Today we take a closer look at CFD, one of the most interesting tools at the disposal of design engineers. Keep reading to learn more.
What Is CFD?
CFD stands for Computational Fluid Dynamics. As the name implies, CFD allows design engineers to simulate the motion of fluids using a computer.
Here, the term “fluid” isn’t limited to liquids. In fact, CFD is often used to simulate and analyze airflow patterns in everything from HVAC systems to weather phenomena.
Some of the most common software applications for CFD are Autodesk CFD, openFOAM, and ANSYS Fluent/CFX.
CFD Doesn’t Replace Physical Testing
It’s worth noting that CFD doesn’t replace physical testing, which remains a necessary part of the engineering design process. Rather, CFD can be considered a powerful complement to real-life testing that helps engineers save time and makes it easier to spot design flaws.
Furthermore, CFD can be an invaluable tool for hypothetical scenarios that are hard to explore with physical tests.
CFD simulations are usually performed on CPUs (Central Processing Units), or the central processor of a computer. However, from the 2010s, these simulations are also performed on GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). This part of the computer was originally designed to render graphics, but now it’s also used to accelerate calculations that involve vast amounts of data.
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