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FEA and CFD Software for Architecture and Construction

Enabling them to design, optimize, and validate, simulation gives an unmatched flexibility to both owner and contractor to meet their goals. This massively reduces the risks related to cost increases, project extensions, and design change requests. Strengthening the relationship between design and construction, 3D modeling and computer simulations are a part of the new approaches to architecture and construction engineering. Used in the research for sustainable buildings and other physical structures all over the world, as well as supporting smart city engineering, computational simulation has become essential for many architects and engineers.


Research shows that the construction industry is facing a lack of adequate tools for coping with the complex and dynamic conditions existing in a construction site. Due to its capability of modeling dynamic conditions, 3D simulation is gaining a strong reputation as the technology to deal with these issues and the key tool in processes planning. SimScale can be used to test and optimize designs, an essential tool for many structures, including buildings, tunnels, roads, railways, canals, dams, and bridge construction.


Always experimenting with new shapes or materials, and constantly innovating, an architect is constantly looking for ways to better represent, validate, and improve their designs. For them, technology and architecture tools have become a necessary part of their work, significantly contributing to the success of the project. Allowing them to make changes early in the architectural design process, computer simulation is a necessary tool in architecture firms as well as for academia and research. Whether you need simulation for panelization, for an innovative building or façade, for housing solutions, or for a complex structure or an ingenious bridge, SimScale is a perfect fit.

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SimScale provides you with a wide range of simulation capabilities, including:

• Construction material analysis

• Vibrations

• Flow simulation (air, water, gas, etc.)

• Gas distribution

• Pressure & velocity fields

• Temperature analysis

• Nodal & elemental stress

Natural eigenfrequencies

• MRF zone for rotation

• Natural convection

• Material bending

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Case Study


Increasing the Efficiency of a Ventilation System

Not requiring classical building heating due to excellent thermal insulation, the so-called passive houses need, in turn, a complex ventilation system that is often criticized because it doesn’t allow a natural fresh air supply. A new approach to guarantee the fresh air supply and the heat distribution across all rooms is to use a dual wall on the outer walls of the building. Austrian company IBEEE used SimScale to investigate and quantify the performance of the passive fanless system based on flow simulations.

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