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Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:26

CD-adapco Annouces Release of STAR-CCM+ v7.06

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CD-adapco is proud to announce the release of STAR-CCM+ v7.06, the latest version of its multidisciplinary engineering simulation software tool.  As the third release in 2012, STAR-CCM+ v7.06 introduces a number of enhancements and new feature that have the specific aim of helping CD-adapco customers: shorten their product development schedules; create more reliable and better quality products; and to gain additional insight into their product behavior and performance.

"STAR-CCM+ v7.06, illustrates our continued commitment to making our customers even more successful through engineering simulation," said Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, Senior VP of Product Management.

Accelerate Your Product Development

In order to play a role in product development, simulation results need to be supplied on time, every-time.

With this is mind, STAR-CCM+ v7.06 is specifically designed to allow customers to get meaningful simulation results faster than ever before:

  • The Continuity Convergence Accelerator (CCA) increases the speed of convergence for the coupled server by up to 400%, delivering increased simulation throughput, and demonstrating our continued investment in innovative coupled solver technology.
  • The STAR-CCM+ CAD-Clients now include associative geometry transfer to STAR-CCM+ with a single click and also maintain the naming between the CAD and CAE models. The new feature facilitates rapid design space exploration with "one-click" design updates.
  • The new Defeaturing capabilities in 3D-CAD allow users to simplify imported CAD models by removing unnecessary fillets, chamfers and holes, or geometrical details.

Improve Your Product Quality and Reliability

Improving product quality is a strategic objective of every company involved in product design or manufacture.  

  • STAR-CCM+ v7.06 delivers more accurate and realistic simulation of droplets with the addition of a Droplet Collision and Coalescence model to our Lagrangian Multiphase capability. The new model is useful when simulating dense or multiple streams that interact with each other.
  • A new Fluid Film Boiling capability is an industry-first and it enables simulation of liquid films coming in contact with very hot surfaces. This capability is a critical requirement for the simulation of Selective Catalytic Reduction in Automotive and Chemical Process Industry applications.
  • As part of an ongoing effort to provide a complete icing & de-icing capability, STAR-CCM+ v7.06 also introduces a Fluid Film Melting & Solidification model, which allows fluid films to form, move, freeze and melt. In the aerospace industry, the model can be used to predict ice accretion and melting on wings. For automotive applications, the model can be used to predict the freezing of films on windshields and defrost/deice simulation.
  • This version also features a unique 3D electrochemistry model for simulating the electrochemical field at a micro-structural level of a Lithium-Ion battery cell.

Better insight into product performance

The ability to communicate engineering information, while engaging with an increasingly non-specialist audience, is a key skill for any CAE engineer. “Effective communication of complex engineering simulation data is a key part of this process,” said Ercolanelli.

One of CD-adapco’s ongoing aims is to make its solution easier to learn, easier to remember and easier to work with on a daily basis. STAR-CCM+ v7.06 includes a range of user experience improvements to facilitate its operation and the analysis of the results: new load simulation dialogue, bounded/slider values, flexible export, color bar formatting and table auto-export, slider control for cross section visualization, reporting and monitoring on the fly

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:10

STAR Global Conference 2013

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The STAR Global Conference 2013 will host an exclusive set of best practice training courses available only to event attendees. Participants can design their own training day choosing from a list of 15 classes (see below).

This year's event is the best networking opportunity of the year. The main conference agenda, March 19 and 20, will host over 50 leading industrial experts. Presenters will explore their engineering processes and demonstrate how they are achieving significant improvements in reliability, cost savings, and time to market.

This exclusive list of classes will only be available on March 20 to registered conference attendees. Find more details on each class on our event website. Please indicate your interest when registering.

  • CAD to Mesh
  • Optimum Mesh Design
  • Turbulence Modeling
  • Heat Transfer Modeling
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aero-thermal Simulation of Vehicles
  • Engine Simulation
  • Coupling DEM with CFD
  • Casting Simulations
  • Electric Machine Design
  • Battery Simulation
  • Design Optimization
  • Optimizing Your Hardware Configuration for Simulation
  • Combustion and Chemical Reaction Modeling
  • The Use of CFD in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering

March 18-20, 2013
Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort
Orlando, FL - United States

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"When developing the STAR-CCM+ v7 series, our goal is threefold; to further shorten the product development schedule of users, to help them increase the quality of their products, and to deliver unique insight into their product's behavior and performance. STAR-CCM+ v7.04 again illustrates our commitment to achieve our goal," said Senior VP of Product Management, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli.

Accelerate Your Product Development

One of the central tenets of simulation as applied to the product development process is that "sometimes a late simulation result is no better than no result at all." In order to play a role in product development simulation, results have to be supplied on time, every-time.

  • Multi-part Solids improves the scalability of thermal simulations that previously involved multiple parts and materials.
  • Solar Loads Calculator allows solar radiation to be automatically specified by latitude, longitude, time and date.
  • Optimate and Optimate+ add-on modules directly employ state-of-the-art process automation and design optimization technology from Red Cedar.

Improve Product Quality and Reliability

By most standard definitions, quality and reliability are the extent to which a product meets or exceeds a customer's expectations. Increasing product quality is a strategic objective of every company involved in product design or manufacture. "If making better quality products were easy, everyone would do it. Any improvement in product quality is usually the result of significant investment in simulation-based-design," said Ercolanelli. "STAR-CCM+ v7.04 includes new modeling capabilities allowing users to tackle the most difficult problems industry has to offer, delivering better engineered products with premium quality and enhanced performance."

  • Implicit Co-simulation between STAR-CCM+ v7.04 and Abaqus v6.12 increases the stability of highly non-linear fluid-structure-interaction problems, speeding up the solution time by use of typically larger time-steps, bringing practical FSI simulation within reach of every simulation engineer.
  • Overset Mesh feature is expanded, allowing regions to travel to, and beyond, the boundary of the domain.

Better Insight into Product Performance

The ability to communicate engineering information, while engaging with an increasingly non-specialist audience, is a key skill for any CAE analyst.

  • Line Integral Convolution plot brings 3D vector fields to life, allowing the interrogation of the complete flow-field.
  • Aero-Vibro Acoustics add-on module provides a complete toolset for aero-acoustics analysis.

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"When developing STAR-CCM+ v7.02, our goal was threefold; to further shorten the product development schedule of our users, to increase the quality of their products, and to deliver unique insight into their product's behavior and performance," said Senior VP of Product Management, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli.

Overset Mesh
For the past 30 years, the ability of engineers to perform Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations of the interaction between multiple moving objects has been severely curtailed by the need to generate an interconnected mesh between the objects. Not only did this requirement make the creation of "moving mesh" simulations an intensive manual process, it also often rendered it impossible in the case of objects with extreme ranges of motion or with very close interaction.

The release of STAR-CCM+ v7.02 changes this forever with the introduction of a new Overset Mesh capability. Overset Mesh (sometimes called "overlapping" or "chimera" mesh), allows the user to generate an individual mesh around each moving object which then can be moved at will over a background mesh. The Overset Mesh capability is fully compatible with the full range of unstructured meshing options in STAR-CCM+. With no need to worry about interconnecting meshes or cell distortion, Overset Mesh brings genuine moving object simulation within the grasp of all engineers.

Overset Mesh can also be used for parametric studies, steady or unsteady simulations, providing an easy way to reposition or replace objects in order to study multiple design configurations.

"The term 'paradigm shift' may be overused, but the introduction of Overset Mesh in STAR-CCM+ v7.02 truly offers a new way of carrying out CAE. Overset Mesh revolutionizes the entire analysis workflow while opening a whole new range of application areas to simulation," said Ercolanelli.

Indirect Mapped Interfaces
STAR-CCM+ v7.02 also revolutionize the simulation workflow for conjugate heat transfer (CHT) simulation (those in which temperatures are solved for both fluid and solid regions). The new Indirect Mapped Interface allows to using non-conformal meshes between solid and fluid domains. Not only does this reduce the time required to set up a CHT simulation, but it also has the potential to greatly increase the accuracy of the simulation results by allowing the user to specify the most appropriate mesh for each region without worrying about making them conformal at the interface.

Solution History
The Solution History is an entirely new feature of STAR-CCM+ v7.02, allowing engineers to review and explore the analysis results space by providing a complete history of a simulation, both in terms of changing results and changing design configuration. For the first time, engineers can record, store, compare, and visualize results from any analysis type. Results from multiple simulations may be recorded in a single simulation history file and easily replayed. Since the user can choose exactly which data is stored for each configuration or time-step, all this can be achieved without a large storage overhead.

The Solution History feature also provides a way of comparing multiple design configurations in a single STAR-CCM+ session.

See STAR-CCM+ v7 at the STAR Global Conference
The STAR Global Conference (March 19-21, 2012, the Netherlands) is the official launch event of STAR-CCM+ v7.02, and will include demonstrations of all the new features and a dedicated training course designed to orient users with the new software.

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CD-adapco and Access are pleased to announce the release of an exciting new version of STAR-Cast, the technology-leading simulation tool for all industrial casting simulations.

Developed in collaboration between a world-leading provider of engineering simulation technology and recognized international experts in casting and metallurgy, STAR-Cast v1.10 brings automation and ease-of-use into casting and foundry processes.

STAR-Cast provides a comprehensive and intuitive process for performing multiphase casting simulation – liquid, solid and gaseous – including conjugate heat transfer, a sharp resolution of the filling front, free-surface fragmentation, motion of trapped gas bubbles in melt, and natural convection in melt and gas.

“STAR-Cast v1.10 includes a new streamlined casting simulation process that places industrial strength simulation technology in the hands of foundrymen, casting designers and tool makers,” says Robert Guntlin, Managing Director of Access. “The addition of new tools that facilitate High Pressure Die Casting and Investment Casting makes STAR-Cast v1.10 a formidable tool that I sincerely believe will lead to unprecedented levels of innovation and cost reduction in industrial casting.”

“CD-adapco is committed to making the best advanced engineering simulation technology available for solving the most difficult problems that manufacturing has to offer,” said CD-adapco President Steve MacDonald. “STAR-Cast v1.10 is a product of our many years of simulation experience combined with the leading expertise of Access in casting and metallurgy. We are proud to be their partners.”

STAR-Cast v1.10 is now also available on the Windows 7.0 platform.

Enhancements to STAR-Cast v1.10 include:

High Pressure Die Casting: STAR-Cast v1.10 includes the ability to simulate the action of a moving piston, facilitating the analysis of High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) processes. The piston can be actuated using either a specified velocity profile or controlled dynamically depending on the pressures predicted by the simulation, and includes full heat transfer modeling between the melt and the piston wall.

Shell Molds for Investment Casting: Realistic modeling of dipping-type ceramic shell molds is crucial to accurate simulation of investment casting processes. STAR-Cast v1.10 provides a high-performance tool for calculating the outer surface of the virtual shell in close correlation to the real shape of the mold. The user-defined input parameter is the mean shell thickness. The growth and final thickness of the virtual mold are a function of local surface curvature, controlled by a full-suite of user configurable parameters.

Investment Casting Misrun Prediction: The prediction of misrun formation is based on STAR-Cast’s unique, fully coupled computational continuum mechanics approach, featuring a multiphase mold filling module. Only this combination can enable concurrent computation of fluid flow, temperature and liquid-solid transition and includes a permeability calculation for the mushy zone, which is treated as porous media: the Darcy term in the momentum equation depends on the permeability of the mushy zone; the fraction liquid curve and the secondary dendrite arm spacing are the alloy-specific input parameters.

Material Database: The precision of casting simulation results depends to a high degree on the quality and completeness of the required material data. For this reason, a dedicated material database is key to assuring quality of simulation: the data stored in STAR-Cast mat are certified and qualified according to an internal documentation scheme. For every material included in STAR-Cast mat, all the data you need to run a casting process simulation successfully is provided. For each physical property, a dataset is indicated as recommended for a simulation. Integration of data documentation into casting simulation reports is easy. Searches for and retrieval of data stored in STAR-Cast mat is executed via the GUI, which combines easy use with access to full information about datasets. Straightforward data export allows you to assemble the material dataset appropriate to the simulation problem posed and to transfer this dataset to STAR-Cast.

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CD-adapco, the world's largest independent CFD-focused provider of engineering simulation software, support and services, announced the latest release of STAR-CCM+ version 6.04 today.

"CD-adapco has over 30 years of experience in delivering industrial strength engineering simulation to a wide range of industries and application areas. Our purpose is to help our customers to succeed through the application of engineering simulation: driving innovation in product design AND reducing the engineering time and cost associated with bringing those products to market," explains Senior VP of Product Management Jean-Claude Ercolanelli. "Being simulation engineers ourselves, we understand our users' challenges and are uniquely placed to help meet them. We designed STAR-CCM+ v6.04 in collaboration with our customers, implementing their requests to improve the coverage, speed and usability of our software solution."

The release of STAR-CCM+ v6.04 has three specific aims:

* to further expand the application coverage through the addition of new and validated physics
* to further improving quality, robustness and speed of our meshing technology
* to enhance usability of 3D-CAD, the surface preparation tools, the CAD-Clients, and the visualization capabilities

Eulerian Multiphase

Heat and mass transfer between phases have been added to the existing Eulerian multiphase capabilities. These new features, in combination with a range of new phase interaction options, allow the simulation of wider range of situations. Also added in v6.04 is the option for phase permeable walls opening up the possibility of simulating collection efficiency on boundaries, a key requirement for the study of vehicle soiling, icing prediction on aircrafts.

DEM bonding and breaking

The Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) can be used to simulate the motion of the granular flow of sand, food particles, metal powders, plant matter, capsules and slurries, etc. In STAR-CCM+ v6.04 this model is enhanced with ability to simulate particle bonding – "clumping" – and breaking under constraint , as well as particles connected by flexible bonds.

Liquid Film formation, transport and stripping

The accurate simulation of liquid sprays requires the ability to predict what happens when droplets from the spray interact with a solid surface. The STAR-CCM+ v6.04 release includes a new model to predict the formation and transport of a thin liquid film on a solid surface, and its subsequent stripping and break-up under aerodynamic forces.

Parallel meshing

The STAR-CCM+ v6.04 release includes parallel meshing capability. Available initially for the polyhedral and prism layer meshers, the parallel meshing capability delivers significant reductions in both memory requirement and meshing time.

Unlock the full power of STAR-CCM+ from within Autodesk Inventor

New in STAR-CCM+ v6.04, the Inventor CAD client allows you to leverage advanced simulation capabilities from the comfort of the Autodesk Inventor environment. With full parametric associativity, boundary setup and both polyhedral and trimmed cell meshing, the CAD clients allow analysis to be seamlessly integrated into your engineering design process. The STAR-CCM+ CAD clients are also available for CATIA V5, SolidWorks, Pro/E and NX.

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After two decades in London, CD-adapco’s STAR European Conference 2011 moved to a seaside town just 20 minutes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.  Noordwijk was an ideal location for the conference this year. Travel to and from the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin was a breeze for CD-adapco’s European customers and the beach view didn’t hurt either.

The theme of CD-adapco’s STAR conferences for 2011 is “Engineering Success.” The presentations given and attendees’ feedback from the STAR European Conference have already proved this theme to be very appropriate.

During his welcome speech, CD-adapco’s Senior Vice President, Bill Clark, said, “CD-adapco's purpose is to inspire innovation while reducing costs through the application of engineering simulation.” He reported, “We are on track to meet our target of $135 Million end user spend and have seen an organic growth of 17-20% over past 5 years.

Our latest customer satisfaction survey shows 95% of CD-adapco customers are satisfied with CD-adapco Software and Services and 97% of customers would recommend CD-adapco.” These numbers are very encouraging in supporting the continuing growth and reinvestment into the company.

Dr. Line Gulstad, Manager, Global Flow Solutions, Wind and Site Competence Centre for Vestas Technology R&D was the Keynote Speaker at the conference and presented how Vestas has achieved Engineering Success by working with CD-adapco. Dr. Gulstad complimented the excellent service and support CD-adapco has provided for over a number of years. She continued, "CD-adapco has certainly inspired innovation at Vestas."

The STAR European Conference was also the official release event for STAR-CCM+ v6, the latest, greatest, version of CD-adapco’s flagship simulation tool. Attendees learned firsthand from experts at the STAR-CCM+ Lab and were equipped with a wealth of hints and tricks to make their own CAE process more effective from the outset.

An exciting session during the conference was when CD-adapco displayed its Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) feature in STAR-CCM+ v6 by playing a lottery to win an iPad. The engineers presenting the feature had used STAR-CCM+ to model and run a simulation of a lottery machine selecting numbered balls. The attendee with the matching numbers in his proceedings booklet won. The winner was Dr. Heinrich Reister from Daimler AG.

Ultimately, because the STAR European Conference 2011 was such an “Engineering Success,” CD-adapco has decided to return for the STAR European Conference 2012.

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CD-adapco is pleased to announce the release of STAR-CCM+ v6.02, the latest version of its flagship multiphysics engineering simulation tool. STAR-CCM+ v6.02 perfectly illustrates CD-adapco’s purpose: to help customers succeed through the application of engineering simulation: driving innovation in its products AND reducing the time and cost associated with bringing those products to market.

The latest version of STAR-CCM+ v6.02 is specifically designed to increase our customers’ innovation through the addition of new simulation technologies, expanding its use into new applications, while increasing productivity through improving existing simulation processes.   

STAR-CCM+ v6.02 looks certain to overtake STAR-CCM+ v5.06 as the most downloaded release in the CD-adapco’s 30 year history, playing a pivotal role in the continual growth of CD-adapco’s presence in the CAE market. The secret of STAR-CCM+’s success is simple, says Jean Claude Ercolanelli, Senior Vice President Product Management: “We maintain a constant dialogue with our customers, carefully observing new trends and challenges. Each new release of STAR-CCM+ is a balance between fulfilling the requests of our customers, and the introduction of new technology that expands the use of the software into new industrial applications, such as battery design, and electro-deposition painting.”

“In its most fundamental form, success works on a personal level, ensuring that individual engineers are able to deliver meaningful simulation results on time and in a manner which can be used to influence the engineering design process,” continues Ercolanelli. “By listening to our users, we are uniquely placed to understand the challenges they face. We understand the importance of continually improving our software products to make them increasingly accurate, efficient and easy to use.”
Available for download now, STAR-CCM+ v6.02 will be officially launched at the STAR European Conference 2011, which will include orientation training; new feature demonstrations; the STAR-CCM+ Dedicated Support Engineers area, allowing attendees to explore product features; and a STAR-CCM+ Labs corner where future developments will be showcased.

Battery Simulation Module

A specific battery module, allows the simulation of flow, thermal and electrochemistry phenomena for Li-Ion battery cells and packs, providing the user with all the multi-physics capability required to simulate battery behavior in a single environment. The new module includes user defined discretization controls for thermal and electrochemical network within a cell and automated problem definition to quickly create battery packs from defined cells.


The new Electro-deposition coating (e-coating) model simulates the deposition of paint under the influence of an electric field when a charged product is dipped into a bath of paint. With user defined paint properties, analysts can examine the efficiency of a painting process by predicting exactly how the layers of paint accumulate over time.

Potential application areas:
Initially requested Automotive OEMs, the model implemented in STAR-CCM+ v6.02 is indeed equally applicable to all electro-deposition coating processes.

Motion Superposition

Motion Superposition allows users to prescribe more complex body motion within a simulation and combine multiple rigid body motions or rigid body motions with mesh morphing.

Potential application areas:
Aerospace – rotorcrafts, helicopter blades
Marine – bow thrusters
Consumer goods – fans

DEM and Lagrangian

Now supports full moving mesh and phase selective boundaries.


As simulation increasingly occupies its rightful place as a mainstream engineering design tool, pertinently conveying simulation data remains one of the biggest challenges facing engineering analysts.

Recognizing this, STAR-CCM+ v6.02 includes a wealth of new post –processing functionality:
Histogram graph types used for statistical analysis (appropriate for Lagrangian analysis, cell quality visualization, etc)
Start and end markers for streamlines, Iso-line values, Log color scales, uniformity index reports.

New STAR-CCM+ Plug-in for Isight

Isight is a process flow and optimization code from SIMULIA, a Dassault Systèmes brand (, that can be used to drive a variety of different CAE tools. This new CD-adapco developed plugin allows control of STAR-CCM+ within an optimization problem with full access to field functions and design parameters.

For complete information on all new features in STAR-CCM+ v6.02 or to download it today please visit CD-adapco’s user services site or contact your local office.

D-adapco and Access are pleased to announce an exciting new version of STAR-Cast, their jointly developed software solution for all industrial casting simulation. Developed in collaboration between a world leading provider of CAE technology and recognized international experts in casting and metallurgy, STAR-Cast V1.08 brings unrivalled ease-of-use and automation to the simulation of casting processes and introduces a new level of multi-disciplinary sophistication to simulation results.

STAR-Cast provides a comprehensive and intuitive process for performing multiphase casting simulation - liquid, solid and gaseous – including conjugate heat transfer, a sharp resolution of the filling front, free-surface fragmentation, motion of trapped gas bubbles in melt, natural convection in melt and gas.

STAR-Cast V1.08 adds simulation of the investment casting processes, including shell mold generation, radiation within the mold and the cast, movement of mold and cavity into a Bridgman furnace.

New physics models have been implemented, for instance water evaporation in sand, and also a number of additional post-processing engineering criteria for easing the analyses and understanding of the results.

"STAR-Cast V1.08 is a truly innovative solution for anyone involved in industrial casting," says Jean Claude Ercolanelli, Sr. Vice President Product Management at CD-adapco. "However, innovation by itself is not enough.  We've listened to our customers and delivered a product that is intuitive to use, that speaks the language of casting engineers and uniquely addresses the challenges faced by this industry."

“STAR-Cast V1.08 combines the leading technology for casting processes simulation with a great easy of use in meshing and model definition,” says Jürgen Jakumeit, Head of STAR-Cast development at Access.

STAR-Cast is an engineering simulation solution for a broad range of casting processes:

* Gravity Sand Casting
* Gravity (tilting) Die Casting
* Low pressure and Counter Pressure Casting
* Centrifugal Casting
* Investment casting

Try it today

For complete information on all new features in STAR-Cast V1.08 or to download it today please visit CD-adapco's user services site or contact your local office.

About Access
Access is an independent research center associated with the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH) in Germany. 50 engineers and scientists are pooling a diversity of individual skills to merge both scientific and technological know-how in materials and processes with a special focus on metallic materials and casting processes.

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