Flomerics has released Version 6 of its Flovent software
for airflow prediction in buildings - with improved 3D visualization
and enhanced treatment for glazed surfaces, curvilinear geometry,
angled fans, centrifugal blowers and air-recirculation devices.
Support for the latest 64-bit computer processors is also
Flovent 6 delivers greatly enhanced 3D visualization with
the ability to create a source of "virtual particles" anywhere
in the solution domain, in order to visualize 3D airflow to
and from that point. Particles or streamlines can be color-coded
with a secondary variable - such as local temperature or contaminant
concentration - yielding an extraordinary amount of design
information in a single view. 3D "walk-through" is available
and texture maps can be applied to all surfaces to create
Animations can easily be saved as video clips and included
in presentations, making Flovent a powerful tool for influencing
and communicating with non-technical colleagues and customers.
"Flomerics' visual representations of temperatures and airflows
have been the key to client sign up and acceptance on several
of our projects" - said Derek Morgan, Technical Director,
WSP Group Plc.
Flovent 6 also provides a new fully-automatic treatment for
heat gains and losses through glazing - with allowance for
the effects of transmission, absorption and reflection. Automatic
calculation of solar loading is built-in. A new tetrahedral
object provides improved representation of curved 3D shapes.
Time-varying ambient temperatures can be input with ease.
Fans and louvers set at an angle to the grid can now be simulated,
as well as centrifugal blowers in which the air outlet is
90 degrees from the air inlet.
The latest Flovent 6 solver supports the latest 64-bit processor
chipsets - including AMD's Athlon 64 and Opteron and Intel's
Xeon and Pentium4 with EM64T. Automatic optimization allows
users simply to specify a design goal and upper and lower
limits for design variables - Flovent then finds the optimum
combination of design variables automatically.
Flovent's fast and easy-to-use menu system is designed specifically
for engineers involved in the design and optimization of heating,
ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. Flovent enables
engineers to minimize energy consumption and predict and eliminate
airflow problems - or hazards - early in the design process,
before building construction or refurbishment begins. "Airflow
modeling inspired confidence on projects where close control
of temperature and air speed was critical" - said Clinton
Spiteri of Parsons Brinkerhoff.
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