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Mentor Graphics ups Flowmaster for thermo-fluid simulation

Posted: 05 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:thermo-fluid systems? FMI? secondary air solver? natural circulation?

Mentor Graphics Corporation has improved its Flowmaster simulation software for thermo-fluid systems. The product's additional functionalities address the needs of the automotive, aerospace, process/energy and gas turbine industries.

The Flowmaster platform now features a Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI), which enables usage of Flowmaster models in an open-source environment, allowing systems engineers to use models created by different simulation tools in a collaborative environment.

Also, the recent Flowmaster product includes an enhanced secondary air solver and a natural circulation capability. According to the company, the secondary air feature provides solver algorithms that improve the stability and accuracy of modelling flow through rotating partscritical for predicting temperatures and centrifugal pressure rise in the secondary air systems of gas turbines. The natural circulation capability simulates fluid circulation in a closed loop system without a pump through the combination of gravity and heat energy changes. Natural circulation occurs in traditional power plant designs and is critical for analysis in the power generation market.

The parametric studies capability now provides users with greater flexibility in setting up their design study inputs through highly productive and intuitive options. Smart modelling is enabled for the creation of new design spaces. The Monte Carlo simulation functionality, where unique random value generation for each instance of a parameter as well as individual calculation of mean, sigma, minimum and maximum has been added. Monte Carlo simulation provides the examination of small thermal variation effects in input values, enabling the tool to be used for risk analysis and quality control environments, such as Six Sigma (DFSS).

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