Meeting the OEM's growing requirements with robust and accurate aerodynamics simulations
Today, more engineers are using STAR-CCM+ for aerodynamics analysis than any other tool on the market, a testimony to its advantages : quick turnaround time, accuracy and ease-of-use at a reasonable cost.
  • STAR-CCM+ has an extensive range of visual analysis tools to help deliver insight from the results. Here for example, post-processing tools were used to help visualize the ground effect and the complex vortex flow around the body of a high speed TGV train.
  • Aerodynamic analysis of a motorcycle : velocity streamlines on a cross-sectional plane showing the complex aerodynamics around a motor cycle and rider.

Vehicle aerodynamics has been a part of CD-adapco since the early 1990’s. In 1994, CD-adapco conducted one of it’s first 256 processor HPC jobs on a Mercedes E-Class.

Since then, vehicle aerodynamics has grown leaps and bounds within CD-adapco with simulations regularly conducted on 500 Million cell models on over 8000 cores by our customers.

CD-adapco solutions cover aerodynamics in automotive, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, performance vehicles (motorsports) and trains.

In fact, CD-adapco is the leading supplier of simulation tools to Formula One teams, in addition to being the most widely used simulation tool for aerodynamic analysis among OEM’s.

CD-adapco has invested heavily to produce the most productive and robust process in the industry for simulating the aerodynamics performance of ground based vehicles. STAR-CCM+ is routinely used in the industry for the following aerodynamic applications:

  • Lift and drag prediction
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Ventilation
  • Water and dirt manamgement
  • Brake cooling
  • Drafting

CD-adapco products offer the following key features that act as differentiators for aerodynamic analyses:

Process: A robust and automatic process from CAD geometry to post-processing in a single integrated environment, including state-of-the-art surface geometry clean-up and manipulation tools and automatic hexahedral and polyhedral meshing

Automation: STAR-CCM+ offers a fully automated process for aerodynamic analysis, thereby allowing engineers and designers to spend less time doing repetitive and mundane tasks, allowing them to focus on analyzing engineering results and generating a constant stream of information to guide the design process.

Major OEM’s have used STAR-CCM+ integrated with vechile simulation java macros to create a streamlined, automated process for such analysis.

Our latest offering, Optimate, allows engineers to conduct Design of Experiments (DOE) and Optimization studies from within STAR-CCM+, enabling complete automation of the simulation process.

Steady/Unsteady Flows: STAR-CCM+ offers efficient steady and unsteady solvers, allowing engineers to use the most appropriate method for their case.

Multiphysics: Aerodynamicists increasingly need to consider passenger noise levels and buffeting phenomena, dirt and water deposition, as well as underhood thermal management.

STAR-CCM+ offers the required physics models and experience in solving these complex, multiphysics cases.

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