Control Your Flow Mesh

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Mesh control is important no matter what Simulation product you use. The power of mesh control allows refinement of the mesh in areas of importance to the Engineer. This blog will focus on the mesh and mesh control used in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis tool.  SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation offers users internal and external analysis of fluid systems. Steady State, Transient, and conjugate heat transfer solutions are standard with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.  Flow Simulation works seamlessly inside […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Enhanced Remote Load/Mass Property Manager – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation offers a wide range of Loads to best mimic real-world conditions. Within this list of loads is the Remote Load/Mass. Remote Load/Mass is a load type that allows a user to define a load outside of the geometry being analyzed. The user specifies the location that the Load/Mass is applied and the load values. The connection between the Load/Mass and the geometry can be rigid (includes moments), or directly transferred. New for 2019 the Remote Load/Mass property manager […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tracer Study Checklist

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation contains a wide variety of capabilities. In this blog article we will focus on the Tracer Study. Tracers allow you to study the flow of a certain admixture (tracer) in the existing carrier fluid under assumption that the presence of the admixture has a negligible influence on the carrier fluid flow. Such assumption is justified if the concentration (mass fraction) of the admixture is relatively low. Steps to a Tracer Study: Run Steady State Analysis for full […]

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Rocket Science Is Easy! We Have Lift Off

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We have lift off! Yes, it has been a while but my previous statement holds true. Rocket Science Is Easy. At least for model rockets. As a final addition to this blog series, I was finally able to test launch the V2 model rocket my sons and I designed in SOLIDWORKS and 3D printed using Stratasys 3D Printers. The first blog “Rocket Science Is Easy!” in this series outlines the basics of rockets, hoe the V2 was designed in SOLIDWORKS […]

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Make Your Mark on Injection Locations in SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation

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Over time we learn new ways to do things. For example, I recently learned SOLIDWORKS’ preferred way of creating an injection location in SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation. Let’s take a look at SOLIDWORKS’ preferred method to create injection locations, the benefits of split lines, and the role split lines play in the process. An injection location is where the cavity is filled from the runner system. Gates are the portion of the runner system that attaches to the injection location. Typically, […]

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Fill Your Free Surface Volume Instantly with Flow Simulation’s Initial Condition

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Recently, I investigated which coil/heat source configuration would heat a hot tub the quickest. The Free Surface functionality of SOLIDWORKS Flow made this simulation possible by mimicking the water filled hot tub and the surrounding air. To find out how to heat your hot tub the fastest Click Here: Back Yard Hot Tubs and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation When first setting up this model I knew that the tub would need to be filled with water, and I set out doing […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options – Do Not Overlook Them

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options – Do Not Overlook Them SOLIDWORKS Simulation options are often overlooked. After a fresh install I spent the better part of a month modifying individual Simulation Plots. This burned up valuable time that I could have been using to analyze the results and make design decisions. Let’s look at a few simple Simulation options that will save you time. How many of you have looked at a result plot and asked yourself why are the stress units […]

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Vikram’s Coffee Conundrum

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Vikram’s Coffee Conundrum Do you use creamer in your coffee? Most people do. Few know that the important thing to using creamer is the order in which you pour it in the mug. This was brought to my attention many years ago by a fellow Simulation Specialist Vikram Vedantham. Vik always put his creamer in the coffee cup first and then poured the coffee. When asked why he did this his replay was always “It’s a Flow Problem”, and then […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Not So Standard After All

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Not So Standard After All Simulation Standard is the entry level Simulation offering from SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard offers exceptional functionality for the cost, and can be added to a network or stand-alone seat of SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard includes the Static Linear Analysis offered in SOLIDWORKS Premium, and adds Fatigue Analyses and Trend Tracker. Let’s look at what comes with SOLIDWORKS Premium first. SOLIDWORKS Premium offers what I call the “Foundation of Simulation”.  With SOLIDWORKS Premium the user has access […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Refinement For Stress Singularities – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Refinement For Stress Singularities – #SW2018 Stress Hot Spot Detection was added to SOLIDWORKS 2017. This diagnostic tool allowed the user to detect and understand where potential Hot Spot (large gradients from high to low stress) occur. These Hot Spots can be caused by several factors including poor mesh refinement, geometry issues like sharp edges, or a true high stress concentration. 2016 and before, the user was tasked with identifying these regions as artificial […]

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