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SOLIDWORKS 2013 : SOLIDWORKS Flow Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation takes the complexity out of computational fluid dynamics. You can quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of your design. Simulate liquid and gas flow in real world conditions, run “what if” scenarios, and quickly analyze the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer, and related forces on immersed or surrounding components. Design variations can be compared to make better decisions, resulting in products with superior performance. SOLIDWORKS Simulation contains specific modules that simplify the specialized analysis of HVAC and electronic cooling.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation takes the complexity out of computational fluid dynamics. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software is a powerful computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool that enables designers to quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of their designs.

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Suite 2017 Datasheet

Manufacturing companies across all industries have made 3D virtual simulation a valuable engineering tool to synthesize and define their physical products. Sophisticated simulation is no longer just for specialists. It's the inspiration that fuels innovation. Product engineers can make their technical decisions driven by simulation insights, uncovering significant product and business benefits. With powerful and intuitive Simulation® Simulation solutions, product engineers can virtually test new ideas, quickly and efficiently evaluate performance, improve quality, and get the knowlege for product innovation.

SolidWorks Flow Simulation: Numerical Basis of CAD White Pape

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Numerical Basis of CAD White Paper

This white paper informs how SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation sofware is a NEW class of CFD that is fully embedded in the mechanical design environment to avoid traditional engineering challenges in flow simulation. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables you to reliably predict the impact of fluid flows on and around your product to accelerate your design process and reduce your project costs.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Product Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Matrix

Solve Heat Transfer Challenges Quickly and Cost-Effectively with Flow Simulation

Finding effective solutions to heat transfer problems has become an increasingly important part of new product development. Almost everything experiences heating or cooling of some kind, and for many products, such as modern electronics, medical devices, and HVAC systems, managing heat is a critical requirement for avoiding overheating and achieving functional success. Manufacturers who can efficiently resolve heat transfer issues will have a distinct competitive advantage. With an easy-to-use, fluid-flow analysis application like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software, you will have the tools that you need to solve even the most difficult heat transfer problems, while saving time and money in the process.

Putting the Spin in CFD

Engineers who design equipment with rotating components need to analyse and understand the behaviour of those components if they want to improve performance. Computational fluid dynamics is a perfect tool for studying rotating components. It helps eliminate expensive physical prototypes, and find serious flaws much earlier in the design process. This article explains the operation of one such CFD tool, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. SOLIDWORKS software uses both the single and multiple rotating reference frame approaches to solve rotating flow problems.

The Role of CFD in Real Life Designs

This paper relates two heat sinks, a medical suction device, a household oven, and an industrial control valve as examples that illustrate how SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can help design engineers create the best possible product designs when dealing with heat transfer and fluid flow problems. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an intelligent, easy-to-use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program that will facilitate the work of design engineers who use SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software for design creation.

Grow Your Business with Integrated Simulation

Design and engineering consulting firms can take advantage of emerging opportunities for business and revenue growth by implementing integrated simulation technologies. In response to a challenging economic climate, more and more manufacturers seek engineering service providers to help them evaluate design performance, as well as consult on other facets of product development and manufacturing. With integrated SOLIDWORKS Simulation software, you can position your consultancy to reap the rewards of this trend, securing valuable customer partnerships and improving your operations at the same time.

Driving Better Product Design with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

How does simulation technology improve the design process? For companies that want to be the best in the industry, simulation software is an invaluable tool, even in the early stages of product development. Simulation technology provides design engineers with the right tools, the right hardware—at the right time—to make better decisions. The end results? Better products, lower costs, and faster time-to-market.

Solve Complex Simulations to Enhance Product Performance

Engineering successful, innovative products in today’s competitive environment requires simulation power. The ability to analyse the multifaceted physical performance characteristics of a design before making a prototype can substantially increase productivity. Companies need robust simulation tools to efficiently overcome time, budget, and quality demands. SOLIDWORKS Simulation delivers powerful simulation capabilities that can solve complex analysis problems, helping you design better, more innovative products faster and more cost-effectively.

Integrating 3D Mechanical Design and Analysis with Physical Testing

SOLIDWORKS software solutions make it possible for analysis and testing teams to work together in a closed-loop cycle, which allows your design team and company to reap multiple rewards. This article provides an overview of the traditional tasks in analysis and testing, and outlines options for you to close that loop. Through the use of detailed case studies we will prove the benefits of combining analysis and test data.

Preventing Medical Fatigue

Fatigue is the most common cause of catastrophic failure in metals and can occur in other materials as well. SOLIDWORKS software provides a fast, reliable, and cost-effective way to predict and resolve fatigue-related problems before they happen.

Simulating Drop Tests in SOLIDWORKS Software

SOLIDWORKS software now makes it possible for design engineers to run and drop tests on their designs easily and quickly, despite the fact that running them involves studying tens of thousands of very short time steps to capture the results within microseconds of the impact. This paper will look at what you need to do to perform such a test, the kinds of results you will obtain, and at the technology behind such simulations. For you, running drop tests looks and feels just like doing any other SOLIDWORKS software analysis.

Thermal Analysis

In this white paper we define and then outline the concept of thermal analysis as it relates to product design. We discuss the principles of conduction, convection, and radiation using real-life products as examples. We will also describe ways to perform thermal analysis, specifically how you can use design validation software to simulate thermal conditions. We will also list the desired capabilities in thermal design validation software and demonstrate through examples how you can solve design challenges using SOLIDWORKS products.

SOLIDWORKS Software Optimisation

Optimisation is the calculation of weight, stress, cost, deflection, natural frequencies, and temperature factors, which are dependent on variables such as dimensions, loads and restraints, materials, and manufacturing requirements. The challenge is that we seldom know these inputs at the early stages of the design process. This paper reviews some key concepts in optimization, tools now available for FEA-driven optimization, and then focuses on how design engineers can get the most out of optimization in their day-to-day work.

Streamlining Design with Real-World Vibration Analysis

Mechanical designers often use vibration simulation as a timesaving and cost-efficient alternative to the traditional approach of building, testing, modifying, and retesting their designs. By identifying the factors that influence the response to a dynamic load in a computer model, designers have the data needed to make the right improvements before they even cut a single piece of metal. In addition to greatly decreasing the number of actual prototypes required, vibration analysis also significantly reduces the costs involved.

Understanding Nonlinear Analysis

In this paper you will learn about the differences between linear and nonlinear analysis and realize there are optimum times to use one type of analysis versus the other. We will discover that neglecting nonlinear effects can lead to serious design errors. After reviewing the examples taken from everyday design practice, you will see how nonlinear analysis can help you avoid overdesign and build better products.

Design to Prevent Fatigue

In 1954, two crashes involving the world’s first commercial airliner, the de Havilland Comet, brought the words “metal fatigue” to newspaper headlines and into long-lasting public consciousness. The aircraft, also one of the first to have a pressurised cabin, had square windows. Pressurisation combined with repeated flight loads caused cracks to form in the corners of the windows, and those cracks widened over time until the cabins fell apart. As well as being a human tragedy in which 68 people died, the Comet disasters were a wake-up call to engineers trying to create safe, strong designs.

Analysis Guide for Electronics/Electrical

In this paper we outline the key design performance issues facing electronics and electrical product manufacturers, and identify the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Simulation software for electronics and electrical product design. The paper describes the types of analyses that SOLIDWORKS Simulation software can perform and proves why these analyses are critical to electrical and electronic product engineering.

Analysis Guide for Medical Product Designers

This guide to maximising productivity gains in the medical design industry provides an overview of the challenges facing medical product designers. With examples from medical devices already developed, you will learn how SOLIDWORKS Simulation and virtual prototyping tools can help you solve these simultaneous challenges and gain assurance of product quality, reliability, and safety.

Analysis Guide for Machine Designers

This guide describes the key design performance issues facing machine designers and manufacturers, and identifies the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS analysis software in the product development cycle. SOLIDWORKS software can be applied to almost any machine design field, from automation tooling to wrapping machines, to analyse a broad range of concerns. Its powerful analysis types—static, motion, thermal, vibration, fluid-flow, and nonlinear—will ensure that your product meets design requirements and is reliable on the field.

First Look :: SOLIDWORKS Simulation
First Look at SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Have a quick view at what SOLIDWORKS Simulation can do for your organisation.

CFD Tutorial :: Part 1
SOLIDWORKS Flow Tutorial - Part 1

SOLIDWORKS Flow Tutorial - Part 1.

CFD Tutorial :: Part 2
SOLIDWORKS Flow Tutorial - Part 2

SOLIDWORKS Flow Tutorial - Part 2.

Are You StrongSmart Enough to Break Handcuffs?

Remove the guesswork from your designs. We know you are smart enough to set up a physical test, now observe how SOLIDWORKS Simulation can help you utilise the same knowledge to reduce the time and costs of physical testing and get to the best design faster. We'll prove it by breaking handcuffs and you can break free from the tedium and stress of your daily design challenges.

The Beer Can BBQ Conundrum

Understanding the effect of dynamic factors like temperature, heat sources and air flow is critical to your product design. SOLIDWORKS Simulation gives you valuable insights into even the most complex designs. It seamlessly integrates simulation, testing and analysis into design, and its intuitive easy-to-use interface quickly makes it part of your process. Watch as we apply SOLIDWORKS Simulation to a very real-world problem: how long will your brew stay cold at an afternoon barbeque and in the process uncover a potential design problem. Check out the video, and then call for a demo of how SOLIDWORKS Simulation can enhance your design process.

The Stock Car Drafting Quandary

Fluid dynamics can impact product performance, and the complex physics can make it hard to predict. With its easy to use interface and powerful solution capabilities, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation gives you insight into these challenging design problems. Watch as we use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to see what happens when cars pass each other at high speed on a race track, an extreme version of an everyday driving manoeuvre. You’ll never look at passing the same way again!

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5 Helpful Videos that You Shouldn't Miss

Got design challenges? Want to improve your day-to-day work and be more productive? Most designers and engineers answer yes and yes. That's why we've created this series of screencasts to give you the information you need to decide if SOLIDWORKS is the right solution for you.

Design for Manufacturability
Design for manufacturability

Do you run into these problems with your design?

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  • It doesn't fit together properly on the assembly line
  • You delay the release to correct performance problems
Course Name : Simulation for Beginners Duration : 2.0 Day/s
Summary :

This course is designed to enhance your understanding in simulation technologies and methodologies to help you create better quality designs. Students will be able to appreciate the applications of FEA principles in creating simulated 3D models. Lessons will be conducted with lectures and corresponding practical lessons.

Prerequisites :

Knowledge of Windows® operating system.


Course Name : SOLIDWORKS Simulation Duration : 3.0 Day/s
Summary :

This course is designed to make SOLIDWORKS users productive at a quicker rate, with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bundle. This course will provide an in-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), covering the entire analysis process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies. The class discusses linear stress analysis, gap/contact analysis, and best practices.

Prerequisites :

Knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended.


Course Name : SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional Duration : 1.0 Day/s
Summary :

This course is designed to make SOLIDWORKS Simulation users productive with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional extension. This 1 day course will provide an in-depth coverage on the advanced topics in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) including heat transfer analysis, frequency analysis, fatigue, stability analyisis based on the linear buckling concepts, 2D simulations (plane stress, strain and axisymmetry) and pressure vessel modulus. Example or parts and assemblies including those with various gaps and contact conditions are reviewed.

Prerequisites :

Students must have attended the introductory SOLIDWORKS Simulation course or must have working knowledge of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation software. Knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended.


Course Name : SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional package Duration : 4.0 Day/s
Summary :

This course is designed to speed up the productive rate of SOLIDWORKS users, with the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional analysis package. The 4-day training class provides an in-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), covering the entire process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies. It discusses linear stress analysis covering the entire analysis process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies, gap/contact analysis, and best practices. 4th day covers heat transfer analysis, frequency analysis, fatigue, stability analysis based on linear buckling concepts, 2D simulations (plane stress, strain and axisymmetry) and pressure vessel modulus. Examples of parts and assemblies including those with various gap/contact conditions are reviewed.

Prerequisites :

Knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended.


Course Name : SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium: Nonlinear Duration : 2.0 Day/s
Summary :

This class will raise your SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA skills to the next level! It offers hands-on experience on the use of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium nonlinear module. The 2-day course provides an overview on a wide range of nonlinear structural/mechanical analysis topics. You will learn how to deal with models that exhibit large displacements and/or yielding, discuss and practice the use of many material models available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation and, most importantly, how to drive a non-linear analysis to successful completion.

Prerequisites :

Must have attended the basic SOLIDWORKS Simulation class, or must have an experience with SOLIDWORKS + working basic knowledge of finite elements and of basic mechanical principles


Course Name : SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium: Dynamics Duration : 2.0 Day/s
Summary :

This course is targeted for the users who would like to become productive in analysing structures subjected to various types of dynamic loading. The material covered includes the time-dependent analysis(force loads as well as motion shock loading examples), harmonic analysis and random vibration analysis (MILS-STD-810F example is included), response spectrum analysis, and introduction to nonlinear dynamics simulation.

Prerequisites :

Must have attended the basic SOLIDWORKS Simulation class, or must have an experience with SOLIDWORKS + working basic knowledge of finite elements and of basic mechanical principles. The knowledge of basic principles in Vibrations is strongly recommended, but not required.


Course Name : SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium: Nonlinear and Dynamics package Duration : 4.0 Day/s
Summary :

The best value for what you get! This 4-day class, created for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium users, will raise FEA skills to the next level! The first part of the course will teach you the basic and advanced topics in non-linear stress analysis. You will learn how to deal with models that exhibit large displacements and/or yielding, discuss and practice the use of many material models available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium and, most importantly, how to drive a non-linear analysis to successful completion. The second part of the course will expose you to various advanced topics in Dynamics. The material covered includes the time-dependent analysis, harmonic analysis and random vibrations. (Note, this course is a combination of the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium: Nonlinear and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium: Dynamics courses).

Prerequisites :

Must have attended the basic SOLIDWORKS Simulation class, or must have an experience with SOLIDWORKS + working basic knowledge of finite elements and of basic mechanical principles. The knowledge of basic principles in Vibrations is strongly recommended, but not required.


Course Name : SOLIDWORKS Motion Course Duration : 2.0 Day/s
Summary :

Designed for users who would like to boost their productivity in using SOLIDWORKS Motion. This 2 day course will teach you how to use the SOLIDWORKS Motion simulation package to study the kinematics and dynamic behaviour of your SOLIDWORKS assembly models.

Prerequisites :

Knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and the basics of MotionManager is required. If you are not familiar with the basics of MotionManager, the class manager will send you a self-paced lesson, which should be completed before class begins. Knowledge of basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended.


Course Name : SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Course Duration : 2.0 Day/s
Summary :

Designed for users who would like to boost their productivity, this introductory course offers hands-on training on the use of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

Prerequisites :

The two-day training program provides an in-depth session on the basics of fluid flow analysis, in addition to covering meshing concerns, modelling concerns, analysis, post-processing, available options and preferences.