CFD Design Tool Improves HVAC Design and Cuts Product Development Cycle Time 2008-01-0238
In an effort to shorten and improve the efficiency of the product design process (PDP), Delphi has developed an application specific CFD design tool that helps design engineers optimize designs prior to prototyping. This new tool enables design engineers to set up an HVAC module, powertrain cooling system, or heat exchanger model for CFD analysis in relatively short time. The ability to evaluate and improve the design of the product at the very early stages of the development cycle greatly reduces the need for design changes late in the process, which are expensive and time-consuming. Besides reducing the design cycle, the new CFD tool has also reduced the model shop and testing expenses for each development project with fewer prototypes. In this paper, a case study for using this tool during the HVAC module development process in early stage is demonstrated.