SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – Which will fill first?

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Now that SOLIDWORKS 2018 has been released for a few months, I’ve had the opportunity to look through many of the new features. My primary interests are the new features and functionality included in the Simulation suite of products. When our Technical Team was writing about many of the new features in 2018, more than a few piqued my interest. One specific enhancement for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation really piqued my interest to investigate further. I found an interesting model to […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS: Flow Simulation Mesh Visualization Changes Implemented in SW2016

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Flow Simulation Mesh Visualization Changes   In SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, accurately and efficiently designing the mesh to capture the solid/fluid interface is critical to producing quality results. Doing so can be a challenge, so it’s important to see the mesh at the boundary to support further refinement, as needed.   Flow Simulation 2015 and previous releases allowed visualizing the mesh using “Mesh 3D View”, a tool that was a bit cumbersome to use and didn’t produce a clear view of […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation  What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed thru 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 […]

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Simulate a hot environment

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a great tool, to help us understand effects of local heat in an environment. We had an interesting project at hand, we were asked to figure out, heat generated in a small furnace.               Once the cad model is ready all we have to do is enter basic information. For example how hot the  heating element get (power in watts) , fan speed (rpm) and ambient conditions (room pressure and […]

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