Mentor’s CFD story didn’t start with the Flowmaster acquisition. In 2008, the company acquired Flomerics Ltd., which sold general-purpose 3D multi-CAD embedded CFD and 3D electronics cooling thermal analysis tools. In addition to the FloTHERM CFD tool for predicting airflow and heat transfer in electronics equipment, Mentor also made a push for
general-purpose CFD with FloEFD, a tool Buergel describes as enabling “concurrent CFD.” Because FloEFD is embedded in popular CAD programs like Siemens PLM Software NX, Dassault CATIA, and PTC Creo, engineers can employ CFD studies and do what-if scenarios throughout a product’s lifecycle from directly within their preferred CAD tool. In addition, embedding the CFD tool within the familiar CAD environment and CAD workflow also eliminates the geometry and meshing processes, which historically has been one of the biggest bottlenecks for widespread use of CFD analysis, Buergel explained.
Mentor believes engineering groups will require both the systems-level and general-purpose embedded CFD tools, thus it sees synergies between the programs and in the potential user base. “Companies have a simulation requirement both at a systems level, and they also have to design components,” he explained. “Our goal is have tight integration between Flowmaster and FloEFD to allow companies to work on all three levels -- systems, subassemblies, and components.”
Mentor is not releasing terms of the acquisition. Buergel said the company is already at work integrating the two technologies.