Feb 23, 2010

Blue Ridge Numerics announces the availability of CFdesign 2010

New Version of Upfront CFD Software Helps Mechanical and Thermal Engineers Achieve Pass-Fail and What-If Engineering Objectives Early in the Design Cycle.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va - Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., the leader in upfront CFD software, today announced the availability of CFdesign 2010, the first computational fluid dynamics (CFD) application to provide a comprehensive CAD-driven design study environment that enable design engineers in the electronics industry to achieve pass-fail and what-if engineering scenarios as part of a highly efficient workflow.

This major upgrade addresses the needs of design engineers by providing an integrated airflow and heat transfer environment that enables a simulation of the design, placement, and performance of critical components as well as the entire system. First time, occasional, and advanced users are able to make decisions that satisfy pass-fail targets, while exploring ideas that can improve quality and drive innovation all from the CAD system they are currently using.

CFdesign 2010 streamlines and strengthens the decision-making process. It provides a flexible and lightweight environment to create and manage electronics cooling and thermal management studies containing single or multiple scenarios. The new Decision Center provides a dashboard-like interface to asses process performance comparatively against competing designs and specified critical values. Additionally, design feedback is expressed in standard engineering terms, so engineers can locate critical pieces of information, such as junction temperatures, heat sink design, fan performance and location, as well as vent and airflow path locations on the first try without having to be a CFD expert or dig through mountains of CFD outputs. The straightforward flexible workflow brings the opportunity for design teams to satisfy multiple design criteria and drive innovation to the forefront.

“It is increasingly important that companies make simulation an essential part of the product development process. Design engineers need to be able to achieve confidence in the performance of their product designs before committing to a physical prototype, and CFdesign 2010 is a great step in that direction,” said Keith Meintjes, Research Director – CAE, CPDA: Collaborative Product Development Associates, LLC. “CFdesign 2010 empowers non-expert CFD end users in the CAD environment with a tool that allows easy evaluation of fluid flow performance with new single and multi-scenario design study capabilities. The new design study environment enables engineers to quickly compare different designs and make assessments of product performance upfront in the design process, resulting in overall improved product quality and innovation.”

“Traditional and embedded CFD products historically have not supported engineering design studies, as they have been built for a single analysis as the engineering objective, making multi-scenario design studies too time intensive, impractical, and at times impossible. As result, very few companies are getting the business impact they need from a CFD investment,” said Derrek Cooper, product manager, Blue Ridge Numerics. “CFdesign 2010 does what every CFD product has promised, but until now failed to do. It enables engineers to quickly create and compare different scenarios and make important product design decisions to satisfy pass-fail, quality, and innovation objectives early in the development process all from within their CAD software packages.”