Software Makes Multi-Physics Electronics Simulator Realistic


Cradle CFD V2020 introduces advanced capabilities to make electrical heat mapping and fluid-particle Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) analyses more accurate

Cradle Software, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, announced advanced new co-simulation and post-processing capabilities that make it easier for any engineer to analyse multi-physics problems and analyse mixed fluid-particle interactions.

Cradle CFD blends state-of-the-art with practical tools that deliver real, tangible value to customers. Available from today, the Cradle CFD v2020 suite comprises scSTREAM (structured mesh) and scFLOW (next-generation unstructured mesh) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology. Cradle been helping customers analyse complex real-world multi-physics problems pragmatically by combining innovation and open cosimulation with its powerful scPOST postprocessor and through doing so has acheived one of the highest customer satisfaction rates in the industry today.

Integration with system modelling software is also enhanced. Building on the open Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) integration already provided, Cradle now connects directly with more 1-D simulation tools. This enables customers to model complete products including electrical and mechanical subsystems in conjunction with the software’s built-in thermodynamics. Customers can easily map the heat transfer between electrical components using Cradle’s HeatPathView tool to visualize these multi-physics interactions. For example, providing optimization of heat routes in consumer electrical goods to enable system-level decision making with Maplesim or other 1-D simulation tools.

A significant development adds Discrete Element Method (DEM) to CFD and thermal dynamics within the scFLOW environment, reducing the complexity and manual work required to simulate fluid-particles interactions. For example, optimizing energy and usage of a washing machine through wash cycle and control system tuning. Using the new DEM feature, it is possible to evaluate heat transfer and filtering in isolation, or combine it with CFD analysis and other physics types.

Cosimulation with MSC Software simulation solutions including MSC Nastran, Marc and Adams have also been enhanced to rapidly generate high quality static and dynamic visualisations in scPOST. Cradle, and all MSC Software products including Actran can be accessed through the MSC One token-based licensing system so it is easy for anyone to access and use any tool to produce more realistic multi-physics simulations.

scPOST also makes product and engineering design reviews more accessible for designers, customers or business management. Any simulation through video export, virtual reality or interactive 3D models.

Cradle v2020 is available from today. For more details, please visit