Mentor Graphics Launches 1D-3D CFD Simulation Software Tool

Mentor Graphics introduced a 1D-3D general-purpose software solution that combines 1D and 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The solution is based on 3D FloEFD Concurrent CFD and 1D Flowmaster, which was recently acquired by Mentor Graphics. The Mentor Graphics 1D-3D product line will be available in the second half of this year.

Mentor’s 1D-3D tool is the industry’s first solution to provide a tight coupling of 1D and 3D software technologies engineered to work natively together with integrated source code. The new combination is the first result from the merged technologies made possible by the recent acquisition of Flowmaster Ltd. The tool helps engineers to speed up the design process while ensuring accurate upfront systems analysis based on fluid flow and heat transfer data by using 3D simulation at the component level.

Systems engineers commonly use 1D and 3D CFD software in the automotive, aviation, oil, gas, power and energy industries. For designing complex systems, 3D CFD would be extremely accurate, but it can be computationally expensive depending on the size of the models used. 1D CFD can be used, which is faster, but it may require significant amounts of data to characterize the components accurately. To facilitate 1D CFD systems analysis, data is needed to describe the component. Until now, the process to achieve a high level of design accuracy has been tedious and based on assumptions.

Mentor’s tightly coupled, general purpose 1D-3D CFD simulation software combination can characterize the more complex components of the system in 3D and insert those component characteristics into the 1D system-level models for simulation. The tool offers higher accuracy for the components and minimizes the computational resources and execution times at the system level. The tool enables systems engineers to examine more variables across a wider range of design scenarios to quickly achieve optimal system and component design.

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