CIMdata Releases a New Product Review: CFD for Mechanical Design Engineers

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, September 15, 2009—Consulting and research firm CIMdata announces the availability of a new product review on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tailored to the needs of mechanical design engineers. CFD is becoming more important as products continue to become more complex. Designers are also being tasked with improving a product’s operational efficiency and CFD can also be a major factor in addressing that issue. This report presents the business need for CFD analysis during product design, why CFD should be used by a wider group of designers, and describes the FloEFD product available from Mentor Graphics.

Making CFD more accessible and usable by designers and engineers who are not analysis specialists is a necessary step to help reduce product development cycle times. Designers also need to be able to evaluate more design options and performing more frequent CFD analyses is a key step in enabling designers to make more informed design decisions. Mentor Graphics, with its acquisition of Flomerics and the release of FloEFD, is working to bring CFD capabilities to designers and engineers working within their native design environments. It is intended to help users conduct CFD analyses as part of their normal design activities, not as a function that is handed off to a specialist.

Ken Amann, CIMdata Director of Research said, “The FloEFD solution brings CFD capabilities right into the mechanical engineer’s CAD processes, streamlining fluid flow analysis.” It uses embedded best practices to help users set up and execute complex fluid flow problems such as hydraulic systems and cooling air flow without the need for deep knowledge of CFD techniques.

“This is a paradigm shift that will improve the design of products in which fluids play an important role” said John MacKrell, CIMdata Senior Consultant. The paper is available for free download from CIMdata’s web site at

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CIMdata defines PLM as a strategic business approach that applies a consistent set of business solutions in support of the collaborative creation, management, dissemination, and use of product definition information across the extended enterprise from concept to end of life—integrating people, processes, business systems, and information. PLM forms the product information backbone for a company and its extended enterprise.

About CIMdata

CIMdata, an independent worldwide firm, provides strategic consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding more than 25 years ago, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM enabling technologies.

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, delivers PLM Certificate classes, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through international conferences. CIMdata serves clients worldwide from locations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. Tel: +1 (734) 668-9922. Fax: +1 (734) 668-1957, or Siriusdreef 17-27, 2132 WT Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 (0)23 568-9385. Fax: +31 (0)23 568-9111.

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