SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2018 adds Noise Prediction

Article by Siavash Khajehhasani updated November 10, 2017


Noise prediction capability is available in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2018.

The ‘Acoustic Power’ option activates the calculation of a noise level prediction. This acoustic power level uses the “Proudman’s formula” for calculation. This formula is one of the known steady-state approaches in Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Proudman’s approach yield acoustic power due to unit volume of isotropic turbulence in W/mas:

Equation (1)

Equation (1)

Where u and l are the turbulence viscosity and length scales, respectively. Also, αis the speed of sound and α  in equation (1) is a model constant. Equation (1) can be rewritten as follows in terms of k and e (epsilon):

Equation (2)

Equation (2)


Equation (3)

Equation (3)

The rescaled constant of αε is considered as 0.1 in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation based on the calibration of Sarkar and Hussaini.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can also report the acoustic power in dB, which is computed from equation (4):

Equation (4)

Equation (4)

Wherein Pref  is the reference acoustic power and considered as 1.00e-12 W/m3.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Noise Prediction Parameters

Noise Prediction Parameters

Note: the noise prediction added to Flow Simulation package as of 2017 SP.3 version.

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Siavash Khajehhasani

Siavash is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Oakville, Ontario office.