The Application menu is the primary tool for managing files. Access it from the round icon in the top left corner of the User Interface:
The Application menu contains several file management tools as well as the list of recently accessed design study files.
For more about the Autodesk Simulation CFD file types and directory structure...
Use New to create a new design study from a geometry file (instead of launching from CAD).
- On the New Design Study dialog, click Browse and select a geometry file. This can be a Fusion (".fsat"), Parasolid (".x_t"), Acis (".sat"), or Pro/Engineer part (".prt) or assembly (".asm").
- Specify a name for the Design Study.
- Click Create new design study.
This performs the same functions as New on the Quick Access toolbar and on the Get Started tab.
NoteNames of Design Studies, Designs, and Scenarios must not contain punctuation such as "<", ">", "?", ":", "/", "]", "[", "\", ".", ",", or " ' "
Click Open to either open an existing design study or a share file.
The Design Study is the highest level in the Autodesk Simulation CFD file structure, and the only level that can be directly opened. Designs and Scenarios are accessed within the Design Study.
NoteThe file extension of the Design Study file is cfdst. The file extension of a share file is cfz.
For more about the Design Study structure...
To open a design that has been recently opened, select it from the Recent Documents list.
To modify the way design study files are listed, select an option from the menu that contains By Ordered List as the default selection.
Click Save to save the current Design Study. All scenarios and designs in the design study are saved at this time.
Click Save As to save the Design Study to a different file name. Click Save Share File to save the Design Study to a reduced-size version useful for archiving and collaboration.
Share file: Archive, Compress, and Share Design Studies
The Share file is a reduced-size version of the Design Study file, and is useful for archiving and sending to others (including Autodesk Simulation CFD Technical Support).
To create a share file, click Save Share File from the Quick Access Toolbar. You will be prompted to select which Designs and Scenarios to include in the Share File by selecting them from the Share File dialog.
There are several levels of share files, and each level saves a different amount of content from the selected scenarios. Specify how much content you wish to save by selecting one of the Share File options:
Only set up parameters are included. Because no mesh or results data are saved, this is the most compact version of the share file
Ideal for sending to Autodesk Simulation CFD Technical Support
The set up parameters, mesh, and the last saved result set are saved. An Archive share file can be run without regenerating the mesh.
Ideal if results from many iterations had been saved throughout the analysis, but only the last one is needed to be saved.
All results sets
Contains the set up parameters and all results sets, but not the mesh.
Use if you want to be able to examine results, but do not intend to run the analysis again.
Last results set
Contains the set up parameters and the last saved result set, but not the mesh.
Use if you want to be able to examine the results from only the last saved iteration, but do not intend to run the analysis again.
This is the most comprehensive of the options. It saves all contents (set up parameters, mesh, and all results sets) of the Design Study
Use this if you need to examine intermediate results and continue the analysis.
To print the active view either to a file or as hardcopy, click Print. The background color is automatically set to white, and text is shown as black for visibility.
A dialog containing several printing options opens. Select the desired printer, format, and other required parameters, and click Print to print the document.
Click Options to modify the User Interface Preferences.
To change the default units for any results quantity, expand the menu, and click Results Units.
To end the current session, click Exit Simulation CFD. A prompt appears to save the design study. All scenarios are automatically saved when the design study is saved.