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How to Plot Surface Results in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 

How to Plot Surface Results in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

SOLIDWORKS CFD results can be plotted on the surfaces of model geometry to visualize temperature or pressure values that are relevant to system behavior.  Surface plots are defined in the same way as other plots, but model faces are selected to define where to display the result values.  Depending on the type of result, special considerations must be taken to get accurate measurements. 

 

When you define a surface plot, the option to “Use all faces” quickly plots results on all valid surfaces, but can make it difficult to see the results because the outer walls are also selected.  This is not an issue with external studies but requires additional steps to see results for internal studies.  Clipping or transparency makes it possible to see past the outer walls. 

 

The type of result selected may require additional consideration.  Temperatures can be defined as fluid or solid temperature at the same location.  Velocity values will be zero at the wall, but an option to offset the wall slightly will plot valid velocity values just outside the fluid boundary layer. 

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