Flow Simulation

Fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces are critical to the success of your product designs. Validate these aspects with ease using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software.

With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, you can break down excessively complex designs and eliminate high simulation costs, historically required for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis.

On top of this, it is embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD which enables SOLIDWORKS users to simulate liquid and gas flows through real-world conditions and run “what if” scenarios to swiftly calculate product performance and capabilities. This will also allow users to compare design variations to make better decisions that lead to quality products with superior performance.


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What is SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation?

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a powerful computational fluid dynamics tool used to analyze the flow trajectories of gases and liquids, including immiscible fluids. This software allows users to simulate supersonic gas flows as well as model transient events in order to gain an accurate thermal analysis. With this tool, engineers are able to quickly and efficiently analyze complex scenarios, saving both time and money.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis, commonly known as CFD analysis, is a technique that deals with the validation of fluid flow using numerical solutions. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation uses an intuitive CFD solution integrated into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD that enables users to swiftly and efficiently calculate fluid flows, simulate heat transfer, and analyze the impacts of fluid and gas on product performance and capabilities.

Thermal Comfort Factors

Predict, analyze and achieve airflow and comfort parameters in working and living environments using the analysis of thermal comfort factor and the HVAC Application Module in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

Simulation Visualization

Make better decisions earlier in the design process while ensuring ultimate product performance and safety. All thanks to the reporting and visualization features of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, you can easily assess and compare design variations and alternatives to accelerate time-to-market.

Fluid Flow Analysis

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation allows users to simulate the impact of liquid and/or gas on product performance for various engineering scenarios. This provides vital insights to the CAD-Embedded SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation user the upper hand to address problems early and eliminate the need for costly prototypes and reworks. 

Electronics Thermal Management

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation gives product engineers the capability to import thermal properties from CircuitWorks™ ECAD files to SOLIDWORKS which facilitates setting up the CFD analysis for cooling simulation of electronic components to define PCBs and heat sources. This includes specific heat, conductivity for PCBs, dielectric and conductor density, and volumetric heat sources from components.

Thermal Fluid Analysis

The Thermal Fluid Analysis uses the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method to analyze conjugate heat transfer in the product - thermal conduction in solids, convection between fluid and solid, and radiation.


SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation


SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

(Electric Cooling)

Ease of Use/Intuitiveness/Concurrent Engineering

Fully Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Local and Worldwide Support Services

Support SOLIDWORKS Configurations

Flow Conditions

2D/3D Flow

Sector Periodicity

Internal & External Fluid Flow

Steady-state Fluid Flow

Time-dependent Fluid Flows

Combustible Mixtures

Mixed Flows

Separated Flows – Fluid Sub-domains

Compressible Gas and Incompressible


Subsonic, Transonic and Supersonic Flow

Free, Forced and Mixed Convection

Laminar and Turbulent Fluid Flows

Porous Media

Fluid Flows in the Models with Moving

and Rotating Surfaces

Heat Conduction in Fluid, Solid and

Porous Media with/without Conjugate

Heat Transfer and/or Contact Heat

Resistance between Solids

Heat Conduction in Solids Only

Gravitational Effects


Radiation Heat Transfer Between Solids


Heat Sources due to Peltier Effect


Joule Heating due to Direct Electric

Current in Electrically Conducting Solids


Real Gases


Cavitation in Incompressible Water Flows


Equilibrium Volume Condensation of

Water from Steam and its Inuence on

Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer


Two-phase (Fluid + Particles) Flows


Relative Humidity in Gases and Mixtures

of Gases


Tracer Study



Comfort Parameters



Heat Pipes/Thermal joints/Two-resistor