Grilling with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional – Thermal Study

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We all know it’s way too cold to cook burgers on the outdoor grill this time of year. For some, the grill might even be covered in snow! With the right seasonings, however, pan fried burgers will do just fine. But although I’ve got the timing down using the grill, I’m not sure how long to cook them in a pan to get a medium rare result. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional thermal study can help with that. So, grab a skillet, some spices […]

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Dassault Systemes SIMULIA Highlights

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Dassault Systemes SIMULIA Highlights Have you pushed your engineering simulations to the limit of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation product line? Do you need advanced capabilities like the analysis of large strain crash and impacts or tire hydroplaning prediction?   What about the need to understand the complex nonlinear behavior of woven composite laminate materials or large strain metal or plastic forming operations or metal fracture? If so, then the Dassault Systemes (DS) SIMULIA Portfolio is available to meet these needs and […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Highlights

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Highlights SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is our full computational fluid dynamics (CFD) Solution that simulates fluid (liquid or gas) flowing through or around objects. It enables quick, efficient simulation of the flow field and includes heat transfer effects. The program is directly integrated within the familiar SOLIDWORKS interface and can communicate with the Simulation finite element analysis (FEA) tool to allow inclusion of pressure and/or temperature effects of fluid flow within thermal/structural FEA simulations. An efficient wizard interface […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Flow Simulation Free Surface) – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Flow Simulation Free Surface) – #SW2018 Have you ever been asked the question about the half full/half empty glass? Well, the answer is that it is COMPLETELY full, it just has two fluids in it, one of which is invisible! With the exciting new Free Surface feature introduced in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2018, you can prove it! This new functionality allows immiscible fluids to exist in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018 Graphical plotting of results in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation has been enhanced. Now we can use either a vertical or horizontal orientation of the color bar. Also, the scale of values displayed can be shown as logarithmic. In the right-click menu on the color bar, you’ll find the option “Make Horizontal”. Also, notice the option to switch to a logarithmic scale. Here’s the result of switching to a horizontal orientation for […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Simulation – Use Those SOLIDWORKS Functions!

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Simulation – Use Those SOLIDWORKS Functions!   SOLIDWORKS functionality can make life easier when working with Simulation.  You probably know them well, so why not use those familiar functions to your advantage?  Let’s look at a few. Simulation-specific configurations Interference detection check for simulation-ready geometry Split lines for boundary condition application   Configurations   Editing the geometry before setting up a simulation is usually necessary. By setting up a new configuration for the analysis, changes made there won’t affect the original design. This allows […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation Trajectory Plots

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Flow Simulation Trajectory Plots   Trajectory plots in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be very informative for flow visualization; however, it is sometimes tricky to get what you want when using them with external flow results. I’ve found that for the starting point reference, sketches with patterned lines will generate a nice set of trajectories. Also, using planes that are parallel to the dominant flow direction can be useful. This reference selection choice is counter-intuitive but produces surprisingly good results.   […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation Mesh Visualization Changes Implemented in SW2016

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Flow Simulation Mesh Visualization Changes   In SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, accurately and efficiently designing the mesh to capture the solid/fluid interface is critical to producing quality results. Doing so can be a challenge, so it’s important to see the mesh at the boundary to support further refinement, as needed.   Flow Simulation 2015 and previous releases allowed visualizing the mesh using “Mesh 3D View”, a tool that was a bit cumbersome to use and didn’t produce a clear view of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Nonlinear Material Models in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Nonlinear Material Models in SOLIDWORKS Simulation   If you are using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium, you have access to the Nonlinear study type. One of the advantages of this study type over the Linear Static study is the ability to apply loads and boundary conditions that vary over time. Another is the access to multiple material models that represent nonlinear material behaviors:   Nonlinear Elastic Hyper-elastic Elasto-plastic Super Elastic Nitinol Linear Visco-elastic Creep   Let me give you a brief description […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Leveraging Configurations in Simulation Products

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Leveraging Configurations in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Products   If you use any of the SOLIDWORKS products related to simulation, i.e., Simulation (Finite Element Analysis-FEA), Flow (Computational Fluid Dynamics-CFD) or Plastics (Injection Molding) and haven’t been taking advantage of configurations, then this information is for you!   The SOLIDWORKS configuration functionality allows for multiple “What-if?” design ideas managed in the same file, and the simulation products can take advantage of this great feature, giving you the ability to analyze each design separately […]

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