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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2019: Project Parameters

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2019

Written by: Shaun Bentley, Application Engineer

With the new Project Parameters for 2019, users will have more flexibility when it comes to controlling their Flow Simulation inputs. See the three project parameters I have created below to drive my thermal simulation.

Project Parameters

Figure 1 – Project Parameters

The first one uses one of the new IF statements along with the variable “t” (for time) to increase from 0 to 100% for the first 60 physical seconds of the simulation. Then it remains at 100% thereafter. The other two parameters I have linked to this first parameter so that they will increase from 0 to 2 Watts and 0 to 10 Watts respectively.

Flow Simulation Parameters

Figure 2 – Feature located under Tools, Options, Project, Parameters

Any simulation field such as this Volume Heat Source can be linked to a finely tuned Project Parameter and then be driven by parameter value.

Heat Source

Figure 3 – Heat source linked to a parameter using a table

Even goals can be linked to the parameters, so you can monitor the parameter value throughout the simulation.

Equation Goal

Figure 4 – Goal reads the parameter value

You might test out all sorts of other links by using the braces {} surrounding the name of the parameter or goal you are trying to link to. You’ll be surprised by how much flexibility Flow Simulation 2019 gives you to fine-tune your simulation models.

What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019: Topology Study – Constraints

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019

Written by: Shaun Bentley, Application Engineer

The Topology Study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation now allows users to enter Frequency and Stress/FOS constraints. 

Topology Constraints

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019: Pin Connector

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019

Written by: Enrique Garcia, Application Engineer

In 2018, SOLIDWORKS Simulation introduced the new Pin Connector constraint in which you could define more than two coaxial cylindrical surfaces that will be participating with the pin connector, all in the single selection box. This change is great for multiple stacked parts that will engage with the same pin connector. In 2017 and earlier releases of Simulation, one had to set up one pin connector definition for each cylindrical face pair causing additional setup time for each area involving a virtual pin. 

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019: Topology Study – Export to Mesh Body

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019

Written by: Enrique Garcia, Application Engineer

In Topology studies, you can export your results obtained from calculating your smoothed mesh as a surface body or a solid body. Saving out mesh bodies can be a good way to quickly access desired mesh plot results from Topology Studies in case the original result files for the study are lost or inaccessible. 

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2019: Enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Schematic

What's New in SOLIDWORKS ECAD Solutions - 2019

Written by: Cheri Guntzviller, Electrical Application Specialist

SOLIDWORKS Schematic has some exciting changes for 2019. There are improvements throughout the software. Some you will see instantly while others are not as obvious. 

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