From overheating phones to underperforming data centers, thermal malfunction of electronics devices is not just a nuisance but a performance and safety risk. It is no secret then that thermal reliability is at the forefront of an electronics engineer’s design concerns. Demand for high power density devices in smaller packaging requires innovative cooling strategies. Traditional simulation strategies with simplified geometry and physics have their place but is this truly enough? What if you could include all the complexities of your geometry and the physics involved in your simulation?

Mallards, Wigeons, Teals, all are types of ducks, all are decoys that my dad would carve. Sitting in the garage, chisel and rasp in hand, he would spend hours and hours slaving over these delicate models. Each feather required a steady hand and intense concentration, but no matter the skill of the sculptor a hand will slip or a dull instrument will splinter the wood, or a rambunctious child will think they’re helping. So this means for every beautiful bird produced there are at least 10 in various states of duck resemblance in the scrap bin.

I once bought a step counter, with a separate heart rate monitor, and it provided lots of interesting information but I never used it. Despite my investment in the technology, it was simply too messy to use all the different devices in addition to my phone.The value of the additional information about my health was probably enough to motivate me, but the disparate technologies prevented me from using them. Today there are step counters and GPS in our phones, and heart rate monitors in our smart watches. With a simple app download you have everything you need, all through devices you already use and bring with you everywhere. By consolidating these technologies into a single device it is now practical to access the information on my health that they provide.

We are proud to announce the new "Ectoplasmic Flow Model" in the latest release of STAR-CCM+. The model can be used to accurately predict the entrainment of negative spiritual energy in the wake of a moving monster.

Adding to the already extensive multiphase capabilities, the model also correctly accounts for the phase transition into ectoplasmic slime. 

A well ordered workshop – is it inherently capable of making us more productive? Is it really worth the effort to get organized? Steve Jobs offered the following thought: “That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

When you spend as much time in an airplane as I do, you learn to appreciate the performance of the environmental control system (ECS). Modern ESC systems are marvels of engineering with complex mechanisms to control pressure, temperature, humidity and air quality to ensure a comfortable environment for hundreds of passengers. In spite of the significant investment airframers have made over the years, customers are looking for a more comfortable ride. With more and more entries into the regional jet market, airframers are looking for ways to differentiate their planes by providing an upgraded customer experience.

A well organized workshop, purposely conceived to build and revise things of interest, is truly appealing with its array of tools, carefully ordered, in a familiar and comfortable environment. Now you’ve probably heard the expression “Use the right tool for the right job.” That works when you know what tools you have in your workshop, what they are supposed to do and exactly where you can find them. With the STAR-CCM+® v11.06 release, we’re adding and upgrading tools that will improve your ability to productively build and revise your simulations. You’ll be able to set up your simulations more comprehensively and consistently with a reduced likelihood of errors. And you’ll be able to more efficiently conduct critical reviews in the deeper details of your simulations with your colleagues and your customers. In part one of this blog, I’ll be talking about Simulation Parameters and Global Tagging.

In an increasingly competitive automotive market, customers demand a comfortable cabin environment for their vehicle. At the same time a combination of consumer demand and fuel and emission targets require that this cabin environment be delivered in the most energy-efficient way. Balancing these requirements represents a difficult engineering challenge.

It is no secret that the oil and gas industry has been experiencing some extremely difficult times over the last few years. During this market downturn that has seen barrel prices plummet, more oil and gas companies are finding that simulation is a viable solution. In fact, simulation is one of the more important tools oil and gas companies can use to trim costs and save money.

As any connoisseur of champagne or beer knows, not all bubbles are the same. Creamy champagne and gassy stout have never caught on, although the former sounds vaguely appealing! The same goes for droplets for that matter – nobody likes a shower that produces a fine mist rather than an invigorating spray. These examples are an indication that the nature of a fluid is dramatically changed by the size of the droplets or bubbles contained within it.


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Matthew Godo
STAR-CCM+ Product Manager
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