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Old   May 4, 2015, 10:41
Post Choosing software to analyse flow in generator housing
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Hello all,

I would like opinions and suggestions on which software to use. I am looking to model airflow through various generator housings, particularly to study the pressure drop through inlet and outlet attenuators. We are working on designing inlet/outlet acoustic silencers; pressure drop and air velocity fields are critical. I am also investigating aeroacoustic CFD software, although we may not go that route.

Our company uses SolidWorks for parts design, so I'm definitely considering SolidWorks Flow Simulation. I have worked with Fluent academically, although it's been several years since I've used it. I have knowledge on turbulent flow theory as it was my research topic for an engineering master’s degree. My hesitation with SW Flow Simulations is that it feels like a “black box” where the user has limited control on meshing, turbulence models, convergence criteria, etc.

I’m also considering OpenFoam so any opinions on that are very much appreciated.

Thank you in advance!
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