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SolidWorks Flow Simulation

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an intuitive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solution embedded within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD that enables you to quickly and easily simulate liquid and gas flows through and around your designs to calculate product performance and capabilities.

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SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by Julia N.
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"Good for basic simulations and general understanding"

What do you like best?

Solidworks has a simple CFD add-in for doing flow simulations. It is quick to learn and less complicated than many other CFD softwares. It is good for getting a general idea of fluids behavior before diving into a deeper simulation with another software so that you don't have to spent time preparing the model if it isn't headed in the right direction in the first place.

What do you dislike?

It can be difficult to get the software to accept a model geometry. It has trouble recognizing what areas in a model to use for computations if there are complex geometries, open areas, or cavities. It also gives errors without enough explanation as to problem areas in the models. It can be difficult to find where things need to be changed or what an error is really addressing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For more complicated parts, unfortunately you will probably be better of using a more complicated software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used Flow Simulation to get a preliminary understanding of the effectiveness of aerodynamics parts for a race vehicle.

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SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by Charles B.
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"Solid Works is Solid Software!"

What do you like best?

This has to be one of the most Innovative software packages I have ever used. If you need to demonstrate liquid flow in any type of online example you need to use the software. I needed something to simulate chemical flow and I would have never guest it would be so easy.

What do you dislike?

The interface is a little overwhelming but once you get used to it it's fine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get ready to learn the interface!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We realized we could do chemical simulation without having to pay thousands of dollars.

What Other CAD solution do you use?

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SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by Sumit G.
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"Easy to use - CFD package"

What do you like best?

The user interface is very easy to use. Anyone can learn to use it with the help of inbuilt tutorials in the software. Visualization is also very appealing

What do you dislike?

The results are not very accurate compared to other CAE packages like ANSYS Fluent. Meshing is also not very good. The results from Solidworks flow can be used as a first estimate for any design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it only if you want a rough evaluation of how your design and to get visuals for a presentation. For more complete analysis i recommend other CAE packages like Fluent.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

During my Formula SAE project we worked on the Solidworks Flow simulation to determine the drag of the bodyworks for the car and also the aeropackage

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by User
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"Amazing software for simulation of the aerodynamics of a prototype"

What do you like best?

What I love about Solidworks flow simulation software, is that you can actually understand how is your design functioning, and work around it. We use it to build our car prototype for our university’s Supermileage group, and we could build the most competitive and efficient car prototype using the tools from the simulation and made it a dream come true!

What do you dislike?

The thing I dislike, is the steep learning curve of the software. You must practice, and you will probably have (initially) a lot of errors and can be very frustrating. However, once you get it, you can be unstoppable

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our university group, we used the software to simulate how the air will go around the prototype and we could understand how to make it more aerodynamic. This way, when we built it, we already knew how the flow would affect the design and the performance on the competition we were going to

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Easy and fast"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to set up flow simulations and it takes less time to run. It is very useful to approximate flow properties and visualize the general fluid flow in and around 3d components.

What do you dislike?

Accuracy is not as good as dedicated cfd solvers. Has troubles with highly turbulent flows and with flow separation problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fluid flow in and around luminaries and light poles. The major benefit is the ease of use as it can be used in conjunction with other Solidworks design modules. The solving times are short compared to other cfd tools I have used.

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"A great CFD software"

What do you like best?

This software provides accurate and precise flow of gas and liquid. Using this we can compute the forces, pressure and stresses exerted on the body by the flow. Its user interface is simple and easy to use. The best part is the flow around the 3-D model is just like the real motion.

What do you dislike?

The price is a bit high. It should be a little bit cheaper inorder to acquire more users. Also sometimes results are unrealistic and contains error. Also simulation takes long time to complete.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is really easy to use and really helpful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using this software to develop safe buildings, due to known motions of fluids I can position my structure in a way that the force and pressure exerted on the structure is minimised.

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by Vrushank D.
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"Poor accuracy in results, little control over mesh "

What do you like best?

SW FS is very easy to learn to use and if you're designing parts in SW, the workflow pipeline to CFD becomes very simple

What do you dislike?

SW FS has given very strange results. Higher camber airfoils have shown to generate less downforce. SW FS also offers little control over mesh generation and options like spinning wheels/moving roads for automotive purposes lead to bad results.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SW FS allows ease of use and application for CFD simulations. SW FS is good enough for low level fluid studies where accurate results arent as important.

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Great product for solid products simulation !"

What do you like best?

Solid works has possibly the most intuitive UI in the 3D CAD market. Dassault System has published a great product for solid products design simulation which helps in understanding the design and process flow of different products. It's a computer aided design , modeling software for designing parts and models and total system. It has some unique and simple commands that are very helpful for designing compare to other software.

What do you dislike?

SolidWorks simulation is mostly not preferred in automobile and aviation industry as it lacks in some of the functionalities and also we cannot simulate large projects using solidworks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks flow simulation helps in finding out the flaws or defects in the products.

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by User
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"Go With The Flow"

What do you like best?

I cant say enough about how much this product has helped our company and every other company I have worked for. SolidWorks is the top of the line and without it we couldnt get any of our highly important projects done.

What do you dislike?

If there has to be one thing I dislike about this product it would be the price

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SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by User
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"Simulación de esfuerzos en equipos robotizados"

What do you like best?

La facilidad con la que con un modelo ya generado se adapta para iniciar las simulaciones de elementos finitos.

What do you dislike?

Lo menos intuitivo son las excesivas deformaciones visuales para elongaciones micrométricas

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simulaciones de esfuerzos, cargas máximas soportadas por los equipos y dimensionamiento adecuado para los equipos

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by User
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"Good for variety of applications"

What do you like best?

I like that the flow simulation accommodates a wide variety of flows, and allows a plethora of variables to be calculated.

What do you dislike?

Some simulations take a long, long time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows us to predict how an object will “wear and tear” in real world conditions.

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Oil & Energy
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"It is very user friendly "

What do you like best?

The contraints are pretty easy to apply as compared to software like Ansys.

What do you dislike?

It cannot perform complex geometries accurately

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Oil and gas related equipments. It is user friendly

SolidWorks Flow Simulation review by User in Oil & Energy
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"Flow Sim Review"

What do you like best?

Easy to adjust mesh levels, not too complicated

What do you dislike?

Not the most accurate, hard to adjust fluid properties

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not accurate

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making pretty images for customers

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