Building designers avoid temperature variations with thermal and air flow analysis.
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Simulation is driving innovation in HVAC design for an assembly hall in Saudi Arabia.
CFD is used to design ventilation systems for sports arenas.
In designing a new rooftop heating unit, AAON engineers needed to deliver higher airflow while maintaining the same footprint as an earlier design. The team used ANSYS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to calculate airflow through the heat exchanger of the unit and iterate to a design that meets energy efficiency, airflow and heat transfer requirements. The use of simulation in this project saved 60 to 80 hours of physical lab work compared to traditional design methods.
Simulation helps to improve the design of the world’s first building with integrated wind turbines.
Simulation broadens understanding of dynamic separators in cement manufacturing.
In the world of architecture, practitioners like Frank Gehry are pushing the limits of building design with their use of novel shapes and innovative materials, while engineers face the practical task of bringing these elaborate visions to life. Architectural and structural engineers not only ensure the integrity of the architect’s original concept, they also address such pragmatic issues as structural
soundness, occupant and pedestrian safety, wind and rain loads, and the long-term effects of weather on building materials.