SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

Unlike other computational fluid dynamics programs, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation combines a high level of functionality and accuracy with ease-of-use.

What is SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation?

Fully embedded inside of SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is perfect for the engineer who needs flow analysis, but is not necessarily an expert in the field of fluid simulation. A goal-oriented approach allows you to easily gain insight into the performance of your design under real world conditions.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be used in a diverse array of applications and has been designed to be extremely flexible. Whether you are developing an automobile, the wing of an airplane, or an exhaust valve, using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation in the product development cycle can help you build a better product in less time.


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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Benefits

Complete Integration with SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is fully embedded within the SOLIDWORKS Windows®-native environment. There is no need to modify your SOLIDWORKS designs for fluid flow and heat transfer analysis.

Engineering goal based analysis

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a goal based CFD analysis program. You simply tell the program what you are interested in like Max temperature in part A, Max velocity in my flow, Flow rate at opening 1, Pressure drop across my model etc… and it will calculate these goals and present to the user after the completion of the analysis. This functionality helps you to get better engineering insight into your designs.

Expanded CFD analysis capability

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can solve a wide range of problems including conjugate heat transfer, subsonic, supersonic and compressible flows, mixing of gases, flow around rotating geometry, porous media, cavitation prediction, humidity and climate control and fluid structure interaction.

Wizard mode for analysis setup

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation uses a wizard interface to setup the analysis thereby making it easy and intuitive to solve the problem. The toolbars and dialog boxes are very similar to SOLIDWORKS interface thereby making the experience of using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation very similar to SOLIDWORKS.

Configuration based analysis

Each SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation analysis is tied to a SOLIDWORKS configuration thereby making it easy to analyze design variants and do “What-If” scenarios.

Fully automatic and innovative meshing technology

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can automatically capture the geometry and resolve it to accurately compute the boundary layer. This technology handles very thin geometry well and results in a significant reduction in the number of computational cells. Simulations which take several hours for traditional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) programs can be solved in a fraction of the time.

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Datasheet

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a comprehensive suite of structural, thermal and fluid flow analysis tools, that are powerful, yet easy to use, and are completely integrated into the SOLIDWORKS design environment.


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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Add-On Modules

As a supplement to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, two add-on modules are available that provide additional analysis detail and improved accuracy for certain industry sectors. These two modules can optionally be added to any license of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to improve analysis productivity in these industry sectors.

Electronics Cooling Module

The electronics cooling module for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation provides additional detail to those working with the thermal management of electronics componentry and enclosures. It allows you to analyze electronic packages as two-resistor thermal models, allows for detailed specification of PCB layer composition and thermal makeup, provides a model for representing heat sinks, and allows calculation of joule heating due to electrical inputs.

Additionally, it introduces a large library of standard components, materials, fans and interface materials, putting analysis data in the hands of designers without them needing to search external sources.

HVAC Module

The HVAC module provides additional detail to users working on thermal and airflow requirements for living spaces, as well as introducing advanced radiation modeling for a variety of industries. It allows a designer to monitor and optimize comfort parameters that describe inhabitant comfort and safety within building spaces. It also introduces advanced radiation modeling, allowing the analysis of radiation through semi-transparent materials, like glass, which provides rich analysis information for the lighting and HVAC industries.

An enhanced material library adds detailed information for building and construction materials, and standard HVAC blowers and fans.