I'm a fairly new educator teaching advanced CAD design to High School Students. I've been working with the idea of doing basic turbine design with the students to get an appreciation for fluid flow in CAD without having to fuss with Fluid Mechanics. I use SolidWorks personally on a regular basis, but have never delved into FloXpress nor Flow Simulation. To my current understanding, FloXpress is limited in that you can define inlets and outlets, and boundary conditions, but that you can do very little internally - is this correct? I'm also under the current understanding that Flow Simulation is a completely separate module from SolidWorks (which comes with FloXpress by default), and would need to be purchased separately. (Making sure of this in case I need to make a software pitch to the School Disctrict for an Educational License for this.)
The particular design goals would be the following:
1: Design a fan using swept extrusions.
2: Make a simple pin joint for it to revolve around mechanically.
3: Given input conditions (Ambient Air Pressure, Temp, Propeerties), use SolidWorks to generate Fluid Path Motion when the Fan is placed in and around different obstacles (IE: In an enclosure, or having multiple fans close together, having geographical features ahead or behind the fan, or open space entirely, and analyzing how this effects the flow.
4. Place "Heat Elements" in and around the fan to observe how that effects flow (Convection, Radiation, Conduction, etc) - IE: A Chilling Tower for a Computer Center, placing "Blocks" that generate Heat around the fans to observe heat dissipation.
It is my current understanding that the above goals cannot be achieved by FloXpress because FloXpress is not capable of handling Airflow based on Dynamic Geometry (Rotating Blades), nor can you define heat generating elements.
Any help would be appreciated! Admittedly I'm rather excited to have found out about Flow Simulation - SolidWorks is by far the best 3D CAD program I've worked with, and my kids have been itching to get into some more exciting, "relevant" topics to their interests. (I have students who'd love to do Airfoil design, others work on Turbines, a couple of kids want to design a "Marketable" computer case. Apparently one of the students found the Ball-Valve Tutorial in the SolidWorks files and alerted me to the existence of this program.)