2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 3, 2017 12:53 PM by Amit Katz

    piping flow simulation

    Ourimchi Omar

      Good evening, for my master final graduation project in a desalination station, I wish to make a water simulation on a long piping, which exceeds a hundred meters with elbows of 90 °, the entrance comprises 4 pumps Which give in the 12 bars, which come together in a collector and that goes up to the RO part, I wanted to know a little the behavior of the water in the piping and if there is a loss of pressure through the singularities , Is it possible to treat a long pipework in solidworks? thank you

        • Re: piping flow simulation
          Seckin Uslu

          As i understand , you can define an inlet flow for pumps location and you will see water behaviour along the lon pipeways.

          Maybe this video gives you a hint

          pipe in flow simulation - YouTube


          However you are working on a mixing study, so you have to create more mesh.Maybe 10 cell for section.

          This causes more calculation time

          • Re: piping flow simulation
            Amit Katz

            You can model this in Flow, but it's not the best application. Flow Simulation is for studying specific motion of fluids in and around intricate or novel geometry. Straight pipes, tees, and elbow bends are not novel or intricate.


            Piping systems are a thoroughly studied subject, and there are many empirical relations for calculating pressure losses through piping sections, bends, and other features. By trying to model the flow in CFD, especially with software which you've never used before (I'm assuming), you're adding weeks worth of work to your project for no good reason.


            If you insist on computational methods, there exists better tools for modeling piping networks. Look up 1-D flow network modelling.