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Fluid flow

Predicting fluid flow rates, pressure drops, and turbulence are just a few items that are challenging to measure during design. Understanding these performance indicators with the use of CFD simulation enables engineers to explore more ideas and make better decisions.

Performance matters.

Great performing and reliable products speak for themselves and can win business. Products like pumps, valves, heat exchangers, nozzles, and measuring devices all rely on their fluid flow performance to define their success. Engineers need to find the winning balance between cost, performance, and reliability all while working with a limited amount of time. To accomplish this, engineers must explore more ideas during design.

Measuring performance and reliability

There are many different factors that play a role in fluid flow applications as designs are complex. Leveraging Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) provide users with the ability to simulate the products performance under a wide array of operating conditions. This gives engineers an understanding of the pressure, flow and thermal characteristics of their product in order to ensure performance and reliability.

  • Pressure

    • Pressure
    • Pressure drop
    • Stagnation pressure
    • Cavitation
    • Mechanical chatter
  • Flow

    • Flow rate
    • Turbuluence
    • Velocity
    • Recirculation
    • Flow distribution
  • Thermal

    • Heat transfer
    • Temperature distribution
    • Thermal stacking
    • Multi fluid heat exchange

CFD simulation software in action

See how Autodesk CFD provides the ability to predict and validate fluid flow performance indicators accurately and easily regardless of your CAD system. Watch this choke valve video demonstration to see how upfront CFD results are used to make informed product design decisions.

Industry trusted results


See how Norgren developed the Diverter Valve, part of its Waste Heat Recovery System for truck engines. The design team cut production time by six months and saved thousands of pounds using Autodesk CFD and Inventor.

Parker Hannifin

The world’s leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, Parker Hannifin provides precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial, and aerospace markets.

Betts Industries, Inc.

Betts Industries, Inc., designs, engineers, manufactures, and sells components for highway cargo tanks and other industrial applications. See how they used CFD to design a more efficient pressure/vacuum vent.

Software for fluid flow simulation

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