Falcon Standalone is a 3D virtual wind tunnel for simulating air flow over and around your designs. With Falcon Standalone, can import a wide range of geometry and image formats and visualize flow results in seconds.
A model is automatically loaded into Falcon Standalone after you start it from your Desktop or Start menu. To open a different model, click the anywhere in the model view to open the menu, and click Models. You can select your model from several sources.
User Interface Overview
- Model view. All model interaction and visualization takes place here.
- Model. Falcon loads a model by default when started, but you can load a model of your choice by opening the menu (F), and selecting Models.
- Wind tunnel. You can control the size using the grab handles (spheres) at the corners.
- Compass. You can control the wind direction and speed by dragging the spheres at the tip and on the needle, respectively.
- Legend. Use the legend to understand the values displayed on the model. The quantity and units appear above the legend.
- Context menu. Click this to open the menu for opening a model, setting up the simulation, modifying the results appearance, and sharing images and videos. You can also click anywhere in the model view to open the context menu.
- Sizing toggle. Click this to control the visibility of the wind tunnel drag handles (mentioned in C).
- Help. You can access an installed Help file with this button.
Falcon Standalone is very easy to use. Here is a summary of the process:
- Start Falcon Standalone from the Desktop or Windows Start menu.
- Open a model file.
- Click anywhere in the model view to open the context menu.
- Select Models, and the source. Select the model file.
- The simulation starts as soon as the model is loaded. From Menu > Analysis, select if you want to conduct a 2D or a 3D simulation.
- Choose 2D to conduct a conceptual simulation. It's not as accurate as 3D, but solves quicker
- Choose 3D to conduct a design-level simulation. 3D is more accurate than 2D, but takes more time.
- Set the wind direction and wind speed. You can use either the Compass or the controls in Menu > Analysis.
- Use the options in Menu > Appearance to set the visualization method. There are several to choose from to help you understand and communicate your results.
- To share your results, click Menu > Share. You can export images and video files to communicate your findings and to collaborate with others on your design team.