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FLOWCast   UNIT 1: Overview and Quick Start Guide UNIT 2: System Installation and System Considerations UNIT 3: Setting Up a Fluid Flow Simulation Run UNIT 4: The FLOWCast Toolbar UNIT 5: The File Menu UNIT 6: The Models Menu UNIT 7: The Graphics Menu UNIT 8: The Settings Menu UNIT 9: The Help Menu

Back to FLOWCast Menu   Hardware Minimum Requirements (SOLIDCast without OPTICast or FLOWCast, or for small mesh node counts) Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 or better, or AMD Athlon II or better 2 GB RAM 500GB Hard Drive Midrange ($200-$300) DirectX 9 or 10 compatible video card Windows XP Professional or Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise,

Back to FLOWCast Menu   The main options for running FLOWCast are controlled from the FLOWCast Toolbar, as shown here: This section will describe each of the functions available from the toolbar. You can find the name of each icon by moving the cursor over the top of the icon. Open Model File This option

Back to FLOWCast Menu   This menu is not active at the current time. Please use the information provided in this training manual to answer your questions, or direct your questions to Finite Solutions Inc. or your local agent. You can contact Finite Solutions Inc. at the following addresses: David Schmidt                                         Larry Smiley

Back to FLOWCast Menu   The Display and View Controls are on the right side of the FLOWCast Toolbar. These controls give you great flexibility in what data is displayed and how the data is viewed during a simulation. Display Control The Display Control allows you to switch between nine different types of data, as

Back to FLOWCast Menu   The first step in running a fluid flow simulation using FLOWCast is to load a casting model in SOLIDCast. An example casting is shown here: The first thing to note about the model is that you must have at least one piece of Fill Material present in the model. Fill

Back to FLOWCast Menu   This menu is used to control the color, thickness and number of pathlines displayed when using the Display Particle Tracks Group function. This function is toggled on or off using the Pathlines Tab. It also controls the Filling Speedup parameter. Options available are: These options will be explained in the

Back to FLOWCast Menu   This menu contains the following six options: These options will be explained in the rest of this unit. Drawing window position This function has two options, On Left and On Right. This specifies which side of the screen the Drawing Window is positioned. The Drawing Window contains the picture of

Back to FLOWCast Menu   This menu is not active at the current time.    

Back to FLOWCast Menu   The File menu has the following seven options: These functions will be explained in the remainder of this unit. Open AFSolid Project This function was originally used to select a project to run a flow simulation on. Since FLOWCast is now launched automatically, this function is no longer needed. Open

Back to FLOWCast Menu   The Status Tab keeps you informed as to how far the simulation has progressed, and allows you to create animation sequences from the saved data. The four sections of the Status Tab are: Time Steps (available for restart) Time Steps Animation AVI animation file CPU Times (sec) The Status Tab

Back to FLOWCast Menu   The Display Tab gives you even more control of the visual screen during a simulation run. The Display Tab has the following options: Cutting plane Display Range Min-Max Temperature Scale Range Point values These options are described in the rest of this unit. Cutting Plane This function is used to create a

Back to FLOWCast Menu   The Filling Tab contains two main areas, Filling Parameters and Simulation Parameters, as shown below: Filling Parameters show the inflow speed, pouring temperature and stop flow temperature. The first two parameters are extracted from the meshed model, and are display-only. They cannot be modified by the user. The Stop Flow

Back to FLOWCast Menu   The Anim Tab keeps you informed as to how far the simulation has progressed, and allows you to create animation sequences from the saved data. The three sections of the Anim Tab are: Time Steps (only for animation) Time Steps Animation AVI animation file The Anim Tab looks like this:

Back to FLOWCast Menu   FLOWCast releases a group of particles from the fill material / casting interface cells at the start of the filling simulation, and then at regular intervals during the simulation. The frequency of particle groups release is approximately at 10% increments of casting filling. Each one of the particles released from

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