Explore design options, save energy, and reduce risk. More than simply a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution, Simcenter STAR-CCM+ provides comprehensive multiphysics simulation and a single CAD to solution integrated environment.
From Fluids to Forces, Find Answers to Design Questions
Engineers have long used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions to solve mathematical equations to accurately predict the movement of fluids. With its single computer assisted design (CAD) to solution integrated environment, Simcenter STAR-CCM+ goes beyond conventional CFD simulation. Get model-based simulation and prediction of:
- Chemical reactions
- Heat transfer
- Particle motion
- Multiphase flows
- Electromagnetic field strength
- Structural stress
This wide-ranging ability to create simulations, analyze results, and predict real-world performance enables exploring the design space as never before. Rather than refining a concept, creating some prototypes, testing them, and moving on to manufacturing, Simcenter STAR-CCM+ delivers unprecedented ability to identify and refine optimal designs quickly.
Using disconnected tools at every stage of CFD simulation causes major bottlenecks. Simcenter STAR-CCM+provides a single integrated environment for every stage of the simulation process. Go from CAD to mesh to solution and analysis using a single simulation model and single user interface.
Enjoy an improved user experience and completely automated workflow. Create a pipelined process and replay it easily. Once the first simulation file is complete, update design changes without effort – enabling intelligent design exploration.
Gas Turbine Combustion – an Example
For the automakers and in aerospace, Simcenter STAR-CCM+ is used to analyze aerodynamics and optimize designs to minimize drag. Shipbuilders use the solution to improve marine propulsion, reduce cavitation, and decrease fuel use. But what about multiphysics applications such as combustion? Consider its benefits to the design of gas turbines.
Efficiency is the primary feature buyers of gas turbines care about, followed by durability. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ simulates the mixing of fuel and air within the combustion chambers of these highly complex machines, allowing engineers to analyze the results of changes in each design iteration without needing to build physical prototypes. It also determines how thoroughly fuel is burnt and the thermal behavior of each area of the turbine. All of this enables engineering teams to optimize designs for efficiency and durability while minimizing the need for physical prototypes.
Optimizing Computing Resources
One of the main advantages of Simcenter STAR-CCM+ is its ability to ramp up the simulation and virtual testing of products to dozens or even hundreds of iterations far faster than previously possible. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ does this by scaling to hundreds of thousands of cores, which allow users to run simulations in parallel on powerful computers.
Some users host these systems on premises, opting to keep all the computing equipment in-house. Many others run Simcenter STAR-CCM+ in a cloud environment. A primary advantage of the cloud approach is the ability to scale the use of computing power up or down in response to changes in demand, which means paying only for what you use.
Virtualization for Greener Products and a Cleaner World
Simcenter STAR-CCM+ does more than improve the operational performance of the products designed with it. Using the solution also contributes to a cleaner environment.
Engineers can design products with increased energy efficiency in mind. They can also simulate designs that use less material or greener approaches and analyze their likely performance in the real world – without needing to create prototypes for testing. The dramatic reductions in physical prototyping also reduces the total use of materials and generation of waste.
Built-in Design Exploration
Make running single-scenario engineering simulations a thing of the past. Set up and automatically evaluate families of designs directly within Simcenter STAR-CCM+. Eliminate the complex process of stringing together multiple tools to run a comprehensive simulation.
The STAR-CCM+ platform fully integrates design exploration. This all-in-one platform is unique in being able to run multiple search strategies simultaneously. It dynamically adapts to a problem as it learns about the design space. Use the pipelined workflows and accurate physics of this complete simulation solution to overcome the complexities that have historically made it difficult to make the fullest use of CFD simulation. Take advantage of:
- Automated meshing
- Exploring the design space in fewer iterations than other methods
- No need for specialized expertise
- No need to decide which search strategy to use
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