FloCAD® is a Thermal
module that allows a user to develop and integrate both fluid and
thermal systems within a CAD based environment. Like Thermal Desktop,
FloCAD is a graphical user interface for SINDA/FLUINT.
With FloCAD, the mechanics of building fluid submodels is very similar
to that of building thermal submodels, with many of the commands working
on components of both types of submodels.
adds the capability of modeling flow circuits, including fans
and convective heat transfer, attached directly to the surfaces
and solids representing PCB boards, chips, etc.
is specifically targeted for electronic packaging design tasks,
but since it provides full access to the powerful and general-purpose
SINDA/FLUINT thermohydraulic analyzer, FloCAD will find use
in other industries as well.
FloCAD is fully compatible with Thermal Desktop features, including full parameterization using spreadsheet-like variables and arbitrarily complex expressions as input, rather than hardwired numbers. This allows complex models to be rapidly manipulated using a few keystrokes, meaning that updating or maintaining a model is trivially easy, as is performing sensitivity studies and investigating what-if scenarios. This provides access to SINDA/FLUINT's Optimization and Reliability Engineering modules, which can be used to size components, maximize performance, find worst-case operating conditions (design cases), correlate models to test data, and even treat uncertainties statistically.
flow networks and calculates convective heat transfer factors
for input into CRTech's SINDA/FLUINT
temperatures, pressures, and flow rates for fast interpretation
and impressive presentations
building and faster calculations than CFD mean more alternatives
can be investigated, sizing and sensitivities performed, and models
calibrated to tests
for calculating flow lengths and flow areas
Easy to use
tool bars provide quick access to FloCAD commands
CAD functions make model building fast and effective:
revolved, extruded surfaces
port views with store/recall
and Drop model editing
hidden, and rendered views
inexpensive PC platforms
easy to learn and use with the assistance of step-by-step tutorials
FloCAD is an optional module of CRTech's CAD-based Thermal Desktop®,
which handles conduction and capacitance in surfaces and
solids, features arbitrary (nongeometric) nodes, and supports
FEM models including innovative automatic network simplification
techniques, and mapping to codes such as NASTRAN and SDRC's
RadCAD® for inclusion of thermal radiation
versions available from our web page offer significant functionality
so you can prove these claims to yourself on real analysis tasks!
Minimum System Requirements
XP Pro (SP2 or newer), Vista Pro or Home, Windows 7
32 Bit Version: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011
64 Bit Version: AutoCAD 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011
Memory: 1 GB
Minimum for XP, 2 GB for Vista or Windows 7
1024x768 minimum, 1280x1024 or finer recommended