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Performing a parametric sweep of simulation variables to generate a family of time domain thermal response curves in SolidWorks Simulation 2015

Question asked by Kyle Miskell on May 20, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 7, 2018 by Bjorn Sorenson

I have a thermal system from which I have collected experimental, transient, time-domain temperature response data during several thermal tests. At present, I am attempting to create a SolidWorks simulation model of this thermal system and validate the model using the experimental data I have collected. Fitting the transient response simulation data from SolidWorks to the experimental data requires a parametric optimization of the thermal loads. That said, I need to conduct and record the results of a great number of transient thermal simulations from SolidWorks to a .csv file for data processing. Up to this point, I have been running each of these simulations by manually reconfiguring the simulation parameters in SolidWorks, re-running the simulation, and manually probing and saving the pertinent data to .csv; however, this manual methodology is excruciatingly slow and inefficient. Consequently, I need to find a way to automate the process of running and collecting the data from these transient thermal simulation curves. After some digging, I learned of SolidWorks's "Design Study" feature. This feature allows for the parametric sweeping that I need; unfortunately, it seems to only allow for the collection of a single point of data per simulation (i.e. recording only a single temperature of the transient data set using a simulation data sensor configured to use a thermal data quantity). According to the SolidWorks 2015 documentation, "Workflow Sensitive" simulation data sensors are capable of capturing the transient thermal data I need for a parameter sweep performed in a design study. However, when I attempted to implement a workflow sensitive simulation data sensor as a "monitor only" constraint on my design study, I received the following error:


"The sensor Workflow Sensitive1 is a Simulation Data type sensor which requires a simulation study for the current configuration of the model.. Please add a simulation study or switch configurations to use this sensor."


I should note that I have added the workflow sensitive sensor to the thermal study by editing the results options menu to use the workflow sensitive sensor in the response plots field. Nonetheless, I must be missing something about the way that the workflow sensitive sensor works. That said, I wanted to ask if anyone knows of a way that I can automatically generate the family of transient thermal response curves that I need in SolidWorks Simulation Premium 2015 using either the design study approach that I have been attempting or via some other method. Any help regarding this matter would be greatly appreciated.