FLOW-3D v12.0 – Modernized interface, streamlined workflows and enhanced accuracy
John Wendelbo, Flow Science
The recent release of FLOW-3D v12.0 features significant graphical user interface developments that streamline the workflow for engineers to progress from their simulation setup through running models and post-processing results. A modernized interface improves the visibility of key modeling features while removing unnecessary options from the user’s view. Faster setup, fewer places to make mistakes in the model setup, an even more streamlined flow of commands and model accessibility, and enhanced run-time plot monitoring make this release a significant departure from previous versions. Additional solver developments include notable accuracy-enhancing features such as an Immersed Boundary Method for momentum advection and a new two-field temperature model.
Accelerating Simulation Workflows through User Interface Design
John Ditter, Flow Science
As simulation becomes deeply embedded in the product design cycle, the need to improve simulation workflows increases. A number of productivity-enhancing features have been implemented in FLOW-3D’s user interface to improve the workflow. These features, which include runtime simulation monitoring, interactive geometry creation, remote solving, batch post-processing, and active simulation control with global conditions, will be discussed. New features coming soon include a new, high performance scenario results viewer, more efficient handling of raster topography, the HPC version of FLOW-3D CAST, and more plotting features in runtime simulation monitoring.
Solver Developments: FLOW-3D v12.0 and FLOW-3D CAST v5.1
Michael Barkhudarov, Flow Science
FLOW-3D users will see many exciting and far-reaching developments in 2018. Hydraulic applications will benefit from a significant upgrade of the sediment transport model and a new outflow pressure boundary condition, both resulting in more accurate and stable solutions. A new multi-component alloy model will mark a major enhancement of the solidification simulation capabilities in FLOW-3D CAST, opening the doors to predicting microstructure and mechanical properties. A full radiation model, along with the shell generation feature, will enable investment casting modeling. All users will benefit from the addition of general unit systems. The accuracy of the two-fluid solution has been advanced by extending it to a two-temperature approach, while the new Immersed Boundary Method improves the accuracy of the near-wall flow solution. There will be a debut of the HPC version of FLOW-3D CAST, which will be available on the POD cloud service, along with the HPC version of FLOW-3D.