SimWorks features

SimWorks features

Please find below a list of all the SimWorks features and capabilities, from the basic ones to the most advanced. SimWorks supports multiple and concurrent simulations and you will find below the links to some of the tutorials covering those aspects. 

Multiple simulations (4hrs) – SimWorks supports multiple and concurrent simulations with specific features supporting this capabilities

Advanced functionalities (12hrs) – overview of SimWorks most advanced functionalities for advanced CFD analysis

SimWorks multiple simulations capabilities

SimWorks supports a multi simulation approach, meaning that once a simulation is defined the user can right click on it and duplicate it to define a new simulation. 

Sweep and duplication functionality once a simulation has run successfully it is possible in SimWorks to right click on it and Duplicate the simulation.

It is also possible to use the Sweep functionality, which once the first simulation is defined allows the user to test the effect of changing a parameter multiple times with the click of a button. In this case an aerodynamic map is derived by changing the pitch angle of the original Glider model run as a base tutorial.

The mesh reuse and simulation extension guide covers how to Reuse the original mesh when the simulation is duplicated, this can save considerable time in all the cases where the user simply wants to change a boundary condition which does not require a new mesh. 

At the same time it is possible to Extend an existing simulation in case has not fully converged without the need to rerun the original one.

Advanced functionalities

It is now time to investigate the advanced functionalities offered by SimWorks

Passive scalar function in the Fumes extraction tutorial we will use the Passive scalar function which allows to track the dispersion of a contaminant and can be used to both assess how a pollutant is dispersed in the flow and how flows mix together.

Thermal modelling and Buoyancy fields in this tutorial the the air injected into the room has a specific temperature and this affects the local air density leading to internal flow velocities due to the different temperatures.

Porous media this tutorial expands the base pipe tutorial completed at the beginning of the course to introduece a Porous media inside the tube. SimWorks is capable of using multiple shapes and allow the user to define the porosity of those, this is a very effective way of simulating common devices used in internal flows like filters, heat exchangers and flow straighteners.

MRF approach is used to simplify the simulation of rotating components by introducing an Additional source term in the equations. This was the rotation is captured without massively increasing the computational requirements to carry out the simulation.

Rotating mesh and dynamic mesh analysis is the best and most complete way of simulating rotating components by actually rotaing the mesh. While more formally correct this approach is significantly more expensive than the MRF approach covered by the previous point. 

Unsteady DES analysis the delta wing tutorial covers how to setup an Unsteady DES simulation in SimWorks, it also shows how it is possible using free and open-source tools to extract a video of the SimWorks results.

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