Characterizing AEC Components for CFD Analysis

Characterization in Simulation CFD is the process of representing the physical, thermal, and flow characteristics of an element in your model. Explicit modeling of certain details can be unnecessary and cause higher mesh counts and longer runtimes. Characterizing some components in a more strategic manner can allow their effects to be accounted for without the complexity of explicitly modeling them.

Learning Objectives

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

The focus of AEC applications can vary widely depending on the intended design criteria being showcased in a particular simulation.  This module will discuss the process of characterizing components and has several examples of typical AEC components being characterized.

Process of Component & Equipment Characterization for CFD

Learn how to approach the process of characterizing equipment in Simulation CFD, choosing the right level of complexity to best suit your application.

Diffusers: Characterization for CFD

Learn about alternative ways to represent a diffuser in Simulation CFD with varying complexity to best suit your application.

Heat Exchangers: Characterization for CFD

Learn how to efficiently represent the thermal and flow effects of a heat exchanger in Simulation CFD.

Building Occupants: Characterization for CFD

The need to have occupants in AEC applications is common; however the most complex geometry in an analysis can be the person in the room. Sometimes this complexity is warranted, but often it is not. Learn about the different methods of characterizing occupants.

Air Handling Systems: Characterization for CFD

Learn how to efficiently represent air handling units in Simulation CFD.

Walls and Windows: Characterization for CFD

Learn how to efficiently model walls, windows, and doors in Autodesk Simulation CFD.