Geometry Preparation for Simulation
The architectural elements in Autodesk® Revit® can often contain many small geometrical features that may lead to less efficient meshing and simulation. In many instances, these features do not significantly contribute to the overall simulation and accuracy of the results, and can therefore be negated.
LiveLink™ for Revit® includes tools for manipulating your COMSOL Multiphysics® model geometry prior to simulation, so that you can choose which details to include. Geometry defeaturing capabilities are provided, which can automatically identify and delete slivers, small edges, faces, or fillets.
Architectural projects may also include elements such as furniture, which may not be defined as solid objects, but instead consist of only surfaces. To create a domain required for simulation of such elements requires converting the geometries into a solid, which can be done using the geometry tools in COMSOL Multiphysics®.
Robust Platform for Modifying and Creating Geometries
Furthermore, LiveLink™ for Revit® provides a robust platform for modifying or creating geometries, where all geometry operations are performed using the Parasolid® software geometry kernel. Geometry operations in COMSOL Multiphysics® are also parametric, so you may combine geometry created in the COMSOL Multiphysics® model with geometry synchronized from Autodesk® Revit®.
Another method of preparing your designs for simulation is creating a virtual geometry. The COMSOL Multiphysics® virtual geometry operations enable you to select specific features in a COMSOL Multiphysics® model geometry that you do not want to include in your simulation studies. This technique does not modify the geometry, but hides the selected details from the meshing operation. It is an excellent way to exclude fine geometry details that typically require complex meshes and long computation times. An added benefit of this method is that the surface curvature of your design is preserved, resulting in simulations with even greater precision when needed.
File Import and Export
LiveLink™ for Revit® provides the file handling capabilities available in the CAD Import Module, including options for file import and export.
File import capabilities offer complementing functionality to the concurrent use of Autodesk® Revit® and COMSOL Multiphysics® software for geometry synchronization. COMSOL Multiphysics® model geometries can be created by importing a CAD design from a range of platforms and file formats.
3D CAD file formats that are supported for import into COMSOL Multiphysics® include the widely supported ACIS® software, Parasolid® software, STEP, and IGES formats, in addition to the Autodesk® AutoCAD® software, Autodesk® Inventor® software, NX™ software, SOLIDWORKS® software, PTC® Creo® Parametric™ software, and PTC® Pro/ENGINEER® software formats.
Support for the CATIA® V5 software file format is also available as a separate add-on module. Additionally, the LiveLink™ products provide support for file export in the ACIS® software and Parasolid® software formats so you can readily share your updated designs with your colleagues.
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