Link your CAD system to Simulation CFD analysis software to create associative fluid flow and thermal simulations.
Improve your design process—use the Simulation CFD Application Programming Interface (API) to automate and customize tasks.
The Simulation CFD API is very flexible, and can be used for a wide variety of tasks. Here are a few examples of potential applications:
Learn about the flexible solving options in Simulation CFD, use the cloud to solve or locally continue working while you solve in the cloud
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.
Study design iterations within an intuitive workflow. Drive innovation by providing product teams with data to make informed design decisions.
The Design Study Environment allows you to set up, solve, review, and share your CFD results. Assign materials and operating conditions using the CAD embedded tools and automate with user-defined setup rules. Your virtual test setup is then cloned and updated to create new run scenarios or updated with a modified CAD model to run a geometry change. Select models to be run and support solving in a series or in parallel. View results from multiple runs quantitatively and qualitatively, and compare results across multiple designs. Create a design study summary report to share with your team.
Use geometry and solution-based meshing automation.
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.
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.
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.
Use digital prototyping for your thermal management designs to create one physical prototype for validation.
Thermal management solver capabilities in Simulation 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. Runtime temperature can be used to solve for thermal expansion/contraction and ultimately thermal stress.
Thermal management also allows for temperature results to be compared to thermal cameras by changing the color scale, reporting not only on temperatures but 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.