CFD tool provides up-front simulation
The latest version of STAR-Works, a CAD-embedded CFD tool for SolidWorks, has been created specifically to enable design and project engineers to undertake basic flow simulation, even if they are lacking experience in traditional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis.
STAR-Works is embedded within the user's SolidWorks environment. CFD functionality is presented as additional easy-to-use menus within SolidWorks. Because the CFD solution becomes an integral part of the SolidWorks CAD model, full associativity with the model is maintained throughout the simulation process, so that any design changes made in response to simulation results are reflected in the solution almost immediately. Solutions are updated at the click of a button, without additional user intervention.
This new version features numerous new capabilities, such as the addition of new boundary conditions and external thermal treatment. The reporting of engineering quantities has been improved with the addition of HTML-based reporting.