Mentor Graphics introduced a new Flowmaster tool for system level thermo-fluid simulation. The Flowmaster Power and Energy software tool features a two-phase solution that models the phase change from liquid to vapor for steam generation or from vapor to liquid when steam is consumed. The new Flowmaster tool will be available this summer and will support Windows 7 64-bit and Enterprise deployment. The product is ideal for the power generation applications.
The new version of the software tool is built on the Flowmaster Rigorous Energy Balance Solver. Flowmaster Power and Energy can model the phase change that occurs in both steam and liquid processes. The orientation, temperature and pressure flow patterns of steam and liquid are very different, and each flow pattern has an impact on the pressure drop and heat transfer. The new Flowmaster product recognizes and models each flow pattern accurately.
The Flowmaster Power and Energy software tool includes a Solver License, which provides engineers with a full license to perform analyses for pre-built networks where there is no need for use of the GUI. This may be as part of an Enterprise deployment that includes coupled multi-part, multi-disciplinary simulation codes to model the various aspects of a system through a scalable Enterprise simulation platform.
The new Flowmaster version also has an enhanced interface to MATLAB. This enables engineers to combine Simulink and Flowmaster to run concurrent simulations via a suite of Flowmaster Component Object Model Functions.
Flowmaster Power and Energy Highlights
Addresses the specific thermo-fluid requirements for power plants (i.e. coal-fired power plants, boiler/steam generators, steam turbines, cooling towers, steam traps), solar energy, and automotive (zero flow heat transfer, advanced heat exchanger) applications
Power and Energy
Complete steam/water Rankine Cycle simulation capability for the fossil fuel and solar power markets. The tool helps engineers to model the entire power plant fluid system with a single simulation tool. This includes proper simulation of complicated phenomena such as boiling, condensation, flashing and de-superheating.
New zero flow heat transfer capability provides the option of modeling rapid warm-up cooling strategies where zero coolant flow is present during the engine warm-up process
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