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Case studies

What Autodesk CFD users are saying

See how companies like yours are using Autodesk CFD software.

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.)


Gridential Energy: Designing the next generation of batteries

Gridtential Energy is an innovator in low-cost, high-performance energy storage technologies. It developed batteries that combine the traditional benefits of lead with lithium-like performance characteristics. The breakthrough stack cell architecture provides the battery with the power density associated with lithium technology, while retaining the low cost, recyclability, long cycle life, wide temperature range, and safety of lead.

“We estimate that we’ve saved as much as a year of our time, over the last five years, because we’ve been able to circumvent ordering the wrong parts and figure out exactly what parts work.”
—Christiaan Beekhuis, CEO, Gridential Energy


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.