SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
Complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) doesn’t have to be difficult. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation shows you how heat transfer, fluid flow and fluid forces can impact your product design. Your product is put to the test against real life liquid and gas flow conditions. Evaluate multiple design considerations, virtually run ‘what if’ scenarios, and even compare design variations to ensure your developing the best product possible.
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With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation CFD software, you'll be able to analyze computational fluid dynamics (CFD), evaluate thermal comfort levels, visualize the stress and displacement of your assembly, simulate fluid (either liquid or gas) passing through or around an object, optimize the thermal performance and heat transfer of electronic components, and even investigate the impact of cooling and design changes on component temperatures with air flow analysis.
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 using air flow analysis:
- 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)
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. Animate the response of your assembly under loads to visualize:
- Vibration modes
- Contact behavior
- Optimization alternatives
- Flow trajectories
Fluid Flow Analysis
Determine the impact of a liquid or gas on product performance during the design phase using CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.
Fluid flow analysis provide meaningful insight into the impact of fluid flow, so you can address problems early, reduce the need for costly prototypes, and eliminate rework.
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.
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.
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.
- Detect hot spots in your designs
- Reduce overheating challenges
- Improve thermal isolation
- Leverage thermal performance in your products
- 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