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FLOVENT V5 Provides Usability, CAD Import and Gridding Improvements
Posted Fri October 15, 2004 @04:03PM
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News Flomerics has introduced Version 5 of Flovent airflow design simulation software offering substantial improvements in the areas of usability, CAD import and numerical stability. The menus have been redesigned in the new release to more intuitively guide the user through the modeling process. Analysis accuracy has been improved with a grid-based dissection CAD import method that provides better handling of complex building geometries. Numerical stability has been increased by refining Flovent's unique object-based localized gridding.

Usability has been improved by redesigning the top-level menu system so that it is more consistent with design-based project creation. The node tree has been simplified and focuses on a hierarchical view of the project geometry. The file menu now lists the most recently opened files so they can be quickly re-opened. Menu picks that provide importing and exporting of projects and assemblies have been repositioned on the file menu for easier access. There have also been significant performance improvements in accessing the data associated with very large projects, very often encountered in building applications.

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The new version also improves the handling of complex geometries by providing an option to discretize imported solid models using a grid that reproduces the model's shape to a high level of accuracy, while maintaining numerical efficiency and avoiding any issues relating to the quality and accuracy of the imported CAD data. In order to address an increasing interest in transient analysis, a new feature has been introduced that allows for the import of a comma delimited ASCII file defining any desired power versus time profile.

The localized gridding capabilities in the new version have been refined to improve their stability and broaden applicability. The grid is associated with objects so that the grid is constructed as you add objects, such as SmartParts models, rather than after the fact. Another new feature improves flexibility by allowing objects in contact to be localized individually rather than with all the localized components grouped together.

Flovent software from Flomerics reduces the time and skill required to simulate complex ventilation problems, because it is specially designed for applications in the built environment. Flovent provides tools that allow users to assemble models from libraries, avoiding the need to create them from scratch. Flovent provides an environment that enables fast, automated design studies. Automated gridding and distributed processing across networks streamlines the process of evaluating multiple iterations to optimize the design. With this new version, Flovent continues to set the standard for airflow simulation in the construction industry. Thermal dimensioning, contamination/moisture control and airflow inside large buildings can now be easily undertaken in Flovent V5.

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