Hi there, I made a quick model of a canoe hull and am wanting to model it in some water. Is this possible is Solidworks?
SolidWorks does not have the capability to model things like free surface water, or to calculate buoyancy. You could see how efficient the shape is as it moves through water using flow, but as for how it floats you would have to calculate buoyancy manually using the know surface areas.
to calculate the buoyancy One can take the model pick/make a plane where you think the waterline would be
remove the top part of the model slice or split it so you only have the lower half ... Make that into a solid
ask Solidworks for the volume of this solid and figure how many gallons of water that equates to... And then the weight
of that water would be the load that the canoe can float for that location chosen for that waterline location.
FreeCAD-Ship is a workbench for boat design that can do what you ask:
FreeCAD-Ship s60 tutorial - FreeCAD Documentation
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