Of the many phrases and terms used to describe developments in digital technology, one that very clearly captures the essence of how this can be harnessed in the world of engineering design and operations is the “digital twin.” In essence, the digital twin is the building of computer-based models that replicate real-world behavior and responses including mechanical, electrical, structural, fluid or hydraulic and chemical. Building a digital twin provides the means to design, validate, optimize and operate a component or product, engineering system, manufacturing process or production facility in the virtual world.

Back in 2012, the Steve Portal was launched to supplement the best-in class support our customers were already receiving. The Steve Portal provided another way of receiving support by having access to all the latest information in the way of FAQs, along with the ability to open and manage cases with their dedicated support engineer. In the nearly 5 years since its launch, the Steve Portal has populated to over 4,000 knowledge-base articles, including demonstration simulation files, how-to videos and step-by-step best practices for specific applications that have generated almost 2 million views.

Our recent STAR Global Conference 2017 showed again the growth of modeling and simulation in the Life Sciences sector. Over the three-day conference, our customers gave wide-ranging presentations, showing the huge benefit that STAR-CCM+® software is bringing to this sector. One innovative use of STAR-CCM+ was presented by Professor Klaus Affeld, from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Professor Affeld, with co-workers Bente Thamsen and Michael Lommel, is using STAR-CCM+ to predict the formation of blood clots in heart pumps, aiming to improve pump design and reduce the formation of potentially life-threatening clots. In this blog post, I have asked him to describe his research and share his latest results with us.

The greatest discoveries in the 19th and 20th century, in general, pointed to very similar observations in numerous fields: every quantity that appeared to be continuous was discovered to be discrete. Light consists of photons, matter of atomic and sub-atomic particles, the energy level of electrons consisted of quantas, digital information flows in bits and even hereditary information is transferred in smaller discrete units called genes. Most of the efforts of scientists revolved around building the nature of reality from such discrete elements and their transport. Developing fundamental models for the discrete behavior gave the necessary understanding and the tools to recreate the apparent continuity in the observable phenomenon.

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