Understanding Simulation CFD Results

The location of supplies and returns or the amount of time and energy required to heat or cool a space are only a few examples of design insight that can be gained by results visualization with Simulation CFD.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the operating characteristics of a design.
  • Gain knowledge of how to interpret AEC flow and thermal results.
  • Get hands on experience quantifying the impact of a design change.

Design is constrained by limitations of hand calculations and difficulties in capturing flow and thermal phenomena of the real world.  Simulation CFD extends the designer’s reach to optimize performance by uncovering, quantifying, and comparing operating characteristics such as air flow paths, thermal stratification, and the amount of energy required to heat or cool a space.

The process of interrogating AEC results and interpreting them to make informed design decisions will be the predominant focus of this module.


A small office is simulated to visualize flow (left) and thermal (right) operating characteristics.

AEC Results Visualization in Simulation CFD

AEC Results Visualization in Simulation CFD

Learn the basic process of interpreting results for AEC applications in Autodesk Simulation CFD.

Sanity Checks for AEC Simulation Results

Validating results in Simulation CFD

Exercise: Understanding Simulation CFD Results

Gain hands-on experience validating results from Simulation CFD