Mentor Graphics announced its next-generation FloTHERM product featuring a new native Windows graphical user interface (GUI) to handle pre-processing and large models.
The new FloTHERM product was developed from user feedback via the company's IDEAS website, soliciting requests on software enhancements and features that Mentor customers recommended and voted on as the most popular. According to the company, more than 40 IDEAS requests were fulfilled, resulting in the new Windows-compliant GUI, parallel CFD solver and efficient handling of massive models for pre-processing, solving and post-processing.
The new Windows-compliant user interface can handle models with thousands of objects. A query-based search function, together with data columns integrated with the model node tree, provides model checking capabilities to define data and identify errors.
A new parallel solver provides scalability and fast performance for multi-processors, the company says. The addition of new modeling objects to represent racks of equipment and data center cooling devices enables users to simulate and optimize everything from a chip to an entire room.
The transient thermostatic control modeling functionality allows model inputs to be varied in time and as a function of the temperature during a transient simulation. One benefit of this feature is the ability to reduce component power dissipation, either the component's own temperature, or those from external stimuli
The FloTHERM product now also supports fluid-structure interaction through a mesh-based parallel code coupling interface (MpCCI) bridge developed at the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI. Engineers can export CFD analysis data for finite element analysis (FEA) with a wide range of structural simulation programs, enabling users to conduct multi-disciplinary analyses
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.