Autodesk CFD is a computational fluid dynamics simulation software that engineers and analysts use to intelligently predict how liquids and gases will perform.
Minimize the need for physical prototypes while providing deeper insight into fluid flow design performance: Autodesk CFD provides computational fluid dynamics software features and thermal simulation tools with improved reliability and performance. Compare design alternatives and better understand the implications of your choices before manufacturing.
Design systems with fluid, thermal and motion insights
Autodesk CFD provides engineers with a range of powerful tools for system design optimization:
Fluid flow and free surface movement
Thermal management for electronics cooling
BIM integration for occupant comfort of HVAC in AEC and MEP
Automate design studies for improved efficiency
The Application Programming Interface (API) and scripting functions expand the base capabilities of Autodesk CFD through the Decision Centre’s customization and automation of common tasks. In addition, the Decision Centre automates system design comparisons to speed up design-based decision-making.
Flow control applications Optimize designs when you need to improve pressure drop or flow distribution
Thermal prototyping Solve for all modes of heat transfer, from solid to solid or solid to fluid
Architectural and MEP applications Improve building efficiency with optimized HVAC design
Free surface modeling Simulate interfaces between liquids and gases. Model flow phenomena like waves, sloshing, and spilling
Motion simulation Analyze the interaction between solid objects in motion and surrounding fluid
Humidity and condensation Model condensation of a liquid from a moist gas
Solar heating loads Identify effects of solar heating on energy performance and efficiency of a structure and its spaces
Smoke visibility Determine smoke patterns as they fill a room to help identify design changes and exit sign placement
Rotating (turbomachinery) Analyze rotating devices surrounded by a static (non-rotating) frame of reference
Import and Setup
Launch from CAD Send CAD models to Autodesk CFD from Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD Architecture, and AutoCAD MEP. Simplified import of other third-party native CAD models.
Surface Wrap Consolidate multiple bodies of a model using surface wrap, add an external volume, and generate a quality mesh for transfer into Autodesk CFD.
Mesh import and adaptive mesh Import existing mesh such as I-deas (.unv) or Nastran (.nas or .dat). Apply adaptive mesh sizing, which utilizes a comprehensive topological interrogation of the analysis geometry to apply appropriate sizes throughout the design.
ENHANCED Solver manager Schedule, manage, and simulate multiple scenarios from a single dialog.
Custom result calculations Set up custom result quantities to analyze and visualize quantities beyond the standard CFD results.
Remote solving Run simulations on remote computers on your network, and schedule multiple solves across different computers.
High Performance Computing (HPC) Autodesk CFD supports running simulations on multi-core computers, as well as with clusters of computers.
NEW Cloud solving Autodesk CFD 2023 offers an Autodesk token cloud solve option for completing simulations without tying up local resources.
Scalable Solver For simulations with over 10 million elements, the Scalable Solver enables each process to run on multiple threads as a process/thread hybrid and is designed to optimize cache performance.
Cross-sectional planes Visualize results through a 3D model on a cross-sectional colorized view.
Particle tracing Virtually simulate injected dye streams to identify flow movement through particle tracing.
Iso surfaces Review a constant value flow result with the predicted physical shape of the flow characteristics.
Iso volumes Visualize the range of result values of a volume of a model.
Wall calculator Calculate flow-induced forces on solid and wall surfaces, including heat flux and wall temperature.
Result Parts Result Parts can be assessed and designated as Summary Parts and used in the Decision Center to assess Critical values.
Result points Plot the time- or iteration-history at a specific location in the model, and designate Summary Points to assess Critical Values to compare results from multiple scenarios.
Export to FEA Autodesk CFD results can be applied as boundary conditions for FEA analyses using popular FEA tools.
Autodesk CFD Viewer Collaborate across multiple engineering workgroups by presenting and sharing Autodesk CFD graphical results.
Report generator Customize and expedite the way you communicate results with reports.