up individual models directly in the Design Study Environment or on multiple models with the CAD embedded tools and automation tools. Study the effects of varying operating conditions or geometry changes, clone your simulation models, and run your scenarios sequentially or at the same time. View and compare results from your simulations both visually and numerically, and share your findings with your team with a Design Study Summary Report.
Use geometry and solution-based meshing automation. Meshing technology helps you quickly and efficiently prepare geometry for accurate and repeatable result, with automatic mesh sizing, geometry diagnostics, manual control options over local sizes and refinement regions, and solution-based adaptive sizing.
Continue working locally while you solve in the cloud. Flexible solving options help you to simulate based on your needs. Test the setup of an analysis, and use your local resources to iterate and optimize your setup. To kick off a longer, more computationally intensive simulation, use the power of the cloud and free up your local resources for other tasks.
Improve occupant comfort, increase operating efficiency, and optimize building design. Access a wide range of CFD features to understand airflow and thermal behavior for architectural and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) applications. Model radiant heat transfer and solar effects on occupant comfort.
Design to reduce pressure drop or optimize flow distribution. Advanced capabilities include the ability to simulate fluid and solid interactions to help reduce valve chatter. Visualize flow fields and model complex cavitation, free surface, and erosion. The intuitive interface works directly with your Inventor or other 3D CAD models. Easily visualize key performance characteristics such as velocity profiles and pressure drop, and compare the results of different designs in a single interface.
Use digital prototyping for your thermal management designs to create one physical prototype for validation. Thermal management solver capabilities in Autodesk CFD include all modes of heat transfer from solid to solid or solid to fluid. The finite element approach solves for the temperature at the surface, allowing easy and accurate mapping to Simulation Mechanical software or another vendor's FEA tool.
Use runtime temperature to solve for thermal expansion/contraction and ultimately thermal stress.
Thermal management also helps you to compare temperature results to thermal cameras by changing the color scale, reporting not only on temperatures, but also on thermal comfort for built environments. Heat flux helps you to understand surface efficiency in solid to fluid heat transfer, as well as solar shadowing. Drive innovation and explore many different thermal management strategies before committing to one.
Autodesk CFD 2016 includes new intuitive workflows for geometry and meshing, and expanded physics capabilities.
Use heat sink materials to simulate the performance of your heat sink components with geometrically simple models. In models containing heat sinks with large aspect ratios (the ratio of fin height to fin spacing), meshing components requires many elements, and a full system analysis can be expensive and time-consuming. The heat sink material significantly reduces mesh counts and improves run times.
Dynamically simulate the interface between liquids and gases with free surface modeling capability. Model flow phenomena—such as waves, sloshing, and spilling—that occur in nature as well as in a wide range of engineering applications.