Fluid Flow Simulation

Fluid Flow AnalysisFluid Flow Simulation

Determine the impact of a liquid or gas on product performance during the design phase using CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies provide meaningful insight into the impact of fluid flow, so you can address problems early, reduce the need for costly prototypes, and eliminate rework.

Fluid Flow Simulation Overview

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

SOLIDWORKS CFD analysis for liquid flow, gas flow, or heat transfer can help you deliver innovative designs and greater product efficiency.  Typical problems solved include for Fluid Flow Simulation:

  • Pressure drop for a valve to calculate its efficiency
  • Airflow inside a home or office environment to calculate thermal comfort factors
  • Temperature distribution for an electronic component to calculate electronic thermal models
  • Aerodynamic simulation to calculate lift and drag forces

See Fluid Flow Simulation in Action:

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Packages:

Simulation Standard

Virtual Simulation is not only for specialists and final validation. Now it’s an integrated design tool for all product engineers in all industries. Discover the intuitive power of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard to support your everyday engineering process.

Simulation Flow

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation takes the complexity out of computational fluid dynamics. You can quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of your design.

Simulation Professional

Fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD software, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional provides powerful tools that expand the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, so you can investigate more tests and operating environments on both parts and assemblies.


SOLIDWORKS Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds.

Simulation Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium bolsters the depth and ease of use of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional with additional capabilities, including a powerful set of tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response as well as composite materials.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Featured Solutions:

Structural Analysis

Validate product performance and safety factors using finite element analysis (FEA) to perform structural simulation.

Thermal Analysis

Calculate temperatures and heat transfer within and between components.

HVAC Analysis

Optimize heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems quickly and easily.

Fatigue Analysis

Predict component fatigue failures by examining repeated or random load cycles.

Vibration Analysis

Examine how vibrating or unstable modes can shorten equipment life to eliminate failures.

Structural Optimization

Optimize a design to meet defined strength-to-weight, frequency, or stiffness performance.

Motion Analysis

Evaluate mechanical performance through operational movements using rigid body motion analysis.

Fluid Flow Analysis

Simulate fluid (either liquid or gas) passing through or around an object and investigate the impact to improve product performance.

Electronic Cooling

Optimize heat dissipation and the selection of electronic devices.

Sustainable Design

Assess the environmental impacts of your designs in real time using life cycle assessment (LCA) criteria.

Integrated Simulation Workflows

Efficiently test product performance with multi-physics testing, taking into account various physical environments.

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