Symmetry Reveals More Hidden CFD Secrets

Following on from "Transparency Reveals Hidden CFD Secrets," using symmetry is another way to reveal the hidden secrets of your Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations.

CFD Simulation of Airflow Around a CarCFD Simulation of Airflow Around a CarVelocity contours on symmetry plane

If you can build your flow volume to take advantage of symmetry, then not only will it reduce the simulation size and speed up your simulation turnaround time by a factor of two, but it will also let you reveal the hidden details on the center face of your simulation.

Velocity line contours on symmetry planeVelocity line contours on symmetry plane

The symmetry plane face can support standard visualization approaches, such as contours and vectors.

Velocity Vectors on Symmetry PlaneVelocity Vectors on Symmetry Plane


  • Original geometry courtesy of the DrivAer Model from Technische Universität München, Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics.
  • The CFD simulation was performed using Caedium.