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Computer Modeling by Consulting Engineers SML Associates

SML Associates has had a strong focus on the use of both computer and physical models for understanding and solving engineering problems for over forty years and understands the benefits and limits of such models and how best to validate them with experimental testing.

SOLIDWORKS

Features
  • 3-D modeling
  • Simulations models built in
  • Export to Comsol
  • Export to 3D printer
  • Export to CNC
Benefits
  • Everything fits together
  • Calculate stress, heat transfer
  • For more complicated problems
  • Rapid fabrication of small parts
  • Accurate transfer of data
Applications
  • Valve design, cooled nozzle
  • Quartz coil, reactor shell
  • Cyclones, heat exchangers
  • Small filters, conical sections
  • Quartz machining

COMSOL – MULTIPHYSICS

Features
  • Physics FEA Solver
  • Simulation modules
  • Fluid flow
  • Heat transfer
  • Electromagnetic
Benefits
  • Solve any finite element analysis
  • Import and analyze
  • Prebuilt modules simplify setup
  • Simultaneous conduction, convection & radiation
  • EM fields and heat conduction
Applications
  • Flow around baffles
  • Water cooled nozzle
  • Cyclones, cooling fins
  • High temperature electric heaters
  • Magnetic stabilized reactors

HSC

Features
  • Chemical equilibrium modeling
  • Large database + SML data
  • Reaction heat balance
  • Furnace insulation design
Benefits
  • Accurate with trace impurities
  • Can handle thousands of species
  • Calculate peak temperature
  • Accurate insulation design
Applications
  • TCS impurity species
  • Silane & disilane reactors
  • Safety evaluations
  • Tanks, pipes, reactors & heaters

TKSOLVER/EXCEL

Features
  • Backsolver for any equation
  • List solver
  • Generalized spreadsheet modeling
  • Macro automation
Benefits
  • Easy to solve for different variables
  • Can do parametric solutions
  • Low cost
  • Pre-existing templates for many applications
Applications
  • Design grinding nozzles
  • Effect of length on heat transfer
  • Mass & Energy balance
  • Equipment design