Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Industry-leading solutions to flow measurement problems

Industry-leading solutions to flow measurement problems

What is Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in engineering?

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is based on the principles of fluid mechanics and uses computers to analyse the behaviours of fluids and physical systems. The CFD modelling tool is used to predict the detailed three-dimensional behaviour of liquid, gas and particle flows.

Why is CFD important?

CFD can be used to simulate complex problems which would otherwise be extremely expensive and potentially dangerous to physically test. It can offer significant cost and time savings. CFD modelling means you don’t need to invest time and money building prototypes and physical models.

We have used our CFD expertise to help a global oil & gas operator investigate a buckled orifice plate they discovered being used in a shared pipeline during a routine audit of their flow metering system. The meter was over-reading by 5 to 10% which was worth more than $1 million annually. As a result, our client was able to begin the process of claiming compensation from the pipeline owner.



Our Computational Fluid Dynamics experts work with the best industry-leading modelling software such as:

  • ANSYS Fluent
  • ANSYS Mechanical
  • SolidWorks

Why choose TÜV SÜD for cfd?

At TÜV SÜD we back up our CFD modelling with real-world experience. We also have access to a vast array of test data.  Our CFD modelling consultants work directly with our clients ensuring projects are delivered on time and in the most cost-effective manner possible.

  • Our CFD services include
    • Thermal analysis
    • Erosion prediction
    • Flow meter error prediction
    • Cavitating flow modelling
    • Hydraulic analysis
    • Multiphase flow modelling
    • Gas dispersion modelling
    • Flare gas emissions and metering
    • Vortex induced vibration (viv) analysis
    • Applications in marine renewable energy

  • What can you use CFD modelling and CFD online simulation for?

    CFD modelling has a wide range of uses:

    • Battery performance simulation – thermal runaway, capacity fade, cooling, and optimised battery location.
    • Vehicle aerodynamics (including aircraft and automotive) - to predict drag, lift, and downforce.
    • Wind engineering for buildings and wind analysis - prediction of wind forces, vortex formation, and pedestrian comfort.
    • Windmills - to predict blade lift, velocity, and power generation at given wind speeds.
    • Flow through piping and accessories (eg. tees, valves and reductions) - to predict pressure drops, velocities, and vortex formations.
    • HVAC systems - assessing the performance of ducts or for optimisation of thermal comfort for natural or artificial ventilation and for energy consumption.
    • Heat exchangers - predict heat transfer and pressure drops.
    • Electronics cooling - predict natural and forced cooling strategies performance.
    • Pollution - dispersion and airborne contamination control, cleanroom design.
    • Ship and offshore structures for hydrodynamic performance.

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