Recently I was talking to a coworker here at CAPINC who reminded me of the “Close Monitor” option in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. While the option is great, it is surprising how few people know about it. After several rounds of extoling the great virtues of Close Monitor, somebody in the room finally had the courage to ask, “Why do we even have that button?”. In response to this request, I have decided to take some time to demystify this simple checkbox.
If you have ever run multiple Flow Simulation studies you may have found the extremely useful Batch Run Functionality inside SOLIDWORKS. If you haven’t, you can find this functionality by right clicking on the “Projects” folder in the “Flow Simulation Analysis” tab or by going to Tools > Flow Simulation > Solve > Batch Run.
Now, you may have noticed a pesky (or perhaps more than pesky) behavior when using the Batch Run.
By default, every study that is run, stays loaded. Until, you come back to dismiss the study window. On the pesky side, it just can clutter your desktop with lots of windows. On the “more than pesky” side, what if you decided to run several studies overnight, and then half way through the night, something happened and your computer lost power, crashed, or was rebooted? It would be nice, if your studies that had completed, could still be used. However, if the monitor windows were still open when the unplanned system failure occurred, the post processing files could be damaged or lost. Also, in some cases, Windows may not let go of the RAM used for one of the studies until the study monitor window is dismissed. When this happens, studies will start to run slower and slower. The result is when you come back in in the morning, your computer is still lethargically chewing on studies is should have been done with long before, or the system crashes for lack of resources.
And THAT’S why we have the button!
The good news? You can avoid all this heartache and pain, with one simple check box! When using Batch Run, be sure to check “Close Monitor”.
This option selected, SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation will automatically close the solver Monitor dialog box for each study when the calculation finishes!
Want to push the solving off to other computers? Check out the article about using the “Run at Computer” option.