fluid flow CAD software?

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  1. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm looking for a basic (and hopefully, free) piece of software for a project I'm working on. I'm building a little submersible robot with a group of students, and I'd like to find some modeling software that would allow us to do some basic simulations of our design.

    Ideally, this would be a visual-oriented app... something that would allow us to make a little 3D model , and then do the most basic of fluid calculations (like the change in flow depending on the angle of our propeller, etc.).

    Can anyone out there direct me to something like this? I've asked for a copy of NASA's TetrUSS program, but I seem to recall requesting it a few years back and never hearing back from them. I also have requested a free student license for FlexPDE. One of those might do the trick, but I'm open to suggestion. I'm a Ph.D. student, so I can figure out an intermediate level program, but I'm working with 6th grade students, so I'd like the output to be something they can grasp.

    Any assistance would be most appreciated! Maybe some of you enterprising developers out there have been working on a pet project and could use a small group of needy beta testers? :) This is for a NSF GK-12 project in a inner city elementary school.
  2. ATD macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2005

    I'm not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for


    It's used a lot in movies and TV for fluid effects. They do have a free try out version if you can learn it and run your experiments under the time limit. A couple things you might want to be aware of before trying it.

    If you run it on a Mac you will need to load X11.

    The regular version isn't cheap.

    It does have a bit of a learning curve.

    You can see the 3D simulations in the program but to get photo real looking fluid you will have to render it in a 3D program like Maya.

    Simulations are very very slow, pouring a glass of water and having it settle could be an all night simulation. Once the simulation is done you can play it back, not real time but it's not like watching grass grow either. It's a very time consuming program.

    Hope that helps.


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