FLOW-3D v11.2 Improves Solver Performance and User Interface

Expanded particle and dynamic droplet models come to Flow Science’s FLOW-3D.

(Image courtesy of Flow Science.)

(Image courtesy of Flow Science.)

Flow Science has recently released v11.2 of its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, FLOW-3D.

FLOW-3D specializes in solving transient free-surface CFD flow problems. The software targets engineers in both industrial and research industries.

The latest releases focuses on improving the performance of the solver and streamlining workflows with changes to the user interface.

Changing the user interface of any software can be a tricky process,

(Image courtesy of Flow Science.)

(Image courtesy of Flow Science.)

as it can alienate core users while making it easier for new users to pick up the tool. As a result, it will be interesting to see how FLOW-3D users respond to the changes.

The release also includes some improvements to CFD models, including an expanded particle model, a new dynamic droplet model and geometry creation tools.

“Our continuous goal at Flow Science is to develop new CFD capabilities coupled with user conveniences and solver performance,” said John Ditter, vice president of software engineering. “With this release, not only are we offering some great new modeling options, but users will also experience an improved simulation workflow due to improvements like a more robust pressure solver, CAD geometry tolerance handling and faster graphics.”

Some other improvements to FLOW-3D include:

  • Improvements to the FSI/TSE model
  • GMRES convergence control
  • Geometry processing
  • Controlling component gaps
  • Optimization of FlowSight performance

Currently, the new release is only available to customers that are under a maintenance contract with Flow Science.

This latest release of FLOW-3D appears to be more of an evolution of the software rather than a revolutionary change. This is likely the case because Flow Science’s last release of Flow-3D Cast v4.2 was only a few months ago and had a similar list of improvements.

In fact, both releases aim to improve the user experience when performing CFD tasks—with FLOW-3D Cast of course focusing on simplifying casting simulations with an improved interface and a process-oriented workspace. Sound familiar?

Have you tried FLOW-3D v11.2 or FLOW-3D Cast v4.2? Let us know below.

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