SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

Get engineering insights with comprehensive CFD software

What is SOLIDWORKS Flow 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.

Why use flow software?

Product engineers and CFD experts alike, armed with the power of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, can predict flow fields, mixing processes, and heat transfer, and directly determine pressure drop, comfort parameters, fluid forces, and fluid structure interaction during design.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables true concurrent CFD, without the need for advanced CFD expertise.


Built to tackle CFD engineering challenges, with CAD integration, advanced geometry meshing and flow capabilities

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Thermal 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.

  • 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)
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. Animate the response of your assembly under loads to visualize:

  • Deformations
  • Vibration modes
  • Contact behaviour
  • 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
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Electronics Cooling
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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Features

Take the complexity out of flow analysis


Evaluate and optimize complex flows

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:

  • 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.
  • Aerodynamic simulation to calculate lift and drag forces.
  • 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.
SOLIDWORKS Flow Cooling Analysis

Reduce the risk of overheating in your designs

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.

  • 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.

Accelerating the development of innovative Canadian oilfield solutions with SOLIDWORKS software

Sanjel uses SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to make sure that fluids ranging from cement to oil flow smoothly through piping, flanges, elbows, valves, and other fittings.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Packages

Industry and application specific tools for CFD analysis

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Benefits

Gain valuable insights with powerful and intuitive results visualization tools

Analyze Sheet Metal

Study & Compare Designs

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.

Flow Simulation Supercharger

Optimize your Design

Instantly determine how a design will react to fluid flow and simulate how gas, heat, air, and steam will move through pipes and nozzles. For engines and motors, the software reveals how fluids will react internally and externally.

Based on these tests—along with pressure and thermal simulations—you’ll be able to optimize your designs for the flow of any fluid.

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Shorten time-to-market

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software takes the complexity out of flow analysis and enables engineers to easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces so engineers can investigate the impact of a liquid or gas flow on product performance.

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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