Simulation Software & Services for Building Construction

Building Construction & HVAC

ANSYS FEA and CFD engineering analysis software have been widely used in all types of building construction projects.  To learn more about projects that have been done with ANSYS FEA and CFD software, please see information below on specific building construction areas. 

Specifically, ANSYS can be used in assisting engineers benchmark designs using the LEED Green Building Rating System.  Airflow modeling (CFD) can assist in the process of developing and evaluating design concepts as well as contributes to the evidence that a proposed design meets various rating criteria

The SimuTech Group technical staff provided engineering expertise on the following projects:

  • Building wind loads under hurricane-strength winds from CFD analysis
  • Structural model of large underground nuclear waste tanks with rebar-reinforced concrete and nonlinear frictional soil model With custom GUI. Rebar-reinforced utilizing Drucker-Prager material models
  • CFD wind study for high rise building development to verify proposed design maintains local velocities to defined industry limits
  • Water treatment plant comparative CFD tracer study to predict water residence times to ensure optimum contaminant oxidation
  • Water storage standpipe facility CFD study to determine liquid mixing/cycling performance
  • Explicit dynamic study of 100 year old dam response to adjacent bedrock blasting

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Temperature Distribution



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Thermal Comfort and Ventilation

  • Occupant thermal comfort and indoor air quality
  • Predicting room conditions:
    • Air velocity, temperature
    • Relative humidity, thermal radiation
    • Toxins
  • Assessment of a variety of comfort criteria
    • Combined with information about occupant activity and clothing
  • Impact of heat loss through the structure, including solar gain effects
  • Testing effectiveness of novel strategies and concepts:
    • Natural and mixed ventilation
    • Minimizing energy consumption
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Fire and Smoke Modeling

  • Official regulations and safety concerns require efficient ventilation and detection systems, software from ANSYS provides cost-effective help for:
    • Understanding the spread of smoke and heat
    • Designing efficient equipment for fire suppression
    • Predicting the distribution of suppression agents
    • Studying their interactions with the fire and smoke
    • Identifying how fires develop
    • Determining their effect on neighboring structures
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Blast, Explosion and Homeland Security

  • Explicit analysis
    • Blast and explosion modeling
    • Impact of objects and vehicles on buildings
    • Models involving the impact of:
    • Architectural aspects
    • Landscape design
    • Ground profile
    • Damage to building structure
  • Benefits
    • Investigation of various disaster scenarios
    • Optimization of passive building resistance to blast
    • Adjustment of fire suppression and smoke management system
    • Ventilation
    • Fire suppression
    • Smoke management
    • Maintain safety escape path despite extreme conditions
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Wind Engineering, Pollutant Dispersion

  • Response of the building to its environment as well as the response of the environment to the building
  • Understand the aerodynamics of a structure and the resulting pressure map on its surface
  • Analysis of the behavior and stability of the construction under various weather conditions
  • Impact on pedestrian comfort and safety
  • In urban and nonurban settings, address:
    • Environmental and safety issues
    • Dispersion of gases and aerosols
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Building Structure Analysis

  • Structure integrity under extreme conditions
  • Single part or assembly modeling
  • Wind induced deformations
  • Pre-stressed, reinforced concrete
  • Seismic analysis
  • Soil mechanics
  • Geotechnical solutions
  • High rise buildings
  • Iconic landmarks
  • Parking lots
  • Bridges
  • Dams
  • Tunnels
  • Malls
  • Theaters
  • Stadium

HVAC Equipment Design

  • Performance optimization and parametric analysis
    • Fans
    • Furnaces, boilers
    • Heating system design
    • HVAC ducting
    • Environmental control systems
    • Centrifugal blower
    • Heat exchangers
    • Pumps
    • Air curtains
    • Air mixers
    • Blowers
    • Industrial compressors
    • Crossflow fans
    • Exhaust hoods
    • Blowers, fans and compressors