Autodesk Simulation CFD

Autodesk® Simulation CFD software (formerly known as CFdesign®) provides fast, accurate and flexible fluid flow and thermal simulation tools to help to predict product performance, optimise designs and validate product behaviour before manufacturing, minimising reliance on costly physical prototypes and getting innovative products to market faster. Explore and compare design alternatives easily and better understand the implications of design choices using an innovative Design Study Environment and automation tools. Make better design decisions earlier in the product development process with Autodesk Simulation CFD software.

Autodesk Simulation CFD

Autodesk Simulation CFD offers a wide range of fluid flow and thermal simulation capabilities to perform fast and accurate simulations of turbulent and incompressible flows, along with conduction and convective heat transfer.

Drive an associative design study within your CAD system or open a single model directly in Autodesk Simulation CFD and use a model-centric interface, automated finite element meshing with auto-sizing and auto-refinement, the Accelerant Simulation Engine, and the Design Study Environment for set-up, exploration and decision making. Typical applications include consumer products, automotive, oil and gas, medical and industrial machinery.

Fluid flow simulation capabilities include:

  • Laminar
  • Turbulent
  • Incompressible
  • Steady state

Thermal simulation capabilities include:

  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Forced convection
  • Natural convection

You can further expand the fluid flow simulation and thermal simulation tools in Autodesk Simulation CFD with Autodesk® Simulation CFD Advanced and Autodesk® Simulation CFD Motion software.

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Autodesk Simulation CFD Advanced

Autodesk® Simulation CFD Advanced software provides additional fluid flow and thermal simulation functionality, enabling engineers to study transient simulations, compressible flow, fluid mixing, radiation effects, humidity and Joule heating. Typical applications include electronics, aerospace, defence, lighting, LEDs, valves and architectural/MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing).

Advanced fluid flow and thermal simulation capabilities include:

Advanced Fluid Flow Simulation

  • Compressible
  • Transient
  • Two-phase flows
  • Cavitation

Advanced Thermal Simulation

  • Internal radiation heat transfer
  • Radiation through transparent media
  • Solar loading

Advanced Conditions

  • Relative humidity
  • Current
  • Voltage

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Autodesk Simulation CFD Motion

Many engineering applications require an understanding of how liquids and gases interact with solid objects that are moving. Autodesk® Simulation CFD Motion software helps you to study how components of pumps, fans, blowers, compressors, valves, pistons and other mechanical devices interact with and respond to fluid flow. The physical effects of the motion as well as the related time history are output to facilitate result evaluation and the creation of animations for visual studies and design comparisons.

Types of motion include:

  • Linear
  • Angular
  • Rotating/turbomachinery
  • Combined linear and angular
  • Combined orbital and angular
  • Nutation
  • Sliding vane
  • Unconstrained motion

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