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My involvement in the World Cup is a little more personal since my first project at CD-adapco involved the aerodynamics of soccer balls. The 2010 World Cup ball, the Adidas Jabulani, had its fair share of criticism due to its shallower seams and 8-panel design leading to erratic flight paths. The ball was difficult to control for the players and rumors have it that some goalkeepers still have recurring nightmares of the ball. In 2010, CD-adapco teamed up with Wilson Sporting Goods to study the aerodynamic behavior of soccer balls and the impact of the newer panel designs.

I am not a soccer fan, but all the men in my life are fanatics and thus World Cup fever has taken over the Goodwin household. You might be surprised at what happens when an uninterested CFD engineer is forced to watch soccer...

During the opening session of the STAR Global Conference earlier this year, Didier Halbronn, CD-adapco Vice President of European Sales, spoke about our ongoing commitment in the field of multi-disciplinary design exploration (MDX). In this blog I want to highlight a couple of new features in v9.04 of STAR-CCM+ that approach this in different ways.

CFD optimization CFD

In an effort to make STAR-CCM+ even faster on a broader range of problem types STAR-CCM+ v9.04 (which is released next week) will offer Concurrent Per-Part Meshing (which is a bit of a mouth full, so we'll call it CCPM instead).

Now, I'm sure you're asking yourself, ‘What’s the difference between CPPM and regular parallel meshing?’

Concurrent Per-Part Concurrent

...you can't beat the gas mileage!

It all started in 1982 when Hans Tholstrup and Larry Perkins built a solar-powered car and drove it across the entire continent of Australia. Driven by the success of their vehicle, aptly named "Quiet Achiever", they encouraged others to push the limits of alternative energy vehicles. Five years later, the very first World Solar Challenge was born. Every other year since, teams from across the globe - prominent universities and private organizations alike - converge in Darwin, Australia to make the 3.000 km trek south to Adelaide in their solar-powered vehicles using regular ol' public roads and minimal camping gear for the seven-day journey.

Emilia III

One of the great things about working for CD-adapco is that I get to see a lot of cool animations that illustrate the exciting capabilities that are coming soon in STAR-CCM+. The frustrating part is that usually I can’t share these with you until just before the new feature is released. Which is why today I’m excited to show you two of my favorites, which I find myself watching over and over again. Both videos illustrate the new contact model for the DFBI (Dynamic Fluid Body Interaction) solver in STAR-CCM+ v9.04, which allows you to directly model contact and collisions between moving bodies and boundaries.

Many of us spend long hours (or what feels like long hours) in front of our STAR-CCM+ product interface and naturally, the question comes to mind – “How can I make things easier?” After all, as engineers, we are almost compelled to find elegant solutions, so most of us would leap at the opportunity to reduce time consuming interactions with the software. As luck would have it, STAR-CCM+ v9.04 is packed with a range of new time-saving features that are specifically designed to make your life easier.

STAR-CCM+ colormap editor

Although researchers claim to have cracked the formula for a supersonic car (SSC) capable of reaching a record speed of 1000 mph (1600 kmph) and the ability to cope with the aerodynamic characteristics of travelling that fast, I am here to say… “Meh - been there, done that!”

Unfortunately, there has been some debate regarding the veracity of my 1000 mph VW Beetle. Therefore, I am widening the audience to ensure that proper analysis of the photographic evidence can ensue...

Transonic VW Beetle

If it was possible that anything could be 100% pure, drawing gas out of the ground could be a piece of cake. Gas, unadulterated by any other substance could travel easily through the pipes without damaging a bit of the structure designed for its capture. Unfortunately, this isn't how the world works.

All three states of matter are represented in the process of extracting natural gas from the earth - solids (sand) and liquid (water) come along for the ride. This wrecks havoc on the pipeline, especially at T-junctions and choke valves. Sand banging against flow obstructions causes erosion which ultimately leads to economic and production losses.
Wear placement simulation

It's become a bit of a cliche to say that our latest Conference is the "most successful ever", as these things tend to grow organically from year-to-year. However, having attended over 20 STAR Conferences (as both as customer and employee of CD-adapco), I can honestly say that SGC14 was different. Not only was it our biggest ever conference (with well over 500 participants from every corner of the globe), it also featured the most diverse collection of simulation success stories we've ever heard.

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Brigid Blaschak
Communications Specialist
Dr Mesh
Meshing Guru
Stephen Ferguson
Communications Manager
Tammy de Boer
Global Academic Program Manager
Sabine Goodwin
Senior Engineer, Technical Marketing
Joel Davison
Product Manager, STAR-CCM+
Matthew Godo
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
Prashanth Shankara
Technical Marketing Engineer