Ansys Inc. has released Version 4.0 of its FLUENT for CATIA V5, an upgrade to its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool that offers new capabilities for engineers working in Dassault Systemes’ popular 3-D CAD environment.
FLUENT for CATIA V5 offers performance improvements along with new physics models that extend the analysis capabilities to different types of products. For example, a new species transport model allows the modeling of mixtures of fluids with different properties, making the tool well suited to handle analysis of equipment like paint mixers, fire risk detection systems, airplane cabin ventilation and water treatment systems. A new cavitation modeling feature will allow for performance optimization of fuel injectors used in car and motorcycle engines, along with rotating pumps. New heat transfer boundary conditions let automotive makers model the cooling of brake rotor disks.
Other improvements include optimized memory management for handling large models more efficiently, usability improvements and new algorithms to boost performance.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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