So what does this mean? Well we used to be able to examine flow over our private jets and personal submarines, but now we can look at our yachts as well! So that’s exactly what I did. First thing was to acquire a luxury yacht.
With that I set the global mesh to level 5, I was looking for reasonable results, but did not want refinement. I was also saving every two seconds and had turned on the transient explorer too. I then hit run. After only three hours and twenty two minutes I had my results.
I always start with a cut plot as a sanity check to look at velocity here and things were looking promising. A great thing about the cut plot is that you can also use this in the transient explorer to see ultra-detailed results from the complete study.
But what was the water levels? For this we need to use the isosurface plot. This allows us to show the point where the fluid volume fraction was at a particular value. Here we see the result of that.
This looks like a fantastic addition to SOLIDWORKS Flow simulation and I can’t wait to see what we can do with it. Tank filling, wave like behaviour, overflow. Could I get a vortex from a plug hole? Note the Coriolis Effect is not the only thing that causes this. Geometry is a far more likely cause. Maybe I need to have a visit to the bathroom store.
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Gordon Stewart - Elite Applications Engineer
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