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This exercise teaches how to launch your CAD model into Autodesk Simulation CFD using the Design Study Manger. You will take a brief tour of the Autodesk Simulation CFD interface and gain experience navigating your model, selecting model components, and changing object visibility.
Before you start, please watch this video that demonstrates Exercise 1:
The purpose of this design study is to examine the airflow inside the cabin of the car and determine how completely and evenly the HVAC system cools the cabin. Later, we will use Autodesk Simulation CFD
to explore alternative designs to determine if they improve the quality of the cooling.
First we should answer the questions from Chapter 2:
What do you know about this design?
- What are the operating conditions?
- A 100 m3/h (60 CFM) blower supplies 20° C (68° F) air to the car which sits in a 37° C (100° F) environment.
- What materials are used in this design?
- The car body is steel, the tires are rubber, the windows are glass, and the interior is a custom material.
What do you want to know about the performance of this design?
- What are the goals for this design?
- Uniform cooling over entire passenger body, in the front and rear seats.
- What are the success or failure criteria?
- Passenger temperatures cannot vary more than 2° C from head to toe, or more than 2° from front to rear passenger
What can you change about this design to meet your goals?
- Can the operating conditions be changed?
- Yes, but we must first study the conditions of the worst case. A smaller fan can be used, but a larger fan is not possible.
- Can materials be changed?
- What parts of the design can be changed?
- Different duct locations and angles can be used.
- Duct paths may be added if they do not interfere with interior cabin space.
- Cost of changes should be minimized.
1. Open the model in CAD
The geometry files are located in the Autodesk Simulation CFD 2013 Fundamentals\<CAD> sub-folder of the folder to which you extracted the zipped model file in the "Introduction" topic . For the purposes of this exercise, we will assume that you extracted the file to the top-level C: drive.
Open the car assembly from the appropriate folder for your CAD system. If you are using a geometry file (ACIS or Parasolid), start Autodesk® Simulation CFD from the desktop, and open the file as described in Step 3, below.
Right-side Steering Wheel configuration
The default configuration of the car contains a left-side steering wheel. An alternate Right Steering Wheel configuration is included within each CAD model. If you prefer to work on a vehicle with a Right Steering Wheel, follow the steps below for your particular CAD system.
Procedure to open alternate (Right-drive) model
Edit the console (or console-r) part, and unsuppress these two features: Right Steering Wheel and Remove Left Steering Wheel.
In the Model Tree, Right click on the console part and suppress it. Right click on the console-r part and resume it.
In the Configurations tab, double click on Right Steering Wheel.
Instead of opening car.pkg, open car-r.pkg.
Open the Edit Arrangements table and double-click on Right Hand Steering.
Instead of opening car.scdoc, open car-r.scdoc.
Hide the console part and show the console-r part.
2. Launch into Autodesk Simulation CFD:
Click the Autodesk Simulation CFD 2013 tab, and select Launch Active Model
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Click Autodesk Simulation CFD on the Simulation tab:
Open the Autodesk Simulation CFD2013 menu, and select Launch Active Model.
Click the Autodesk Simulation CFD 2013 tab, and select Active Model.
For this exercise, you will need to launch only the visible parts. To do this, you may need to adjust an export setting:
- After you open the car.asm file, go to the File_Save As menu.
- In the Save as type option select Parasolid documents.
- Click Options and turn on Export displayed only.
- Cancel out of the Export Options and Save As dialogs.
To launch, click the Autodesk Simulation CFD icon
Analysis_Launch Autodesk Simulation CFD:
CoCreate One Space Designer
Click the Autodesk Simulation CFD Icon or Tools_Toolbox_Autodesk Simulation CFD Launcher
Select As Displayed Mode.
Click the Autodesk Simulation CFD icon (in the Autodesk Simulation CFD ribbon tab):
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Acis (.sat) file
Create a new analysis from a Parasolid or Acis file by launching Autodesk Simulation CFD from the Desktop or Start Menu.
Click New on the Get Started tab.
3. In the Design Study Manager, assign names to the design study, design, and scenario
If launching from CAD...
- Design study name = car
- Design name = Baseline
- Click Launch
When launching from Pro/Engineer, a prompt appears about running with interferences. Select "Yes" to proceed.
If launching from a geometry file: Acis (.sat) or Parasolid (.x_t)...
- Click Browse
- Open C:\Autodesk Simulation CFD 2013 Fundamentals\ACIS\car baseline left.sat or C:\Autodesk Simulation CFD 2013 Fundamentals \Parasolid\car baseline left.x_t.
- To use a right steering wheel configuration, open C:\Autodesk Simulation CFD 2013 Fundamentals\ACIS\car baseline right.sat or C:\Autodesk Simulation CFD 2013 Fundamentals \Parasolid\car baseline right.x_t.
- Design study name = car
- Click Create new design study
Allow 2-3 minutes to open. To display both Autodesk Simulation CFD and the browser, resize the Autodesk Simulation CFD interface as necessary.
4. Close the Geometry Tools dialog by clicking the "X" in the upper right corner. We will discuss Geometry Tools in the next chapter.
5. To become familiar with navigation, practice these techniques:
To set the Navigation mode to the CAD system
- Open the Application menu (button in the top left corner). Click Options.
- Click the Navigation tab
- Select the CAD system from the Navigation mode menu
- Click OK
- Exit and restart Autodesk Simulation CFD to invoke the change. (Choose Yes when prompted to save the design study.)
- Open your design study.
- Confirm the change using the steps described above.
NoteLaunch from CAD again if you originally launched from Pro/Engineer with the Mechanica option.
Unless otherwise noted, commands described in this section are on the View tab:
- With the mouse, rotate, pan, and zoom the model.
- Zoom in and out using the mouse scroll wheel. Note that zoom is focused to the mouse curser.
- Zoom in on an area with a zoom window using mouse controls (Shift+Left Mouse Button).
- Repeat with the one-time zoom command: Navigate (panel) > Zoom (menu) > Zoom Window.
- Undo and redo zooming using Previous View and Next View (also on the Navigate panel).
- Fit the model to the window with Zoom Displayed (on the Zoom menu).
- Change model view to outline , transparent , and back to shaded using the Visual Style menu.
- Use the View Cube to examine the model from different angles:
- To reorient the model, click on corners, edges, faces of the Cube.
- To rotate the model in 90° increments, use the rotational arrows around the Cube.
For the details of each Navigation mode...
6. Practice selecting and deselecting objects
a. Hover the mouse over the car. Parts turn green as the mouse moves over them.
b. Left click on the car body and move the mouse off of the model. The selected part turns red.
c. Hover the mouse over the selected part. It turns yellow.
d. Left click on the car body to deselect it.
e. Hold the left mouse button and drag a rectangle around the end of the car. All parts crossed by the rectangle are initially green. Release the left mouse button and they turn red to indicate they are selected.
f. Deselect these parts by dragging another rectangle across them.
g. Right click and choose Select all. All parts turn red.
h. To deselect all parts, right click and choose Deselect all.
i. To change the selection mode to surface, right click and choose Selection type > Surface
j. Practice selecting and deselecting surfaces by clicking and by dragging.
k. To select all surfaces, right click and choose Select all. To deselect all entities, right click and choose Deselect all.
7. Practice hiding and showing objects
- To change the selection type, right click and choose Selection type > Volume.
- To hide parts, right click on a part and select Hide. Repeat with other parts.
- To resume all parts, right click and select Show all .
- To hide a part, hold the Ctrl key and right click on the part. Repeat with other parts. (For Autodesk Simulation CFD and CoCreate Navigation modes, middle click on the parts.)
- To resume all parts, hold the Ctrl key and right click in the graphic window (off the model). (For Autodesk Simulation CFD and CoCreate Navigation modes, middle click off the model.)
- To undo and redo the previous steps, hold the Ctrl key and roll the scroll wheel slowly . This is useful if you accidentally hide or show a part.
- To work with surfaces, right click and select Selection type > Surface. Hide and show surfaces using these steps..
- Finish by right clicking and choosing Show all.
End of Exercise
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