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 gives product engineers access to powerful CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis capabilities that help enable them to speed up product innovation. Leveraging the familiar SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment, this extensive technology isn’t just about making sure your product works, it’s about understanding how your product will behave in the real world.


Evaluate and optimize complex flows

  • Examine complex flows through and around your components with parametric analysis
  • Align your model with flow conditions, such as pressure drop, to satisfy design goals
  • Detect turbulences and recirculation issues with animated flow trajectories
  • Understand the flow of non-Newtonian liquids, such as blood and liquid plastic
  • Assess the impact of different impellers and fans on your design
  • Include sophisticated effects like porosity, cavitation, and humidity


Reduce the risk of overheating in your designs

  • Visualize and understand temperature distribution in and around your products
  • Couple flow with thermal analysis, simulating convection, conduction, and radiation effects
  • Simulate advanced radiation with semitransparent material and wavelength-dependent radiative properties with the HVAC module
  • Apply time- and coordinate-dependent boundary conditions and heat sources
  • Find the best dimensions to satisfy your design goals, such as heat exchanger efficiency
    Get thermal heat sources and PCB layer definition from EDA thermal properties


Optimize the thermal performance of your PCBs and electronic components

You can perform component thermal analysis on designs incorporating printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronics with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the Electronic Cooling Module.

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
  • 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


Predict and achieve airflow and comfort parameters in working and living environments

You can understand and evaluate thermal comfort levels for multiple environments using thermal comfort factor analysis with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the HVAC Application Module. Assessment of the thermal environment in the occupied zone requires knowing the Thermal Comfort Parameters as well as factors which provide information about air quality, calculated with the HVAC module, including:

  • Predicted Mean Vote (PMV)
  • Predicted Percent Dissatisfied (PPD)
  • Operative Temperature
  • Draft Temperature
  • Air Diffusion Performance Index (ADPI)
  • Contaminant Removal Effectiveness (CRE)
  • Local Air Quality Index (LAQI)


Gain valuable insights with powerful and intuitive results visualization tools

  • Utilize Section or Surface plots to study the distribution of resultant values, including velocity, pressure, vorticity, temperature, and mass fraction
  • Compare the Fluid Flow results for various configurations with the Compare Mode
  • Measure results at any location with the Point, Surface, and Volume Parameter tool
  • Graph results variation along any SOLIDWORKS sketch
  • List results and automatically export data to Microsoft® Excel®
  • Communicate your CFD results in 3D with SOLIDWORKS eDrawings®




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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