We are all familiar with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Some of YOU are experts in this science/art and use it on a daily basis to solve some of your most complex fluid flow and heat transfer problems. Some of US can hardly spell CFD and as engineers design their products they depend heavily on the CFD specialists to perform the simulations that determine if what they are designing will work the way they want it to. Why? Because the classic CFD software is extremely difficult to setup, use, interpret results, and run through those multiple “What-If” variations to the design that enable engineers to fine tune the design to the best functionality, most reliable, …..
But the increasing competitiveness of the market is making this over-the-wall process (from the design engineer, to the CFD specialist, and back) impractical to meet the goals of designing the best, most competitive product in the short times demanded by companies. So, what is the solution? What if we had a CFD solution that mere mortals could use? What if that solution was embedded right into the design system? What if the setup was wizard based and you didn’t have to laboriously re-define the mesh and models? What if you could run many variations of your design without re-setup simply by changing the design, running automatic re-meshing, and re-executing the simulation?
We call this Engineering Fluid Dynamics as it opens up the door for the non-CFD specialist to not only create the design but also determine if they have created the best functioning, most reliable design in the ever shortening schedules management is demanding.