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Redesigning Santa's Sleigh
Friday December 2, 2016 at 2:21pm

Every year Father Christmas has to fly in his sleigh to deliver presents to boys and girls all over the world in just one night. To put this into perspective, it takes a little under 24 hours to fly from London (UK) to Sydney (Australia) in a streamlined Boeing 747, whereas Father Christmas’ mode of transport is believed to be a rather non-aerodynamic sleigh.

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What if Analysis in Flow Simulation
Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 4:24pm

Learn how What if Analysis allows for multiple design variations to be tested quickly and accurately in Flow Simulation. Use parametric features and boundary conditions to test multiple design problem from a single flow project, and post process results and plots in a single window.

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The Inside Story Of A Placement Student - Week 3
Friday July 15, 2016 at 12:28pm

University Of Cambridge student Jonathan Pawson updates us on his placement progress with Solid Solutions. Week 3

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Particle Studies
Thursday May 26, 2016 at 9:43am

How do small particles behave when carried along in a fluid flow? This might be a question you would ask when examining for instance moisture droplets around a vehicle, mud particles in a drill pipe, dust particles in electronics or metal swarf particles in a machine?

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Blowing Hot and Cold with Flow Simulation
Wednesday April 20, 2016 at 4:56pm

Setting up a new outside office and we need to ensure that we won’t freeze in winter, or melt in summer. We’ll use Flow Simulation and the HVAC module to make sure it all works.

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Drag Reduction Systems in Motorsport
Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 3:09pm

This blog explains how we can use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to examine the effects of Downforce and Drag in Motorsport

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Lotto Machine Optimisation with Flow Simulation
Wednesday September 30, 2015 at 9:36am

Here is a fun example of how SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can help you make good design decisions - and possibly improve your chances of winning at Lotto!

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Big Bang Theory
Tuesday September 1, 2015 at 9:34am

The award winning, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ American sitcom has been entertaining us for the last 8 years. Featuring a mix of highly-intelligent, socially-awkward and geeky characters, the show follows their lives filled with various oddities and quirks.

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Monday July 20, 2015 at 2:46pm

Flow Simulation comes with a comprehensive set of units but did you know you can create your own? This blog describes how to plot KPa as well as Pa for a pressure result.

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Thursday June 4, 2015 at 9:19am

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a feature rich computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool that can be used to simulate a wide range of liquid, gas and heat transfer problems. webcast is intended for existing Flow users and will cover a variety of less well known tools, capabilities and tricks that all users should find helpful. Based on nearly 10 years’ experience using Flow, Andy will use a variety of examples to illustrate tips and tricks for meshing, solving and post-processing results, enabling you to solve faster, with more accuracy and better results output.

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Speed up your CFD Solutions using Flow Freezing
Tuesday January 13, 2015 at 10:58am

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation has a very useful, but little known, tool for speeding up thermal fluid dynamics problems. It can cut your run times significantly without sacrificing accuracy. This blog uses an example to illustrate the process and time saving.

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Periodic Domain in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
Thursday December 18, 2014 at 4:59pm

The 'Periodic' computational domain option in Flow is little known - but it can be a great tool to use and a real time saver. This blog gives an example of a rack of PCBs in an electronic enclosure to illustrate how it works.

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Using the Gas Dynamic Calculator in Flow
Wednesday November 5, 2014 at 11:40am

Do you need to know how long a tank will take to evacuate or what the Reynolds Number is for a particular flow condition? If so, and you have SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, then why not use the 'Gas Dynamic Calculator' to do the work for you?

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Tip for Getting Exact Position of Cut Planes when
Friday October 24, 2014 at 11:43am

Flow users will know that you can preview a Cut Plot and see the flow behaviour whilst the solver is running. Finding the best location for the plot can be tricky unless you know this little tip

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Goal Convergence Symbols in Flow Simulation
Thursday September 18, 2014 at 12:45pm

When solving a cfd project, Flow Simulation provides very useful convergence information. The user's understanding of convergence can be enhanced if the convergence symbols and interval are switched on and their meaning understood. This blog explains how to do this and what the symbols mean.

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Leak Tracking in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 2:59pm

Internal Flow projects need an enclosed cavity to run. If there is a gap, no matter how small, SOLIDWORKS cannot calculate the fluid volume. So how do you find the gap if it is very small and the geometry is complex? Here's how ...

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Flow Simulation Max and Min Table
Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 4:51pm

The Max and Min Table in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation reports the max and min parameter results - as you would expect. However, what is less well known is that the table interactively identifies the location of the max and min values graphically.

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Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 4:24pm

Guy Martin and the 112 mph Push Bike Our blog of 6th Jan (Can a Push Bike Be Ridden at 112Mph?) has caused a good deal of interest in a slightly crazy English guy (literally a 'Guy') who has broken the UK land speed record for a push bike. This was featured in a highly watchable Channel 4 TV programme. Achieving 112 mph by pedal power is a pretty amazing feat but it was done with the help of a supercharged racing truck and some clever simulations carried out by Dr Jason Hill at Dynamiq ....

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Monday January 6, 2014 at 5:00pm

On August 13th 2013 Guy Martin reached 112.94mph on bicycle cycling behind a modified racing truck at Pendine Sands, South Wales and became Britain’s fastest cyclist. For the preceding eight months Guy Martin had been working with Dr. Jason Hill of Dynamiq Engineering Ltd (a Solid Solutions customer) to develop the aerodynamic and structural modifications for the racing truck necessary to make this record breaking speed possible.  Dynamiq Engineering Ltd, were tasked by....

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Monday January 6, 2014 at 9:52am

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be used to create transient studies where the fluid boundary conditions vary with time. This means that inlet and outlet parameters such as velocity, pressure or temperature can vary over a defined time period.   An interesting application of this is the pressure fluctuations that arise when a pressure pulse from a wave passes around a static solid object - like a leg of a pier or a submerged column in seawater. One of our customers wanted to observe this ph....

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Thursday January 2, 2014 at 12:33pm

The SOLIDWORKS 2014 discs now have content for multiproducts on them as standard! New additions to the installation manager include SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS Composer, so there is no need to download these separately any more! Simply tick the relevant box for the product you want to install and follow through the usual steps.   Upgrading SOLIDWORKS to 2014 couldn't be easier! Why not upgrade today?   Dave Ashford Applications Engineer Solid Solutions Managemen....

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Friday September 27, 2013 at 5:22pm

Here is a useful Flow Simulation tool that is so well hidden away that it is hardly known about - but can save you a shed load of time if you need to make a global change to a range of Flow parameters - particularly the Bounday Conditions, like inlet pressure or a heat source power value.   Imagine you have set up a Flow project and have run it successfully before copying it so that you can make a design change ('Clone' to use the Flow parlance). For instance in the ball valv....

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Friday September 20, 2013 at 9:34am

All Flow Simulation users will know what fantastic on-screen images you get when you run a Flow Project - Cut Plots, Trajectories, Surface Plots, Iso-surfaces and so on. However, if you want to save a plot for use in a publication a screen shot might not be of adequate quality. So how do you save an image with a higher resolution?   The answer is a right mouse button click on the plot and use the 'Save as' button. This opens up the property manager shown below and allows you ....

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Friday December 14, 2012 at 9:26am

If you're interested in efficiency with SOLIDWORKS, check out  the new Dell Precision M6700!!  Running a performance test in Flow Simulation compared against a Dell Precision M6500, the M6700 gives around double the speed!The tests were carried out on a series of problems from the Flow Sim training course.  The table below shows the timed results.  The collum on the far right shows the perfomormance improvement...The detailed spec of each machine....Craig HudsonAppications En....

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