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With devices involving the combustion of gas – whether that is a gas turbine combustor, a furnace burner, an industrial process heater or boiler, a burner of a stovetop appliance, or a gas-fired water heater – if your primary objective is to use simulation to “discover better designs, faster” – then I’d say that yes, CFD performed with STAR-CCM+ can be trusted to help you achieve that goal.

About four years ago, I was invited to an event near SEATAC airport at a friend’s house on a hot summer day. I remember being surprised by the nearly constant noise from aircraft on approach for landing. I asked the host how he managed to live with the noise, to which he explained that he was working with airport officials to reduce noise levels which should help.

Last summer, he invited me over to his home for an event and I was pleasantly surprised by the much-reduced sound levels. It was incredible just how much quieter it was since the last time I was there. This is the case all across the country and, in fact, the world - urban airports are getting quieter, but how?

When you ask anyone to name a famous ship, the answer is usually “the Titanic.” Sure, there are other contenders depending on what part of the world you come from, but none left their mark on the wider public’s consciousness - or indeed continues to hold it - some 105 years since she sunk this coming April 15. In conversation with some colleagues the question was posed “I wonder if anyone’s ever really looked into simulating the Titanic?” There are computer animations, but this is not simulation. From a brief scan of the internet it seemed that this perhaps wasn’t the case. There are quite a few attempts at hand calcs to work out the physics involved, and plenty of debate about the precise nature of what happened with the propeller cavitation or the rudder being too small. But with the current set of computational tools available to engineers these days, specifically computational fluid dynamics (CFD), I thought it would be interesting to look back on the most famous ship of all time in STAR-CCM+ and what I learned was not exactly what I was expecting, but more on that later.

Matthew Godo
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
Stephen Ferguson
Marketing Director
James Clement
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
Joel Davison
Lead Product Manager, STAR-CCM+
Dr Mesh
Meshing Guru
Ravindra Aglave
Director - Chemical Processing
Karin Frojd
Sabine Goodwin
Director, Product Marketing