Affordable CFD Simulations Software for SMEs in the transportation industry

At ESS Engineering Software Steyr, we aim to disrupt the automotive market by facilitating the SMEs in the industry with the access to the much-needed simulation software in their day-to-day operations:

with SENSE, SMEs will operate more cost- and time efficient, become more competitive and be at the forefront of innovation, thereby boosting the efficiency and competitiveness of the European Automotive Industry.


CFD simulation tools are key in the automotive industry, as they lead to faster development times, lower costs, higher added value and higher overall innovation capabilities. However, their complexity and high license costs hinder their implementation by SMEs, which cannot afford such investments.

In response to this need of our customers in the automotive industry for affordable and user-friendly CFD software, we are developing SENSE: an innovative modular CFD solver which uses the Lagrangian particle-based method called Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics which runs on GPUs.


Correct Physics

The SENSE toolbox is a set of numerical models developed for variety of applications. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages and its range of applicability. The common property for all the considered solvers is lack of complex volumetric grid.


As the first modular CFD solution in the market, SENSE provides users easy-to-use modules targeted at the one application they require, optimized to their needs and with pre-set boundary conditions, instead of having to buy complex, predefined toolboxes with features they will never use.

Time efficient

The use of SPH together with our intuitive GUI simplifies the process, compared to the Finite Element Method and Finite Volume Method used in most current CFD tools, eliminating time consuming pre- and post-processing and reducing total simulation times by factor 10.

Affordable for SMEs

Due to easiness of SENSE, it does not require previous expertise in CFD or simulations, so cost-intensive experts don’t have to be hired.Moreover, as it runs on GPUs instead of CPUs, hardware requirements are much lower, reducing costs from € 400,000 to € 40,000.


  •  General CFD
  •  Fluid mechanics problems
  •  Turbulent flows
  •  Multi-phase flows
  •  Free-surface flows
  •  Solid mechanics
  •  Rheological models
  •  Moving objects
  •  High denisity differences
  •  Heat transfer
  •  Surface tension
  •  Granular materials


  •  Powertrain
  •  Rain
  •  Drainage
  •  Flooding
  •  PVC Sealing
  •  Waxing
  •  Aquaplaning
  •  Solid body interactions
  •  Oven Simulation
  •  E-Coating
  •  Injection Molding
  •  Cooling Systems
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 778627.