Mentor Graphics releases concurrent CFD product with radiation modeling
Sep 27, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Mentor Graphics Corporation, a supplier of electronic design automation tools, has released its FloEFD concurrent computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, product.
This new release incorporates Monte-Carlo radiation modeling for thermo-optical performance, and advanced multicore meshing of complex geometries which allows simulation that is now orders of magnitude faster.
Monte-Carlo radiation modeling is important for precise analysis of geometric effects in optics, such as the refraction and reflection of radiation absorptive media; for example, lens focusing. The FloEFD product provides a unique boundary layer treatment and, when combined with robust meshing capable of capturing highly complex geometries automatically, it enables engineers to accurately predict complex thermo-optic behavior. This is ideal for applications such as automobile lighting, consumer luminaire design, and video/photography-related products.
The multicore architecture meshing feature provides reduced meshing time, up to 20x faster. This significant increase in speed allows the user to test various design approaches in a matter of minutes, compared to hours. The increased meshing speed provides significant productivity benefits such as conducting "what-if" testing on various models in less time. This can result in delivering competitive products with improved performance, in shorter time-to-market schedules.
The new FloEFD product also supports fluid-structure interaction through a mesh-based parallel code coupling interface (MpCCI) bridge developed at the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI. The new functionality enables engineers to export CFD analysis data for finite element analysis (FEA) in a wide range of popular structural simulation programs, thereby enabling users to conduct multi-disciplinary analyses.
Additional usability enhancements in this release include support of Linux solver launch directly from the FloEFD user interface to help users set a series of simulation runs effortlessly; inclusion of multiple parametric study results in the same project tree provides easy access to data while conducting multiple studies on the same model; and multi-editing of input data on boundary conditions saves time and clicks for repetitive simulations such as LED arrays; and support of local solution adaptive refinement enables users to specify high resolution only in areas of interest.
"Our latest version of FloEFD for concurrent CFD addresses the complexities of today's thermo-optic applications with greater ease of adoption and accuracy," stated Dr Erich Buergel, vice president of Mentor Graphics Focus Products Organization. "As an industry leader with a proven history in CFD technology excellence, we are continually investing in our FloEFD product line to deliver the best-in-class solutions that address our customers' business challenges."
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