Autodesk® Simulation CFD software (formerly known as CFdesign®) provides fast, accurate, and flexible fluid flow and thermal simulation tools to help predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing—minimizing reliance on costly physical prototypes and getting innovative products to market faster. Easily explore and compare design alternatives and better understand the implications of design choices using an innovative Design Study Environment and automation tools. Make better design decisions earlier in the product development process with Autodesk Simulation CFD software.


Autodesk Simulation CFD offers a wide range of fluid flow and thermal simulation capabilities to perform fast and accurate simulations of turbulent and incompressible flows, along with conduction and convective heat transfer.

Drive an associative design study within your CAD system or open a single model directly in Autodesk Simulation CFD and leverage a model-centric interface; automated finite element meshing with auto-sizing and auto-refinement; the Accelerant Simulation Engine; and the Design Study Environment for setup, exploration, and decision making. Typical applications include consumer products, automotive, oil and gas, medical, and industrial machinery.

Fluid flow simulation capabilities include:

  • Laminar
  • Turbulent
  • Incompressible
  • Steady state

Thermal simulation capabilities include:

  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Forced convection
  • Natural convection

You can further expand the fluid flow simulation and thermal simulation tools in Autodesk Simulation CFD with Autodesk® Simulation CFD Advanced and Autodesk® Simulation CFD Motion software.