Simcenter FLOEFD

Industry Applications


FloEFD Modules


Aerospace & Defense

FloEFD applications within the aerospace and defense industries: 

  • Aerodynamics
  • Anti-icing systems
  • Avionics cooling
  • Cabin comfort modeling
  • Component design - valves, nozzles, pumps, manifolds and filters
  • Contaminant control
  • Engines and engine parts
  • Environment control systems (ECS)
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Lighting/LEDs
  • Subsonic to hypersonic


Automotive related applications for FloEFD are:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Climate control
  • Electronics
  • Exhaust
  • Lighting/LEDs
  • Powertrain
  • Under the hood

Plant & Process

FloEFD applications in plant and process industries are:

  • Design of heat exchangers
  • Flare stack modeling
  • Modeling fixtures, fittings and filters
  • Particulate transfer
  • Ovens and burners
  • Valves & Pumps


Engineers working in power-related industries can use FloEFD for:

  • Burners
  • Design of heat exchangers
  • Electronics cooling
  • Modeling fixtures, fittings and filters
  • Particulate and contaminant transfer

General Manufacturing

FloEFD can also help engineers with the following applications:

  • Component cooling
  • Extrusion
  • Extrusion tools
  • Injection mold cooling
  • Printer ink burn on
  • Pumps, fans and valves
  • Sail designs
  • Shower and sprinkler head design

FloEFD is an award-winning frontloading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation solution for the design engineer. Frontloading CFD refers to the practice of moving CFD simulation early into the design process, enabling design engineers to evaluate design options and optimize product performance as well as reliability.

FloEFD opens the world of fluid dynamics analysis to a wider range of users by helping design engineers move simulation into the design process where CFD can greatly benefit the user to understand the behavior of the design earlier and discount the less attractive options.

FloEFD is a Design Simulation Tool 

As an embedded application, FloEFD is completely integrated into the most popular CAD programs available on the market including Siemens NX, Solid Edge, Creo and CATIA V5. FloEFD plugs effortlessly into familiar PLM software, delivering compressed timescales for product development workflows in the creation and testing of the digital twin.

FloEFD is easy-to-use and offers an intuitive user experience for MCAD users. It uses engineering terms instead of technical jargon so you can focus on solving flow problems as opposed to figuring out how to use the software. Most users have reported that they can start using the software with only 8 hours of training. Lastly, it offers the widest range of local language implementations to make analysis as accessible as possible.

FloEFD has “Intelligent Automation” at its Core

Based on Navier-Stokes equations, FloEFD adds intelligent automation and technology to help make analysis easier, faster and accurate. Its unique SmartCells™ technology allows you to use a coarse mesh without sacrificing accuracy. The meshing technology is also robust and can easily capture arbitrary and complex geometry. As a result, the meshing process can be completely automated and requires less manual user input. Lastly, with FloEFD you can use your CAD geometry directly – without any translation or modification. In short, its intelligent technology helps you harness the power of fluid flow simulation.

FloEFD is Accurate

Just because FloEFD is easy to use it doesn’t mean it isn’t accurate. In fact, accuracy of its results has been verified by thousands of companies that use the software to solve complex design problems. The intelligent technology at its core is what makes FloEFD just as if not more accurate than other CFD software and without the burden required by the other systems.

There are many testimonials on the accuracy of FloEFD. For example, the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) conducted a blind benchmark for commercial CFD software to demonstrate their accuracy against test validation data. The JSAE blind benchmark proved that FloEFD is just as accurate if not more accurate than other commercial CFD software for challenging automotive external aerodynamic study. Read a detailed version of the benchmark test(external link)

FloEFD is Fast

With FloEFD you don’t sacrifice speed for accuracy. FloEFD is fast. It’s so fast that it can reduce the overall simulation time by as much as 75% and increase productivity by x2 to x40.

How? Let’s take a look at the process.

In order for analysis to become a part of the design process, it needs to be easy to use, agile, fast and accurate. As FloEFD is embedded into CAD it uses native geometry. Therefore, you don’t lose any time on transferring a model, modifying it, cleaning it or generating extra geometry to represent the fluid domain. You can immediately prepare your model for analysis. In addition, you can mesh highly complex models quickly and automatically. And since the design process is iterative in nature, you can simply create different variants and analyze them quickly. In short, you can analyze your problem quickly and within engineering timeframes.

FloEFD Capabilities

A partial list.

  • Heat conduction in fluid, solid and porous media with/without conjugate heat transfer and/or contact heat resistance between solids.
  • Subsonic, transonic, and supersonic gas flows, hypersonic air flows with equilibrium dissociation and ionization effects.
  • Radiation heat transfer between opaque solids, absorption in semi-transparent solids and refraction in semi- and transparent solids.
  • Volume and surface heat sources.
  • Various types of thermal and electrical conductivity in solid medium, i.e. isotropic, unidirectional, biaxial/axisymmetrical, and orthotropic.
  • Equilibrium volume condensation of water from steam and its influence on fluid flow and heat transfer.
  • Free surface simulation, e.g. filling and sloshing of a tank, etc.
  • Water film evolution (surface condensation/evaporation, melting/freezing, film motion).
  • Joule heating from direct electric current in electrically conducting solids.
  • Fluid flows with boundary layers, including wall roughness effects.
  • Fluid flows in models with moving/rotating surfaces and/or parts.
  • Compressible and incompressible fluid flows.
  • Relative humidity in gases and mixtures of gases.
  • Multi-species fluids and multi-component solids.
  • Fluid flows and heat transfer in porous media.
  • Steady-state and time-dependent fluid flows.
  • Cavitation in water and other liquids.
  • Free, forced, and mixed convection.
  • Combustion in gas-phase mixtures.
  • Two-phase (fluid + particles) flows.
  • Laminar and turbulent fluid flows.
  • Flows of non-Newtonian liquids, e.g. liquid plastic, honey, etc.
  • External and internal fluid flows.
  • Real gases with phase change, e.g. refrigerants, etc.
  • FEA exports to Creo Simulate, Abaqus, MpCCI, Nastran and other FEA codes through Text-File export.
  • Export to post processing tools EnSight and ParaView

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