(12 December 2007) â€“ To help promote best practice in the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) during the design phase, Flomerics has joined the NAFEMS CFD Working Group. Founded in 1995, the group provides guidance and information for the safe and reliable use of CFD within the engineering community. â€œFlomerics has been a member of NAFEMS for a number of years, and I am sure that their experience and knowledge will be beneficial to the CFD Working Group and the NAFEMS community in general,â€ said David Quinn, head of marketing and communications at NAFEMS Ltd. â€œGetting involved in the group demonstrates Flomerics commitment to the technology and the theory behind it, and that can only be a good thing for the industry.â€
Computational Fluid Dynamics was once the preserve of academics and specialists within large organizations. Despite the dramatic increase in computing power and improved ease-of-use in recent years, only about 3% of the 1 million+ mechanical design engineers worldwide are currently using CFD. One reason CFD finds limited use in product design is the effort required to clean up CAD geometry and construct the mesh prior to the analysis â€“ something that has to be repeated every time the design is changed.
Flomericsâ€™ Engineering Fluid Dynamics (EFD) is a new breed of CFD software. EFD is based on the same mathematical foundation as traditional CFD software, but Flomericsâ€™ unique â€˜CAD-to-CFDâ€™ technology allows EFD to detect and mesh fluid regions (empty spaces) automatically, so the CAD geometry is used â€˜as isâ€™. Unlike traditional CFD, EFD is embedded in the userâ€™s CAD system, so mechanical engineers can simulate fluid flow and heat transfer without leaving the MCAD software they are familiar with.
With SolidWorks now supplying Flomericsâ€™ FloXpress to all SolidWorks 2008 customers, tools like EFD are poised to make CFD far more widely accessible. Flomerics hopes its extensive experience in offering robust analysis tools for engineers will enable the CFD Working Group to show how CAD-embedded CFD can be used safely and reliably by practicing mechanical designers.
â€œEFD makes CFD accessible to a far wider audience and across all industry sectors, including education,â€ comments John Parry, research manager for Flomerics. â€œThrough our involvement with the CFD Working Group we aim to show practicing mechanical designers how CAD-embedded CFD can be used safely and reliably to bring considerable time and cost savings during product design.â€
Flomerics (www.flomerics.com) is a world-leading developer of engineering simulation software and services for analysis of fluid flow, heat transfer and electromagnetic radiation. Flomerics' business model, called â€œDesign-Class Analysisâ€ is drastically different from traditional analysis because its software is designed to be embedded deeply into the design process for use by mainstream design engineers, not just by analysis specialists.
NAFEMS is a vendor neutral, not-for-profit membership association of more than 800 companies from all over the world. Its mission is to promote the safe and reliable use of finite element and related technology. Members range from major corporations such as Boeing through mid-sized organizations such as JCB, to small-scale engineering consultants.
Date: December 12, 2007