New for 2012: Import Flow Simulation Data to Shells

New for 2012 is the ability to import results from Flow Simulation analyses performed with thin solid or sheet metal parts to shells in SolidWorks Simulation. Imported data include temperature, pressure, shear stresses, and convection coefficient. You can view a graphic plot of the imported data in SolidWorks Simulation.

  1. In the Simulation study tree, right-click External Loads, and select Flow Effects.
  2. Select Include fluid pressure effects from SolidWorks Flow Simulation, and browse to select the Flow Simulation results file (.fld).
    If your model consists of thin solid parts, before you import the Flow Simulation results, define shells from selected solid faces with thickness equal to the thickness of the solids.
  3. To view the imported Flow Simulation data, mesh the model, right-click the flow data definition under External Loads, and select Show Plot.

You can also view Flow Simulation data imported from solids in Simulation study trees. New plots for fluid shear stresses are now included.

This is only one of the over 200 enhancements added to our 20th release of SolidWorks. Want to learn more? Just visit the SolidWorks 2012 website to learn about the rest of the updates for our 20th release.

Matthew West

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