## An Introduction to SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2010An Introduction to SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2010 takes the reader through the steps of creating the SolidWorks part for the simulation followed by the setup and calculation of the SolidWorks Flow Simulation project. The results from calculations are visualized and compared with theoretical solutions and empirical data. Each chapter starts with the objectives and a description of the specific problems that are studied. End of chapter exercises are included for reinforcement and practice of what has been learned. The twelve chapters of this book are directed towards first-time to intermediate level users of SolidWorks Flow Simulation. It is intended to be a supplement to undergraduate Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer related courses. This book can also be used to show students the capabilities of fluid flow and heat transfer simulations in freshman and sophomore courses such as Introduction to Engineering. Both internal and external flow problems are covered and compared with experimental results and analytical solutions. Covered topics include airfoil flow, boundary layers, flow meters, heat exchanger, natural and forced convection, pipe flow, rotating flow, tube bank flow and valve flow. |

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### Contents

Inserting XY Plots for Turbulent Pipe Flow using Templates | 21 |

Reference | 25 |

Flow across a Tube Bank | 27 |

Creating the SolidWorks Part | 28 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project | 30 |

Modifying the Computational Domain and Mesh | 32 |

Inserting Boundary Conditions | 33 |

Inserting Global Goals | 34 |

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Cloning of the Project | 27 |

References | 35 |

Analysis of the Flow past a Sphere and a Cylinder | 1 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project for the Sphere | 9 |

Inserting Global Goal for Calculations | 12 |

Running the Calculations | 13 |

Using Cut Plots | 15 |

Inserting Surface Parameters | 16 |

Theory | 17 |

TimeDependent Calculations | 18 |

Creating the SolidWorks Part for the Cylinder | 20 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project for the Cylinder | 21 |

Inserting Global Goals for Calculations and selecting 2D Flow | 22 |

Tabular Saving | 23 |

Running Calculations for the Cylinder | 24 |

Using Excel for Frequency Analysis | 25 |

Strouhal number | 27 |

Animating the Cut Plots | 30 |

References | 32 |

Analysis of the Flow past an Airfoil | 35 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project | 39 |

Inserting Global Goals for Calculations | 42 |

Running the Calculations | 44 |

Using Cut Plots | 45 |

Theory | 46 |

Creating a Custom Visualization Parameter | 47 |

Inserting Equation Goal for Calculations | 50 |

Cloning of the Project | 51 |

Creating a Batch Run | 52 |

Reference | 53 |

Exercises | 54 |

RayleighBénard Convection and TaylorCouette Flow | 1 |

Creating the SolidWorks Part for RayleighBénard Convection | 2 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project for RayleighBénard Convection | 4 |

Creating Lids | 6 |

Inserting Boundary Conditions for RayleighBénard Convection | 7 |

Setting up 2D Flow | 9 |

Inserting Global Goal for RayleighBénard Convection | 10 |

Inserting Cut Plots | 11 |

Comparison with Neutral Stability Theory | 14 |

Creating the SolidWorks Part for TaylorCouette Flow | 15 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project for TaylorCouette Flow | 18 |

Inserting Boundary Conditions for TaylorCouette Cell | 20 |

Inserting Global Goal and Running the Calculations for TaylorCouette Flow | 21 |

Comparison with Neutral Stability Theory | 25 |

References | 26 |

Chapter 6 Pipe Flow | 1 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project | 5 |

Creating Lids for the Pipe | 8 |

Modifying the Computational Domain and Mesh | 9 |

Inserting Boundary Conditions | 11 |

Inserting a Global Goal | 14 |

Inserting Cut Plots | 15 |

Inserting XY Plots for Laminar Pipe Flow using Templates | 16 |

Theory for Laminar Pipe Flow | 18 |

Running Calculations for Turbulent Pipe Flow | 20 |

Inserting Cut Plots | 35 |

Creating Sketch for XY Plots | 36 |

Theory and Empirical Data | 39 |

Reference | 42 |

Heat Exchanger | 1 |

Creating the SolidWorks Part | 2 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project | 10 |

Creating Lids | 12 |

Inserting Boundary Conditions | 14 |

Inserting Goals | 16 |

Running the Calculations for Heat Exchanger | 17 |

Inserting Surface Parameters | 18 |

Effectiveness NTU Method | 20 |

References | 22 |

Exercises | 23 |

Ball Valve | 1 |

Creating the Ball Valve | 2 |

Creating the Ball Valve Housing and Pipe Sections | 7 |

Creating the Ball Valve and Pipe Assembly | 11 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project for the Ball Valve | 14 |

Creating Lids and Setting the Minimum Gap Size and Number of Cells | 15 |

Inserting Boundary Conditions | 16 |

Inserting Goals | 18 |

Inserting Cut Plots | 19 |

Determining Hydraulic Resistance | 20 |

References | 22 |

Exercises | 23 |

Orifice Plate and Flow Nozzle | 25 |

Creating the Orifice Plate in a Pipe | 26 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project for the Orifice Plate | 30 |

Inserting Boundary Conditions | 31 |

Inserting Goals | 33 |

Inserting Cut Plots | 35 |

Determining Discharge Coefficient for Orifice Plate | 36 |

Inserting XY Plots | 38 |

Creating Sketch for XY Plots | 40 |

Flow Trajectories | 41 |

Running the Calculations for Long Radius Nozzle | 42 |

Determining Discharge Coefficient for Long Radius Nozzle | 43 |

Reference | 44 |

Exercises | 45 |

Thermal Boundary Layer | 47 |

Inserting Boundary Conditions | 50 |

Inserting Goals | 53 |

Inserting Cut Plots | 54 |

Plotting Temperature Profiles using Template | 55 |

Theory | 57 |

Plotting Local Nusselt Number using Template | 59 |

Running the Calculations for High Reynolds Number | 60 |

References | 63 |

FreeConvection on a Vertical Plate and from a Horizontal Cylinder | 65 |

Setting up the Flow Simulation Project | 66 |

Inserting Goals | 70 |

Inserting Cut Plots | 71 |

Plotting Temperature and Velocity Profiles using Templates | 72 |

Theory | 75 |

Plotting Local Nusselt Number using Template | 78 |

Free Convection from a Horizontal Cylinder | 79 |

Animating the Temperature Field for the Cylinder | 80 |

References | 81 |

Exercises | 82 |