Simulation software for thermo-fluid systems helps engineers minimize design effort while accurately simulating fluid flow and thermal analysis of their end-products.

Flowmaster software from Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, Ore., includes an experiment mode that allows users to create response surfaces and export meta-model data as either standard ANSI C code or as S-Functions, for use in a real-time environment providing support for hardware-in-the-loop simulations. Using a Latin Square algorithm helps users generate unique combinations of distributed input values between specific bounds. Additional capabilities found in the latest Flowmaster release, targeting aerospace and automotive systems design applications, include:

  • Improved thermal bridge for heat transfer analysis, which automatically recognizes the transition between different flow regimes.
  • Dynamic journal bearing based on the Booker and Martin modeling for fluid flow analyses.
  • Advanced heat exchangers used to predict pressure drop and heat duty for single-phase, cross-flow, compact heat exchangers.
  • Traceable data management for project sharing and effective project management.

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