SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

  • SOLIDWORKS® Flow Simulation is a powerful Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solution fully embedded within SOLIDWORKS. It enables designers and engineers to quickly and easily simulate the effect of fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of their designs.

    SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation enables designers to simulate liquid and gas flow in real-world conditions, run “what if” scenarios, and efficiently analyse the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer, and related forces on or through components.

    “We have achieved our business objective of streamlining processes for better business productivity, and in turn, are able to better service our customers.”

    – Marshall Vann, General Manager,PWR

  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a general-purpose fluid flow and heat transfer simulation tool integrated with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

    SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation offers two flow modules that encompass industry specific tools, practices, and simulation methodologies – a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) module and an Electronic Cooling module. These modules are add-ons to a SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation license.

    SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be used to:

    • Dimension air conditioning and heating ducts with confidence, taking into account materials, isolation, and thermal comfort
    • Investigate and visualise airflow to optimise systems and air distribution
    • Test products in an environment that is as realistic as possible
    • Produce Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) and Predicted Percent Dissatisfied (PPD) HVAC results for supplying schools and government institutes
    • Design better incubators by keeping specific comfort levels for the infant and simulating where support equipment should be placed
    • Design better air conditioning installation kits for medical customers
    • Simulate electronic cooling for LED lighting
    • Validate and optimise designs using a multi-parametric Department of Energy (DOE) method
    • Test the heat exchange on AC and DC power converters
    • Simulate internal temperature control to reduce overheating issues
    • Better position fans and optimise air flux inside a design
    • Predict noise generated by your designed system


    Some capabilities above need the HVAC or Electronic Cooling Module.


    What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides four new solutions to help you simplify interactions between product development teams and ultimately improve your business. Accelerate product innovation and grow your business with these new processes:


    Complete solution to bring your ideas to market

    For years, companies have survived despite having a separation between their design and manufacturing departments, both by organisation, and by the tools they use. SOLIDWORKS Design-to-Manufacturing Process Solution provides everything you need to bring your ideas to market. Design to final assembly work can now happen concurrently in one seamlessly integrated and managed system.
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    The right data, at the right time, for the right people

    Electronic data within organisation needs to be easy to access regardless of the format – from documents and spreadsheets to metadata, processes data, and data from enterprise resource planning. SOLIDWORKS Distributed Data Management (DDM) Process Solution can organise all this data so it is easy to access across many disciplines and departments. It also makes it easy to capture non-electronic data and complex electronic data such as 3D shapes.
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    Analysis tools for every step of design

    Great designs are the result of inspiration, perspiration, and hours of hard work. SOLIDWORKS Designer to Analyst Process Solution helps you speed up the complete design cycle. Your engineering and design teams can work together concurrently evolving product designs while validating any changes, and reusing previous analysis information.
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    Connect your smart devices to your customers

    Every day products are becoming more complex. As web and app functionalities are added to everything from cars to sunglasses, many companies are looking for intelligent tools that work together so they can design and build the “smart” products today’s markets demand. Recognising this, one of the easiest and fastest ways to achieve a more efficient process when designing connected devices is to use one single, unified environment.


    The arrival of smart manufacturing

    Smart Manufacturing is a term used to describe a connected and seamless flow of intellectual property to all teams involved, from design to manufacturing. The creation of IP involves knowledge-capture early in the design process with intelligence from varied skill sets, such as design, costing, quality, manufacturing, marketing, supply chain.

    In Smart Manufacturing, information is available when it’s needed, where it’s needed, and in the form in which it is most useful. Manufacturing intelligence is built up front to actively integrate the three major components in the development process: design, manufacturing and innovation.
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    “Smart Manufacturing is more than ‘integrated’ manufacturing. It also means taking advantage of the rich content contained in the 3D CAD model.”

    – Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of SOLIDWORKS