First Look: Capvidia FlowVision
Simon Martin posted on June 15, 2016 |
Capvidia’s FlowVision is a complete and integrated CFD solution for a wide variety of unique applica...

The FlowVision workflow is more flexible and focused on solving unique physical problems such as this example of measuring the interaction that a competitive diver has with water.

After stemming out of the Russian Academy of Science in the 1990s before becoming a product in the Capvidia group, FlowVision has become a go-to solution that addresses a wide range of unique applications—such as ski jumping—that are otherwise unsupported by traditional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions.

In the third generation of the product, FlowVision continues to stand in a league of its own among other CFD software as a complete and integrated solution—particularly due to its strength in solving physical problems rather than mesh generation alone. That said, the software makes use of a powerful automatic mesh generation algorithm developed by the company that allows users to alter grid size throughout the computational domain and obtain variable size density distribution of initial grid elements with the built-in Initial Grid Editor.

A competitive diver’s interactions with water are calculated with the FlowVision solver.

While FlowVision can be used to perform simulations for many different applications in various sectors, it is primarily used in building and construction, automotive, aerospace and defense, chemical, electronics, energy, medicine, naval engineering, turbo machine and sports industries. With a wide variety of possible applications, the software automates many design processes that are otherwise impossible to get through traditional engineering practices. Other unique specialties of the program, however, include complex fluid flow and interaction simulations.

An oil flow simulation in a differential gearbox

“While developing and improving FlowVision, our main intention is allowing simulation engineers to focus on the physics of the case, which is the essential objective of their work,” explained the company. “On the other hand, classical CFD approaches and workflows leave engineers with no choice but to make a great effort for geometry manipulations, meshing and similar tasks that are not the end but the means of an engineering analysis process.”

Notable and unique examples of FlowVision simulations include measuring the splashdown of a Russian space module landing over water and the kinematic force of a Russian ski jumper that includes a 3D scan of an actual athlete. For more traditional engineering simulations, such as those used in the automotive industry, FlowVision is used for purposes that range from aerodynamics to tire aquaplaning or torque conversion in gearboxes. 

A water landing simulation of the famous Beriev 101 plane.

“To make a general comparison between FlowVision and other leading CFD software, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that FlowVision is a couple of steps ahead in regards to various aspects, including unique mesh generation technology, high-speed mesh generation, lower computation times and higher accuracies in simulations for steady/transient or laminar/turbulent fluid flows,” said Tolga Güler of UNTES Air Conditioning Systems. “[Along with the] Formula Editor, which brings a very high level of usage flexibility and similar various tools that simplify our simulation jobs, FlowVision is simply a peerless CFD solution for us.”

Find out more about FlowVision over at the company’s website.

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Simon Martin is a writer and industrial designer in New York City.

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