Ventus 2023.1.0816

Pressurization studies for smoke control solutions

Version: 2023.1.0816

August 16, 2023

What's New

The first commercial release of Ventus.

This version of Ventus is designed for CONTAM version and uses version 11.0.16_8 of the OpenJDK Java VM.

The initial release of Ventus is now accessible. Ventus 2023.1 aims to streamline the process of analyzing stair, elevator, and lobby pressurization by dividing it into three distinct phases:

  • Graphically model the physical structure and node network for analysis modeling.
  • Review and correct errors encountered during simulation runs.
  • Analyze, review, and consolidate multiple CONTAM simulations.

Ventus and PyroSim share similarities in their user workflow. PyroSim enables users to create graphical models, design simulations, and analyze dynamic fire scenarios using the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS). Similarly, Ventus provides a comparable workflow for pressurization studies, utilizing CONTAM as its simulation engine.

Ventus model over a floorplan image with various flowpath connections.
Ventus model over a floorplan image with various flowpath connections.

Ventus offers a user-friendly interface that simplifies modeling tasks for various scenarios such as stairwells, elevator shafts, atrium spaces, and underground buildings. If you are already familiar with PyroSim and Pathfinder, you will easily understand how Ventus operates.

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To help new users learn Ventus quickly, Thunderhead provides two free courses along with a detailed User Manual. Start with the Ventus Fundamentals course to learn the basics. Once you complete this course, proceed to the Ventus Additional Examples course for further learning. You can access the courses here: Ventus Fundamentals course and Ventus Additional Examples course.

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Learn the Fundamentals

  • Create Zones
  • Define Flow Paths
  • Study Pressurization
  • Analyze Results