To allow FTF Group to stay at the forefront of spatial conditioning technology, it employs the use of a wide variety of design software in-house. These range from 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages to help with bespoke project design to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and lighting calculation design programs to allow all aspects of the use of chilled beams to be developed and refined to the highest levels.
The level of expertise FTF Group has acquired allows the chilled beams to be designed with the flexibility to suit any project. Using CAD software does not only allow for chilled beams to be sized and configured on a project to project basis, but also allows photo realistic 3D images to be rendered to simulate how the products will look when installed. Collaboration with the climatic testing department lets data obtained in the test labs be realised in a visual medium, making deciphering the data more intuitive.
Software like Solidworks is used to simulate real-world scenarios, such as stress/strain and bending motions applied to parts of the chilled beams, this enables bespoke designs to be refined prior to testing and reduces the amount of iterations required to create the optimum product. The design software is also used to aid manufacturing and installation, with 2D and 3D representations used to improve accuracy and reduce human error.