SOURCE: Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc.

July 01, 2008 08:00 ET

Blue Ridge Numerics Announces CFdesign v10 Upfront CFD Software

New Release of Upfront CFD Solution Improves First-Time User Experience, Extends Flow and Thermal Design Study Capabilities, and Supports High-Performance Computing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - Blue Ridge Numerics announces the availability of CFdesign v10 upfront CFD software, the company's flagship application dedicated to empowering engineers with CAD-driven tools that optimize fluid flow and thermal performance during the digital design phase.

In this major software release, CFdesign v10 focuses on further shortening the learning curve for first-timers while adding industrial-strength problem solving capabilities, including cavitating flow prediction and thermo-electric cooler analysis, to the engineering desktop.

"We focused on the total user experience from a first-timer's perspective," stated Blue Ridge President Ed Williams. "CFdesign v10 is about democratizing fluid flow and heat transfer simulation. An engineer with limited or no previous engineering analysis experience can achieve extensive flow and thermal design studies in a fraction of the time it would take most CFD experts. By knocking down the intimidation-factor we believe v10 makes it easier for companies to move CFD further upstream in the design process. For companies striving to deliver innovation and improve first time quality and time to market, the value proposition is more compelling than ever."

CFdesign v10 in depth

User Experience

-- Clear-cut navigation -- A holistic design approach driven by property tables provides a refreshingly clear-cut roadmap for setting up, launching, and visualizing simulations. It allows the user to know what to do, when to do it, and always have a summary of what was done. Because many elements in the v10 user interface were inspired by CAD tools, it leverages familiar paradigms and workflow habits.

-- Deep CAD associativity -- CFdesign v10 uses the intelligence built into the CAD model, including model orientation, part colors, background color, part names, and material properties. Even mouse functions are identical. The full result is an experience that rivals a CAD-embedded solution within an environment that is optimized for flow and thermal design studies.

-- Design Review/Solution Extraction -- CFdesign v10 makes it fast and easy to drill into analyses and extract the vital information for decision-making. The new multi-view mode facilitates the review of different analysis results in up to 4 independent views. Synchronous navigation allows the simulation model in each view to be rotated, zoomed, and explored.

-- Interactive Void Filling -- In CFD all openings (or voids) in a digital prototype must be closed off before conducting an internal flow simulation. Historically this step has been completed within the CAD system. CFdesign v10 provides tools to quickly find and fill voids. Upon completion the flow volume is automatically generated for the user.

-- External Volume Creation -- An external flow volume representing the environment surrounding a digital prototype is requisite for natural convection and aerodynamic simulations. Instead of asking the user to perform this function in the CAD system it can now be done simply and easily within CFdesign v10.


An industry first, CFD-tv from Blue Ridge Numerics provides users with on-demand, task-specific training in a Web 2.0 format that will appeal to multi-tasking engineers who want CFD to be a tool and not a career. Each CFD-tv episode is a "quick hit" video segment led by a CFdesign power user. New training segments are added continuously to answer commonly asked questions.

Flow Innovation

CFdesign v10 cavitation prediction equips engineers involved in flow control, pumps, and valves with a tool to predict the onset and location of destructive vapor bubbles. The user can then confirm which design changes best mitigate this unwanted and costly physical phenomenon. Cavitation occurs in many high-velocity liquid flows. It occurs when the liquid pressure falls below the vapor pressure, and vapor bubbles appear in the liquid, leading to accelerated material degradation and untimely product failures.

Thermal Management Innovation

-- Engineers looking to tap into the benefits of thermoelectric coolers will find tremendous insight using CFdesign v10. Thermoelectric coolers rely on the Peltier effect. When a current is run through a thermoelectric device, heat is transported from one side of the device to the other. CFdesign v10 includes a library of manufacturer-supplied TEC components to choose from but users can easily define a new component using the material editor. Thermoelectric coolers are routinely used in electronics applications and to drive product innovation in a wide range of industries including appliance, automotive, medical device, military, and power generation.

-- A Quick Forced Convection option in CFdesign v10 supplies a practical approach for engineers to conduct early trend analyses during design sketch and concept design phases. This new tool uses a proprietary technique that assumes an incompressible, ideal fluid and then automatically computes empirical film coefficients, and solves for the heat transfer. In this manner an engineer can interact with colleagues and consider dozens of scenarios involving a full spectrum of potential physical designs and operating conditions within the context of a single design review meeting.

-- CFdesign v10's new Quick Natural/Free Convection option gives engineers a realistic and reliable view into design-specific natural convection dynamics. Considered one of the most computationally intensive CFD simulations, natural convection cases can sometimes be too time-consuming for design engineers working upfront in the product development process. The new option in v10 speeds the process by running a small number of flow and thermal iterations together, accounting for the surrounding fluid before computing and applying film coefficients. From there the simulation continues as a thermal-only analysis, providing timely insight to keep projects on schedule.

High-Performance Computing

With the release of v10, CFdesign is now available with an optional HPC module that significantly decreases the time required to achieve flow and thermal solutions. The new module distributes the computational load of CFD simulations across a cluster of processors networked by a Microsoft Windows HPC Server.

CAD System Support

CFdesign v10 is available as an integrated, associative solution for Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, CoCreate, NX, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, and SpaceClaim.

Operating System Support

CFdesign v10 operates on Windows XP 32, XP 64, Vista 32, and Vista 64.


Current CFdesign customers can access a suite of functionality-specific v10 demonstrations on CFD-tv within the CFdesign customer portal. A personalized demonstration can be arranged by contacting a CFdesign sales office.

About Blue Ridge Numerics

Blue Ridge Numerics is the fastest-growing CFD software company in the world and consistently ranked among the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. The company's CFdesign upfront CFD software integrates comprehensive fluid-flow and heat-transfer simulation into early phases of design and engineering, when companies can dramatically improve product quality, time-to-market, and ultimately profitability through the product life cycle. Learn more at

Contact Information

  • More Information:
    Jim Spann
    Vice President -- Marketing
    Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc.
    Phone: +1.434.977.2764 ext.120