Joe Galliera

Flow documentation tip: Create shortcuts to PDFs

Blog Post created by Joe Galliera Employee on Jan 6, 2010

I frequently tell people that SolidWorks Flow Simulation is a well documented program.  If you are using this simulation tool, you will want to have easy access to three important PDF document files, these are: (1) Solving Engineering Problems, (2) Technical Reference and (3) Tutorials.  The files are copied to your hard drive when the software is installed, and you may not have known that they are there.

First how to create the shortcut.  Find the location of the folder where they reside; in my installation they are located at: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks Flow Simulation\lang\english\Docs which I think would be the typical location for the English language version.  You can also find them through windows by doing a search for one of the documents, such as "solvingengineeringproblems.pdf".  Open that file's folder location via a right-click menu on that filename and choosing "Open containing folder."

To create a shortcut to that file, right-click the file and then select "Create Shortcut."  Another way to create a shortcut directly on your desktop is to right-click on the file and choose: Send To > Desktop (create shortcut).  Next, my preference is to rename the shortcut to make it more descriptive to me and remove any unnecessary words such as "Shortcut to" (I already know that's what it is).

Finally to finish up, I like to place this shortcut in the Start Menu list.  To do this, simply left-click and hold the shortcut link file, drag it over to the Start Menu in the bottom left, hover there until it opens the list, then drag over to Programs and hover there too, and do this same thing until to can drop it into the program folder where you want, such as in the SolidWorks Tools folder.  (I actually create a different new programs folder within the SolidWorks one just for all my Simulation stuff.  If you know how to do this, very easy, go ahead and do that too).

So what is contained in these documents:

(1) Solving Engineering Problems

Strategies for using Flow Simulation to solve real world problems.  Advanced knowledge on such topics as meshing, calculation control and flow freezing (or FF) (FF is a tool to help speed up a thermal-convection conjugate problem).  Also a guide to some other advanced features that not everyone would run into for their problems, such as cavitation, steam, humidity and real gases (instead of the default ideal gas law).  Example problems are given.

(2) Technical Reference

All the detailed info for someone wanting to know how the program solves the Navier-Stokes equation.  Physical capabilities, governing equations and numerical solution techniques are some chapters of this document.  The document also includes 23 validation examples showing Flow Simulation predictions against either theoretical or experimental data.  References to publications for these problems are provided.  The unsolved fully-setup model files are located at (typical installation): C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks Flow Simulation\Validation Examples

(3) Tutorials

Before you get started using the program and even before going to on-site training.  It is highly recommended to go through a few of the 13 tutorial examples in this document.  Start with one of the first three (the ones prefixed "First Steps") to learn the interface before moving onto another one that is of interest to you.  The model files are located at (typical installation): C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks Flow Simulation\Examples


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