System Requirements

General Requirements

Operating System

  • 64 bit Windows 8 or 10

Minimum Memory

  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)

SINDA/FLUINT

Since SINDA/FLUINT allows user logic and generates a unique executable each time it is run, you MUST have a copy of the correct compiler.

Prerequisite Software

  • Fortran Compiler
    • Intel® Visual Fortran Version 11.1.048 or newer, or Intel® Visual Fortran Composer XE for Windows or Parallel Studio XE for Windows
      Note: Only the Composer Edition of any version is required. The Professional or Cluster editions will also work, but those editions add features that are not required by SINDA/FLUINT.
    • Review Intel Visual Fortran System Requirements
    • Known Issues
      • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2011: Updates 0 through 9 contained a bug that causes SINDA to fail. Only updates 10-13 work with SINDA/FLUINT 6.0 or newer.
      • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018:  The initial release of this version has issues with the Visual Studio shell not working. Recommend installing 2018 update 1 or newer.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
    The Intel compiler requires MS Visual Studio to be installed. Check the Intel system requirements to see which versions of Visual Studio are supported for a particular version of the Intel compiler.

    • Integration with Intel Parallel Studio XE versions 2017, 2018, early 2019: These installers provide an integrated shell version of Visual Studio which will suffice. For these Intel installations, if Visual Studio is not found on the computer, the installer will automatically install the shell version. No purchase of the Microsoft Visual Studio is required. If Visual Studio is already installed on the computer, Intel will integrate with it and not install the shell.
      • Shell installation supporting software requirements
        • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2017 (2013 shell) requires Microsoft SDK 8.1 to be installed
        • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 (2015 shell) requires Microsoft SDK 10 to be installed
        • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2019 inital release, update 1, and update 2 (2015 shell) requires Microsoft SDK 10 to be installed
    • Integration with Intel Parallel Studio XE version 2019 update 3 or newer: These installers do not provide an integrated Visual Studio shell. For these installations you must install MS Visual Studio.
      • MS Visual Studio Community
        • For classroom learning environments, academic research, or for contributing to open source projects, Visual Studio Community can be used at no cost.
        • For non-enterprise organizations, up to five users can use Visual Studio Community.
        • Enterprise organizations (>250 PCs or > US$1 million annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic, classroom training.
      • MS Visual Studio Professional or Enterprise
        • For enterprise organizations which do not meet the Community requirements.
    • Visit Microsoft's website for free trial downloads
    • Visit Microsofts website for pricing details

Thermal Desktop®, RadCAD®, and FloCAD®

Prerequisite Software

  • SINDA/FLUINT, which is the solution engine, must be installed
  • CAD Package: AutoCAD® 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. 2019 and 2020. The standard version AutoCAD is required, AutoCAD LT is not compatible.
    Also see Autocad system requirements
    Thermal Desktop 6.0 was the last version that will support AutoCAD 2013 and 2014 
    Thermal Desktop 6.1 will be the last version to support AutoCAD 2015 and 2016

Hardware

  • Discrete graphics card with a minimum of 1 GB GPU Direct 11 compliant (4 GB GPU recommended), see Autodesk's website for certified graphics cards
  • Display resolution: 1280 x 800 minimum or finer with 100% font size recommended​

TD Direct®

Prerequisite Software

Advanced Pipes in FloCAD
Thursday November 14, 9-10am MT (8-9am PT, 11am-noon ET)
This webinar introduces advanced features for FloCAD pipes in addition to working with complex geometry. Complex geometry includes interior fins and surfaces for heat transfer, flow around enclosed objects, annular flow, concentric pipes, and more. FK Locators and TEEs as modeling objects will also be introduced.
Custom Heat Transfer and Pressure Drops
Tuesday November 19, 2-3pm MT (1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET)
Do you know what the default assumptions are in FloCAD, and whether or not they apply in your situation? Do you know how far you can go past that starting point? The answer: pretty far. There are numerous mechanisms in FloCAD for adjusting factors, scaling uncertainties, and applying different or supplemental correlations. This webinar summarizes the options available to you to customize your flow models to make sure that they apply to each new situation you encounter.
Heat Exchangers: Detailed and System-level
Thursday November 21, 2-3pm MT (1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET)
This is two webinars in one. The first explains the use and assumptions behind the FloCAD HX system-level modeling object. The second webinar describes detailed-level modeling of complex heat exchanger passages, including application of Compact Heat Exchanger (CHX) methods.
Starting in 2020, we will begin offering Introduction to Thermal Desktop and Introduction to RadCAD as either in-person training or online training, alternating between online and in-person every three months. The training uses lectures and demonstrations to introduce you to basic Thermal Desktop and RadCAD usage. Hands-on tutorials provide practice building models and interpreting results (tutorials are completed by students outside of the online class time).
 
The next training class will be an online format in January 2020:
  • Introduction to Thermal Desktop (and SINDA) - A three-part series on January 14, 16, and 21 from 9am to 12pm, Mountain time
  • Introduction to RadCAD - January 23 from 9am to 12pm, Mountain time
For up-to-date schedules, fees, and policies, visit our Product Training page. To register for the class above, complete our registration form and select "Online" for the Training Format.
 
If you are interested in product training for your company based on your schedule, please contact us to obtain a quote for training between 8-12 attendees. We can come to your facility or the lectures can be presented online. Descriptions of the available classes can be found in our course catalog.
 
To keep up with our training opportunities, take a look at our new Events and Training Calendar.