There are two areas to cover when discussing HVAC applications with SOLIDWORKS. We can create a complete model of an HVAC system with SOLIDWORKS, but how well does the design perform?
For the design work, SOLIDWORKS Premium provides Routing and Toolbox to aid in the geometry creation. Otherwise, you will create the geometry manually using sketches and features. It is common to use the sweep feature in this case for ducts. However, if you are looking to generate a bill of materials, you may want to consider using weldments.
But how is this HVAC system going to perform. There are many challenges to address. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation with the HVAC module makes this fun and easy. You can not only visualize the airflow on small and large environments, but also ensure that optimum temperature is maintained. Human comfort factors and real-world behaviors are also accounted for. The tracer study option quickly provides feedback on how an admixture or contaminant is handled in a ventilation system. Advanced radiation modeling enables you to solve thermal radiation through semitransparent materials. Standardized comfort parameters are reported in the solution to identify any problems in the design. Lastly, similar to Toolbox, the HVAC module enhances the engineering database in Flow Simulation to include a wide range of building materials and fans. This greatly reduces set up time.
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Michael Steeves
Senior Application Engineer