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Learn SolidWorks Flow Simulation in Just Minutes a Day

by Bill Martin-Otto on 3 Apr, 2012 in SolidWorks

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SolidProfessor, a SolidWorks Solution Partner that markets the largest library of SolidWorks video training and tutorial courses available, is now offering an innovative way to learn about SolidWorks Flow Simulation.

Just sign up for the Inbox Learning Series and you’ll learn the basics of SolidWorks Flow Simulation in a series of ten short videos, delivered to your inbox over the next 10 days.

Topics include the following:

  • Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Theoretical Background
  • Assumptions
  • Flow Study Wizard
  • Boundary Conditions
  • Engineering Goals
  • Equation Goals
  • Analyzing Results

And best of all, it’s free!

According to SolidProfessor product manager Jason Wright, more than 1,200 SolidWorks users signed up for the course on the day it was first announced in February 2012.

The response was so positive because SolidWorks Flow Simulation is a performance enhancer that can help designers cut costs, speed time to market and create better products. By being able to compare different design variations before having to build a prototype (or just going with your gut feeling), for example, you can make better decisions early in the design process.

Whether you’re designing heat sinks for electronics, medical suction devices, industrial control valves or other products that are impacted by gas or liquid flow forces, SolidWorks Flow Simulation can help you understand a variety of “what if” scenarios based on real-world conditions.

The Inbox Learning Series for SolidWorks Flow Simulation steps you through a complete example of a fluid flow study, and offers a glimpse into what you can expect from SolidProfessor’s complete SolidWorks Flow Simulation course.

According to SolidProfessor, the complete course covers everything from simple flow through a pipe, fans, porous media, humidity effects, particle injection into a uniform flow, transient heat transfer and external analyses, including supersonic flow around a rocket model.

You’ll also see how to take Flow Simulation results and import them into SolidWorks Simulation as loads for a static analysis, as well as how to optimize critical dimensions to meet specified design requirements for various flow conditions. In 87 easy-to-follow, step-by-step lessons over the course of nearly four hours, you’ll learn how to use and apply all the tools you need to begin analyzing your own designs right away.

I’d start with the Inbox Learning Series, and also check out the videos on the SolidWorks Flow Simulation landing page. While you’re there, you can also download a whitepaper, “The Role of CFD in Real Life Designs.”

If you’re really interested, check out the following posts about Flow Simulation on the SolidWorks blog: “Supersonic Sky Diving with SolidWorks Simulation,” “When Form Follows Simulation,” (about aerodynamic 18-wheelers) and “SolidWorks Simulation and the fine art of Skim Boarding.”

Let us know what you think of the Inbox Learning Series for SolidWorks Flow Simulation if you decide to sign up for it. If you’ve already taken it, we’d love to find out if it was valuable and convenient—and if it had a direct impact on your performance. Feel free to comment on the other resources mentioned in this post as well, and express your views on simulation in general or SolidWorks Flow Simulation in particular. We love hearing from you!

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