SolidWorks Flow Simulation

Simulate the fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of your designs.

SolidWorks Flow Simulation

Why Choose SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation?

Easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of your design with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. Fully embedded within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, Flow Simulation is an intuitive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool that enables you to simulate liquid and gas flow in real world conditions, run “what if” scenarios, and efficiently analyze the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer, and related forces on immersed or surrounding components.

Compare design variations to make better decisions and ultimately create products with superior performance. Driven by engineering goals, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables Product Engineers to use CFD insights for making their technical decision through a concurrent engineering approach. Additional HVAC and Electronic Cooling modules offer dedicated fluid flow simulation tools for detailed analysis.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2019 Overview

Which SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation package is right for you?

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is 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.

HVAC Module

Dedicated heating, cooling, and ventilation tools for simulating HVAC systems and radiation phenomena.

Electronics Cooling Module

Dedicated thermal management study simulation tools for accurate thermal analysis of electronic Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and enclosure designs.

SOLIDWORKS FLOW SIMULATION

Feature Matrix
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation HVAC Module Electronics Cooling Module
Ease of Use

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is fully embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD for ease of use and data integrity. Using the same user interface (UI) paradigms as SOLIDWORKS with toolbars, menus, and context-sensitive right-click menus, ensures rapid familiarization. Built-in tutorials and searchable online help aid learning and troubleshooting.

Design Data Reuse

SOLIDWORKS Simulation supports SOLIDWORKS materials and configurations for easy analysis of multiple loads and product configurations.

Multi-Parameter Optimization

Conduct an optimization study for more than one input variable using Design of Experiments and Optimization parametric study. Run a calculation of design points and find optimum solutions.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Capabilities
  • Compressible gas/liquid and incompressible fluid flows
  • Subsonic, transonic, and supersonic gas flows
  • Ability to take into account heat transfer by conduction in fluid, solid and porous media. Could be with or without conjugate heat transfer (Fluid-Solid) and with/without heat resistance (Solid-Solid).
Material Database

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: A customizable engineering database enables users to model and include specific solid, fluid, and fan behaviors.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and HVAC Module: The HVAC engineering database extension adds specific HVAC components.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and Electric Cooling Module: The Electronic Cooling extended engineering database includes specific electronic components and their thermal characteristics.

Internal

Calculate the impact of fluid flow through your product.

External

Calculate the impact of fluid flow around your product

2D – 3D

By default, all calculations are on a full 3D domain. Where applicable, simulations can also be carried out in a 2D plane to reduce run time without effecting accuracy.

Heat Conduction in Solids

The calculation of temperature change in the product’s solid geometry is an option selection. Conjugate heat transfer through convection, conduction, and radiation can be created. Calculations can include thermal contact resistance.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Calculate pure heat conduction in solids to identify problems where no fluid exists for fast solutions.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and HVAC Module: Include materials that are semitransparent to radiation, for accurate solutions where the product’s thermal load is influenced by transparent materials.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and Electrical Cooling Module: Simulate specific electronics device effects

  • Thermoelectric coolers
  • BoHeat pipes
  • NJoule heating
  • PCB lay-ups
Gravity

Include fluid buoyancy important for natural convection, free surface, and mixing problems.

Rotation

Ability to simulate moving/rotating surfaces or part to calculate the effect of rotating/moving devices.

Free Surface

Lets you simulate flows with a freely moving interface between two immiscible fluids, such as gas-liquid, liquid-liquid, gas-non-Newtonian liquid.

Symmetric
  • Simulation solution times can be reduced by taking advantage of symmetry.
  • Cartesian symmetry can be applied to x, y, or z planes.
  • NJoule heating
  • Sector period icy allows users to calculate a sector of a cylindrical flow.
Gases

Calculation of both ideal and real flows for subsonic, transonic, and supersonic conditions.

Liquids
  • Liquid flows can be described as incompressible, compressible, or as non-Newtonian (as oil, blood, sauce, etc.).
  • For water flows, the location of cavitation can also be determined.
Steam

For flows that include steam water vapor condensation and relative humidity is calculated.

Boundary Layer Description

Laminar, turbulent, and transitional boundary layers are calculated using a modified Law of the Wall approach.

Mixing Flows

Immiscible Mixtures: perform flow of any pair of fluids belonging to gases, liquids, or non-Newtonian liquids.

Non Newtonian Fluids

Determine the flow behavior of Non-Newtonian liquids, such as oil, blood, sauce, etc.

Flow Conditions

Problems can be defined by velocity, pressure, mass, or volume flow conditions.

Thermal Conditions

Thermal characteristics for fluids and solids can be set locally and global for accurate setup.

Wall Conditions

Local and global wall thermal and roughness conditions can be set for accurate setup.

Porous Components

Ability to treat some model components as porous media with the fluid flow through them, or simulating them as fluid cavities with a distributed resistance to fluid flow.

Visualization

Visualize the stress and displacement of your assembly with customizable 3D plots. Animate the response of your assembly under loads to visualize deformations, vibration modes, contact behavior, optimization alternatives, and flow trajectories.

Results Customization

Provides the standard results components for a structural analysis, such as von Mises stresses, displacements, temperature, etc. The intuitive equation-driven result plot enables you to customize the post-processing of structural analysis results for better understanding and interpretation of product behavior.

Communication & Reporting

Create and publish customized reports for communicating simulation results and collaborating with eDrawings®.

Two-phase (Fluid + Particles) Flows

Ability to calculate (with the post-processor) in the obtained fields of results, motions of the specified particles (Particle Studies) or flows of the specified extraneous fluids (Tracer Study) in the fluid flow, which does not affect this fluid flow.

Noise Prediction (Steady State and Transient)

Noise prediction using a fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) algorithm that converts a time signal to the complex frequency domain for transient analysis.

HVAC Conditions

Include materials semi-permeable to radiation for accurate thermal analysis.

Tracer Study

HVAC applications vary widely. Considerations for meeting requirements for thermal performance and quality include airflow optimization, temperature, air quality, and containment control.

Comfort Parameters

Understand and evaluate thermal comfort levels for multiple environments using thermal comfort factor analysis.

Electronic Conditions
  • Heat Pipes
  • Thermal Joints
  • Two-resistor Components
  • Printed Circuit Boards
  • Thermoelectric Coolers