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TMCNet:  Mentor Graphics announces new FloEFD solution

[February 13, 2013]

Mentor Graphics announces new FloEFD solution

Feb 13, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Mentor Graphics Corporation has announced the next generation of the FloEFD concurrent computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, simulation product for improved performance, usability and functionality.

According to the company, new functionality coupled with performance enhancements help users by providing intelligent what-if analysis for improved product development. With the latest version of the FloEFD product, users can expect a significant workflow process improvement including automated geometry clean up, and the ability to mesh complex models.

This new release includes a Parametric Study Tool and NASTRAN Bridge to speed analyses, and improvements to handle complex geometries. These new capabilities will help engineers meet time-to-market windows with design reliability, the company said.

The new FloEFD release provides improved geometry handling to support extremely complex geometries and complex assemblies with multiple instances of the same component (examples: full system containing hundreds of chips, building containing dozens of fans, etc.). Users can simply copy conditions to other component instances without having to repeat the same operation time after time. The redesigned interface locates and identifies geometry issues. Now models to address possible geometry problems can be tested and fixed easily.

Multi-physics simulation is now required for many products. A new generic interface to NASTRAN structural analysis modules allows users to export pressure and temperature data from the FloEFD product for structural or thermal simulation. Thus, analyses for stress, vibration, structural failure, and heat transfer can help engineers develop safer and more reliable designs within shorter time-to-market timelines, the company added.

Also with this release, Mentor Graphics is providing a tightly coupled general-purpose 1D-3D CFD simulation software solution. With this unique combination, engineers can characterize the complex components of a system in 3D (FloEFD) and easily insert those components into the 1D system-level model (Flowmaster) for simulation.

This provides higher accuracy for the components while minimizing the computational resources and execution times at the system level. Coupling this with the new Parametric Study tool allows the performance curve or surface of a 3D component in FloEFD to be exported for direct import into Flowmaster's 1D CFD system, the company concluded.

"We are addressing the complexities found in today's systems designs with our next-generation FloEFD product, with advanced performance, usability and functionality," said Erich Buergel, general manager of the Mentor Graphics mechanical analysis division.

"New features for 'what-if' analysis, Linux and NASTRAN support will help designers to quickly identify design problems so they can deliver their innovative products faster and with greater confidence in product performance." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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