Hello community,

I have taught myself how to use solidworks flowsim for some very basic simulations and have learned a lot, so I wanted to create a tutorial for the work that I do so others can learn with me. I want to go back to basics and start with a validation case to show basic mesh generation and project setup. For this, I wanted to calculate the lift coefficient for a flat thin plate. I am running into some issues, however in that my calculated Cl at varying angles of attack is about half of the theoretical value.

Theoretical lift for a 2D - 'thin' plate is shown in attachment to be 2*pi*alpha where alpha is angle of attack in radians.

Since this is a simple case, would somebody be able to help me by running this simulation and sharing results, and if successful, setup?

All,

The error was a simple one. A typo in my Cl equation was what was throwing me off. Here is the plot for my simulation from -5 deg to +5 deg.