Flow analysis for the better part of the last century was considered more of an art than science. Aerospace needs paved the way to put logic into art. They followed the Olympic motto to go swifter, higher and stronger. Software companies realized the potential and started developing algorithms that made artists out of design engineers. The advances in the Aerospace industry are a testimony to success of flow analysis tools. With development costs in millions, how many designs do you think Aerospace Engineers go through? My guess is just one!
The commercial world couldn’t stay far behind. Fuel efficient cars, energy saving light bulbs, super fast computers, gas grills, artificial heart pumps, swim suits all took a leap forward in being swifter, higher, stronger.
FloWorks from SolidWorks Corporation offers intelligent, easy-to-use CFD tools for engineers. Engineers no matter how geeky they may be, like to follow the KISS principle…..”Keep it Simple”
FloWorks has a wizard that walks you through all the steps needed to set the problem. This is extremely useful for expert as well as novice users. Values important to a designer can be set as engineering goals. These may be tracked as the software is chugging through numbers. Users can track goals or see a graphical representation of flow as it is being solved for. Enabling qualitative, as well as quantitative tracking.
Single window Single interface: Floworks, being a SolidWorks product, takes advantages of parametric modeling. So any change made to 3D geometry is reflected in flow tests. Besides, users don’t need to export geometry to a preprocessor or solver. Pre-Processing (set geometry, boundary conditions) to Post Processing (results) is done using SolidWorks interface.
Animations: Ability to set analysis and run them efficiently is only half the battle. Presenting results in a fashion that makes sense unfolds the big picture. Floworks animations are the coolest ways to explain complex flow phenomenon.
Fellow flow enthusiasts can solve engineering problems like…
- Incompressible (liquid) and Compressible (gas)
- Ideal and Real Gas
- Subsonic, transonic and supersonic regimes
- Viscous, pure laminar and turbulent flow
- Conjugate heat transfer
- Porous media
- Non Newtonian Fluid
- Solar Radiation
- Rotating Reference Frame
- Moving walls
Product Manager - Design Validation
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.