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Using Concurrent CFD to Design Household & Domestic Appliances



The world of household & domestic appliances is rapidly changing and having to adapt to new manufacturing pressures as well as fluctuating consumer styles and tastes. Appliance designers and engineers are therefore under increasing pressure to improve product performance, get new products to market faster than ever before, ensure product reliability along with compliance to product warranties, and, just as important, differentiation of their product offerings relative to very competitive global landscapes.

This webinar will demonstrate the use of a CAD-embedded concurrent Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approach in the prediction of temperature distribution and rise within an oven and across a hairdryer air jet, how their homogeneity can be improved, and how such factors as choice of fans, their curves and mass flow characteristics can lead to better appliance performance by upfront design. Effectively, the more uniform and homogeneous the temperature inside an oven or at the nozzle tip of a hairdryer is, the better cooked a given meal or the better the drying of hair will be. To improve and control product performance engineers and designers can typically alter geometrical features inside a hairdryer or add a fan and convect air from the inside of an oven to the double walls around it. These sorts of early-design parametric studies will be demonstrated in this webinar.

The business case for Return on Investment (ROI) in the utilization of a CAD-embedded CFD flow simulation approach in the household & domestic appliance industry will be offered to illustrate the benefits to be gained from embedding CFD inside your design process. The overall goal is to design better quality products with fewer reliability problems quicker than ever before.

What You Will Learn

  • How CFD software can help you determine thermal and airflow fluxes inside domestic & household appliances
  • How CFD software can help you improve your existing equipment design processes
  • How you can analyze ‘what if’ designs before prototype build in the upfront stage
  • How easy it is to provide detailed Word and Excel reports to your design and management teams

About the Presenters

Presenter Image Keith Hanna

Dr. Keith Hanna holds several degrees in engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK and has been involved with industrial CFD since 1989, first at British Steel PLC, then at both Fluent Inc. and ANSYS Inc. in technical, marketing and managerial positions. Currently Productline Director at Mentor Graphics in its Mechanical Analysis Division, he retains an abiding interest in popularizing CFD to schools, colleges and the general public, and in its application to the Sports & Leisure product Industry in particular. Having been actively involved with Formula 1 motor racing aerodynamics in the early 1990s, he has since gone on to help explain the mysteries of “bending a ball” at a soccer free kick à la David Beckham, understand posture and technique as related to aerodynamic and hydrodynamic performance in certain Olympic sports, plus the design of Americas Cup yachts. He has the distinction of being the first person to simulate air flow over a complete Formula 1 Racing Car using viscous CFD techniques in 1996 with the then unheard of mesh size of ~10,000,000 cells! Currently he sits on the Executive Committee of the International Sports Engineering Association having been there at its foundation. He has been instrumental in promoting the use of CFD in various sports around the world and in helping to enhance elite athlete performance, plus he is a regular keynote speaker at various international sports science and technology conferences and events when time permits.

Presenter Image Richard Ozaki

Richard Ozaki obtained a Master of Engineering degree from University College London after specializing in the CFD analysis of turbomachinery. He works as an EMEA Channel Application Engineer and has been a part of the Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division since 2005 working in various roles from engineering to sales. Richard specializes in the FloTHERM, FloVENT and FloEFD lines of software products where he regularly conducts training, consultancy and support.

Who Should Attend

  • CFD software users involved in domestic and household appliance design and analysis
  • Managers in the White Goods, Domestic Appliance and Household Appliance Industries
  • MCAD Design Engineers
  • CFD Consultants
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Users
  • Oven Designers
  • Hair Dryer Designers

Products Covered

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

  • 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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