Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation uses Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to enable quick, efficient simulation of fluid flow and heat transfer. You can easily calculate fluid forces and understand the impact of a liquid or gas on product performance.

Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, CFD analysis using SOLIDWORKS Simulation takes the complexity out of flow analysis and can be a regular part of your design process, reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework and delays, and saving time and development costs.

CFD Analysis Overview

CFD simulates fluid (either liquid or gas) passing through or around an object. The analysis can be very complex—for example, containing in one calculation heat transfer, mixing, and unsteady and compressible flows. The ability to predict the impact of such flows on your product performance is time consuming and costly without some form of simulation tool.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation offers a wide range of physical models and fluid flow capabilities so you can obtain better insight into product behavior that is critical to your design success covering a broad range of applications:

  • Liquid and gas flow with heat transfer
  • External and internal fluid flows
  • Laminar, turbulent, and transitional flows
  • Time-dependent flow
  • Subsonic, transonic, and supersonic regimes
  • Gas mixture, liquid mixture
  • Conjugate heat transfer
  • Heat transfer in solids
  • Incompressible and compressible liquid
  • Compressible gas
  • Real gases
  • Water vapor (steam)
  • Non-Newtonian liquids (to simulate blood, honey, molten plastics)

Engineers across a wide range of industries can benefit from CFD—such as automotive, aerospace, defense, life science, machinery, and high tech. Indeed, almost every design encounters fluid dynamics at some point, whether heat or liquids, internal or external.

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