By DE Editors
Autodesk, Inc. has announced the availability of Autodesk Simulation CFD, the latest offering in the Autodesk simulation software portfolio, which builds on computational fluid dynamics capabilities that Autodesk gained in the Blue Ridge Numerics acquisition in March 2011.
Autodesk Simulation CFD software is designed to help automate fluid flow and thermal simulation decision-making for designs, while eliminating physical prototyping cycles. It introduces new integration with Autodesk Inventor Fusion software, allowing engineers to modify or simplify geometry from many CAD systems when running simulations.
“Making informed, up-front decisions about air flow, fluid flow or electronics cooling is critical to help design and manufacture safer, quality products or construct more energy efficient buildings,” says Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Our customers expect the highest quality CFD software to drive profitability and compete more effectively at every step of the design process.”
New tools in Autodesk Simulation CFD can simplify the use of simulation for CAD engineers using CAD-entity groups and design study rules by providing a convenient way to set up a simulation in one-click and begin exploring flow and thermal design options.
Several new features, such as the CAD-embedded design study builder and design study templates, enable engineers to avoid repetition of tasks when creating a design study.
Autodesk Simulation CFD is built to support the design study process by helping to harness all available computational power on any user’s network. A new remote solving manager helps users set up and allocate workload across multiple workstations.
New workflow and collaboration functionality enables more team members to be involved on each project. Autodesk Simulation CFD provides a 3D viewer that works inside web browsers, enabling everyone to evaluate simulation results, even if they don’t have an Autodesk Simulation CFD license.
Autodesk Simulation CFD also extracts the data users need to drive design performance with new thermal image camera-like visualization capabilities and performance data output options to enhance decision making.
For more information, visit Autodesk.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.