Softening Butter with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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When it comes to the Warren household, cookies are the dessert of choice (mine anyway), specifically Snickerdoodles. Nothing compares to the soft and buttery, cinnamon-sugar coated discs of deliciousness. I make these from scratch, and usually on a whim. This leaves me with one problem every time I make the cookies; the cold hard butter. I always forget to take the butter out of the fridge and give it time to soften. Then I must wait even longer to enjoy […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Add-on Module Benefits – HVAC Part 2

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This is part 2 of a SOLIDWORKS Flow blog series. If you would like to read part 1 first, which I recommend, here is the link: SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Add-on Module Benefits – HVAC Part 1. The HVAC part 1 blog focused on solar absorption in transparent materials. Let’s focus on human comfort parameters for part 2. The Setup We use the same model from the part 1 blog with the addition of a simple desk and the figure of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Add-on Module Benefits – HVAC Part 1

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a powerful computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool. Two separately purchased add-on modules geared to the electronics and HVAC industries significantly enhance the program’s capabilities through functional and engineering database library additions. The focus of this blog is on one of the many tools added in the HVAC module – the effect of radiation absorption in transparent materials. To demonstrate, here is a room with 3 windows, an overhead HVAC vent and an open door. It is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Joule Heating

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SOLIDWORKS Flow simulation is a fantastic tool for simulating internal or external fluid flows. It also features very robust conjugate heat transfer capabilities; including conduction, convection, and radiation. The combination of these capabilities has made SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation the go-to program to simulate cooling electronic components. It does this fantastically right out of the box, but with the addition of the Electronics Cooling Module, it gets even better! Today I’d like to cover one of the flagship capabilities of the […]

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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 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed through the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Flow Simulation – #SW2019

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For the SOLIDWORKS 2019 release, you’ll find changes in Flow Simulation related to pre- and post-processing functionality that should make analysis of your designs quicker and easier. Let’s see what’s new for Flow! Associate Goals with Boundary Conditions (BCs): We sometimes find it necessary to add a goal associated with a boundary condition to help with solution convergence and allow monitoring the solution progress. This has previously required a separate step but is now available during the boundary condition definition. […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Lid creation for non-planar faces

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What are lids and why do we need them? SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation supports two main study types, internal (flows bounded by outer solid surfaces, e.g. tanks, office space, etc.) and external (not bounded by outer solid surfaces, e.g. flow over a wing). Internal flow studies often contain geometry that have inlets and outlets. Flow Simulation requires that these inlets and outlets be bounded by a face. These bounded faces will then contain the info necessary to describe the flow for […]

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