I have been considering pitching SS to my work for some time now, but was looking for a strong case to support it first. Currently we use Solidworks with the simulation and flow packages.
I have a project that I know I cannot complete in Solidworks, but I’m also unsure if SS is capable yet either from the research I’ve done.
Here’s the rough breakdown:
Sump is a stainless steel thin wall pressure vessel.
Roughly 3 ft tall by 6 in diameter
1.5 in inlet located mid-level
Two 0.5 in outlets on the side near the top and bottom
200 F oil/air mixture
~0.03 gal/sec oil, 120 cfm air at 60 psi
~0.03 gal/sec (assume just oil)
60 psi (assume just air)
Sump has 1.5 gal of oil to start
Here’s the part that I’m not sure SS can handle.
I have to locate a temperature switch just outside the sump (access to the oil via a port, but cannot extend a probe into the sump space). From some testing we KNOW the added material for the port affects how quickly the switch is heated up, but have been unable to create any simulations.
Solidworks cannot do multi-phase, but can do fluid to solid thermal analysis. It seems that SS can do multi-phase but not the thermal.
Can this be done here?