Thermal simulation and analysis products supplier Mentor Graphics Corp. has released the next generation of its FloTHERM computational fluid dynamics software program with the addition of a new native Windows graphical user interface (GUI) to handle pre-processing and large models with ease for advanced electronic designs.
According to the company, the new version includes a new Windows-compliant user interface that can handle models with thousands of objects, a new parallel solver the provides scalability and fast performance for multi-processors and new modeling objects to represent racks of equipment and data center cooling. In addition, the transient thermostatic control modeling functionality allows model inputs to be varied in time and as a function of the temperature during a transient simulation. FloTHERM now also supports fluid-structure interaction through a mesh-based parallel code coupling interface (MpCCl) bridge developed at the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI.
“As one of the first FloTHERM users, I’ve always been happy with the speed of FloTHERM’s solver, especially when handling large models,” Clemens Lasance, Philips Research Emeritus, said. “I was pleasantly surprised when I tested this new version of FloTHERM. The scale-up that has been achieved was at least a factor of four on my computer with a dual processor, reducing the solution time from six hours to one-and-a-half for a specific project requiring two million cells.”