At our recent Engineer3D! conference I gave a presentation on some little known features in Flow Simulation. One of these features is the ability within flow simulation to create templates for projects that have similar setup. This is something I myself just came across not too long ago. A lot of times companies that focus on a specific product line will run flow simulation studies that are very similar in nature. Normally we tell people to use the Wizard when setting up a Flow Simulation study because it is a easy step by step setup and ensures that all the required setup information is captured. It becomes redundant however to setup these same studies over and over again using the wizard if none of the basic setup information has changed. To get around this, we can setup our first study using the wizard and save that setup as a template which can be used for every subsequent study and will save a lot of time!
When we create a template, there are multiple things that are saved within and are automatically applied when we create a study from that template. Below I have listed all the conditions that are saved within a template, but to put it simply, everything that is defined within the Wizard setup will be saved in your template.
- Problem type (internal/external flow)
- Physical Features (heat conduction in solids, radiation, time dependent, gravity, rotation)
- Default Fluids
- Default Solids
- Initial and Ambient Flow Parameters
- Wall Conditions
- Initial Mesh Settings
- Unit Settings
You can see that the information saved within the template could be very valuable and could help prevent accidental errors when inputting this information multiple times.
Creating the template is very simple. As I mentioned you first create the study using the wizard like normal. Once created, simply right click the name of the study and select "Create Template". You will get a dialog that lets you name the template.
Once you have saved the template, it is now ready to use! When you want to use the template on a new study, go to the Flow Simulation tab and select "New" rather than "Wizard". This will open up a dialog that will allow you to create a new study using your template
That's all there is to it! Once your new study is created, you are free to set it up however you need.
By: Chris Olson, Simulation Applications Engineer