Solidworks has capabilities of simulating fluid flow characteristics and how the flow impacts on the solid part. Complex calculations characterize how fluid flows through parts and solving these complex equations sometimes becomes tedious and cumbersome.
Solidworks flow simulation package does a great job in simulating such environments and solving said complex calculations. All the user needs to do is input the characteristics of the inlet and those of the outlet.
I will run a simple converging diverging nozzle model with Solidworks. We first need to create the nozzle mode
Above are the nozzle dimensions and using the revolve tool we can create the solid model
Next we need to enable the Solidworks flow simulation add-in present in the add-ins folder.
Next click on the flow simulation wizard and specify the components you would want to work with for example the units.
On the fluid feature tree click on the fluid you want to work with. Here you can define the flow characteristic whether you would like turbulent or laminar or both.
You have a choice on the characteristics of the wall and once you have selected this you can click next to finish.
In the flow simulation analysis proceed to set the boundary conditions. The following are the boundary conditions for both the inlet and outlet.
Next we need to specify the goals. We do this by right clicking on the goals tab and selecting insert surface goals. Specifying these goals identifies what you want as the outcome of the results from the flow simulation.
You can then run the simulation.
Once the simulation is done you can insert the cut plots to show variation of the fluid properties along the profile of the model. The cut plot below shows the pressure variation along the nozzle length.
Cut plots of the flow velocity can also be obtained by simply changing the parameter being observed.