# Napkin Sketches, Hand Calculations and… SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

Why do we Designers and Engineers resort to napkin sketches and hand calculations?  Some people would say it is because we are gluttons for punishment!  Other people might recognize that a napkin sketch is a great way to convey a new idea quickly.  Still others might voice an opinion that hand calculations provide quick insight into performance.  Whatever your reason for resorting to a napkin sketch or hand calculation is, I say keep doing it!  What do either of these […]

# SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

# SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

# SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Calculating Convection and Verifying Thermal Results

I have been asked a few times about calculating and applying a convection boundary condition for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal analyses, because without a CFD software, like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, convection must be calculated by hand. As you may already know, there are three modes of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation. SOLIDWORKS Simulation will calculate conduction, but it is up to us to define the parameters for convection and radiation. In this blog I will calculate the convection coefficient of […]

# SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Hand Calculations

Recently, I was discussing the use of hand calculations in conjunction with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with one of our customers. His belief is that hand calculations are a waste of time, that they are never accurate enough to represent what he designs. Simply put, how can an equation referencing material properties, geometric characteristics, or section properties needed in many structural analysis calculations represent the complex designs he creates today. That is a strong and fair argument that I cannot […]