Autodesk has named Huntair, Inc. as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for June 2012 for the company’s use of Autodesk software to develop a revolutionary airflow delivery system that has the potential to reduce healthcare-acquired infections.
Huntair - a leading designer and manufacturer of specialized heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems - leverages both Autodesk Simulation CFD and Autodesk Inventor software to develop its CLEANSUITE system that is inspired by cleanrooms used in the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries.
While most systems rely on multiple diffusers to deliver air, the CLEANSUITE system uses a single diffuser approach. Huntair created computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models in Autodesk Simulation CFD software to better understand the performance of its product before anything was built. Engineers also relied on Autodesk Simulation CFD models to test the CLEANSUITE system’s air temperature control. Standard air temperature in a hospital can vary as much as 10°F due to the thermal effects of lights and people. Engineers optimized the CLEANSUITE system to maintain a steady temperature from when air enters the room, to when it reaches the patient.
Huntair engineers use Autodesk Inventor software to model the modular, ceiling-hung CLEANSUITE system with integrated filtration, electrical, piping and structural equipment supports. Huntair also uses Autodesk Inventor software to market CLEANSUITE and show their model to their customers.
Inventor of the Month - June 2012 Official Press Release
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Image Credits: Autodesk, Huntair Inc.