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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation gives product engineers access to powerful CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis capabilities, enbaling them to speed up the process of product innovation. Leveraging the familiar SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment, this extensive technology isn’t just about making sure your product works, it’s about understanding how your product will behave in the real world.

Built to tackle CFD engineering challenges, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables engineers to take advantage of CAD integration, advanced geometry meshing capabilities, powerful solution convergence, and automatic flow regime determination, all without sacrificing ease of use or accuracy.

Product engineers and CFD experts alike, armed with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, can predict flow fields, mixing processes, and heat transfer. They can directly determine pressure drop, comfort parameters, fluid forces, and fluid structure interaction, all during design.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables true concurrent computational fluid dynamics without the user’s necessarily having advanced CFD expertise. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software takes the complexity out of the flow analysis process, enabling engineers to easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces. This way, they can more easily investigate the impact of a liquid or gas flow on product performance.

Evaluate and optimize complex flows.

  • Examine complex flows through and around your components with parametric analysis.
  • Align your model with flow conditions, such as pressure drop, to satisfy design goals.
  • Detect turbulences and re-circulation issues with animated flow trajectories.
  • Understand the flow of non-Newtonian liquids, such as blood and liquid plastic.

Reduce the risk of overheating in your designs.

  • Visualize and understand temperature distribution in and around your products.
  • Couple flow analysis with thermal analysis, simulating convection, conduction, and radiation effects.
  • Apply time- and coordinate-dependent boundary conditions and heat sources.
  • Find the best dimensions to satisfy design goals, such as heat exchanger efficiency.

You can perform component thermal analysis on designs incorporating printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronics with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the Electronic Cooling Module.

Electronic Cooling Analysis Overview

The Electronic Cooling Module features a comprehensive set of intelligent models in addition to the core SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation models to enable a broad range of electronic cooling applications to be built quickly and accurately.

The models included for electronic thermal simulations are:

  • Fans
  • Thermoelectric cooler (TEC)
  • Heat sink simulation
  • Two-Resistor Component Compact Model (JEDEC standard)
  • Heat Pipe Compact model
  • PCB generator tool
  • Electrical contact condition
  • Joule Heating calculation
  • Extensive library of electronic models

Easily analyze and optimize HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems with CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, augmented with the HVAC Applications Module. You can to ensure thermal performance and design quality at the start—and avoid costly rework later on.

HVAC Analysis Overview

You can understand and evaluate thermal comfort levels for multiple environments using thermal comfort factor analysis with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the HVAC Application Module. Assessment of the thermal environment in the occupied zone requires knowing the Thermal Comfort Parameters as well as factors which provide information about air quality, calculated with the HVAC module, including:

  • Predicted Mean Vote (PMV)
  • Predicted Percent Dissatisfi ed (PPD)
  • Operative Temperature
  • Draft Temperature
  • Air Diffusion Performance Index (ADPI)
  • Contaminant Removal Effectiveness (CRE)
  • Local Air Quality Index (LAQI)
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