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An Introduction to SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2012

Out of Print
Published August 3, 2012
318 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-58503-711-7


Key Features

  • Step-by-step tutorials cover the creation of parts, setup and calculations with SolidWorks Flow Simulation
  • Covers fluid mechanics, fluid flow and heat transfer simulations
  • Results are compared to analytical solutions and empirical data

In Detail

An Introduction to SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2012 takes you through the steps of creating the SolidWorks part for the simulation followed by the setup and calculation of the SolidWorks Flow Simulation project. The results from calculations are visualized and compared with theoretical solutions and empirical data. Each chapter starts with the objectives and a description of the specific problems that are studied. End of chapter exercises are included for reinforcement and practice of what has been learned.

The thirteen chapters of this book are directed towards first-time to intermediate level users of SolidWorks Flow Simulation. It is intended to be a supplement to undergraduate Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer related courses. This book can also be used to show students the capabilities of fluid flow and heat transfer simulations in freshman and sophomore courses such as Introduction to Engineering. Both internal and external flow problems are covered and compared with experimental results and analytical solutions. Covered topics include airfoil flow, boundary layers, flow meters, heat exchanger, natural and forced convection, pipe flow, rotating flow, tube bank flow and valve flow.

Covers these feature of SolidWorks Flow Simulation 2012:

  • Animations
  • Automatic and Manual Meshing
  • Boundary Conditions
  • Calculation Control Options
  • External and Internal Flow
  • Goals
  • Laminar and Turbulent Flow
  • Physical Features
  • Result Visualizations
  • Two and Three Dimensional Flow
  • Velocity, Thermodynamic and Turbulence Parameters
  • Wall Thermal Conditions

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Flat Plate Boundary Layer
  3. Analysis of the Flow Past a Sphere and a Cylinder
  4. Analysis of the Flow Past an Airfoil
  5. Rayleigh-BĂ©nard Convection and Taylor-Couette Flow
  6. Pipe Flow
  7. Flow Across a Tube Bank
  8. Heat Exchanger
  9. Ball Valve
  10. Orifice Plate and Flow Nozzle
  11. Thermal Boundary Layer
  12. Free-Convection on a Vertical Plate and from a Horizontal Cylinder
  13. Swirling Flow in a Closed Cylindrical Container


Up until this year the Student Design Kit (SDK) was included with each SolidWorks textbook from SDC Publications. However, the SDK Program has been terminated by SolidWorks Corporation.

Students will now have access to free copies of SolidWorks through a different mechanism. When a school purchases its SolidWorks license a number of free licenses are available for students. In order to determine how many free licenses are available for students, instructors need to contact SolidWorks directly.

The contact person at SolidWorks is Chris Morse. Her telephone number is (781) 810-5443. Her email address is She will provide software license codes and work with you to make sure that you have enough licenses for every student.


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