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Simulating airflow which interacts with assembly


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Hello there,

I have an assembly which is pretty much similar to lottery machine. It is an enclosed space with air intake, air exhaust, containing bunch of balls which needs to be randomized by air flow coming into the assembly.

I have different parameters such as:
- Shape and size of the ball enclosure
- Diameter and weight of the balls
- Air Intake parameters: diameter and shape of intake, pressure in vacuum, flow rate etc.
- Air exhaust: diameter and shape of exhaust, external air pressure etc.

My goal is to try to simulate different configurations and parameters and see which ones result in best ball randomization. For that I need a tool which would visually simulate movement of the balls as well as airflow. Is this possible using SolidWorks and it's flow analysis software?

Best regards,