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STAR-CCM+ V2.04 Speeds Up Analysis
Posted Thu November 16, 2006 @01:06PM
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News From its first release in 2004, STAR-CCM+ has impressed the CFD community with its rapid pace of development. Written “from the ground up” using a modular programming style and the latest programming techniques, STAR-CCM+ is an entirely new concept in CFD.

Innovations such as built-in surface-wrapping, advanced automated meshing (creating either polyhedral or predominantly hexahedral control volumes) and the ability to “copy and paste” meshes and model set-ups between calculations have quickly established STAR-CCM+ a reputation for producing high-quality simulation results in a single code with minimum user effort.

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Leading surface wrapping and meshing technology for speed and accuracy

At the heart of the STAR-CCM+ V2.04 is a process that links a powerful automated surface wrapper to CD-adapco’s unique meshing technology. The surface wrapper ‘shrink-wraps’ a high quality triangulated surface mesh onto any geometrical model, closing holes in the geometry and joining disconnected and overlapping surfaces, providing a single manifold surface that can be used to automatically generate a computational mesh without user intervention. This approach significantly reduces the number of man-hours spent on surface cleanup for problems that involve large assemblies of complex geometry parts – reducing the entire meshing process to hours instead of days. In addition, STAR-CCM+ V2.04 also includes a comprehensive set of surface-repair tools that allow users to interactively enhance the quality of imported or wrapped surfaces, offering the choice of completely automatic repair, user control or a combination of both.

Specially designed to handle large models efficiently

The ability to efficiently handle large computational meshes is critical in successfully meeting the engineering challenges of modern industry. STAR-CCM+ is specifically designed to handle large models quickly and efficiently via a unique client–server architecture that seamlessly meshes and simultaneously solves and post-processes over multiple computing resources without requiring additional effort from the user.

Industry specific post-processing features

The latest version also introduces an additional range of post-processing capabilities that are specifically tuned towards simulation in the Building Services and HVAC sectors. Rather than just outputting generic engineering quantities STAR-CCM+ can predict the level of comfort experienced by room occupants, using standard industry measures such as Mean Radiant Temperature, Predictive Mean Vote, and Predicted Percentage Dissatisfied.

Advanced Physics

STAR-CCM+ V2.04 also features new combustion, radiation and turbulence modeling capabilities, including the introduction of the V2F turbulence model. The addition of a Coherent Flame Model for premixed combustion is of particular benefit to users in the power-generation, gas turbine and oil and gas industries.

Take STAR-CCM+ for a spin

STAR-CCM+ V2.04 is available on request from CD-adapco’s User Services site or your local CD-adapco office.

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