September 19, 2016
simFlow, a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) software powered by OpenFOAM, is now in its third release. Highlights include an updated user interface, extended geometry support and mesh generation.
According to simFlow, additional improvements include:
- New initial mesh shapes: A cylindrical shape of the initial mesh improves mesh quality when solving turbomachinery-related problems, while the wedge shape allows you to simulate only a periodic subsection of the studied geometry, thus reduce the simulation time.
- Airfoil mesh generator: This experimental feature allows you to create a high-quality 2D mesh around an airfoil with just a single-click, only a few inputs and airfoil coordinates are required.
- Advanced models: Solar Load Model enables simulation of the effect of solar radiation by calculating the solar load and taking into account geographical location and the day of a year; Detached Eddy Simulation (DES) turbulence model allows for better predictions in the detached flow regions
- New boundary conditions: A bunch of newly implemented boundary conditions give you a number of possibilities, for example, a periodicAMI can be used to create an interface between rotating and stationary domains or a coupling between hexahedral and tetrahedral mesh parts
- User-defined passive scalar equations: These equations make it possible to calculate quantities, which do not affect the fluid flow, for example: moisture content, pollutants transport in the atmosphere or temperature in incompressible flows
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.