FloEFD gets upgrades to bring CFD analysis to the front of design

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Mentor has announced the latest release of its front-loading FloEFD Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) product with new functionality for geometry handling, physics and results visualisation.

Looking to enable fast and accurate simulation, the FloEFD solution helps allows users to frontload CFD simulation early into the design process to understand the behavior of their concepts and eliminate less attractive options.

Its new free surface simulation functionality enables users to simulate surface flows to observe fluid movement, such as flow of liquids into a storage tank.
FloEFD also includes sector periodicity, an efficient geometry handling feature, which allows users to model only a fraction or section of large cylindrical shapes, helping reduce the model and mesh size for faster analysis.

According to Mentor, FloEFD can help reduce the overall simulation time by as much as 65-75 per cent.

New enhancements to its LED lighting module have also been made, allowing radiation spectrum and setting intensity of radiation dependent on the angle to be defined.


As a result, the FloEFD product can automatically apply the calculated radiant flux on top of the LED.

With the latest release, a stand-alone viewer is now offered by FloEFD to help engineers share analysis results with those who do not have the software.

“Our continued investment in FloEFD by offering a host of powerful enhancements is in direct response to our customers’ evolving needs,” stated Roland Feldhinkel, general manager of the Mentor Mechanical Analysis Division.

“Our new release addresses the challenges our customers face in order to meet increasingly competitive time-to-market schedules with fast and accurate simulation results.”

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