Design Heat Exchangers using Flow Simulation

Flow Simulation can be used to study the fluid flow and heat transfer for a wide variety of engineering equipment e.g. heat exchangers. A convenient measure of performance is efficiency in transferring a given amount of heat from one fluid to another.


Flow Simulation has a simple wizard that walks the user through the set up. By walking through each step, the wizard ensures all necessary steps are covered. Efficiency can be set as one of the standard outputs. Since SOLIDWORKS is parameteric tool, user can then use efficiency as criteria to come up with best possible design.

With Flow Simulation determination of heat exchanger efficiency is straightforward and by investigating the flow and temperature patterns, the design engineer can gain insight into the physical processes involved thus giving guidance for improvements to design.

Rajat Trehan

Product Manager – Design Validation

Computer Aided Technology Inc.

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