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.
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.