Troy, Michigan — The Altair HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA) has added NovaCast Systems AB and its NovaFlow&Solid CV software to the programme.
Altair said this news "is especially significant in that it is the first casting solution within the alliance. Its availability will satisfy longstanding customer demand for a casting solution and make the overall HWPA offering more complete.
NovaFlow&Solid CV is used for mould filling and solidification simulation based on fluid flow and heat-transfer theories. Using new meshing technology and new advanced numeric models, control volume meshing (CVM), also known as boundary method or finite volume difference, allows the user to use multiple materials in a single meshed element as well as automate most meshing, the company says.
Altair adds that CVM has become "the standard for superior computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in most well-known specialist programs and is expected to be more accurate. "These advantages have helped NovaFlow&Solid CV become one of the most efficient and versatile casting process simulation packages on the market," Altair said.
"NovaCast Systems is thrilled to have the opportunity to be the first casting process simulation tool to join the HyperWorks Partner Alliance," said NovaCast ceo and product manager Håkan Fransson. The deal will both "help our company gain exposure and new users and allow the HWPA to offer customers a more complete CAE solution," Fransson added.
NovaFlow&Solid CV simulations can help optimise the casting process by visualising and avoiding such defects as oxide inclusions caused by excessive turbulence, cold-shuts, shrinkage cavities and slag inclusions.
This software is applicable to most casting methods used in the market today, including gravity sand casting, gravity permanent mould, low- and high-pressure die casting, the lost wax method, tilt pouring and the lost foam process, as well as enabling the simulation of all commercial alloy metals, super alloys, all types of mould and core materials that exist on the market and exothermic materials.