What is SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation?
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation gives product engineers access to powerful CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis capabilities that help enable them to speed up 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.
Virtual Simulation Software
Product engineers and CFD experts alike, armed with the power of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, can predict flow fields, mixing processes, and heat transfer, and directly determine pressure drop, comfort parameters, fluid forces, and fluid structure interaction during design.
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables true concurrent CFD, without the need for advanced CFD expertise.
Get to know SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Capabilities
Built to tackle CFD engineering challenges, with CAD integration, advanced geometry meshing and flow capabilities.
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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Features
Take the complexity out of flow analysis
Evaluate and optimize complex flows
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:
- 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 recirculation issues with animated flow trajectories.
- Aerodynamic simulation to calculate lift and drag forces.
- Understand the flow of non-Newtonian liquids, such as blood and liquid plastic.
- Assess the impact of different impellers and fans on your design.
- Include sophisticated effects like porosity, cavitation, and humidity.
Reduce the risk of overheating in your designs
Easily investigate the impact of cooling and design changes on component temperatures using thermal fluid analysis in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.
You can quickly determine the impact of fluids flowing in and around the design to ensure correct thermal performance, product quality, and safety.
- Visualize and understand temperature distribution in and around your products.
- Couple flow with thermal analysis, simulating convection, conduction, and radiation effects.
- Simulate advanced radiation with semitransparent material and wavelength-dependent radiative properties with the HVAC module.
- Apply time- and coordinate-dependent boundary conditions and heat sources.
- Find the best dimensions to satisfy your design goals, such as heat exchanger efficiency.
- Get thermal heat sources and PCB layer definition from EDA thermal properties.
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Packages
Three simulation packages to choose from
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
A general parametric flow simulation tool that uses the Finite Volume Method (FVM) to calculate product performance through “what if” studies that allow you to perform optimization using the results.
Electronic Cooling Module
The SOLIDWORKS Electronic Cooling module helps designers test and optimize the thermal performance of their PCB and electronic components.
HVAC Applications Module
The SOLIDWORKS HVAC Applications Module helps designers / engineers test and optimize air and gas movement in working and living environments
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Matrix
Compare the different versions of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software
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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Benefits
Easy to use software which will adapt to your business process
Study & Compare Designs
Utilize Section or Surface plots to study the distribution of resultant values, including velocity, pressure, vorticity, temperature, and mass fraction
Compare the Fluid Flow results for various configurations with the Compare Mode.
Optimize your Design
Instantly determine how a design will react to fluid flow and simulate how gas, heat, air, and steam will move through pipes and nozzles. For engines and motors, the software reveals how fluids will react internally and externally.
Based on these tests—along with pressure and thermal simulations—you’ll be able to optimize your designs for the flow of any fluid.
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software takes the complexity out of flow analysis and enables engineers to easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces so engineers can investigate the impact of a liquid or gas flow on product performance.
Combine with SOLIDWORKS Plastics
Virtual prototyping in SOLIDWORKS® Plastics and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation allows you to take a concurrent engineering approach to plastic part design and use CFD insights to make smart engineering decisions that optimize your products.