Expanding the dimensions—the industry’s first natively combined general-purpose 1D-3D CFD software solution

A tightly-coupled, general purpose 1D-3D CFD simulation software combination helps users characterize the more complex components of the system in 3D and insert those component characteristics into the 1D system-level models for simulation. It enables further speed up of the design process while ensuring accurate upfront systems analysis based on fluid flow and heat transfer data by using 3D simulation at the component level.


The result is higher quality, more competitive products to market faster. This approach minimizes the computational resources and execution times at the system level. Consistent with the Mentor® strategy of virtual prototyping analysis early and throughout the design process, this technology breakthrough enables systems engineers to examine more variables across a wider range of design scenarios to quickly achieve optimal system and component design.


Systems Engineering Benefits

For designing complex systems, 3D CFD would be extremely accurate but it can be computationally expensive depending on the size of the models used. Therefore, 1D CFD is used, which is faster, but it may require significant amounts of data to characterize the components accurately. To facilitate 1D CFD systems analysis, data is needed to describe the component and until now, the process to achieve a high level of design accuracy has been tedious and based on assumptions.

Component Manufacturing Benefits

  • Delivers higher accuracy results than standalone 1D CFD.
  • Upfront and concurrent design of equipment from component to system level for fluid flow and heat transfer.
  • Allows for easy reuse of the characterized component.
  • Virtual prototyping to reduce cost and lead time.
  • Deploy simulation throughout your lifecycle to planned maintenance, refit, retrofit or expansion.
  • Operates on standard engineering hardware.

Workflow Optimization

  • Allows for easy reuse of the characterized component.
  • Provides meaningful results faster and allows more “what-if” scenarios to be run.
  • Relieves time pressures when a design must be finished quickly.
  • Allows better management and problem-solving for complex system designs.
  • Brings a more complete solution to the hands of systems engineers.
  • Works natively in FloEFD and Flowmaster