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Analysis tool for thermo-fluid systems touts new features

11 Mar 2013

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Mentor Graphics Corp. has revealed additional capabilities for its Flowmaster simulation software for thermo-fluid systems. According to the company, the Flowmaster can reduce design effort to accurately simulate fluid flow and thermal analysis, and boasts features for pre-processing, simulation, data management and design collaboration.

The Flowmaster "experiments" capability harnesses the power of robust simulation within an exploratory methodology. It allows users to create response surfaces and export meta-model data as either standard ANSI C code or as S-Functions for a real-time environment providing support for hardware-in-the-loop simulations. Using a Latin Square algorithm helps users generate unique combinations of distributed input values between specific bounds. This ability creates an ideal foundation for designing experiments, and the creation of meta-models and response surfaces that characterise a Flowmaster system response, noted Mentor Graphics.

Additionally, Monte Carlo simulations can be performed to produce simulation results based on a probability distribution generated from a mean and standard deviation for selected input parameters. This allows the effect of small variations in input values to be examined and allows the Flowmaster product to be used in risk analysis and quality control environments such as Design for Six Sigma (DFSS).

With this latest release, systems engineers can now implement an integrated native 1D-3D solution by leveraging the power of the Flowmaster and FloEFD products. Computational Sciences Expert Group (CSEG) provides simulation services to automotive and aerospace OEMs by providing predictive analytical capability in the product design cycle. Additional capabilities found in this latest Flowmaster product release, targeting aerospace and automotive systems design applications, include improved thermal bridge for heat transfer analysis that automatically recognises the transition between different flow regimes, dynamic journal bearing based on Booker and Martin modelling for fluid flow analyses, advanced heat exchangers used to predict pressure drop and heat duty for single phase, cross-flow, compact heat exchangers and traceable data management for project sharing and effective project management, detailed the company.

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