PDD has announced the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as a conceptual tool to underpin its technical creativity.
CFD is a sophisticated computer-based simulation and analysis tool, which has the ability to analyse fluidic behaviour, such as pressures and flow characteristics, thermal effects, particle dispersion, chemical reactions, gas and liquid flow mixing or interaction with solids.
Traditionally, CFD has been used in engineering by companies that model and analyse fluid flow, typically in heavy industries such as aerospace, automotive and petrochemical. In these applications, its role is predominantly performance or efficiency related.
PDD has integrated CFD early into its process, just as it did years ago with Finite Element Analysis (FEA), as a predictive feasibility tool to help explore and screen adventurous concepts before they are physically available for test.
On PDD’s use of CFD technology, Julian Swan, Senior Project Manager, commented, “We are seeing increasing potential for the use of CFD technology as a key tool within the design and innovation process.”
“Not only in terms of its ability to help our clients develop products and services more rapidly and cost-effectively, but also in its ability to help us model a whole new range of emerging and exciting technologies that are not quickly or easily tested.”