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A key feature in the latest release of DARS, v3.02, is a new laminar flame speed library generator for the ECFM combustion models in STAR-CD/es-ice. This feature improves the accuracy of in-cylinder combustion simulations, allowing for better design of combustion systems to provide more performance with lower fuel consumption and lower emissions.

It starts with an idea. Morphs into an obsession. Then comes the sweat. Practice. Tears. You hear the doubters. It’s an obstacle course. Persevere. Focus. The pressure is on. Determination. Your body and mind are beaten. It’s an arduous journey. Then you see it. The glorious finish line. The reward. The victory.

I’m talking about triathlons here. But I could very well be talking about something else with similar challenges – Startups. Triathlons are intensive and grueling and definitely not for the weak-hearted. Just like shepherding a startup company to success. This is probably why I’m always doffing my hat off in respect for Chris and Jon, brothers, triathletes and the founders of FLO Cycling.

The Paris Agreement, adopted by consensus by all of the 195 NFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) participating countries at the end of COP21 in December 2015, sets an ambitious target to limit global warming to well below 2°C. Although this agreement hasn’t entered into force yet, and will only do so if 55 countries that produce at least 55% of the world's GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions ratify, accept, approve or accede to the agreement when it opens for signature in April 2016, the very fact that such a consensus was reached shows a global willingness and readiness for change.

But change is always uncomfortable. The Paris Agreement will impact industries in numerous sectors and may push them to the limits of their financial, computational, human, and time resources: How will they be able to keep up with the innovation pace? How can we shift mindsets so industries prioritize environmental-friendly solutions over profitable solutions? And to which extent will business models need to change to be viable?
Using Engineering Simulation to Foster Innovation in the Fight Against Climate Change

For both undergraduate and graduate students, fluid mechanics courses can be challenging. In addition to learning theories and complex computations, many courses require a project or two that demonstrates the student's ability to create a simulation model. So how many professors and lecturers teach only theory and what percentage combine theory with an open-source or commercial CFD code?

Our annual STAR Global Conference is a great way of or observing the state of the simulation market, and the extent to which the things that we were talking about as “bleeding edge” at the previous conferences are not only finding leverage, but often becoming “the norm” in industrial usage.

I spent nearly the whole SGC locked up in a dark room interviewing our customers for video testimonials. It was an incredibly motivating and inspiring, and frankly exhausting experience. The twenty or so customers that I interviewed confronted me with so much passion about their simulation processes that at times it felt like being at a religious “revival” meeting than an engineering simulation conference.

Here is what I learned from SGC16.

Workflow automation and ease of use continue to be a focus of STAR-CCM+ v11.02. Reference geometries such as points, planes, axes and coordinate systems can now be created on a component in 3D-CAD. These entities will remain ‘pinned’ to the geometry they are created from, making it easy to build more complex geometries and enabling automated design exploration.

Admixtus, a virtual product development (VPD) tool for performing mixing simulations, will drop the barrier for engineers active in the field looking to solve problems and optimize processes. They can introduce simulation with the help of Admixtus as a modern engineering tool in their toolset of problem solving and keep on expanding its applicability based on the strength of a wide variety of multi-physics capabilities in STAR-CCM+.

Following a super-charged Saturday and a high-tension Super Sunday last weekend, Land Rover BAR won the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman and became the only team to win two ACWS events in the season to date.
Land Rover BAR victorious in Oman

STAR-CCM+ v11.02 enables efficient two-way FSI coupling by simulating rotating solid parts in a local rotating frame of reference, leading to significant time savings in throughput, specifically for applications in the Marine Industry.

The good news for pending engineering graduates is that you no longer need to worry much about making lattes at Starbucks after earning your diploma. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, college graduate unemployment and underemployment is down and incomes are rising. Unemployment for graduates dropped to 4.9% in September 2015 and, better yet, 8 of the 10 highest paying degrees were engineering majors.

We've pulled together leading companies for the first STAR Career Day. Students will get a 'day in the life' perspective from executives at PACCAR, Boeing, Daimler, Pacific National Labs, and CD-adapco. Not sure what to expect in your first interview? Hiring managers using STAR-CCM+ in their company will give real-world advice on the skill sets, training, interview scenarios, and CV/résumé content they look for in new graduate candidates.

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Matthew Godo
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
Brigid Blaschak
Communications Specialist
Stephen Ferguson
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Meshing Guru
Joel Davison
Lead Product Manager, STAR-CCM+
James Clement
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
Sabine Goodwin
Director, Product Marketing
Prashanth Shankara
Technical Marketing Engineer