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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.

Data Focus is a unique visualization technique to explore and interrogate results interactively. Data Focus provides a live and interactive link between quantitative numerical data in plots and qualitative visual data in scenes. This link between quantitative and qualitative analysis allows the user to easily and effectively gain insight into the key influences on product performance.

Local surface remeshing allows for remeshing only selected areas when changing mesh parameters or performing design changes, reducing surface mesh generation time up to an order of magnitude and a key enabler of efficient design space exploration.

Until the release of STAR-CCM+ v11.02, composite particles were needed when modelling anything cylindrical and, to get a realistic representation, this required a large number of spheres.With the introduction of cylindrical particles in v11.02, users will experience increased accuracy and reduced computational time, a rare win-win situation in simulation.

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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
Prashanth Shankara
Technical Marketing Engineer