technology matures, it disappears.
M. Weiser, Xerox PARC (paraphrased)
of our key jobs at C&R Technologies is to make
our thermal/fluid solution technologies disappear
become components of a custom multidisciplinary design
Technologies provides best-of-class user-extensible
heat transfer and fluid flow design and analysis capabilities
accessible through both geometric and nongeometric
user interfaces. But we realize that some customers
needs are best served with their own custom environment
or interface. We are also strong proponents of system-level
trade studies and other high-level design tasks that
require the feedback of many specialized analyses
and considerations: structural, electrical, CFD, aerothermal,
optical, reliability, life cycle cost (LCC) or net
present value (NPV), etc.
not only are our tools highly extensible and customizeable,
and not only are they fully parametric and able to
respond dynamically to model changes, but we also
provide APIs (advanced programmer interfaces) and
other tools for integrating SINDA/FLUINT
solution technologies into a higher-level design evaluation
system. Such capabilities are available for codes
such as Microsoft Excel®, Engineous
iSIGHT® or Phoenix
Integrations ModelCenter®, and we welcome
the opportunity to create additional connections.
more information about our customizable interface
for Microsoft Excel, please visit our page on the
Excel SINDA/FLUINT Controller.
MATLAB® as an Example
illustrate the possibilities, the interchange with MATLAB® and Simulink® is briefly described.SINDA/FLUINT
can be started as a subprocess of MATLAB on a PC.
Registers and other data values can be
passed back and forth between SINDA/FLUINT and MATLAB,
as commanded from either code. SINDA/FLUINTs
execution can be suspended and restarted from MATLAB,
which can send signals back to SINDA/FLUINT to perform
operations such as redo a steady-state analysis, advance
a transient time step, perform an optimization, or
everything else that is accessible from within SINDA/FLUINTs
user logic blocks (which is almost everything).
Desktops Dynamic Mode can be used to further
expand this system, by calling for new Thermal Desktop
or RadCAD geometric (radiative, thermal contact, FEM,
FDM, etc.) solutions from within SINDA/FLUINT, perhaps
as directed from MATLAB.
most such integrations are proprietary, an example
of one that is documented publicly is NRELs
ADVISOR used for integrated automobile design.
Contact CRTech for MATLAB interface examples or search our User Forum.
Links: MDO and MDA
Multidiscipline Environments for Heat Transfer and
Fluid Flow Modeling, ICES 2004 PDF