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By default, when a SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation user starts a new project under the Input Data folder, there are only a few categories: Computational Domain, Fluid Subdomains, Boundary Conditions, Goals, and Mesh. While these options are the most commonly used in Flow Simulation, they do not represent all the tools available in the software.
At some point, a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user comes across a study that will not solve because there is something wrong with the no penetration contact sets that they have set up. In this article, I cover some of the investigative troubleshooting methods to employ when you suspect one or more no penetration contact sets in the analysis setup is incorrect and something needs to be changed for the study to be solved.
There are four different pressure definitions used in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Static Pressure, Total Pressure, Dynamic Pressure, and Environment Pressure. Static Pressure is the pressure at a single point in the moving flow field as the gas or liquid flow moves through a system. Static Pressure can be measured as the flow passes over a device that introduces no velocity change to the flow or a device moving with the flow field.
Changing units in the SOLIDWORKS user interface could not be simpler. Go to Tools>Options>Document Properties>Units to change the units that are being used within the SOLIDWORKS design environment. There is also the units' popup menu in the bottom right-hand corner of the SOLIDWORKS screen. Changing units within the SOLIDWORKS Simulation environment is a little more involved but still simple.
In our SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional course, I usually get a lot of questions from students when discussing No Penetration Contact Sets and how to set them up correctly. In this article, I'll answer those frequently asked questions and offer tips for no penetration contact setup in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Sep 17, 2020
The sink mark prediction tool in SOLIDWORKS Plastics is a potent tool in predicting sink mark locations and how deep the sink mark will end up being. In this article, I will show how to find and reduce sink marks that tend to form in injection molds at rib locations.
SOLIDWORKS CAD Sep 09, 2020
When a Stratasys 3D printer receives a SOLIDWORKS file with overlapping or touching geometry, it will print the two or more parts together as if they were one component. That is not ideal for a real-life moving assembly with separate components that articulate against one another. In this article, we share some insights for what to expect when you design an assembly in SOLIDWORKS and 3D print it on an FDM 3D printer.
This article details how to use the two double carrot blue buttons at the bottom of the plot chart in some SOLIDWORKS Simulations as well as how to make Frequency charts colorless.
It can be very difficult to diagnose why SOLIDWORKS is crashing even when the crash has an obvious pattern to it. If the crashing happens randomly then the diagnostic difficulties increase exponentially. Unless we can diagnose why SOLIDWORKS is crashing we will not be able to fix the problem. There is a great option that is part of the SOLIDWORKS package called SOLIDWORKS Rx Problem Capture Videos which can be used to diagnose crashes.