Autodesk CFD software from Autodesk, Inc., provides computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and thermal simulation tools to help you make great products. Using Autodesk CFD software, you can predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing. The question then arises: "Where do I start?" Attend this class and you will learn the basics of Autodesk CFD software and how it can improve your design process.
Product designers and Engineers who want to optimize their design based on flow and thermal simulation.
Caitlin graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering Technology. She has been with Autodesk for two years and is a Technical Support Specialist primarily focusing on Autodesk Moldflow. She has gained her knowledge through hands-on experiences through her degree at Penn State and previous industry experiences. This is Caitlin’s second time at Autodesk University.
How can large, multidisciplinary projects be delivered in a streamlined and efficient way? Using the example of a recently delivered design of a 96,000-seat stadium featuring an enormous cable net roof, Mark will outline a unique approach to planning and implementing robust and efficient workflows that embrace the latest technological developments. The project was anchored in Autodesk Revit and Revit’s flexibility and openness was exploited to document and communicate a fully integrated building design with highly complex and irregular geometry. The class will introduce the application of “mass bespoke” thinking to a construction design project outlining how a change of mindset can demonstrably increase productivity and resilience to change. This class will change the way you think about design.
Dynamic modeling and generative designs paved the way for sophisticated digital prototyping. While software got better and better, stakeholders and clients are often struggling to grant the use of the latest tools accepting new solutions. New simulation methods will only path their way when their results are being communicated and well received. The presentation entitled "CFD Meets VR" addresses a well-designed workflow where critical facility data can be communicated to stakeholders to make the right decisions about comfort-supporting equipment and costs influencing the success of the architecture. The workflow describes the export of a Revit model to Autodesk CFD simulation software, making use of an Autodesk CFD data translation within 3ds Max software preparing it for its final destination: the Stingray gaming engine. The result offers a full immersion and experiencing of Autodesk CFD data, which can be presented on virtual reality (VR) rigs and mobiles. Autodesk CFD data is 3D data, which is often difficult to communicate through 2D gates such as screens or paper.
This class will cover the use of Autodesk CFD software as a design analysis tool to provide an effective, engineered smoke-control strategy for a shopping mall of large and complex geometry. We'll examine how fire dynamics were modeled and how important aspects such as smoke propagation and temperature distribution were investigated. The participants will learn about smoke movement in far greater detail than is possible through traditional design tools, such as zone models and algebraic equations, and we'll cover the impact of irregular shapes and unusual air movements that could not be addressed otherwise. We'll demonstrate how we can design the smoke exhaust systems to maintain a prescribed smoke-layer height, tenable temperature, and smoke visibility; and how we can optimize the volume of smoke to be exhausted to meet life-safety goals. Based on the Autodesk CFD results, we'll show how we can draw important conclusions and introduce valuable recommendations to minimize smoke hazards.
The issue of taking architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) models into simulation software is becoming a hot topic in the industry as companies are starting to include simulation in their Building Information Modeling (BIM) efforts. This class will describe the workflow involved in going from a full Revit model to Autodesk CFD results, providing a set of tools to modify, simplify, and customize our Revit model so the transition and the setup is optimum. Then, it will describe how to set the actual model in Autodesk CFD, analyze results, and take the relevant design decisions to optimize our designs. The workflow will be based on real examples from the AEC industry, stressing the importance of following best practices to reduce project time and costs. The class can be taken as documentation and a great set of tips and tricks to take models from Revit to Autodesk CFD for future AEC projects. It is important to note that a Revit expert (Mathijs Van Baal) will be a co-speaker to fully cover all aspects and questions that may arise from our talk.
This talk will focus on transient coupled effects of conduction and radiative heat transfer in turbine rotor segments. Rotors at ambient are to be heated to extremely high temperatures, following certain metallurgical criteria. We'll use a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation approach to analyze the rotor surface temperature, track the temperature trend vis-à-vis surface-to-core variation, and estimate transient heating time and surface heat flux. This simulation is needed to establish criteria required for testing rotors for meeting metallurgical properties under accelerated heating conditions. Challenges faced before obtaining a solution include reducing computational time, modeling complexity in geometrical features, setting up boundary conditions, and meshing. We'll also discuss basics of heat transfer and fluid mechanics, association of heater control logic, and the application of Autodesk CFD simulation tool to thermal engineering problems, as well as an analysis of results.
Implementing Simulation software early and often in the design process helps to reduce prototypes, get to market more quickly, and optimize your design for better performance. Designs are all around you—some that have used Simulation software, and some that could benefit from this optimization. In fact, most products require the use of multiple Simulation software products to achieve their best design. I know, I know . . . so where does the kegger come in to play? It might seem strange, but something as simple as a keg can be used to perfectly demonstrate nearly every Simulation software product. In this class, you will learn a bit of Simulation for Fusion 360 software, Autodesk CFD software, Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software, Simulation Mechanical software, Moldflow software, and Moldflow Design software. So, if you’re interested in how you can optimize your designs, or just want to grab a beer in one of the most entertaining classes of Autodesk University, this is the place for you! This session features Fusion 360 and CFD.
The class will mainly cover the essentials of China Architecture Design Group’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions and practices, including BIM organizational frameworks, integration of collaborative BIM workflow and management, BIM project implementation, and so on. Since 2004, project case studies have been drawn from 48 various BIM projects with diversified building types with a total building area of more than 5,000,000 square meters. Additionally, the class will introduce the development and implementation of China national BIM standards: Building Information Modeling Delivery Standard, Building Information Modeling Classification and Coding Standard, Building Information Modeling Drafting Standard. This session features Revit, CFD, and Navisworks Manage.
Taking as an example a real-world case—a dam discharge tunnel—this class will show how to handle a model that originated from digital scan, taking it toward a model that is at the same time simple, but keeping the relevant features. We will explain the workflow of turning the complex surface model into point clouds and simplified surfaces, and then generate a Simulation-friendly model—all using a wide range of Autodesk, Inc., products (like AutoCAD Civil 3D software, ReCap software, Inventor software, Remake software, and Fusion 360 software). Having the final model, we will explain how to set it up in Autodesk CFD software using the latest features of Autodesk CFD 2017 software—especially Hydrostatic Pressure—showing how it works and generates accurate results predicting the flow in and around the tunnel. Results derived from simulations are used for the design of the tunnel entrance to maximize the efficiency of the discharge, and to avoid problematic effects like cavitation. A representative of the EP customer that commissioned the project will be joining as a co-presenter. This session features CFD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Fusion 360. AIA Approved
We invite customers who have a need to simulate thermal management of electronics to attend this roundtable. We plan on discussing and discovering common electrical computer-aided design (ECAD) and mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) workflows, going from ideation, conceptual layout, and final design. Thermal management fits in this design process throughout and we will present some mockups on how we see the next generation of simulation fitting into the design process. We hope to gain insight from the roundtable regarding how participants currently manage the ECAD data and use it along with MCAD data to perform thermal simulation, where their struggles are, and what could be done to make everything easier. This session features CFD, Forge, and Fusion 360.
In this class, you will use SimStudio Tools to change models from fully detailed, production-ready components to models that are suitable for analysis in Autodesk CFD software, Simulation Mechanical software, or Moldflow software. Production models are more finely detailed than needed for simulation analysis. This leads to either long analysis run times due to high element counts, large effort put into remodeling designs into simpler forms, or often both. And that is if they run at all! You will use SimStudio Tools to simplify an existing circuit board and enclosure design for use in an Autodesk CFD software airflow and cooling analysis. You will then use SimStudio Tools to adjust the enclosure geometry for improved cooling. This session features SimStudio and CFD.
The interoperability between Autodesk Revit and Autodesk CFD can be challenging in a number of areas. Most Revit design models typically contain a high level of detail for construction, gaps in geometry, clashes, and other unresolved conflicts that can create issues when imported to the CFD environment. In this session, participants will learn how to develop and maintain a Revit model for geometry creation suitable for Autodesk CFD analysis using industry best-practices, and review examples of the type of Revit geometry that can be repurposed and what should be replaced. The session will also present methods of leveraging Revit's powerful data, visualization, coordination, and documentation functionality to enhance CFD development, design coordination, data management, and reporting.
Autodesk, Inc.’s, Project Scorch enables fire and smoke Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation within your buildings’ designs. In this class we’ll cover the full process, including importing your designs, creating burners and sprinklers, working with materials, and interpreting local and cloud-based analysis results—all to enable you to utilize the power of simulation within your design process. We will cover how understanding heat, smoke, and particle movement can help you in the design process, and how you can integrate simulation into the process. We will also cover some best practices and helpful tips to help you get the most out of Project Scorch, as well as demonstrate several examples to help understand key concepts.