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STAR-CCM+ v5.06: Now with Discrete Element Modeling
Posted Wed November 03, 2010 @03:11PM
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CD-adapco The introduction of a new Discrete Element Modeling capability into the latest release of CD-adapco's multi-disciplinary engineering software, STAR-CCM+, adds the ability to simulate bulk material handling and granular flows.

In addition, STAR-CCM+ v5.06 includes a broad range of new features and improvements, including more than 200 customer enhancement requests.


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The Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) can be used to simulate the motion of a large number of interacting discrete particles, such as the granular flow of sand, food particles, metal powders, capsules and slurries. DEM tracks the interaction between every particle in a numerically efficient manner, modeling contact forces and energy transfer due to collision and conductive and radiative heat transfer between particles.

STAR-CCM+ is the first commercial engineering simulation tool to include a DEM capability that is fully coupled with numerical flow simulation in a single software environment.

Potential industrial applications of DEM include:

  • Mining: Transport of granular materials & Rock mechanics
  • Oil and Gas: Transport through pipes
  • Pharmaceuticals: Tablet coating, Mixing & Packing
  • Agriculture and Food Production: Hoppers & Conveyors

Improved CAD integration
STAR-CCM+ v5.06 also includes new CAD clients for CATIA V5, Solidworks, Pro/E and NX. Each of these STAR-CCM+ CAD clients enables engineers and designers to manage multi-disciplinary engineering simulation from the comfort of their chosen CAD environment, an approach that delivers a number of compelling benefits over the traditional simulation process:

  1. Communication between various members of a project team is enhanced, as designers and engineers can share models and results.
  2. The simulation is directly associated with the geometry, enabling parametric “what-if” design evaluations
  3. Associativity with parametric CAD models allows easy modification of parts without the need to redefine units, materials or boundary conditions, saving time and improving productivity.

Co-simulation with Abaqus FEA from SIMULIA
Although STAR-CCM+ offers a comprehensive suite of multiphysics capabilities, there are occasions in which it is beneficial to tightly couple with a third party simulation tool, such as Abaqus FEA, WAVE, OLGA and GT-Power. For the first time STAR-CCM+ v5.06 includes direct connection to Abaqus FEA, delivering fully coupled, two-way, fluid-structure interaction. Using direct co-simulation coupling provides efficiency and reduced overhead associated with tasks such as file-based coupling or use of external middleware software. The direct coupling between STAR-CCM+ and Abaqus FEA will bring fluid-structure-thermal calculations within the reach of all simulation engineers, making FSI a standard part of the engineering design process.

Aeroacoustic Far Field Propagation
CD-adapco is committed to expanding and enhancing the aeroacoustic capabilities in STAR-CCM+. The new release includes far field propagation using the Ffowcs Williams-Hawkins method. This method, coupled with the already extensive analysis tools, provides a complete feature set for aeroacoustic analysis in STAR-CCM+.

Try it today
For complete information on all new features in STAR-CCM+ v5.06 or to download it today please visit CD-adapco’s user services site or contact your local office.

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