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Old   October 8, 2008, 10:43
Default Floworks vs EFD.Lab
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What are the differences of between EFD.Lab and Floworks?

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Old   October 13, 2008, 02:52
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FloWorks integrates into SolidWorks while EFD.Lab includes SolidWorks geometry modeling engine and uses it as geometry modeling preprocessor. Also EFD.Lab has some additional components that become available with some special licenses:

Electronics module - for electronics cooling (two-resitor components, Joule heating, heat pipes).

Library - extended Engineering database, including additional fan curves from vendors, interface materials, electronic components packages for Electronics module and so on.

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Old   October 15, 2008, 01:24
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EFD.Lab may include the SolidWorks modeling engine, as you say, but it really is integrated. I have the drawing module so I would describe EFD.Lab as sitting in the basic or standard version of SW with extras like the FeatureWorks and some animation tools.

you have the choice to beef up EFD (Electronics, Lib, Hyper) but some might say the advantage of FW is that the results can be passed directly to Cosmoworks.

A huge advantage of EFD over SW is the support you receive from the VAR.

So it depends on what one really needs.

I don't want to switch to the FW path (if that is possible) because I would like to think that EFD and FW will diverge soon with EFD having far more features (in both their base package and, what do they call it, vertical integrations) (btw will FW have SMP like EFD ver9?)

but I would really like it if modules like Routing could be purchased for EFD.Lab

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Old   October 15, 2008, 02:18
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EFD.Lab can transfer the results to SolidWorks Simulation (formerly COSMOSWorks) in the same manner as Flow Simulation (formerly FW). So it is not a real advantage. The support, of course, is a really big advantage of EFD. Actually, Flow Simulation 2009 has the same multiprocessing capabilities as EFD.Lab 9. Regarding Routing there is some discussion going on and nothing can be said for sure at the moment.
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Old   October 15, 2008, 05:33
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Hi Ive,

May I ask if you are affiliated to SW/NIKA/Flomerics/Mentor?

I do not have any connections at the moment.

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Old   October 15, 2008, 05:48
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Yes, I'm a member of the EFD development team (NIKA, now a part of Mentor Graphics).
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Old   October 15, 2008, 06:03
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Fantastic!

I really would like the routing option in EFD (I think I have mentioned it a number of times already in this forum). Can you guess how long will I have to wait?

Also can you give advice on whether it will be beneficial to invest in a motherboard supporting multiple quad cores at this time.

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Old   October 15, 2008, 06:37
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Yes, we know that some users would like to see Routing in EFD.Lab, but I cannot even estimate when it will be available and whether it will be available at all. Regarding multiple processors, the biggest performance increase is achieved when comparing dual core to single core CPUs (or two single core to one single core). The performance increase between dual core and quad core CPUs is not so big. Probably the best way to use a multiple core computer is to calculate several projects in parallel using two or four cores for each. Also, the performance increase is substantially higher for high Mach number and hypersonic calculations. However, if you need to reduce the calculation time for a single project, you can use all the available cores, but the performance increase is not linear.
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Old   December 16, 2009, 06:01
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Quote:
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EFD.Lab can transfer the results to SolidWorks Simulation (formerly COSMOSWorks) in the same manner as Flow Simulation (formerly FW). So it is not a real advantage. The support, of course, is a really big advantage of EFD. Actually, Flow Simulation 2009 has the same multiprocessing capabilities as EFD.Lab 9. Regarding Routing there is some discussion going on and nothing can be said for sure at the moment.
flow simulation 2009 isint call solidwork 2009 also?
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Old   December 21, 2009, 09:35
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what a valuable info. i'm a newbie that don't even know the very minor differences between FW and EFD. i'm just thinking that EFD should be more complicated due to its specialization on fluid dynamics (not like SW that is more general software which includes the FEA for structural analysis), but at the level that i'm not utilizing on. i mean, i maybe won't even realize that EFD got special feature over FW just because i never use its particular feature.

I'm using FW now, but still as a lower-middle level user, not the advanced one.

thank's geek. it seems that i found many experts here.
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Old   March 12, 2010, 07:37
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Hi all,
In Floworks, can we specifiy a material with different thermal conductivities in different directions?
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