Posts Tagged ‘Robert Warren’

2015 Flow Simulation Compare Tool Improvements

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Every new release of Flow Simulation adds more functionality, faster solution times, and customer requested enhancements.  One of the 2015 enhancements is the Study Compare Tool overhaul.  In 2014 a user could compare any active plot and goals between projects in the same model.  This is very useful functionality when comparing between different design options under the same flow conditions.  Only being able to compare active plots lead to some drawbacks and some fumbling for what you actually wanted to see.  The goal plots gave the engineer only a table view of the reported values.  Great for a quick numerical comparison, but this left the user manipulating the data in Excel to get nice visual graphs.

 

This is where 2015 Flow Simulation Compare Tool comes in.  2015 Compare improvements allow the user to directly compare all the generated plots in the project, not just the active one.  If they do not want all the plots they can pick and choose which ones they want to see though a check box interface.  The comparison does not end there, we now can compare XY plots, Tabular Data, and other enhanced chart options.  New to the goal plot is a series of enhanced display options allowing the user to display the goal plot data in bar chart, scatter plot, and over/under displays.

Compare Interface

 

 

Pressure Chart

Bar Chart

 

To access the Flow Simulation Compare Tool, go to Tools>Flow Simulation>Results>Compare, or choose the compare Icon on the Flow Command manager.

Compare Results

Compare Results

 

2015 Flow Simulation Compare Tool enhancements, improve the direct outputs from Flow Simulation,  greatly decrease the time to get to the important data, give the engineer better knowledge of the Project results.  Flow Simulation in 2015 is helping make the user, Better, Faster, and Smarter.

Globe Valve Flow

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Duplicate SolidWorks Plastics Project

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

SolidWorks Simulation allows a user to ‘Duplicate’ a study, and SolidWorks Flow Simulation allows a user to ‘Clone’ a project.  Why not SolidWorks Plastics?  SolidWorks plastics is an injection molding software that allows a user to understand the manufacturability of a plastic part.  Because this is a fully integrated SolidWorks Simulation product different Projects are related to configurations in the part.  To re-use the setup from project to project please follow the instructions in the link below.

Duplicate Plastics Project

This functionality allows a user to quickly duplicate a project to change different parameters and re-run.  If you are currently using SolidWorks Plastics this information will speed up your work flow and Simulation setup times.

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Multiple Flow Result Plots in E-Drawings for 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

New for 2014, The ability to save multiple result plots in one E-Drawings file.  Previously the result plots needed to be saved in individual E-Drawings files. This caused more files to be generated and shared than need be.

To generate multiple result file plots in one E-Drawings file follow this procedure.

  • Show all plots desired to be included in the E-Drawings file
  • Right Mouse Button on the Results Folder and Select Save Image
EDrawings Save Image

E-Drawings Save Image

  • Choose the E-Drawings File Format
EDrawings Pull Down

E-Drawings Pull Down

Once in E-Drawings you can turn on or off the individual plots as needed to convey the content you wish to show.

Multiple Flow Plots E-Drawings

Multiple Flow Plots E-Drawings

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Flow Simulation ‘Replicate Condition’

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

New for 2014 a user has the ability to apply a single Boundary Condition to multiple instances of the same part.  This is a great time saving tip.  No more manually adding the same Boundary Condition to instances of the a part.

With your setup you can assign Boundary Conditions such as an “Inlet”, “Outlet”, and “Heat Source” to  “Part1 “(face/volume) for example.

Simply Right Mouse Button the Boundary Condition and select “Copy to Component Instance”.

The Boundary Condition auto populates on all “Part 1s” in the model.

You can deselect the instance(s) you do not want included.

Note: the “Part 1″ needs to be a part in an assembly for the transfer to work.

For the full pdf instructions please see the link below:

Replicate Condition Flow

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Circuit Works and Flow Simulation Working Together

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

When you think about it, it makes sense that different parts of our SolidWorks Software work together to make a total package.  Keeping in this tradition now in 2014 Circuit Works and Flow Simulation work together to make your life easier.

2014 Flow simulation now imports the Circuit Works component properties and applies them automatically as boundary conditions in your Flow Simulation setup.  Previously these properties would be input manually.  Now we can import ECAD file PCB or Component Thermal Properties to Flow Simulation.

Circuit Board

Circuit Board

Some of the properties that can be directly utilized from Circuit Works are, Dielectric and Conductor Density, Specific Heat, Conductivity for PCBs, and Conductivity for Volumetric Heat Sources.

Circuit Board Thermal Flow

Circuit Board Thermal Flow

Two Import Options:

Right-click Heat Sources and select Import volume source from model. Select the heat sources to import in Item properties.
Right-click Printed Circuit Boards and select Import Printed Circuit Boards from model. Select the PCBs to import in Item properties.

Import Interface

Import Interface

If you are doing Flow Simulation on Electronics Enclosures check out the new Circuit Works import options.  This new feature is a great time saver.  Manually adding these properties on a typical circuit board (100’s of components) is tedious and time consuming.  Circuit Works integration brings this task down to a few simple clicks.

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

What Can’t You Design In SolidWorks? #3

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

RC Hovercraft #3 – SolidWorks Simulation

To review, I had 4 main design criteria for the Remote Control Hover Craft.

  • Utilize the SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation Suite of software to develop and optimize the hovercraft design.
  • The RC Hovercraft’s main components will be 3D Printed using the Stratasys UPrint.
  • Easy to Assemble. I want to make the assembly as easy and as straight forward as possible with concise instructions.
  • For purchased components, use low cost, off the shelf components including the electric motors, electronic speed control (ESC), batteries, and propellers.

The next step of the design process is to verify using  SolidWorks Flow Simulation  that the motor and propeller combination will provide a proper amount of air flow to lift the hover craft.

Flow Simulation provides an understanding of  flow in an internal or external volume.  Flow Simulation calculates flow with media including Gases, Fluids, Real Gases, and Non Newtonian Fluids.  Flow Rate, Velocity, Pressure , Vortices, and many other parameters are calculated during the solution.

The following  calculation with the provided manufacturer information was used to calculate the flow parameter boundary conditions for the simulation.

CFM = Cubic Feet per Minute = Volumetric Flow Rate

Mass Flow Rate = (Density) x (Volumetric Flow Rate)

Newton’s Second Law of Motion:  Force = (Mass) x (Acceleration), or F = ma

F = ma = (Mass Flow Rate) x (Velocity), given a constant flow velocity

(i.e., constant propeller speed and pitch angle).

Velocity = (Volumetric Flow Rate) / (Area), where Area = (Pi) x (r^2), the

length of a propeller blade is a good approximation for the radius, r.

Thrust = (Density) x (CFM^2) / ((Pi) x (r^2))

Note: Keep track of your units!

The hover craft’s Flow Simulation was approached from an external analysis type.  A volume was specified around the  hover craft to capture flow into the  inlet and out of the bladder, and its effect from the surrounding environment.  A fan was used to provide the draw of air through the inlet into the internals of the hover craft.  Parts of the hover craft were removed including the canopy cover batteries, and escs.  These components are unnecessary for teh flow run and would increase computational time.

 

Air Velocity

Air Velocity

Air Velocity Top

Air Velocity Top

The results from the Flow Simulation run show a symmetric and even outlet pattern of flow from the Hover Craft’s “Bladder”.  The parameters provided by the flow simulation suggest that the motor and propeller combination should be sufficient for lifting the craft.

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Mesh Improvements For Simulation Flow

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

SolidWorks Flow 2014 has been released and there are several updates.  I want to talk about the Mesh Improvements inside of Flow Simulation.

Two Main Changes:

  • Mesh Parallelization
  • Local Initial Mesh Regions now Adaptive

 

Lets discuss the Mesh Parallelization first.  There are three stages during mesh generation in Flow Simulation  Geometry Evaluation, Mesh Capture, and Mesh Saving.

Flow Simulation in 2013 utilized one processor for all three mesh operations.  Flow Simulation 2014 utilizes multiple cores(user specified) for the Mesh Capture(resource intense) portion of the process.  This speeds up the mesh drastically between versions.  A 1.5 million cell model in 2013 took 23 minutes to mesh.  In 2014 the same computer, model, and mesh settings took 11 minutes. Over a 50% improvement for this example model.

 

Adaptive Meshing has always been available in Flow Simulation, however it was only effective on the entire computational domain.  Adaptive meshing is a setting that allows the software to automatically refine areas of high gradient in the flow, allowing the software to converge the results.  Adaptive meshing on a localized region is now available for 2014.  A localized region is a region that a user specifies to have manual mesh refinements on.  This is done by inserting a body in the flow region and specifying it as a local initial mesh.  This region can now be specified to be affected by adaptive meshing.  This speeds up convergence by localizing the adaptive changes.

 

Mesh

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

e Drawings Augmented Reality For IOS Mobile Devices

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Released for 2013 e Drawings is a new feature called Augmented Reality (AR). Being July already, this topic may not be new to many of you but I wanted to go over what AR is all about and a helpful trick I learned when utilizing it.

 

AR is a portion of e Drawings that allows a user to view their model in a real world setting.  AR utilizes the mobile devices rear facing camera and a QR code.  Simply place the QR print out on the ground or wall and point the mobile device towards the print.  The model is superimposed over the background image the camera is taking.  Zoom, Pan, Rotate, and scaling is all available when using AR.

Augmented Reality

The limitation I found is with the mobile devices camera. The QR code is only recognized up to about 5 feet away, after that the QR is not recognized.   This is limiting with large models that you would need to be farther than 5 feet away to properly scale in the room.  Because we cannot change the camera properties of the device lets change the QR code. To increase the range of recognition is simple,  enlarge the QR code.  I have found that this is fairly proportional.  a QR at 100% size is recognized at about 5 feet, a 200% sized QR code is recognizable up to 10 feet, and so on.

QR

Below are some links and additional information on this exciting technology.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/edrawings-pro/id553557031?ls=1&mt=8

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVcIaBAQSE4

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ij9kcWsni4

 

 

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Configurations or Display States Preparing for Simulation

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Introduction:

Finite Element Analysis generally requires a model to be simplified of extraneous parts or features in order to analyze the model efficiently.  This is common practice among analysts, and is utilized in SolidWorks Simulation.  In this blog I am going to discuss the two main SolidWorks methods of simplifying a model and discuss the preferred method between configurations and display states.

 

Display States and Configurations:

Display State:

Display States allow a user to specify different hide show states, appearances, display modes, and transparencies, for a part or assembly.  Display states are accessed under the configurations tab in the feature manager tree.

Right-click in an open area of the Configuration Manager and click Add Display State. The new display state is added to the list of display states at the bottom of the tab. Define the new display state by clicking to show the Display Pane and make changes, or by making changes on screen.

Configurations:

Configurations allow a user to create multiple variations of a part or assembly within a single document.  To create a configuration, you specify a name and properties, then you modify the model to create the design variations you want.

  • In part documents, configurations allow you to create families of parts with different dimensions, features, and properties, including custom properties.
  • In assembly documents, configurations allow you to create:
    • simplified versions of the design by suppressing components.
    • families of assemblies with different configurations of the components, different parameters for assembly features, different dimensions, or configuration-specific custom properties.
  • In drawing documents, you can display views of the configurations you create in part and assembly documents.

You can create configurations using any of the following methods:

  • Create configurations manually.
  • Use design tables to create and manage configurations in a Microsoft Excel worksheet. You can display design tables in drawings.

I bring your attention to both the Configurations and Display States because both can be used to simplify a model however one method is preferred within SolidWorks.  Because the configurations use suppress and unsuppress to remove the part or feature from calculation, and not simply hide from view this is the preferred method.

In simulation when a part is hidden it is still seen as a mesh-able entity that requires a material definition, and is included in the analysis.  You can at this point exclude the part from analysis however doing this upfront through configurations and suppression is the easiest method.

 

Example:

The steering bracket and connecting parts in the suspension assembly below require analysis.  To leverage the existing assembly we will use the configuration method from above.

Switch to the Configuration Tab

Assembly

Right Mouse Button and Choose New Configuration

Add Config

Suppress by right mouse buttoning on the components not needed in the analysis, and choose suppress

Suppressed Parts

Start New Study

Only the Un-Suppressed Parts are available to analyze

Study

 

Sources: 2013 SolidWorks Help File

http://help.solidworks.com/2013/english/SolidWorks/sldworks/c_Configurations_Overview.htm?id=84a0a1600c6f4e77a4220606721035c6#Pg0

 

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

What Can’t You Design In SolidWorks? #2

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

RC Hovercraft #2 – SolidWorks

To review, I had 4 main design criteria for the Remote Control Hover Craft.

  • Utilize the SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation Suite of software to develop and optimize the hovercraft design.
  • The RC Hovercraft’s main components will be 3D Printed using the Stratasys UPrint.
  • Easy to Assemble. I want to make the assembly as easy and as straight forward as possible with concise instructions.
  • For purchases components, use low cost, off the shelf components including the electric motors, electronic speed control (ESC), batteries, and propellers.

I proceeded forward with the design of the Hovercraft using SolidWorks 3D mechanical design software.  SolidWorks allowed me to quickly develop and execute a first pass design, utilizing Multi-Body Parts, In context Assembly Modeling, Sketch Pictures, Fastening Features, Interference Detection, and several other standard options.  All of this came together in an initial design that meets the above criteria.

The design started with the Top Plate part that houses the downward facing fan assembly and gives the craft its overall dimensional size.  I kept the craft under the 8″ by 8″ tray size of the Stratasys UPrint 3D Printer.  The part consists of multi-bodies; one for the plate and the other for the fan housing.  These bodies have minimal tolerance so they are a snug fit when pressed together for final assembly.  This design criteria is so that if the propeller needs to be serviced later total dis-assembly of the craft does not have to take place. Simply pull the fan unit upward out of the top plate.

Top Plate

Top Plate

Exploded View Front

Exploded View Front

Exploded View Back

Exploded View Back

 

The chassis continues with a bottom plate and separating ribs.  The chassis is hollow as the air needs to fill this cavity before exiting out of the skirt.  The skirt is intended to be a bicycle inner tube cut to size with holes cut around the inner bottom portion allowing the air to escape.  The skirt will be held on by two fastening plates and standard hobby store machine screws.

Section View

Section View

The back cowling snaps into place with a Snap Hook.  The Fastening Feature command was used to create this geometry.  The Snap Hook will allow for ease of assembly, and the cowl contains a cross bar with built in motor mount sized for a 9V-11V brushed can motor. The Cowling and Top Plate will make up the mounting location for the dual rudder system.  The system is driven by  an S75 Nano servo available at most local hobby shops.

Cowl

Cowl

 

 

The canopy will cover all of the electronics including the Receiver, two Electronic Speed Controls (ESC), And two Li-Poly 300MAH 11.1V Batteries.  One ESC and battery per motor.  I originally set out utilizing the Sketch Picture and Surfacing to create the canopy structure. This worked out well, however at this time I did not have the electronics in the full assembly.  When trying to accommodate the electronics under the first variation of the canopy I visibly had interference. Luckily utilizing in-context editing and having a well planned design intent, the changes to the canopy allowed for an easy and quick change.

Sketch Picture

Sketch Picture

Interference Original Canopy

Interference Original Canopy

Receiver & ESCs

Receiver & ESCs

 

Batteries, Receiver, and ESCs

Batteries, Receiver, and ESCs

Canopy Design Change

Canopy Design Change

 

 

There is still much to do with the modeling aspect, but for now I have a good working start to the project and a starting point to investigate the flow and stress characteristics of the design.  The next step is to utilize Flow Simulation to verify the lift ability of the motor and propeller combination  for the lift fan and the rear facing fan assembly.

Top

Top

Front

Front

Back

Back

Side

Side

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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