Simulation Studies without Solid or Surface Geometry. Wait, what?

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Take a look at the screen shot below. What do you see? If you said “Nothing!” you’d be partially correct. There are no solid or surface geometry features in this SOLIDWORKS part file. The only thing in the feature manager tree is a single sketch. Now, take a closer look at the tabs along the lower edge. Notice that there is a Simulation study tab, so there’s more here than meets the eye! Although a bit confusing at first, the […]

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What temp is assumed when no temp is applied in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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For those of you who do thermal analysis on your designs, it’s important to know the behavior to avoid an incorrect boundary condition. This can be said for every analysis you conduct but this time I’m speaking of the default temperature. When performing a transient thermal study SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION asks that you apply an initial temp so that it knows which direction the energy is flowing. Most of us, including myself, are used to selecting faces when applying a load […]

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Troubleshooting a Common Transient Thermal Study Error

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A great feature of Thermal studies with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional is the ability to utilize other thermal study results as an input for transient analysis.  This allows us, for instance, to analyze the response of a heating or cooling process on our components and assemblies.  This is done by editing the properties of the study, changing the study type to Transient, checking the box for ‘Initial temperatures from thermal study’ and choosing the appropriate study as an input.  (It is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional Thermal Solver Not Just For Commercial Use Anymore!

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Recently I decided to put Simulation to the test in a real world application.  Baby bottles. The problem statement is as follows: My 9 month old son has a regiment of four 8 oz bottles of milk every 24 hours. To prepare the milk for feeding the following process takes place. The milk is removed from the refrigerator where it was chilled in the glass bottle to 40 Degrees F. The bottle is placed in a ceramic vessel which is […]

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