Course at a Glance


This course was developed for practicing engineers within the AEC industry, and advanced students, who are looking for a primer on using Autodesk Simulation CFD on their projects. This course is is useful for people who already know the fundamentals of Autodesk Simulation CFD but want to learn more about the specifics of representing common elements in AEC simulation models.

Building Design and Construction


2 hours

Simulation CFD Applied: Characterizing AEC Components

Dive deeper into the application of Autodesk Simulation CFD to building design. Characterization is the process of representing the physical, thermal, and flow characteristics of an element in your model. Strategically characterizing components allows their effects to be accounted for without the complexity of explicitly modeling them. Learn best practices for efficiently representing the model elements you'll most likely encounter in building design.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to strategically approach setting up simulations to get good results faster.
  • Become familiar with characterization methods for specific components.

This course is based on the content that's found in the Characterizing AEC Components for CFD Analysis section of the Intro to Simulation CFD for AEC Applications publication.

This online course includes some quizzes to test and track your knowledge, and completing the course is an easy way to meet continuing education requirements for the USGBC.

Links and References


Sim Specialists
Sim Specialists LLC is a technical resource providing engineering simulation consulting services and training. They become an extension of your engineering team to support active projects and initiatives related to flow, thermal, and structural applications across various industries including AEC, electronics, and flow control. Their expertise in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technologies has supported 100’s of projects as consultants and 100’s of users as trainers. They specialize in evaluating operating characteristics and improving product performance with engineering simulation specific to CFD and FEA technologies.