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Originally conceived as pure test of athletic ability, the motto of the Olympic games is “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, which is Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger". However, Olympic competitors are increasingly supplementing hard work and training with engineering simulation in their quest for Olympic glory. As the the sun sets over Rio and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad I decided to investigate some of the ways engineering simulation is influencing the outcome of Olympic sporting events.

For many years, CD-adapco has been the market leader for Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) simulation.

The recent Silverstone Formula Student competition highlights the reasons for the success of university formula car events. Few student projects allow undergraduates to demonstrate so many skills needed for real-world engineering roles. Team members engage in car design, project management, procurement, testing, and even sponsorship fund raising. Engineering simulation software is heavily used for aerodynamics, suspension designs and internal cooling systems and some team leaders spend as much as 40 hours per week on team duties in addition to their school studies.

As the dust settles on the Tour de France, and before it is stirred up again in Rio for the 2016 Olympic games, cycling sure is in the news of late. Unlike most sports in the summer Olympics, cycling is probably only one of two sports (the other being sailing) where aerodynamic performance directly impacts the athlete. So much so that at 50km/h 90% of the energy loss is related to aerodynamic drag.

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.

It could be argued that tradition and science are poles apart; while one is based on beliefs and long-established customs, the other is firmly grounded in rigorous research and methodology. Yet traditionally, they’ve both found their place in engineering. But as technology continues to advance where traditional methods falter, aren’t we better off just focusing on science?

STAR-CCM+ v11.04 brings Solution History support for derived parts! This improves interaction with transient results and facilitates more effective communication by storing iso-surfaces and all section types (plane, constrained plane, cylinder, sphere, and arbitrary section) in your Solution History files.

The new automatic time stepping in STAR-CCM+® v11.04 automatically adjusts the timestep size of simulations dynamically. This helps to reduce time to achieve solutions for transient runs by avoiding the use of unduly small timesteps.

Custom Sim Trees in STAR-CCM+ v11.04 are a fundamentally new way to work with the sim tree, allowing users to create smaller node trees in a separate window for less scrolling and easier navigation overall.

STAR-CCM+ is now part of the new Simcenter™ Porfolio for predictive engineering analytics. Simcenter combines simulation and physical testing with design exploration and data analytics to help customers develop digital twins that accurately predict product performance.

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Matthew Godo
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
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