SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Calculation of Hydrostatic Pressure

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If you are an experienced SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation user, chances are you’ve turned on the “Gravity” setting to account for buoyancy effects that exist when a fluid’s density changes with temperature. This is a very commonly used feature of the program. Buoyancy is an amazing physics principle that allowed the Montgolfier brothers to make the historic first “lighter than air” flight in Paris in 1783. One thing you may not be aware of is that when the gravity feature is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Remote Solver Setup

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Think about the last time you needed to solve a very large SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation project.  Did your workstation have enough horsepower to solve the project in a reasonable amount of time?  If not, did you have access to a high-end workstation elsewhere in your office that you could have connected to?  If the answers to those questions are ‘no’ and ‘yes’, respectively, then you could have taken advantage of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation’s Remote Solver capability.  Utilizing the Remote Solver […]

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Flow Simulation: Computational Domain Editing Part 2 – Periodicity

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In Part 1 of this blog series, I covered the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation computational domain symmetry condition setting to reduce the size of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) problem to be solved. The result is a decreased solution time and required computer memory. This blog will show how another computational domain condition, periodicity, can be used in those situations where you have a pattern of identical components in the flow field. I’ll continue to use the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth […]

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Creating 3D Free Surface SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Output

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How well do you know your Property Managers in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Simulation or SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Do you really pay attention to all the buttons and options that you can use for any specific feature? Chances are, if you’re like me, you looked at all the bells and whistles the first time or two and then quickly forgot about each available option. We tend to learn exactly what we need to know, get good at that, and move on. Which brings […]

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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: 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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Flow Simulation 2017 Transient Explorer

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How often do you solve transient problems in Flow Simulation?  For a good portion of our users, nearly every computational fluid dynamics problem they solve is time dependent.  Once the problem has solved, how do you review and visualize the transient results? Until recently there were only two options – review results for a single solved time step or export the transient data to the Animation Wizard.  With the first option, the user would have to load results from a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation’s New Transient Explorer

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Flow Simulation’s New Transient Explorer   For Flow Simulation, the SP0 release of SOLIDWORKS 2017 includes great new functionality to post-process your results from time-dependent analyses. The new tool is called the Transient Explorer. We couldn’t include this in our series of articles on the topic of “SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New” since this function wasn’t available in the prerelease version, but I think you’ll find that it is worth the wait!   In prior releases, animation of time-dependent results required […]

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Supersonic Ping Pong Balls

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Every now and again, there are interesting Engineering feats that catch my eye.  I think it happens to all of us when we’re in that Internet browsing haze (or looking for interesting topics to write about)!  While I played my fair share of ping pong during college, I can honestly say that my best forehand smash never resulted in breaking the sound barrier!  Enter the Purdue College of Technology, some motivated doctoral students and their Supersonic Ping Pong Gun! After […]

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