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CFD simulation for lift and drag

Question asked by Bryan Linberk on Jan 29, 2016
Latest reply on Jan 29, 2016 by Amit Katz

Hi all,


Firstly, I'd like to apologize if this has been asked elsewhere, though I did a search of the forums with no luck.

My question pertains to how Solidworks calculates lift and drag forces for an aerodynamic body with external flow.

I am an undergrad student and just started aerodynamics in school. For a simple analysis, I choose to treat the problem with an inviscid fluid under ideal conditions (i.e. no aerodynamic heating, Mach # < 0.3, etc). If choosing "Ideal Wall" as a boundary condition, then the fluid is treated as a non-viscious fluid, and hence boundary layer formation doesn't exist. How then, does Solidworks compute the lift and drag forces without a boundary layer since it is in this layer where the pressure and shear stress are present?

Thanks for the help.



-Bryan Linberk