By DE Editors
Software company Flow Science, Inc.(Santa Fe, NM) has announced theavailability of a major new release of its FLOW-3D software forcomputational fluid dynamics. Version 9.0 of FLOW-3D is designed toenable users to model rigid body dynamics with fullsix-degrees-of-freedom fully-coupled with fluid flows. Additionalphysical models have been added, and the graphical user interfacehas been overhauled and updated, says Flow Science.
New features of note in Version 9.0 include a thermal stressmodel, new pressure-velocity solver, and a new algorithm implemented for solvingviscous termsimplicitly when used with the GMRES solver. Other additions include electro-thermal(Jouleheating), electro-mechanical effects, and Implicit Surface Tension that enablesimplicit modelingof surface tension effects.
Major improvements include improved mass conservation and diagnosticsin the multi-block model, enhanced coupling of pressures and velocities atinter-block boundaries, and improvements to FLOW-3D’s VOF advection schema. Moleculardiffusion between two fluids has also beenadded.
Flow Science has optimized convergence control of the implicitheat transfer solver in FLOW-3D, and has re-written the graphicaluser interface, which is fully-integrated and includes built-inintelligence and other new capabilities. And the new GUI is backwardcompatible, so users are not required to make changes to input files inorder to runthem in the new GUI.