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How CFD Streamlines Fluid Designs
Posted Thu November 21, 2002 @09:46AM
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Application Machine Design has posted an article (in PDF format) on the use of CFD by engineers to solve troublesome flow problems. The story follows the design of a novel showerhead by the Moen Company.

At our company, for example, we use CFD to improve fixtures such as showerheads and valves, and faucets by predicting spray and flow patterns, reducing them in size, increasing their efficiency, and letting them do more. The software lets us pay close attention to fluid dynamics early in a productís development.
CFD software lets engineers refine designs through several iterations in as little as a day. Features such as interactivity with MCAD, easier-to-use meshing algorithms, and user-friendly GUIís have placed the analysis software into a daily-use toolbox for design engineers. Understanding how it differs from the structural analysis of finite elements and knowing what to look for in charts and images lets design teams get more out of the technology.

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