Blog

Following another win last weekend in Portsmouth, UK, Land Rover BAR are now leading the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. The America’s Cup has changed a lot since it was first sailed, back in 1851. Today, spectators gather not only to admire the skill, strength and endurance of the sailors, but to witness the incredible synergy within the team, the symbiotic relationship between the sailors and their boat, and to behold the extraordinary view offered by these competing, foiling yachts. Cutting-edge engineering is relied upon to enhance human performance and make it reach levels nobody would have ever thought possible; likewise, the sailors’ strategical decisions and skillful maneuvers are essential to make the most of an ever-evolving, state-of-the-art technology.

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

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

About 200 hundred years ago, the first industrial revolution saw the transition from bio-fuel-powered, hand production methods to new, factory-based, machine-aided, fossil-fuel-powered manufacturing processes. This was a major turning point in history, which influenced, to some extent, every aspect of daily life.
Simulation for clean energy

One thing most engineers have in common is a fascination for elliptic gears. And with the impending release of STAR-CCM+ v8.04, it will be easier than ever to set the wheels in motion.

Indeed, one of the most exciting features of STAR-CCM+ v8.04 is an enhanced overset mesh technology which allows for multiple overlapping overset zones. Overset meshes, also known as “Chimera” or overlapping grids, may be used to simulate the relative motion of one or more bodies, including arbitrary or tangential motions of objects in close proximity. And whereas it has been possible to overlap overset grids with a background mesh since the release of STAR-CCM+ v7.02, it will now also be possible to overlap overset grids with each other.

Subscribe to RSS - Deborah Eppel's blog
Matthew Godo
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
Brigid Blaschak
Communications Specialist
Stephen Ferguson
Marketing Director
Dr Mesh
Meshing Guru
Joel Davison
Lead Product Manager, STAR-CCM+
James Clement
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
Sabine Goodwin
Director, Product Marketing
Deborah Eppel
Technical Marketing Engineer