SOLIDWORKS flow simulation allows a designer to determine flow characteristics throughout a pipe network, and also determine the exit parameters of the network. One good thing about flow simulation inside SOLIDWORKS is that it eliminates the cost that would be incurred in prototyping and testing the system. With flow analysis, the aspects under investigation are subjected to real life situations, based on computer simulations. In this particular tutorial, we will go through how you can do a flow analysis through a pipe network created by SOLIDWORKS routing and then determine the end conditions.
We first enable the SOLIDWORKS routing add-in in the add-ins folder. The add-in is only active in the assembly mode. We, therefore, begin by creating a new assembly.
Move to the design library, and then under routing select the piping, then flange option. Select one of the flanges from the ones available. Once you insert this into your assembly, it triggers the start of the pipe network.
You can then use the sketch tools to create different configurations of the network. Notice elbows are added once a bend is created.
Once the route is created, enable the SOLIDWORKS flow simulation add-in. Create lids for the ends, and then proceed to create a new study.
Once the study is initiated a fluid sub domain is automatically created.
Set the boundary conditions at the inlet and outlet for the analysis.
Next you can set doals for the flow velocity at the exit as shown. The average value of the velocity should do. You can then run the pipe network analysis.
Change the transparency of the layout so as to visualize the flow field.
You can then look at the goals to see how the velocity changes from the inlet to the exit.