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Computational Fluid Dynamics for AEC

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 building and construction minimizing reliance on costly physical prototypes and helping you get innovative products to market faster.

Upfront Simulation allows for Design Optimization, Innovation, and Validation before Construction

Smoke simulation

Visualize the dispersion of smoke if a fire were to ignite in a facility. Design with safety mitagation in mind through simulation.

Waste Water Storage, Transport, and Filtration

Upfront design simulation mitigates down stream changes during or post manufacturing saving cost. Reservoir design, residence time, tank fill and draw cycling, valves and mixers are all typical applications.

wind loading and external airflow

Determine how wind can impact buildings, signs and other large structures. Ensure that the structures can support the external environment factors.

CFD for AEC Overview Video

CFD for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction overview video. Learn how you can leverage upfront simulation to improve your flow and thermal design decisions in a virtual environment to optimize, innovate, and mitigate down stream cost changes.

CFD helps model your air flow pattern deficiencies

Find opportunities for improvement across a variety of environments

  • Thermal Comfort and natural ventalation

    Understanding indoor and outdoor temperture gradients to allow design to optimize pedestrian comfort. 

  • Energy Optimization

    CFD analysis can help to virtually optimize energy consumption. For example, data centers and server rooms can be a source of wasted cooling efforts and costs. This cost can be reduced with optimal layout and use of MEP configuration and HVAC. 

  • Indoor Air Quality

    CFD allows you yo assess and improve indoor air quality or IAQ, to ensure that the air within all occupied areas of a building is replaced with the minimum number of air changes per hour, ensuring that no stale air, VOCs, C02 or other naturally occurring pollutants build up in the space, particularly during winter months.

  • Outdoor to Indoor Pollution Control

    Examine pollution re-entrainment and particulate tracking at indoor to outdoor interfaces such as shipping docks, garages, and building top helicopter landing pads. 


Taking architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) models into simulation software is becoming a hot topic in the industry as companies are starting to include simulation in their Building Information Modeling (BIM) efforts. On one side, we do have a Revit model, containing features like model imports, objects, attached or detached parts, worksets, linked materials, MEP parts. On the other side, we have a CFD model, which needs a closed volume, to define a mesh, to be able to Solve the simulation study. As long as we have a closed volume, the CFD software will void-fill it, to generate a Volume of Control for the simulation.

We have 3 ways of transferring the model from Revit to CFD:

- Launching direct from Revit (button under Add-In Menu)

- Exporting a neutral format from Revit and bring it direct within CFD

- Launching from Fusion360 (CAD tool for simplifying models and launch to CFD, Fusion360 is included with CFD)


Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

  • There are 100 base points + 10 Bonus Points
  • 6 possible Innovation in Design points
  • 4 Regional Priority points
  • Certified 40–49 points
  • Silver 50–59 points
  • Gold 60–79 points
  • Platinum 80 points and above

Indoor Environment Quality and Energy & Atmosphere are the areas CFD can have the largest impact. 

Flow Visualization in Hosptials and Operating Rooms

Air flow anaylsis for hospitals and operating rooms

1.2 million people get secondary infections. 100 people die every year from secondary infections, which costs the healthcare industry $33B. Insufficient and turbulent airflow mitigation can reduce this risk.

Visualize Risk of turbulent air flow

Visualize the flow patterns of a room with poor air circulation.

visualize reduced risk

After installation of plenum space air circulation and flow are much improved to keep clean air flow.

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