SolidWorks® Flow Simulation

CFD/Fluid flow Simulation Software for SolidWorks Designers

Unlike other Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) programs, SolidWorks Flow Simulation combines a high level of functionality and accuracy with ease-of-use. SolidWorks Flow Simulation is perfect for the engineer who needs flow analysis, but is not an expert with fluid simulation.

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.


Features and Benefits of SolidWorks Flow Simulation

  • 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.
  • 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 CFD programs can be solved in fraction of the time.
  • 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.
  • 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.


SolidWorks Flow Simulation Analysis Types

The following analysis features are available in SolidWorks Flow Simulation:


Table: SolidWorks Flow Simulation Analysis Types
Analysis Types
Physical Features
Internal and/or external flow
Incompressible (liquid) and compressible (gas)
Subsonic, transonic, and supersonic regimes
Viscous, pure laminar, and turbulent flow
Automatic laminar/turbulent flow with transition
Steady state and transient analysis
Conjugated heat transfer
Forced and natural convection
Radiation to ambient
Mixing of multiple fluids
Porous media
Pure conduction
Compressible flow (liquid)
Non newtonian liquids
Surface to surface radiation
Solar radiation
Rotating frame of reference
Moving walls
Multiple configurations, "what if scenarios"
Flow calculator
Customizable database of materials (liquids, gases, solids)
Predefined fan curves for standard fans
Batch run feature
Setting engineering goals
Parametric study tool
Environments (Boundary Conditions)
Inlet/Outlet:- velocities, mass/volume flow rate, static pressure, total pressure, temperature, mass/volume fraction, fan
Heat generation rate, Volume heat generation rate
Convection heat transfer coefficient
Ideal wall, Real wall
Radiative surface
Transferred boundary condition (Zooming technique)
Pressure, velocity, temperature, vorticity plots
Vector, Dynamic section, Isosurface plots
Flow trajectories
Particle tracking
XY plots, Surface/Volume parameters
Goal plots
Engineering Collaboration
Microsoft Word based report
Animation and save as AVI
Customizable report templates
Flow/Structure interaction: Export loads to SolidWorks Simulation




SolidWorks Flow Simulation Heat Flow Analysis

SolidWorks Flow Simulation heat flow analysis of a consumer hair dryer product.

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SolidWorks Flow Simulation Rotatary Motion Analysis

A table fan rotating machinery analysis using the SolidWorks Flow Simulation CFD solution

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