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 – 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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Vikram’s Coffee Conundrum

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Vikram’s Coffee Conundrum Do you use creamer in your coffee? Most people do. Few know that the important thing to using creamer is the order in which you pour it in the mug. This was brought to my attention many years ago by a fellow Simulation Specialist Vikram Vedantham. Vik always put his creamer in the coffee cup first and then poured the coffee. When asked why he did this his replay was always “It’s a Flow Problem”, and then […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sector Periodicity – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sector Periodicity – #SW2018 Sector Symmetry has always been a part of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. For example, a pipe with internal flow could be divided into fourths. This periodicity allowed for fast solutions. This method was limited to flow conditions that only flowed along the pipe. Any rotation in and out of the domains periodicity was not allowed. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation added Sector Periodicity for SOLIDWORKS 2018. With this new feature Rotation can now be […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tools and the Knuckleball, Part 1

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The summer season is getting kicked into gear and that means several things to baseball junkies. I’m not just talking about baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie either! The College World Series is underway in Omaha. Major League Baseball is in full swing. I get asked ‘does a curve ball really curve’. The usual early June fare! Wait! You didn’t know a curveball does curve on its way to home plate? You thought those pitch trackers showing the flight of […]

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Templates and Options, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Often times little niceties in software are overlooked.  Flow Simulation is not any different.  With this blog I wanted to point out some of these time saving possibilities, specifically regarding units, and project settings. Flow Simulation allows a user to specify the units of a study.  Flow has predefined unit templates like IPS, Metric, SI etc., Flow also allows a user to mix and match within a unit template.  For example the main units could be IPS but the temperature […]

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Rocket Science is Easy! The Calculations

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As mentioned in “Rocket Science is Easy“(the previous blog in this series), a set of fundamental calculations need to be completed  before the rocket design can be finalized.  The calculations are the basis for the rocket’s stability and performance. The stability calculations will be addressed first, as they have a direct effect on the performance of the rocket. Stability Calculations Two variables directly affect the stability of a rocket, The Center of Pressure(Cp) and the Center of Gravity(Cg).  The relationship […]

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Rocket Science Is Easy!

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I am sure at least once in your lifetime you have heard someone say “it’s not rocket science”. Well for those of you who say that phrase, I say “Rocket Science Is Easy”.  At least for model rockets.  One basic principle exists that all backyard rocket designers hold true. Keep the Center of Pressure (Cp) below the Center of Gravity (Cg).  That’s it! That’s all that every Junior rocket scientist needs to know.  Yes there are more calculations and design […]

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Pack and Go Now Available for Flow Results

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Pack and Go Now Available in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Pack and Go has been a staple in SolidWorks functionality for years. It allows a SOLIDWORKS user to package SOLIDWORKS  files such as Assemblies, Parts, and Drawings into a new folder location, or a Zipped file.  Pack and Go can keep the current file structure of folders and sub folders, or flatten to one folder.  This allows a user to make back ups of their work, or transfer files to others […]

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Rotating Mesh Region SOLIDWORKS FLOW SIMULATION

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The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation team has added powerful new functionality to their arsenal,  Rotating Mesh Regions.  Rotating mesh regions or “sliding mesh regions” allow the user to rotate geometry in the model and drive the fluid of the system.  If you are designing any device that utilizes, impellers, propellers, or other rotational apparatus Flow Simulation can provide results such as flow rate, pressure drop, velocity, and many more, all based on the rotation of the geometry.  A transient or time […]

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