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CFD, CFD Advanced and CFD Motion

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

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At a glance

  • Essential abilities for analysing computation fluid dynamics
  • Additional abilities for fluid flow and heat transfer analysis
  • All CFD abilities, plus solid body motion analysis

Direct modelling with SimStudio Tools

Defeaturing with SimStudio Tools

MultiCAD data exchange

Design study automation

Multi-scenario design review centre

Model-centric interface

Customisable 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

Customisable 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

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)


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

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


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