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george85 August 27, 2011 08:49

Amplification factors in SolidWorks Flow Simulation?
I am trying to use Flow Simulation for analysis of Amplification factors, due to wind impact on my building surroundings.

The "amplification factor" is defined as the ratio of the local wind speed to the wind speed that would occur at the same position without the buildings present.

By this "without the building present" I do not mean that before the building was built, there was a flat plain on that location, without anything on it. It simply means, that a new object (building) has been built somewhere on the location, where the other objects were already present.

Here is an example of the amplification factor analysis in some other CFD application (I do not know which one):

So it seems this is possible to be done is some CFD application.

Can anybody tell me if this can be done in SolidWorks Flow Simulation?
Or maybe somehow by getting the separate results from SolidWorks Flow Simulation:

and then editing it in Photoshop to get the Amplification factor?

Any help please?
Thank you

Boris_M August 29, 2011 05:46

Hi George,
careful with photoshop and scientific research. I don't know how the amplification factor is calculated but I assume you compare the two results in an equation that gives you the distribution for a third image. Similar like:
(Result B - Result A)/Result A=Result C
where A is without building, B with building and C the amplification factor.
This cannot be done in FloEFD as you cannot calculate with results between two other projects. What you could do is use a point parameter grid distribution for the values you need of both projects and work with them in Excel where you can calculate the amplification factor. But it's not pretty.
If you have Techplot you can readin excel files and visulize them. I did this once with electronically recorded measurments which I also had to apply in a calculation in Excel and then visualized it in Techplot. But I don't suppose you have Techplot :-)

Hope this helps,

george85 August 29, 2011 07:37

Thank you for the reply Boris.

I can download a Trial version of Tecplot 360:

Can you be a more specific? I need to do a point parameter grid distribution? How to do this in SolidWorks Flow Simulation?

Boris_M August 29, 2011 08:16

"Point Parameter" is a post processing feature where you can either select predefined points from the geometry, define coordinates or select a reference geometry or plane and define either by spacing or by number. Select the parameter you want and then export it to Excel.
For Techplot, I don't know the newest version and it's too long ago to remember how I did it, but as far as I can remember you have to use the resulting numbers only, no cells with equations in it and it has to have a plain format if I remember right. So first row were one axis values (like x-axis: 0; 0.1; 0.2 etc.) and the first column the other axis values, without any labeling. But I'm not sure anymore. The rest I think you are able to select in Techplot during import or so.

george85 August 29, 2011 08:28

Boris I do not intend to contradict your explanation, just I am confused with this:


So first row were one axis values (like x-axis: 0; 0.1; 0.2 etc.) and the first column the other axis values, without any labeling.
I do not understand why values for a particular axis (x in this case) are in one row, and then the other values for the other particular axis are in the other column?

I guess it would be logical that axis values are in each row, or column.

Or just I have not understand you?

Boris_M August 29, 2011 08:56

In your example of the other CFD image it is a 2D field of values. For example 100x100 values of the cells. So it's like a matrix of 100x100. 100 columns and 100 rows and you will need to tell at which coordinate they are. In your model the plane might be the x-y-plane. So you have the x coordinate of your point and the y coordinate of your point. Just like in a diagram and the value it selfe of your magnitude factor will be the amount of the corresponding x and y position which you can compare with a hight at certain coordinates on a map.
But as I said, I'm not quite sure anymore so you have to try yourself.

george85 August 29, 2011 09:01

Now I understand. Thank you Boris.

Do you have a copy of that excel file of yours?

And what about the CFD analysis. In which application did you do it?

Boris_M August 29, 2011 09:04

No, sorry. That was about 5 years ago for my thesis at that time.

george85 August 29, 2011 09:12

Ok, thank you.

Can I contact you by chance, if I will have some difficulties regarding this issue?

Boris_M August 29, 2011 09:51

If it's about FloEFD or SWFS you can write here and someone can help you if I don't do it first and about Techplot I would prefere you checking other forums as I haven't used it in a long time and don't have it. So you will most likely get more and better help from a Techplot forum.

george85 August 29, 2011 10:08

Understood. I will post the problem in here.

Yes, its about the SolidWorks Flow Simulation (FloEFD is the plugin SolidWorks uses for CFD analysis?)

Boris_M August 29, 2011 10:31

Yes, Mentor Graphics is the developer of FloEFD which is SWFS but in this case sold by SW. FloEFD is available as standalone, Catia V5, Pro/E and NX integration just like it is integrated in SW, 100% look and feel of the CAD system it is integrated and you'll never leave the CAD system just like in SW.

george85 August 29, 2011 10:58

I understand.
This is probably the reason why nobody from the SolidWorks official forum, replied to this question.

I was better to post it at the FloEFD forum, if they even have one.
But you helped me a lot. I already made calulation regardin 10x10 grid point cell, now I am trying to find out if I can import these results into Solidworks again, and get the plot analysis. But it seems I am not succeeding.

Boris_M August 30, 2011 04:12

Hi George,
There is a community for FloEFD but you will have to be customer at Mentor Graphics to get there. Other than that there is this forum here.

No, you won't be able to get results back into SWFS or FloEFD. You can only load result files but since ther is no possibility to compute a thrid result out of two other results and then load that back into SWFS/FloEFD you wont be able to do something like that which is why I would use Techplot. Yiou can do such kind of 3D diagrams also in other tools similar to excel but they usually also cost money or if there is a trial version they are limited in the capabilities such as amount of data etc.

george85 August 30, 2011 04:48

I guess owning the Flow Simulation from SolidWorks, does not necessary counts me as a Mentor Graphics customer?


You can only load result files but since ther is no possibility to compute a thrid result out of two other results...
I am manually going to edit both two excel files, so that I get the third one (with "Result C"), and then load it back into SW. Is this possible?

How to do this, if it is? Load the excel file back to SW?

Boris_M August 30, 2011 04:52

No, SW customer does not make you Mentor Graphics customer for support.

No, you cannot get any results back into SWFS to visulize.

george85 August 30, 2011 05:06

Ok, I will try to do something, in Techplot.
If I experience any issues, I post it here.

Thank you once again. I really appreciate all you have done for me.

george85 August 30, 2011 06:14

Hm, it seems that Point Goals can not be set to the points in the air, only on the points of solids (solid edges).

I tried to set some Goal points in the Flow Simulation, so that I can get Velocities for each of these points.

But for some reason, I can not do this.

When I try to set them in the "Reference points" mode, I am getting the following message:

"Cannot find vertex associated with this point goal."

Not to mention that it took my 4 hours of just clicking (around 5000 points) and selecting the points.

Then I tried to set the points, in the "Point Coordinates" mode, but again, I could not do this, because I am getting an error message:

"Please specify only solid parameters for this point"

What seems to be wrong? I can set up the points on solids (solid edges) but I can not use the points in the air? Why not?

by the way, this is what I mean by "Reference points" and "Point Coordinates" modes:

Boris_M August 30, 2011 07:54

Hehe, sorry for the 4hrs but "Point Parameter" is a postprocessing feature just like surface and volume parameter and you can define a offset plane (reference plane) which you select for the point parameters and select either by spacing or number of poins and then they will be distributed on this plane in the whole computational domain.

Here's how it looks like:

george85 August 30, 2011 08:59

Thank you for the help Boris.

It seems I am not doing something right.

When I apply the Point parameters to my "Plane 3":

They are distributed all around the project, on the same height like the "Plane 3":

I thought that by shrinking the "Plane 3" dimensions (in x,y directions) I would allow the Point parameters to be distributed only inside the "Plane 3". But it seems not.

How can I distribute the points only into particular part of the project?

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