Flow Science announces upgrades to hydro research software

Flow Science, Inc. has released an update to its FLOW-3D computational fluid dynamics software, further enhancing the program’s value in hydroelectric power project design, the company said.

Flow Science said Flow-3D v10.1 “features a redesigned graphical user interface (GUI)” that “gives users a streamlined approach to setting up, running and analyzing simulations.”

Additionally, the software includes “new hybrid shall water/3D flow, cooling channels and spray models, and significant enhancements to the fluid structure interaction/thermal stress evolution and general moving objects models” — improvements, the company said, will help users better handle and store simulation data.

“The driving force behind the redesign of the GUI was to help our users increase their productivity by making it easier for them to unleash the power of FLOW-3D’s solver,” Vice President of Software Engineering John Ditter said.

HydroWorld.com reported in July 2012 that the New York Power Authority had used the software to simulate flows at NYPA hydroelectric projects in New York.

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