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How Embedded Flow Simulation Accelerates the Mechanical Design Process

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated April 6, 2015

For several decades engineers and mathematicians have been trying to improve the understanding and prediction of fluid dynamics and heat transfer phenomena by means of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation. The objective is clear – to optimize the design of products and processes that involve fluid flow while minimizing the experimental effort, time and cost expended.

Embedded Flow Simulation

Embedded Flow Simulation

The concept of “Product Lifecycle Management” (PLM) has grown out of the desire to accelerate concurrent-engineering design by re-using the same comprehensive 3D data throughout the entire digital design and production process. An essential step towards achieving this goal is to embed analysis and simulation results – describing operational modes, structural/mechanical behavior, fluid-flow/thermal behavior, etc – into the mainstream mechanical design process.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.

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