A CFD simulation is a more detailed calculation method compared to standard design calculations. Standard calculation rules must be suitable for a wide range of applications and often larger margins are applied. A CFD simulation is dedicated for a specific situation. This can often lead to (financial) savings.
The results of a CFD simulation are often appealing and therefore also commercially interesting. They help to show how your product works in an understandable way and give a high-tech feel to your product.
You can perform a CFD simulation during the design phase itself. This allows you to optimize your product at an early stage. Less practical tests are required and design re-iterations at a later stage can be avoided, which both will save costs.
Alternative to a test
Simulations are an alternative to a practical test or measurements with a number of advantages:
- In some cases it is simply not possible to test in real life because it is impossible or because it is too expensive, too complex or too dangerous.
- A CFD simulation is usually faster compared to (setting up) a test.
- A CFD simulation is usually cheaper than a test.
- A CFD simulation is often more practical than a test because it is more controllable. You can always test under the same conditions and the test by means of CFD is always exactly repeatable.
- In a CFD simulation you can measure any variable anywhere, even afterwards if the test has already been performed. Since a CFD is a virtual environment, measuring variables is equivalent to a non-intrusive test environment, thus not affecting the test itself.
- In a CFD simulation you don't need to rescale the products, which is often necessary for a test. You don't have to convert the obtained results to full scale with all associated uncertainty.
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