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CFdesign for


CFdesign makes it possible for

mechanical engineers working
under tight time constraints to
evaluate 10, 20, even 100 design
scenarios at their desktop while
providing team members with
easy access to interactive
simulation results.

On average a company
implementing CFdesign can
reduce by 70% the time it takes
to develop, test and prove a new
product while reducing the costs
associated with staff and materials A SolidWorks Model is All You Need
The component or assembly model you build in SolidWorks is all CFdesign needs to deliver
by 65%. a reliable fluid flow and heat transfer simulation. There’s no IGES. No STEP or STL. Make a
change to the model in SolidWorks and you’ll see the same change in CFdesign. It’s that simple.

The Set Up is Simple

Setting up the simulation requires basic knowledge about material properties and the operating
conditions the product must perform under. In minutes you can have a simulation ready to go.

Watch and Learn

You can learn a lot by watching your design perform in the Design Review Center. Animation,
particle tracing, iso surfacing, and dynamic cutting plane tools allow you to see every facet of
one design and then intuitively compare the merits of that design against 2, 10 or 100 others.

Show What You Know

With the Design Communication Center everyone can see what you see. Using our free
3D Viewer as a plug-in for PowerPoint, Word or a Web browser, it’s easy to share dynamic,
interactive simulation results along with your comments. Share your expertise, solicit feedback,
and secure design approval in one easy step.

Design on the Fast Track

Now you can do more – much more – and in less time, by tapping under-utilized in-house
computer resources with CFdesign’s new Fast Track option. With our on-demand licensing plan
you can explore unlimited “what if” scenarios and still beat your deadline. This option is ideal
for engineering groups to temporarily scale up simulation capabilities without budgeting or
capital acquisition hassles.
CFdesign for SolidWorks
CFdesign has been developed from day one for multi-faceted product development teams using SolidWorks. Powered
by proprietary numerical techniques and leading-edge computational methods, CFdesign features a true associative
relationship with components and assemblies, and automatically applies the optimal mesh required for accurate fluid
and thermal simulations.

For a complete listing of product features and tech specs, please visit

1. Design a product in SolidWorks and launch 2. Select material properties and assign other 3. Explore and evaluate product performance
CFdesign from the SolidWorks interface. boundary conditions. Launch the simulation using CFdesign’s powerful visualization tool
The native model automatically and and monitor its progress. set, including the Design Review Center.
instantly appears in CFdesign.

Model Processing Features: Display Features:

• CFdesign uses native SolidWorks part and assembly models • Cutting planes at any location/orientation
• CFdesign maintains a complete associative relationship with • Vector, contour, and mesh display on cutting planes
SolidWorks models, including preservation of mesh size and boundary • Multiple cutting planes each capable of displaying different results
conditions • Bulk flow calculations on cutting planes
• Automatic mesh enhancement near walls • Units conversion of displayed results
• Geometry-based boundary condition application • Particle traces (seed point selection on any cutting plane)
• Arbitrary units selection for all boundary conditions • Interactive wall force, convection, and heat flux results on user-selected
• Transient boundary condition application walls
• All pertinent flow and heat transfer boundary conditions • IsoSurfaces display
• Mesh size application on volumes, surfaces, and edges • Animation of multiple results sets (steady state or transient)
• Interactive feature tree listing all applied boundary conditions and
mesh specifications CAE Integration:
• Two and three dimensional analyses • Flow and thermal results are automatically prepared as input conditions
• Automatic and extremely robust, fast tetrahedral meshing for Abaqus, Ansys, Mechanica, and Nastran users
• Element healing algorithm to automatically account for very small
System Requirements:
MCAD: SolidWorks 2001 or higher
Solver Features: Windows: 98 or higher (including XP)
• Laminar and turbulent flow regimes
• Internal and external flows
Hardware Recommendations:
• Incompressible, subsonic, transonic, and supersonic compressible
• 128 Mb RAM minimum; 512 Mb RAM recommended
• Steady state and transient
• 100 Mb disk space minimum for installation; 100 Mb minimum disk
• Heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation) space for run files
• Rotating frame • Pentium II 333 MHz minimum, Pentium III 550 MHz or higher
• Two-phase flows (humid gas and steam/water mixtures) recommended
• Scalar transport equation
• Run-time results visualization Licensing Options:
• Finite element formulation • Node-Locked: license is locked to the user’s specific computer
• Automatic wall boundary identification • Floating: license is served from a specific computer, and the software
• Fan/pump head-capacity curve boundary condition can be run on any client machine
• Convergence monitor
• Distributed resistance and porous media elements
• Automatic turbulent start-up algorithm

Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc.

3315 Berkmar Drive
Charlottesville,VA 22901
Phone: 434.977.2764
Fax: 434.977.2714