Autodesk CFD

Computational fluid dynamics software

Autodesk CFD software provides computational fluid dynamics and thermal simulation tools to help you make great products. Part of the Digital Prototyping solution, Autodesk CFD helps you predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing. With flexible options, solve on your local machine and use the cloud for additional capacity.


Interoperability and customization

CAD connection
Link your CAD system to Autodesk CFD analysis software to create associative fluid flow and thermal simulations.

Automation scripting
Improve your design process—use the Autodesk CFD Application Programming Interface (API) to automate and customize tasks.

High-quality visualization
Combine analysis results from Autodesk CFD with dedicated visualization tools to create photo-realistic renderings. Gain interoperability with Showcase, VRED, 3ds Max, and Maya.

Result analysis

Flexible cloud solving options
Learn about the flexible solving options in Autodesk CFD. Continue working locally while you solve in the cloud.

Design Study Environment
Study design iterations within an intuitive workflow. Drive innovation by providing product teams with data to make informed design decisions.

Intelligent automatic mesh sizing
Use geometry and solution-based meshing automation.

Free surface
Dynamically simulate the interface between liquids and gases with free surface modeling capability.

Architectural and MEP applications
Improve occupant comfort, increase operating efficiency, and optimize building design.

Industrial flow control applications
Design to reduce pressure drop or optimize flow distribution. Advanced capabilities include the ability to simulate fluid and solid interactions to help reduce valve chatter. Visualize flow fields and model complex cavitation, free surface, and erosion.

Heat transfer analysis

Simplified heat sinks
Use heat sink materials to simulate the performance of your heat sink components with geometrically simple models. In models containing heat sinks with large aspect ratios (the ratio of fin height to fin spacing), meshing components requires many elements, and a full system analysis can be expensive and time-consuming. The heat sink material significantly reduces mesh counts and improves run times.

Thermal management
Use digital prototyping for your thermal management designs to create one physical prototype for validation. Thermal management solver capabilities in Autodesk CFD include all modes of heat transfer from solid to solid or solid to fluid. The finite element approach solves for the temperature at the surface, allowing easy and accurate mapping to Simulation Mechanical software or another vendor's FEA tool.