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 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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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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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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Result Comparison Tools in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and Flow Simulation

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Do you need an easy way to compare results when running multiple studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation or multiple projects in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Both programs have great functionality for this. I’ll show you how to access each in this Simulation blog. Let’s look at SOLIDWORKS Simulation first. Introduced in the 2014 release, the “Compare Results” tool allows a side-by-side look at up to four result plots associated with different configurations of the same model. The disk spring shown below is […]

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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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Does This Really Work? Flow Puts to Test “As Seen On TV” Design

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Recently I was up late with my sick child trying to keep his fever down. To keep myself awake for the next thermometer reading, I decided to partake in some late night television. I ended up watching one of the popular sales channels known for its Quality Value and Convenience. Why I do not know, but that is where I ended up.  The clearance deal that they were selling at that moment peaked my interest. The “Iced Up Appetizer on […]

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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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Equidistant Uniform Mesh Control. What more do you need?

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Equidistant mesh control was added in 2016 SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. Since then I have only used the option a few times.  Shame on me,  With all software you fall back into the habits of how you have always done things, in this case adding an additional body to apply a local mesh control, or adding local mesh control to the faces of the object requiring refinement.  With 2017 now released, I have been getting several questions regarding the equidistant mesh control […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2017

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation   Anyone that does CFD analysis knows that it’s incredibly difficult to determine the most optimum design when multiple variables effect the outcome. This is the main reason SOLIDWORKS has advanced the optimization tool in Flow Simulation. You can now run an optimization study with varying flow and design parameters.     I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of […]

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