Autodesk CFD

Autodesk® CFD software provides computational fluid dynamics and thermal simulation tools to help you make great products. Pair the CFD Design Study Environment with a solver to predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing.

Computational fluid dynamics software

Autodesk® CFD software provides fast, accurate, and flexible fluid flow and thermal simulation tools to help predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing—minimizing reliance on costly physical prototypes and helping you get innovative products to market faster. Easily explore and compare design alternatives and better understand the implications of design choices using an innovative Design Study Environment and automation tools. Autodesk CFD software supports direct data exchange with most CAD software tools including Autodesk® Inventor® software, Autodesk® Revit® software,  Pro/ENGINEER®, and SolidWorks®. Autodesk CFD software enables you to make great products.

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Thermal prototyping

Solve for all modes of heat transfer from solid to solid or solid to fluids.

Architectural and MEP tools

Use CFD and thermal modeling tools for architectural and MEP applications.

Industrial flow control

Optimize designs when you need to improve pressure drop or flow distribution.



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Autodesk CFD, Autodesk CFD Advanced, and Autodesk CFD Motion

Autodesk CFD is available in 3 levels of solvers: Autodesk CFD, Autodesk CFD Advanced, and Autodesk CFD Motion. The CFD Design Study Environment must be paired with a CFD solver for simulations.

CFD Design Study Environment features (sold separately

    Autodesk CFD  Autodesk CFD Advanced  Autodesk CFD Motion
Direct modeling with SimStudio Tools
Defeaturing with SimStudio Tools
MultiCAD data exchange
Design study automation
Multi-scenario design review center
Model-centric interface
Customizable material databases
Heat sink, compact thermal, LED, and TEC models
Fan, porous media, HX, TIM, and PCB models
Non-Newtonian fluid materials
Point, wall, and bulk-flow data extraction
Pre- and post-processing API
Customizable report generator
Web and mobile storage, sharing, and viewing
FSI with Simulation Mechanical
Simulation Data Management with Vault
Export results to Showcase, 3DS max, VRED, Maya


CFD solver comparison (sold separately)

Autodesk CFD Autodesk CFD Advanced Autodesk CFD Motion

Fluid flow
2D and 3D Cartesian
2D axisymmetric
Laminar flow
Turbulent flow
Incompressible flow
Subsonic flow
Compressible flow
Steady state (time-independent)
Transient (time-varying)
Lagrangian particle tracking
Two-fluid scalar mixing
Two-phase flows (humidity and steam)
Nucleate boiling
Height of fluid
Free surface (Volume Of Fluid)
Compressible liquid (water hammer)
Heat transfer
Conduction and conjugate heat transfer
Forced, natural, mixed convection
Thermal comfort calculation
Temperature-dependent heat source
Radiation heat transfer
Radiation through transparent media
Solar loading
Temperature-dependent emissivity
Joule heating (temperature-dependent resistivity)
Intelligent meshing
Geometry mesh diagnostics
Automatic mesh sizing
Solution-adaptive mesh
Global and local size adjustment
Boundary-layer mesh enhancement
Interactive mesh-refinement regions
Extrusion meshing
Mesh growth-rate control
Fluid gap and thin solid refinement
Surface wrap meshing
Turbulence models
K-epsilon with intelligent wall formulation
Low Reynolds number K-epsilon
SST k-omega
SST k-omega SAS (Scale Adaptive Simulation)
SST k-omega DES (Detached Eddy Simulation)
SST K-omega RC (Smirnov Menter)
SST K-omega RC (Hellsten)
Eddy viscosity
Mixing length
Automatic turbulence startup
User prescribed or fluid driven motion

Multiple rotating frame of reference



Combined linear and angular

Combined orbital and angular


Sliding vane

Unconstrained (6 DOF) motion

Multicore single machine
Microsoft HPC cluster
Multi-node solving
Remote solving
Parallel solving on multiple machines*

*Requires multiple solver licenses.


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