CD-adapco has released its latest Star-CCM+ software, aiming to get simulations closer to the final product by accounting for factors that are likely to influence the real world performance of a design.
These updates to the V9 series have been focused on accurately simulating large and sophisticated models, but according to senior VP of product management, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, are merely setting the stage next level developments in versions 10.0x, which are due out in February, June and October 2015.
“These releases will take simulation to a new level of understanding,” trumpeted Ercolanelli.
At present, version 9.06 offers quite a few interesting updates.
The new Acoustic Wave Equation Solver, which predicts the propagation of acoustic waves generated by the near field CFD solution. By separating the acoustic signal from the flow field it is said to be captured more accurately.
Partial wrapping and extended overset mesh capabilities deliver a realism in modelling, partial wrapping allowing users to selectively apply the surface wrapper, a core strength product, to regions of the geometry while retaining complete fidelity of the other parts.
Elsewhere gap handling for Overset Mesh removes the limitation to efficiently modeling contact between moving bodies and parts.
Overset Mesh and Discrete Element Modelling can now be combined and used to solve a new range of applications like excavation for mining, production line processes and tableting in the pharmaceutical industry.
Enhancements for the user workflow include faster setup and a new level of design exploration performance.
The new interactive tool for creation of morpher control points to drive mesh deformation and enables adjoint based shape optimisation cases to be easily setup.
A new unsteady solver, PISO, is computationally more efficient for certain classes of problems and is now available as an alternative to SIMPLE.