Enhanced Prediction of 3D Airflow in Buildings with Flovent Version 6


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 now available.

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 photo-realistic environments.

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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