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Simulating and Optimizing Reaction Forces in Product Design using CFD



For this event the presenter will focus on how concurrent CFD can be used to predict the working performance of a rotary pump. Important factors when designing a rotary pump are the induced axial forces, cavitational effects and the pump characteristic curve.

The presenter will demonstrate how concurrent CFD is used to visualize cavitational forces in and around the designs impeller. This enables an engineer to analyze and optimize their design while still in their familiar MCAD environment, resulting in better, more reliable products in a shortened time scale. In addition to predicting the pumping performance for a given rotational speed or impeller design this presentation will demonstrate how CFD analysis can increase the longevity of the pump through the determination of proper bearing requirements and the reduction of cavitation, a major cause of wear and failure in this industry.

What You Will Learn

  • Predict axial forces and areas of cavitation
  • Perform fluid flow analysis using a FloEFD wizard and familiar CAD interface
  • Visualize flow distributions in a virtual 3D environment with a rotating impeller
  • Understand the impact of design changes and how it can affect performance
  • Efficient ways to share results with design teams and customers

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Nate Hanlon

Nate Hanlon achieved his Mechanical Engineering Degree from San Jose State University in May 2007. Nate has spent the last 3 years working for Mentor Graphics Corporation, Mechanical Analysis Division (formerly Flomerics Ltd) specializing in the application of CFD to the design of the built environment and electronic equipment. Prior to this he worked as a lab technician for Comair Rotron in San Diego CA.

Currently, Nate is a Consultant Engineer in the engineering team of the Mechanical Analysis Division, where he works with Mentor Graphics CFD tools to perform thermal and airflow analysis on a wide range of engineering problems including electronic systems, data centers and clean rooms. Nate is also the Mechanical Lead at Mentor Graphics' San Jose based Thermal Test Facility.

Who Should Attend

  • Design Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Product Design Managers
  • Engineers who are currently using Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and are interested in a CAD-embedded analysis solution

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7.4, 10.8

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.

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