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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 with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation intuitive CFD (computational fluid dynamics) tool 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. You can compare design variations to make better decisions to 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.

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Add-on modules for Flow Simulation

HVAC Module

Product Engineers can efficiently evaluate gas movement and temperature in working and living environments, as well as lighting applications, concurrent with design using the HVAC applications module. This add-in to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation includes added-value simulation capabilities for advanced radiation and thermal comforts analysis. The additional capabilities include:

 

  • Human comfort factors—

    calculate 8 comfort parameters [including “Predicted mean vote” (PMV) and “Predicted percent dissatisfied” (PPD)] to measure thermal comfort and identify potential problem areas

 

  • Advanced radiation—

    wide range of building materials and fans to run thermal analysis quickly and efficiently

Electronic Cooling Module

Product Engineers can optimize the cooling strategy for electronic components concurrent to the design process using the Electronic Cooling Module. This add-in to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation includes added-value electronic virtual models and an extensive materials library for heat transfer simulation. The additional capabilities include:

 

  • Two-resistor compact model to accurately simulate electronic packages

  • Heat Pipes for modeling a predominant cooling approach

  • PCB Generators to accurately model multilayer PCBs

  • Joule Heating calculation

  • Enriched engineering database with a wide range of new fans, thermoelectric coolers, two-resistor components, interface materials, and typical IC packages

HVAC ANALYSIS

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

HVAC applications vary widely, from the thermal comfort of people in various living or working environments (such as houses and apartments, offices, buses, and airplanes) to data center ventilation and clean room environments (such as hospitals and laboratories).

Considerations for meeting requirements for thermal performance and quality include:

 

  • Airflow optimization—how to ensure that the living or working environment receives the right amount of ventilation, delivered in the most effective way possible
  • Temperature control—how to ensure the appropriate thermal comfort level for occupants, taking into account various heat sources
  • Air quality and contaminant control—how to predict and optimize the contamination evacuation in critical environments

Fluid Flow Analysis

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:

 

  • 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

Thermal Comfort Factors

Understand and evaluate thermal comfort levels for multiple environments using thermal comfort factor analysis with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the HVAC Application Module.

Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, thermal comfort factor analysis using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be a regular part of your design process—reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework or delays, and saving time and development costs.

 

Thermal Comfort Factors Analysis Overview

When designing an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, it is crucial to understand the level of thermal comfort for people in their environments (for example, home, office, bus, plane) as early as possible in the development cycle. However, thermal comfort is subjective. So, the realistic aim is to create a thermal environment that satisfies the maximum possible percentage of people taken as a group in a given environment.

 

Assessment of the thermal environment in the occupied zone requires knowing what are called Thermal Comfort Parameters, such as:

 

  • Predicted Mean Vote (PMV)
  • Predicted Percent Dissatisfied (PPD)
  • Operative Temperature
  • Draft Temperature
  • Air Diffusion Performance Index (ADPI)
  • In addition to thermal comfort level, HVAC engineers can also review factors which give them information about air quality, such as:
    • Contaminant Removal Effectiveness (CRE)
    • Local Air Quality Index (LAQI)

Electronic Cooling

Create a time- and money-saving electronic cooling strategy that ensures product thermal performance and quality using CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the Electronic Cooling Module. Thermal management studies optimize heat dissipation, address thermal management problems common to products with printed circuit boards (PCBs), and help in selecting electronic devices.

 

Electronic Cooling Analysis Overview

Dedicated SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation tools, augmented with the Electronic Cooling Module, perform complete thermal analysis, quickly and easily testing changes during design before any physical prototypes are built.

The Electronic Cooling Module uses dedicated electronic thermal models created through SOLIDWORKS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to predict airflow, temperature, and heat transfer in components, boards, and complete products.

Considerations include:

 

    • Airflow optimization—how to ensure that devices receive the sufficient natural or forced ventilation, delivered in the most effective way possible

 

    • Heat sinks and heat pipes—how to select the right heat sink and heat pipe to achieve a successful product cooling strategy

 

  • Fan selection—how to choose the best fan to meet the products airflow requirements

Fluid Flow Analysis

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:

 

  • 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

Electronics Thermal Management

Quickly perform complete component thermal analysis on designs incorporating printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronics with easy-to-use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the Electronic Cooling Module.

 

Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, electronics thermal management analysis using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be a regular part of your design process, ensuring product performance and safety—reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework or delays, and saving time and development costs.

 

Electronics Thermal Management Analysis Overview

To optimize the thermal performance of electronic components and ensure their operation, designers and engineers need to simulate both the environment and heat loads in and around components, PCBs, and complete products. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, augmented with the Electronic Cooling Module, enables you to easily perform complete thermal analysis and test design changes during the design phase.

 

Product Engineers can import thermal properties from CircuitWorks™ ECAD files to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, including dielectric and conductor density, specific heat, conductivity for PCBs, and volumetric heat sources from components. This capability facilitates setting up the CFD analysis for cooling simulation of electronic components to define PCBs and heat sources.

 

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 model
  • Thermoelectric cooler (TEC)
  • OHeat 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
  • Electronic thermal management analysis enables designers to easily investigate the impact of cooling and design changes on component temperatures. Temperature fields can be exported to SOLIDWORKS Simulation for further thermal stress analysis.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation solutions include

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.

Thermal Comfort Factors

Understand and evaluate thermal comfort levels for multiple environments using thermal comfort factor analysis with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the HVAC Application Module.

 

Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, thermal comfort factor analysis using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be a regular part of your design process—reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework or delays, and saving time and development costs.

 

Thermal Comfort Factors Analysis Overview When designing an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, it is crucial to understand the level of thermal comfort for people in their environments (for example, home, office, bus, plane) as early as possible in the development cycle. However, thermal comfort is subjective. So, the realistic aim is to create a thermal environment that satisfies the maximum possible percentage of people taken as a group in a given environment.

 

Assessment of the thermal environment in the occupied zone requires knowing what are called Thermal Comfort Parameters, such as:

 

  • Predicted Mean Vote (PMV)
  • Predicted Percent Dissatisfied (PPD)
  • Operative Temperature
  • Draft Temperature
  • Air Diffusion Performance Index (ADPI)
  • In addition to thermal comfort level, HVAC engineers can also
  • review factors which give them information about air quality, such as:
  • Contaminant Removal Effectiveness (CRE)
  • Local Air Quality Index (LAQI)

Simulation Visualization

Evaluate and compare design alternatives with the visualization and reporting capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Increase your ability to make informed design decisions while you ensure product performance and safety.

 

Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, SOLIDWORKS Simulation analysis visualization and reporting can be a regular part of your design process—helping to reduce the need for costly prototypes, eliminate rework or delays, and save time and development costs.

 

Simulation Visualization

The ultimate objective of virtual simulation is to get valuable information so you can quickly compare design alternatives—and identify the best.

 

SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation offer a wide range of powerful and intuitive post processing tools, so you can get full value and understanding from your simulation data:

 

  • 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
  • Flow trajectories
  • Visualize SOLIDWORKS Simulation results on the full geometry for symmetrical models, instead of only a section of the model, giving you better insight on the model behavior
  • Understand the fluid flow inside your products using the section plots, simply defined with any SOLIDWORKS plane
  • Get values quickly and easily for critical parameters, such as pressure drop, using the Engineering Goals
  • Investigate your design performance and isolate critical areas by results values, using the Isosurfaces plot
  • Visualize the Fluid Flow results with real time interaction with the rendered, evenly spaced surface stream lines and the dynamic vectors
  • Mirror results about Planes of symmetry
  • Flow streamlines and dynamic vectors Results Customization SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides the standard results components for a structural analysis: Von Mises stresses, displacements, temperature, etc.

 

Product Engineers also can create Simulation result plots defined with equations using standard mathematical functions of existing result variables in order to address customized company or market standards.

 

The intuitive equation-driven result plot enables SOLIDWORKS Simulation users to customize the post processing of structural analysis for an even better understanding and interpretation of product behavior.

 

Simulation Communication and Reporting

Simulation results are now used to provide technical and business insights for product development decisions. In order to expand the understanding and use of Simulation results by all, SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation provide an intuitive toolkit to communicate simulation results to Product Development stakeholders

Create and publish customized reports in Microsoft.

 

Communicate your simulation results and collaborate easily witheDrawingsYou can leverage the power of 3D vizualization to present Simulation results so they become powerful assets for business and technical decisions.

Fluid Flow Analysis

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:

 

  • 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

Electronics Thermal Management

Quickly perform complete component thermal analysis on designs incorporating printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronics with easy-to-use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the Electronic Cooling Module.

 

Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, electronics thermal management analysis using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be a regular part of your design process, ensuring product performance and safety—reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework or delays, and saving time and development costs.

 

Electronics Thermal Management Analysis Overview

To optimize the thermal performance of electronic components and ensure their operation, designers and engineers need to simulate both the environment and heat loads in and around components, PCBs, and complete products. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, augmented with the Electronic Cooling Module, enables you to easily perform complete thermal analysis and test design changes during the design phase.

 

Product Engineers can import thermal properties from CircuitWorks™ ECAD files to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, including dielectric and conductor density, specific heat, conductivity for PCBs, and volumetric heat sources from components. This capability facilitates setting up the CFD analysis for cooling simulation of electronic components to define PCBs and heat sources.

 

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 model
  • 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
    Electronic thermal management analysis enables designers to easily investigate the impact of cooling and design changes on component temperatures. Temperature fields can be exported to SOLIDWORKS Simulation for further thermal stress analysis.

Thermal Fluid Analysis

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.Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, thermal fluid analysis using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be a regular part of your design process—reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework or delays, and saving time and development costs.

 

Thermal Fluid Analysis Overview

Thermal fluid analysis enables analysis of conjugate heat transfer (thermal conduction in solids, convection between fluid and solid, and radiation) using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) so you can:

 

  • Detect hot spots in their designs
  • Reduce overheating challenges
  • Improve thermal isolation
  • Leverage thermal performance in their products
  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation calculates either the steady state or transient temperature fields due to:
  • Heat transfer in solids (conduction)
  • Free, forced, and mixed convection
  • Radiation
  • Heat sources (heat generation rate, heat power, temperature)
  • Temperature fields can be exported to SOLIDWORKS Simulation for a thermal stress analysis.