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.

Deriving and supplying appropriate properties for complex structures has not been an easy task, but all that is about to change with the upcoming release of STAR-CCM+® v11.04, and the introduction of the multi-layer solid model for solids and shells. This feature allows for treating laminates made up from multiple layers of different materials as multicomponent solids.

In STAR-CCM+® v11.04, the highly regarded (extended) pom-pom adds to our list of viscoelastic constitutive models. Best suited for highly branched polymers like low density polyethylene (LDPE), it is able to most accurately predict viscoelastic responses for elongational flows commonly encountered in industrial processing.

Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) is the study of thermo-mechanical interactions of a fluid and a solid structure. FSI modeling for implant device design is taking on even greater importance in the current medical device environment, as producing better designs, faster, is imperative in this industry to reduce operating costs and introduce necessary potentially live-saving devices to market.

At this year's AIAA SCITECH annual conference, I sat down with the editors of Aerospace America to talk about the future of CFD analysis in the aerospace and defense market.  Predicting the future of CFD is the subject of intense debate. The recent publication of the NASA led CFD Vision 2030 study attempted to define the key challenges that face the industry over the next 15 years. In the report, the authors identified several obstacles to wider adoption of CFD in the aerospace industry:


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