Linking CFD and FEM with SolidWorks Flow Simulation and SolidWorks Simulation

Thermal 2014

As technology tools like SolidWorks Flow Simulation and SolidWorks Simulation become more popular in daily industry use, educators develop new ways to expand their curriculum will real world examples that interface the Finite Volume Method used in Computational Fluid Dynamics and the Finite Element Method used in Thermal Simulation.

Simply, in the past, an engineering student takes one course in thermal analysis and deals with thermal problems.  The same student takes one course flow analysis and deals only with fluid problems.  But in reality, the same student graduates, gets out into industry and realizes work presents far more complex problems that require multiple types of analysis.

To help prepare students for solving problems in industry, Professor Paul M. Kurowski, Western University, Ontario Canada, has developed a new course in advanced analysis techniques using SolidWorks Simulation and SolidWorks Flow Simulation tools.

Students will study advanced engineering analysis problems in:

  • Highly nonlinear structural analysis
  • Composite material models
  • Nonlinear material models
  • Nonlinear vibrations
  • Kinematics and dynamics of flexible mechanisms
  • Motion based mechanism simulation
  • Advanced thermal analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Dr. Kurowski has shared MME 4427 Western University Advanced Computer Aided Engineering syllabus and also provides a professional course and webinars in FEA and Vibrations using SolidWorks Simulation  through SAE and text books on Engineering Analysis and Thermal Analysis through SDC Publications.

Engineering analysis with SolidWorks Simulation Thermal Analysis with SolidWorks Simulation

I know one of the reasons why the engineering students at UWO perform so well at FSAE competitions year over year.


SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks Motion and SolidWorks Flow Simulation are included in the SolidWorks Education Edition.  Free student licensing is available to qualified schools on subscription.

Thank you for sharing with the SolidWorks community.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Director of Education & Early Engagement, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation
Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard