Explore the many possibilities of what can be modeled with the FLOW-3D product family in our simulation video gallery.
Multiphysics Simulation Gallery
FLOW-3D provides a complete and versatile CFD simulation platform for engineers investigating the dynamic behavior of liquids and gas in a wide range of industrial applications and physical processes. FLOW-3D focuses on free surface and multi-phase applications, serving a broad range of industries including microfluidics, bio-medical devices, water civil infrastructure, aerospace, consumer products, additive manufacturing, inkjet printing, laser welding, automotive, offshore, energy and automotive.
Here, FLOW-3D is used to simulate drop impingement on a fibrous bed, looking at the propagation of the fluid front as it relates to surface tension, contact angle, and viscosity.
Additive Manufacturing Simulation Gallery
FLOW-3D AM simulates and analyzes additive manufacturing processes such as laser powder bed fusion, binder jetting, and direct energy deposition. FLOW-3D AM’s multiphysics capabilities offer highly-accurate simulations of powder spreading and compaction, melt pool dynamics, porosity formation for L-PBF and DED, and resin penetration and spreading for binder jetting processes, for analysis and optimization of process parameters.
FLOW-3D AM Playlist
This example demonstrates FLOW-3D‘s capabilities to simulate a material extrusion AM process. In this simulation, the material is approximated as a highly viscous fluid with constant material properties. Four layers with rectangular filling are printed and the deformations of already deposited material under the newly extruded strands can be observed. The example is post-processed with FLOW-3D POST.
Laser Welding Simulation Gallery
FLOW-3D WELD provides powerful insights into laser welding processes to achieve process optimization. With better process control it is possible to minimize porosity, heat affected zones and control microstructure evolution. To accurately simulate laser welding processes, FLOW-3D WELD features laser heat sources, laser-material interaction, fluid flow, heat transfer, surface tension, solidification, multiple laser reflections and phase change.
FLOW-3D WELD Playlist
FLOW-3D WELD provides powerful insights into laser welding processes to achieve process optimization. With better process control it is possible to minimize porosity, heat affected zones and control microstructure evolution. To accurately simulate laser welding processes, FLOW-3D WELD implements all the relevant physics such as laser heat sources, laser-material interaction, fluid flow, heat transfer, surface tension, solidification, multiple laser reflections and phase change.
Civil & Environmental Engineering Simulation Gallery
FLOW-3D has many applications for the hydraulics industry, including modeling fish passages, dam breaks, spillways, avalanches, hydroelectric power and other civil and environmental engineering challenges. Engineers can increase the capacity of existing infrastructure in hydropower plants, develop improved designs for fish passages, intakes that minimize head loss, forebay designs and tailrace flows, and analyze scour and deposition and air entrainment.
FLOW-3D HYDRO Playlist
VOF to Particles0:41
Pump Axial Model0:20
Clarifiers | FLOW-3D0:28
The accuracy and robustness of the sharp-interface tracking VOF methods in FLOW-3D have been enhanced by combing them with fluid particles. The new particle species, called VOF particles, are used in place of the VOF function to track small fluid ligaments and droplets in the computational domain, achieving better conservation of fluid volume and momentum.
Metal Casting Simulation Gallery
FLOW-3D CAST contains extensive and robust physical models specially designed for casting. These special models include algorithms for lost foam casting, non-Newtonian fluids, and die cycling. FLOW-3D CAST’s robust simulation engine and new tools for predicting defects provide insights that will shorten design cycles and reduce cost.
Metal Casting Playlist
Entrained air & gas pressure within improvised HPDC runner above shot sleeve radius | FLOW-3D CAST0:26
Comparison of slow shot profiles and entrained air during a HPDC filling simulation |FLOW-3D CAST0:44
Excessive entrained air in an HPDC shot sleeve using constant speed slow shot profile | FLOW-3D CAST0:20
This video demonstrates Active Simulation Control being used to increase data output frequency when fast shot begins so that flow details can be captured. Flux surfaces are placed at the gates to measure the average velocity. When the average velocity exceeds 35 m/s, Active Simulation Control sets the output frequency to 0.0007 seconds for the duration of the simulation.