CHAM are excited to announce the commercial release of RhinoCFD, the CFD plugin for Rhino3D.
RhinoCFD is a general purpose Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software plugin, built directly into the Rhino environment. It gives users the ability to investigate the interaction of their model with the surrounding fluid. This allows for rapid optimization and testing all without leaving the familiarity of the Rhino environment.
CFD helps predict and visualize how a fluid (gas or liquid) behaves and how it affects and interacts with objects that it encounters as it flows past. It enables users to test their models in real-world conditions without the cost of physically modelling them, saving valuable project testing time, optimizing their performance and reducing costs, leading to a more efficient project workflow.
To ensure that RhinoCFD is accessible to all users it has been made easy to use and intuitive, through simple and focused menu systems. It also offers a wide range of result visualisation options allowing users to both inspect and present results easily.
Key features include:
• Cartesian and Cylindrical Polar co-ordinate meshes
• PARSOL cut-cell geometry detection simplifying the mesh generation process
• PHOENICS structured sequential CFD solver
• Numerous turbulence model options including RANS and LES
• Radiation modelling
• Post-processing inbuilt in Rhino including iso-surfaces, surface contours and streamlines
• In-program and online help
CFD can be used in any area where fluids may have an impact on a design and therefore its applications are numerous and is already used in a wide variety of industries including:
• Marine: Design of hulls, sails, propellers
• Architecture and building services: External/internal ventilation, HVAC, contaminant dispersion
• Jewellery: Investment casting optimization
• Aerospace: Aerodynamics, turbomachinery, heat management
• Medical: Arterial flow, respiratory flow, effects of non-Newtonian fluids
• Transportation: Drag reduction, combustion processes, emissions testing