Aavid SmartCFD

A more intelligent CFD Software

As market pressures demand higher product performance in smaller form factors power densities have increased exponentially. This has resulted in more complex thermal solutions to the point that current modeling software is no longer capable of accurately predicting product performance.

Aavid, Thermal Division of Boyd Corporation, has developed Aavid SmartCFD to bridge the gap between theoretical and real world thermal performance. Aavid SmartCFD has encrypted decades worth of manufacturing expertise, testing, and performance data into Smart Object models for improved thermal design and analysis. With increased accuracy for complex systems, assemblies and components, Aavid SmartCFD enables reduced design cycles, prototype testing, and project costs.

Aavid SmartCFD is a new simulation software that allows users to simulate the flow characteristics and thermal performance inside both simple and complex systems. It is optimized for detailed heat transfer and fluid flow simulations in electronic systems and offers streamlined use through automation tools, intuitive design interface and multiple solver options. These solver options range from an efficient, correlation-based System Solver and a detailed Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Solver. Users like engineers and scientists can benefit from Aavid SmartCFD since it helps increase a product's quality, reduce its time-to-market, and cut design costs.

Aavid SmartCFD is a total thermal management design tool that can be used to solve component-level, board-level, or system-level applications. It provides design engineers with the ability to test conceptual designs under operating conditions that may be impractical to duplicate with a physical model and obtain information at locations that might otherwise be inaccessible for monitoring.

Aavid SmartCFD is available in downloadable and cloud-based versions.

Aavid SmartCFD is Ideal for Modeling:

  • Heat Pipe Assemblies
  • System Level Applications (Forced and Natural Convection)
  • Liquid Cold Plates and Liquid Systems
  • Heat Exchangers (Air to Liquid, Air to Air)
  • Heat Sinks of all Construction Types, including Custom CAD Geometries
  • Thermal Electric Coolers and Generators
  • LED Modules
  • Electrical Traces & Fuses
  • Busbars


Aavid SmartCFD Features Include:

  • Geometry and Boundary Condition Definitions
  • Streamlined CAD Model Importing and Exporting
  • Accurate Mesh Construction for Complex Geometries
  • Detailed Post-Processing and Result Visualizations
  • Optimized Energy and Flow Equations for Thermal Management
  • Advanced Project Management with Libraries
  • Dynamic Grid and Circular Component Patterning
  • Turbulent Flow Modeling
  • Thermal Radiation Modeling
  • Joule Effect Representations (Electricity Heating)
  • Advanced Meshing Options for Liquid Cold Plates (LCP) Modeling


Smart Objects

Aavid SmartCFD is the only tool in the market that accurately models heat pipes and vapor chambers, quantifies utilization capacity, and warns of dry-out.

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Accelerate Thermal Modeling

Streamline the design process with preconfigured heat sink constructions and advanced design tools for more complex solutions like liquid cold plates and heat exchangers.

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Aavid SmartCFD Solvers

Aavid SmartCFD is equipped with multiple simulation solvers to address the demands of early to late thermal design cycle needs.

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Global Parameterization

Use Global Parameterization to construct complex components and test multiple configurations quickly

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Relative Positioning Systems

Rapidly build models intuitively with unique relative object positioning.

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Aavid SmartCFD User Interface

Learn more about the Aavid SmartCFD User Interface and how it’s fine tuned to optimize thermal modeling.

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