Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., provider of CFD software announced the release of CFdesign 2011, and the availability for current CFdesign customers to download it from the customer portal. New functionality and enhancements in CFdesign 2011 equip engineering teams with the power to get more done in 24-hours than with other methods. The automated fluid flow and thermal management decision making processes in CFdesign 2011 provide an effective alternative to costly and time consuming physical testing methods that often lack a complete picture of design performance. CFdesign 2011 provides a platform for engineering companies to gain a competitive advantage and sustain critical growth by better utilizing existing personnel and network resources.
The new CFdesign 2011 collaboration tools connect local and global teams. The knowledge sharing features allow team members ranging from the novice to the power user to have flow and thermal management tools available on-demand, and flexible enough to suit their individual needs.
The company says that using CFdesign 2011, engineering teams will have design performance feedback faster which provides a more direct path to product innovation. This allows for do-it-right-the-first-time designs from concept to validation. CFdesign 2011 delivers more of what engineers need in less time than the physical, or digital, alternatives.
CFdesign 2011 Key Features:
One-Click Simulation – New tools added to CFdesign 2011 simplify and expand the use of simulation to every CAD engineer on the team using CAD-entity groups and Design Study Rules to provide a convenient way to have a simulation setup in one-click and begin exploring flow and thermal design options.
CAD-entity groups- Collections of named parts or surfaces that are created in the CAD system utilizing tools on the new CFdesign toolbar. They provide a convenient way to automate the assignment of settings and the building of the design study.
Design Study Rules- Associations between a CAD part name, CAD material name or CAD entity group, and a CFdesign setting. Use them to automatically assign settings to frequently recurring CAD components, providing the ability for one-click simulation.
Design Study Automation – With several new features like a CAD-embedded Design Study Builder and design study templates, engineers can now avoid the déjà vu experience of repeating the same process over and over when setting up a multi-scenario design study from within Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, and SolidWorks.
Design Study Builder- A powerful automation tool that allows for variation of multiple parameters such as materials, flow and thermal conditions as well as design variations driven directly from your design tables inside your cad system.
Design Study Templates – By capturing standard processes, templates give design groups the ability to define standard processes and reduce the need to “start-over” every time.
Remote Solving & Mobile Alerts – CFdesign 2011 is built to support the multi-scenario design study process by making it easy to harness all the computational horse power available on your existing network. A new remote solving manager will help you setup and allocate the workload across multiple workstations and alert you via a text message and email when a simulation has started and finished as well as providing solution progress along the way.
Remote solving- An important part of the CFdesign Automation Suite that provides the freedom to schedule and run multiple scenarios from a single source, gaining access to all solving engines on your network.
Mobile Alerts- Notifications can be sent via email or text messages keeping you informed on the progress of your design study.
Team Environment – New workflow and collaboration functionality equate to getting more of the team involved on every project. CFdesign’s powerful 3D viewer now even works inside your Web browser meaning everyone can evaluate simulation results even when they don’t have a CFdesign license or are not a CFdesign user.
Model-centric Workflow- The heart of the CFdesign workflow that allows maximizing screen real estate as well as access to all functions directly on the model. This provides fewer workflow interruptions and improved usability for the entire team.
Material Library Management- There are twice as many materials now available in the material library. New materials such as standard internal fans, customer requested fluids and solids as well as a brand new LED material type have been added. Materials can now be searched, filtered and tagged as favorites. Material databases can also be shared with other team members.
Next Generation Automatic Mesh Sizing- An extension of the existing powerful automatic mesh sizing, these refinement options improves the mesh automatically in critical areas, such as gaps while providing an instant preview of the surface mesh.
Web-based Collaboration- The Customer Portal has been expanded to allow the secure sharing and viewing of results data across the design team as well as those outside the organization with authorization.
3D Viewer in a web browser- The powerful CFdesign 3D Results Viewer has been developed to work inside of a standard web browser as an add-on. This reduces the need for members of the team to have to download and install the 3D Viewer locally as an application which opens the ability for more collaboration and knowledge sharing of the simulation results.
Decision Center – With CFdesign 2011 extracting the data you need to drive design performance just got better. New thermal image camera-like visualization and performance data output options add more muscle to this already robust tool.
Results Interpretation & Visualization- Identifying the optimal design just got easier. Filtering and sorting through the mountains of data and presenting them in a very simple way is the heart of the Design Study Environment. Numerous improvements were made to the visualization suite of tools including thermal imaging results view, fan & contact thermal model operating points in the decision center.
An online CFdesign 2011 resource center with informative videos and a demonstration request form is available at: www.cfdesign.com/2011
Blue Ridge Numerics
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