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STAR-CCM+ V3 Released: Three is a Magic Number
Posted Mon March 03, 2008 @05:40PM
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News CD-adapco announces the release of STAR-CCM+ v3.02, the engineering process oriented computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software.

The newest version continues the demanding four month release schedule and introduces major enhancements over previous versions including: a dedicated facility for preparing, simulating and post-processing rotating or turbomachinery problems; a new automatic surface repair tool; and the introduction of a new DES turbulence model.

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Integrated Turbomachinery Functionality
Turbomachinery has been a target application area for STAR-CCM+ since its inception. Recent releases have included many new features that are aimed directly at the turbomachinery community, a process that has now reached maturity with STAR-CCM+ V3.02, which introduces a dedicated interface for performing turbomachinery simulations.

“The new graphical user interface essentially captures CD-adapco’s best practice for setting up, meshing, solving and analyzing problems involving compressors, turbines or other rotating machinery,” says CD-adapco VP of Product Management Jean-Claude Ercolanelli.

“The interface guides users through the process of performing turbomachinery analysis step-by-step, but is flexible enough to allow for significant user customisation. For example, depending on circumstance users can choose to construct meshes using arbitrary polyhedral, automatic hexahedra, or using a new elliptical mesher that produces structured boundary fitted hexahedral meshes.”

STAR-CCM+ V3.02 also includes an enhanced mixing plane methodology that allows unequal pitch rotor-stator interactions and a wider range of turbine configurations.

Automatic Surface Repair
The automatic surface repair tool has the ability to fix poor quality triangulation, self intersection and close proximity faces at the click of a button. This feature has been extensively tested on range of industrial geometries of various complexities. The one click repair may be used at any stage of the surface meshing process to provide the highest quality surface possible, eliminating the need for a manual geometry fixing.

Together with the existing surface wrapping and manual surface repair functionality, STAR-CCM+ V3.02 now offers users a no-compromise choice between stress-free automatic repair and fine manual control, or a combination of both.

Engineering challenges, STAR-CCM+ solutions
The goal of any analyst is to produce accurate and meaningful results in a timely manner. By consistently improving the physical modelling capabilities of the solver in each new release, STAR-CCM+ helps to push back the boundaries of what is possible in engineering analysis. For aerodynamic and aeroacoustic analysis, STAR-CCM+ V3.02 includes the k-Ω SST DES turbulence model, offering unsteady turbulence modelling without the cost associated with a full LES simulation. Heat transfer and conjugate heat transfer within STAR-CCM+ are also enhanced with extended and improved radiation capabilities and the introduction of an additional dual stream, single phase heat exchanger model for vehicle thermal comfort in underhood analysis.

Try it today
STAR-CCM+ V3.02 is now available from CD-adapco’s User Services site, or from your local CD-adapco office.

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