There are many aspects to automotive engineering where there is interest in simulation. A few areas where numerical modeling can help engineers better understand their designs are fuel tank sloshing, underhood thermal management and spray control, early fuel shut-off during fill, degas bottles, fluid resistance of powertrain components, and casting of automotive parts.

Automotive simulation

Nozzle filling simulation. Courtesy Reutter Group

FLOW-3D is a comprehensive CFD software that offers solutions to many of the challenges in the automotive industry. FLOW-3D can simulate transient flow dynamics, (both free-surface and confined), thermal energy transfer in fluids and solids, phase change, 6-degrees of freedom motion of solids and a coupled finite element solver for mechanically and thermally induced stresses. Explore the full list of FLOW-3D‘s modeling capabilities.