Simcenter STAR-CCM+: Multiphase Fluid Flow, Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics, Hydrodynamics, Combustion, Heat Transfer, Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI), HVAC and Thermal Comfort

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ is a comprehensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software solution developed by Siemens Digital Industries Software. It is widely used for simulating and analyzing complex fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena in various industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy, and manufacturing.

STAR-CCM+ offers a wide range of capabilities to model and analyze fluid flow, thermal management, multiphase flows, combustion, and other related phenomena. The software also includes various turbulence models, such as k-ε, k-ω SST, and large eddy simulation (LES), which enable accurate modeling of turbulent flows.

STAR-CCM+ allows for the coupling of different physics domains, enabling simulations involving fluid-structure interaction (FSI), fluid-electromagnetics, fluid-particle interaction, and other coupled physics problems.

Siemens Star-CCM+ Capabilities

  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation: Simcenter provides industry leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for fast, accurate CFD simulation of almost any engineering problem that involves the flow of liquids, gases (or a combination of both), together with all of the associated physics.
  • Design Exploration: Design exploration software takes simulation to the next level by allowing users to determine appropriate values of variables that yield product designs that result in exceptional performanceElectrochemistry Simulation: Significantly improving a battery design across its whole operating range is a challenging task, and involves the simultaneous optimization of numerous parameters. Simcenter provides a complete simulation environment for the analysis and design of the electrochemical system and detailed geometry of individual battery cells.
  • Moving Objects: Within a single CFD software environment, Simcenter empowers users to simulate not only a broad range of physics but also a broad range of body and mesh motions to accurately capture your physics. With our motion models for CFD simulations, you can simulate real-world performance of moving, overlapping objects with overset meshing, predict dynamic 6-DOF motion of bodies, understand multi-physics interactions to model performance ‘as installed’, easily drive geometric changes for design exploration, easily predict rotating/translating machine behavior and define sophisticated motions to accurately replicate machine operations.
  • Multiphase Flow Simulation: Accurately representing the physical behavior of the different fluid and solid phases is key to capturing the real-world performance of your product. Simcenter offers a variety of both Eulerian and Lagrangian modeling capabilities to suit your multiphase flow simulation software needs.
  • Particle-Flow Integration: The discrete element method (DEM) can be used to simulate the motion of a large number of interacting discrete objects (particles), such as the granular flow of aggregates, food particles, metal powders, tablets and capsules, and wheat or grass. Simcenter is the first commercial engineering simulation tool to include a DEM capability that is fully coupled with numerical flow simulation.
  • Reacting Flow: Gain insight into the interactions between turbulent flow field and underlying chemistry of reacting flows. Simcenter helps you improve the trade-off between the performance and emissions of your device for different operating conditions.
  • Rheology Modeling: Computational rheology is used to model non-Newtonian or viscoelastic materials in industrial problems. The rheology solver accurately resolves the dominant physics of complex rheological material flow and helps predict their behavior.
  • Thermal Simulation: Simcenter includes comprehensive, best-in-class thermal simulation capabilities that can help you to understand the thermal characteristics of your product and subsequently tailor your thermal management solution for optimal performance.
  • Battery Simulation: Digitally validate Li-ion cell design including geometrical cell specifications and cell performance with battery CFD simulation. Extensive components of a battery cell are available, as well as a material database to support the user in model development using CFD analysis.
  • Co-simulation: Couple to other simulation tools through dedicated interfaces, or an intuitive API. This enables the multi-physics simulations with different time scales ranging from microseconds to thousands of seconds, providing faster and more accurate analyses and shorter turnover times for development and assessment of complex designs.
  • Electric Machines: Comprehensive analytical models include all aspects of the design of electric machines, including thermal, electromagnetic and drive control. Of particular importance is the efficient utilization, and even elimination, of magnets. Our simulation tools are structured to give seamless design capability over the entire range of permanent-magnet machines and the alternatives including hybrid combinations and covers the entire range of power, voltage, and speed used in vehicle systems.
  • Engine Simulation: Engine simulations involve moving components, multiphase flow, combustion and heat transfer. You no longer have to be an expert user to simulate internal combustion engines: using an application-specific workflow and simplified interface allows you to set up engine simulations quickly and easily. Expert users can use those simulations as the starting point for performing more complicated multiphysics engine simulations that exploit the full range of Simcenter STAR-CCM+ simulation capabilities.
  • Solid Mechanics: Almost all real-world engineering problems ultimately depend on the interaction between fluids and solid structures. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ offers both finite volume (FV)-based computational fluid dynamics and finite element (FE)-based computational solid mechanics (CSM) in an easy-to-use single integrated user interface. Using this approach you can solve static, quasi-static, and dynamic problems including those with nonlinear geometry and multiple parts using bonded and small sliding contacts.
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Simcenter Star-CCM+ applications in the aerospace industry

  • Aerodynamic analysis: Star-CCM+ is extensively used to analyze and optimize the aerodynamic performance of aircraft, including wings, fuselages, and control surfaces. It aids in understanding airflow patterns, lift and drag characteristics, and optimizing designs for improved efficiency and reduced fuel consumption.

  • Jet engine simulations: Star-CCM+ can be used for modeling and analyzing the flow within jet engines. It helps optimize combustion processes, evaluate engine performance parameters, and assess factors such as airflow distribution, pressure losses, and heat transfer within the engine components.

  • Aeroacoustics: Simcenter Star-CCM+ can be employed to predict and analyze the noise generated by aircraft during flight. This simulation helps in assessing noise sources, optimizing designs to reduce noise emissions, and improving passenger comfort.

  • Aircraft icing simulations: Simcenter Star-CCM+ can be used to study and analyze ice accretion on aircraft surfaces. By modeling the behavior of supercooled water droplets and ice formation processes, Star-ccm+ aids in evaluating the effects of icing on aircraft performance, stability, and safety. It supports the development of effective anti-icing and de-icing systems.

  • Store separation and external aerodynamics: Star-CCM+ can be utilized to model the separation of external stores, such as missiles, fuel tanks, or external payloads, from aircraft during flight. It helps understand the aerodynamic forces acting on the aircraft and the stores, optimizing store release mechanisms, and ensuring safe and stable separation.

  • High-speed and supersonic flows: Star-CCM+ is capable of simulating and analyzing high-speed and supersonic flows around aircraft. It aids in understanding shock waves, boundary layer behavior, and optimizing designs for reduced drag and improved supersonic performance.

  • Thermal management: Star-CCM+ can be used to simulate and analyze heat transfer within aircraft components, such as engines, avionics systems, and cooling systems. It helps in optimizing cooling strategies, evaluating temperature distributions, and ensuring thermal stability under various operating conditions.

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ applications in the defense industry

  1. Aerodynamic analysis of missiles and projectiles: STAR-CCM+ is extensively used to simulate and optimize the aerodynamics of missiles, rockets, and projectiles. It aids in analyzing the stability, control, and trajectory of these weapons, optimizing their design for improved accuracy and performance.

  2. Ballistic impact and armor design: STAR-CCM+ in coupled with FEA solvers such as Abaqus are employed to study the impact of projectiles on armor materials. It helps in understanding the deformation and penetration behavior of armor, optimizing designs for enhanced protection, and assessing the vulnerability of military vehicles and personnel.

  3. Blast and explosion simulations: STAR-CCM+ can plays a critical role in simulating and analyzing the effects of blasts and explosions. It aids in studying the propagation of blast waves, assessing the blast wave pressures distribution in time domain in structures, buildings and vehicles, and optimizing the design of protective structures and equipment. Evaluating the structural response is available with transferring computed load form CFD to FEA Solver such as Abaqus and LS-Dyna.

  4. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): STAR-CCM+ is used to simulate and analyze the aerodynamics of UAVs, including fixed-wing and rotorcraft designs. It aids in optimizing UAV performance, evaluating stability and control characteristics, and improving efficiency and maneuverability.

  5. Underwater vehicle hydrodynamics: STAR-CCM+ employed to study the hydrodynamics of underwater vehicles, including submarines and torpedoes. It aids in analyzing vehicle maneuverability, optimizing propulsion systems, and evaluating the impact of hydrodynamic forces on the vehicles.

  6. CFD-based weapon systems: STAR-CCM+ can plays a crucial role in simulating and analyzing the behavior of weapon systems that rely on fluid dynamics principles. This includes the modeling of torpedo behavior underwater, the analysis of the dispersion of chemical agents, or the simulation of rocket-assisted projectiles.

  7. Stealth and signature reduction: CFD simulations with STAR-CCM+ aid in studying the aerodynamics and reducing the signature (such as radar, infrared, or acoustic) of military platforms, including aircraft, ships, and vehicles. It helps in optimizing shape, materials, and coatings to minimize detection by enemy sensors.

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Simcenter STAR-CCM+ applications in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry:

  1. Flow assurance: Star-CCM+ is used to simulate and analyze fluid flow in pipelines, including multiphase flows comprising oil, gas, and water. It aids in understanding flow behavior, identifying potential issues such as slugging, hydrate formation, or wax deposition, and optimizing pipeline designs for efficient and reliable operation.

  2. Process equipment optimization: Star-CCM+ is employed to optimize the design and performance of various process equipment, such as reactors, separators, heat exchangers, and distillation columns. It aids in analyzing flow distribution, pressure drop, heat transfer, and optimizing designs to improve process efficiency and minimize energy consumption.

  3. Combustion modeling: Star-CCM+ is utilized to model and analyze combustion processes in refineries and petrochemical plants. It helps in optimizing burner designs, analyzing flame behavior, and evaluating factors like fuel-air mixing, pollutant formation, and heat transfer to enhance process efficiency and reduce emissions.

  4. Reactor modeling: StarCCM+ is used to simulate and optimize the performance of reactors in chemical processes. It aids in understanding reaction kinetics, optimizing reactant mixing, analyzing temperature and concentration profiles, and improving reaction yields and selectivity.

  5. Flare modeling: Star-CCM+ aid in modeling the dispersion of flammable gases and predicting the behavior of flares used in oil refineries and petrochemical plants. It helps in analyzing the efficiency of flare systems, assessing the impact of flares on the surrounding environment, and optimizing flare designs for improved safety and reduced emissions.

  6. Storage tank analysis: Star-CCM+ is employed to analyze fluid flow and mixing behavior in storage tanks, including the prediction of sedimentation, sloshing effects, and stratification of different components. It aids in optimizing tank designs, evaluating mixing strategies, and ensuring product quality and stability.

  7. Offshore platform analysis: Star-CCM+ isused to analyze the aerodynamics of offshore platforms, such as floating production units or drilling rigs. It aids in assessing wind loads, optimizing platform design for stability, and analyzing the effects of wind and wave interactions on the structure.

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Simcenter STAR-CCM+ applications in the marine and shipbuilding industry:

  1. Hull design and optimization: Star-CCM+ is used to simulate and analyze the hydrodynamics of ship hulls. It aids in optimizing hull designs for reduced resistance, improved seakeeping, and enhanced fuel efficiency. CFD simulations provide insights into factors like wave resistance, pressure distribution, and flow patterns around the hull, allowing for the design of more streamlined and hydrodynamically efficient vessels.

  2. Propeller and propulsion system analysis: Star-CCM+ is employed to analyze the performance of propellers and propulsion systems. It aids in optimizing propeller designs, evaluating thrust and torque characteristics, assessing cavitation and noise issues, and improving propulsion efficiency.

  3. Maneuvering and stability analysis: Star-CCM+ is utilized to simulate ship maneuvering and stability characteristics. It aids in evaluating factors like maneuverability, course stability, turning performance, and assessing the effects of external forces such as wind or currents on the vessel’s behavior.

  4. Seakeeping analysis: Star-CCM+ is used to study the seakeeping behavior of ships and offshore structures. It aids in analyzing motions, wave loads, and the effects of wave-induced forces on the vessel’s structure and onboard equipment. This information helps optimize designs for improved comfort, safety, and structural integrity that needs FEA solver coupling with Abaqus, for example.

  5. Exhaust gas dispersion and emissions analysis: Star-CCM+ is employed to model and analyze the dispersion of exhaust gases from ships. It aids in evaluating the impact of emissions on air quality, assessing the effectiveness of exhaust gas treatment systems, and optimizing stack designs for better dispersion and reduced environmental impact.

  6. Offshore platform analysis: Star-CCM+ in coupled with advanced FEA solvers such as Abqus and LS-Dyna are used to analyze the hydrodynamic behavior of offshore platforms, including floating platforms, jackets, and semi-submersibles. It aids in understanding wave loads, optimizing platform designs for stability and structural integrity, and assessing the effects of wind, waves, and currents on the structure.

  7. Offshore renewable energy analysis: Star-CCM+ plays a crucial role in assessing the performance of offshore renewable energy devices, such as tidal turbines and floating wind turbines. It aids in optimizing device designs, evaluating power output, assessing structural integrity, and analyzing the effects of hydrodynamic forces on these devices.

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Simcenter STAR-CCM+ applications in automotive industry:

  1. Aerodynamic analysis: Star-ccm+is extensively used to analyze and optimize the aerodynamic performance of vehicles. It aids in understanding airflow patterns, drag and lift characteristics, and optimizing vehicle designs for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

  2. Cooling system design: Star-ccm+ is employed to analyze the cooling system of vehicles, including radiators, fans, and airflow through the engine compartment. It helps in optimizing the cooling system design, evaluating heat dissipation, and ensuring efficient thermal management of the engine and other components.

  3. Underhood airflow and thermal analysis: Star-ccm+ is used to simulate the airflow and heat transfer within the engine compartment. It aids in optimizing the placement of components, evaluating temperature distributions, and ensuring proper cooling and thermal protection of critical engine parts.

  4. HVAC system analysis: Star-ccm+ is utilized to analyze the performance of the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in vehicles. It helps optimize airflow distribution, assess temperature and humidity control, and improve passenger comfort and energy efficiency.

  5. Vehicle cabin analysis: Star-ccm+ is employed to study the airflow, thermal comfort, and pollutant dispersion within the vehicle cabin. It aids in optimizing ventilation designs, evaluating air quality, and improving the comfort and well-being of occupants.

  6. Brake and tire cooling: Star-ccm+ is used to analyze the airflow around the brakes and tires. It helps optimize designs for efficient cooling, assess the effects of heat generation on braking performance, and improve the overall safety and durability of the braking system.

  7. Wind noise analysis: Star-ccm+ can plays a crucial role in predicting and analyzing wind noise generated by the interaction of airflow with the vehicle’s exterior surfaces. It aids in optimizing vehicle shapes, reducing noise levels, and improving the overall acoustic comfort for occupants.

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Simcenter STAR-CCM+ applications in civil engineering and related industries:

  1. Wind engineering: Star-ccm+ is used to analyze wind flow around buildings, bridges, and other structures. It aids in assessing wind loads, studying wind-induced vibrations, and optimizing designs for structural stability and occupant comfort.

  2. Natural ventilation and indoor air quality: Star-ccm+ is employed to analyze airflow and natural ventilation within buildings. It helps optimize building designs for efficient air circulation, assess indoor air quality, and evaluate the effectiveness of ventilation strategies.

  3. Urban microclimate analysis: Star-ccm+ is utilized to study the microclimate in urban environments. It aids in analyzing factors such as heat island effect, pedestrian comfort, pollutant dispersion, and optimizing urban planning for improved sustainability and livability.

  4. Flood modeling and water management: Star-ccm+ is used to simulate and analyze flood events and water flow in rivers, channels, and stormwater systems. It helps assess flood risks, optimize drainage designs, and evaluate the performance of flood mitigation measures.

  5. Hydrodynamics and sediment transport: Star-ccm+ simulations are employed to analyze the behavior of water flow, sediment transport, and erosion in rivers, coastal areas, and hydraulic structures. It aids in optimizing designs for erosion control, evaluating scour risks, and managing water resources effectively.

  6. Bridge and tunnel ventilation: Star-ccm+ is used to simulate and analyze ventilation systems in bridges and tunnels. It helps optimize designs for effective smoke extraction during fire events, assess air quality, and ensure the safety of occupants.

  7. Heat transfer and thermal comfort: Star-ccm+ aid in analyzing heat transfer in buildings, optimizing insulation strategies, and assessing thermal comfort. It helps in evaluating factors like temperature distribution, solar radiation, and optimizing HVAC system designs for energy efficiency.

  8. Air pollution dispersion: Star-ccm+ is utilized to model and analyze the dispersion of air pollutants in urban environments. It aids in assessing pollutant concentrations, evaluating the effectiveness of pollution control measures, and developing strategies for improved air quality.

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Simcenter STAR-CCM+ applications in insilico testing within the medical and biomedical industry:

  1. Cardiovascular simulations: CFD simulation withStar-CCM+ is extensively used to simulate and analyze blood flow patterns, pressure distributions, and wall shear stresses in the cardiovascular system. It aids in assessing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, optimizing medical device designs such as stents and heart valves, and studying the effects of interventions such as angioplasty or bypass surgery.

  2. Respiratory system analysis: Star-CCM+ is employed to study airflow patterns, gas exchange, and particle deposition within the respiratory system. It helps in understanding respiratory disorders, optimizing inhaler designs, and assessing the efficacy of drug delivery systems.

  3. Drug delivery optimization: Star-CCM+ is used to model and analyze the transport and release of drugs within the human body. It aids in optimizing drug delivery systems, evaluating drug distribution and targeting, and improving therapeutic efficacy.

  4. Implant design and evaluation: CFD simulations with Star-CCM+ in coupled with FEA solvers such as Abaqus and LS-Dyna aid in optimizing the design and performance of biomedical implants, such as artificial joints, dental implants, and prosthetic devices. It helps assess fluid flow and mechanical factors, evaluate implant-host interactions, and improve long-term performance and biocompatibility.

  5. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine: CFD simulation with Star-CCM+ is utilized to simulate and analyze fluid flow and mass transport within tissue engineering scaffolds. It aids in optimizing scaffold designs, evaluating nutrient and oxygen supply to cells, and improving tissue regeneration processes.

  6. Wound healing analysis: Star-CCM+ is used to model and analyze fluid flow and solute transport in wound healing processes. It helps in optimizing wound dressings, assessing oxygen and nutrient supply to the wound site, and improving healing outcomes.

  7. Medical device design: CFD simulation with Star-CCM+ in coupled with advanced finite element solvers such as Abaqus and LS-Dyna can play a crucial role in the design and evaluation of medical devices such as nebulizers, pacemakers, and blood pumps. It aids in optimizing device performance, evaluating fluid flow characteristics, and improving patient safety and comfort.

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Star-ccm+ applications in insilico testing within the medical and biomedical industry


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