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Flow simulation tools

Flow Design is a wind tunnel simulator for visualizing airflow around vehicles, buildings, consumer products, and other objects. An intuitive user interface and interoperability with Revit and Inventor help you gain better insight earlier in the development process.

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  • Automotive and transportation flow simulation

    Flow analysis tools enable you to visualize how air moves around vehicle designs. Good airflow is essential for high performance, low noise, and fuel efficiency. Identify complex flow behaviors, such as circulation regions and wakes, and understand how they affect vehicle performance. Uncover and solve problems early in the design process.

  • Flow analysis for consumer products

    See how air moves around and through your products. Whether you are designing golf clubs or sunglasses—or even bicycle helmets—understanding and effectively managing airflow can be important for improving performance. Use Flow Design to quickly and easily visualize how your design will interact with the wind, and to see where wakes and high- and low-pressure regions will form.

  • Flow analysis around city buildings

    The safety and comfort of pedestrians are highly dependent on how air flows between structures. Flow Design acts as a wind tunnel simulator, so you can understand and analyze airflow patterns through and around structures in built-up areas. Identify hazards caused by moving air, such as gusts and downdrafts, and still regions that can contain high concentrations of pollutants.

  • Windows and Mac compatible

    Flow Design runs easily on both Windows and Mac platforms. Use Flow Design for Mac stand-alone software to run a fluid flow analysis natively on your Mac, and enjoy the full Mac experience.

  • Wind tunnel testing in Inventor

    Flow Design can operate as a stand-alone application or from within Inventor 3D CAD software. This capability can save you time, because you can visualize and analyze airflow around an Inventor model without leaving the program.

  • Airflow simulation within Revit

    Flow Design can run as a stand-alone application or inside of Revit building software. Start Flow Design while working on your model to help you visualize and understand airflow around your model without leaving Revit.

  • Fast and easy setup

    Getting started with Flow Design requires very little setup. Within seconds of launching the application, you can begin to observe and understand airflow behavior. Easily adjust wind speed, wind tunnel size, model orientation, and solution resolution while the simulation is running to explore different conditions.

  • Simple geometry import

    Regardless of the level of detail in your 3D model, Flow Design can import your geometry and perform 3D virtual wind tunnel simulations. The software is geometry-tolerant, meaning it works with both conceptual and detailed models, and handles interferences and gaps with ease.

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  • Interactive 2D and 3D results

    Airflow simulation enables you to explore how your design will interact with the wind and to visualize where wakes and high- and low- pressure regions will form. Create dynamic 2D and 3D flow line animations, vector plots, iso surfaces, and velocity or pressure results on planes.

Download: Flow Design product brief (pdf)