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A bearded man in a tunic stood beneath a cloudless blue sky on the hot sand of a beach beside a large sea. All around him were young scholars, also wearing tunics, chattering about the bright sun and the heat it brought. Behind him was a large gray cliff where noisy birds were flying to and from their nests high up on the rock wall.

The bearded man asked the students, "Can you describe what you have learned about this beach?"

The students quieted and began to look around.

One student asked quizzically, "We've just arrived here. What could we have learned? There's nothing here but sand, the birds, the sea, and the sun."

Beach

With the release of v10.04, the live update of the solution is now also made available with Optimate. It allows you to get a high level view of your design study in real time, showing you which cases are in progress and which are complete. Not only do you see the status of each design point but while your designs are running, you can connect to them and flip through updating scenes and plots to see how the results are evolving. This ability to not only better understand, but also to take control of your design during your Optimate study ensures that your computational resources are put to good use running the designs that really matter.

STAR-CCM+ v10.04 delivers two new features to help streamline your process for extracting the right information from your simulations. We have added an option to store a history of simulation data at the boundaries only, resulting in a significant savings in disk space and a substantial reduction in time to navigate the stored results. We have also added custom summaries, to enable you to choose exactly what content you want to save from your simulation file in a customized HTML report. With custom summaries, you’ll be able to focus on fewer details, resulting in more effective and efficient communication of the key elements of your simulation efforts.

As we have developed STAR-CCM+ we have always worked to provide a tool based on the philosophy that integration allows the engineering analyst to cut down simulation time and cost while expanding application scope. With v10.04, we make a huge leap forward in these aims, with the release of a finite element solid stress solver to provide computational solid mechanics capabilities from the same integrated user interface you are already very familiar with.

So why did we develop this solid mechanics capability in STAR-CCM+?

In the upcoming release of STAR-CCM+, v10.04, we have added two new features to significantly increase the flexibility of the CAD-clients as well as add a new dimension to the transfer. CAD-clients now allow import of reference planes and coordinate systems. These entities may be used within STAR-CCM+ for a range of tasks. CAD-clients now enables direct import of CAD files as well, opening the door to insert a bi-directional link into a template or existing sim file without the need to fire up your CAD package.

With the release of STAR-CCM+ v10.04, we are providing a powerful, and unique, new feature that will allow you to gain greater understanding of your flow and thermal analyses. For the first time, you will be able to use the adjoint solver to look at sensitivities not only within your fluid domain but your solid also. By taking account of more of the physics in your sensitivities, you can now use adjoint to help provide a better optimized design, earlier in the product development process thus reducing the risk of failures and costly product recalls.

In the upcoming release of STAR-CCM+ v10.04, we have implemented a new equilibrium motion type for DFBI bodies is used for simulating the motion of moving bodies that tend towards a steady state equilibrium position. With this feature the body is incrementally ‘teleported’ to the current best estimate of the equilibrium position rather than allowing it to oscillate freely about it.

Just weeks after announcing that we had broken a “world record” by scaling STAR-CCM+ across 55,000 cores on the 1.045 PetaFLOP Hermit cluster, we are pleased to announce that we’ve smashed it already, by scaling up to 102,000 cores on NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer, which included running a 1 billion cell aerodynamics simulation. Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world*, and is the fastest supercomputer on a university campus.

Of course, lots of CFD vendors have claimed a “world record” from time to time. And I’m sure someone will break it again soon. But what does any of this mean in the real world? How does it help you as an engineer?
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We know a good scientific visualization when we see one – colormaps are a big part of this and when used effectively, they can make all the difference. The ability to create your own colormap within STAR-CCM+Ⓡ has been around for a long time and around this time last year, we delivered a full featured interactive colormap editor with the v9.04 release.

Still, what makes for a good colormap is not common knowledge. Surprisingly, the most frequently used colormap for scientific visualization, the rainbow colormap, is regarded as one of the least effective.

In this blog I'll tell you how to choose the most effective colormap for you application, allowing you to present your results in a more attractive, more informative way.

New colormaps in STAR-CCM+ v10.04

Prometheus (which literally means "forethought"), was a Titan whom Zeus had defeated. He was given a task to go to earth and make its creatures. He crafted human beings and gave them arts and culture. But they were suffering and terribly shivering in the cold. So against Zeus’ direct wishes, he also gave “fire“ to mankind. Little did humans know that this gift meant literally they would have to “play with fire”. In order to have control over the the wild rage, as wise as they were, humans started to investigate it in more scientific ways. But they found it wasn’t very easy. In fact it was so complicated, even schoolbook combustion examples would have stiff and difficult to solve ODE systems…

Getting All Fired Up About DARS!

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Brigid Blaschak
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