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Look around your desk, within reach of you right now. How many things do you see that have a circuit board, a couple of chips and maybe an LED or two in them? I count 12, and that’s just within reach. When you think about the electrification of our world, smaller, more powerful and newest are the three words that describe the value of a piece of electronics. So let’s look at these two statements through the eyes of a typical thermal analyst: “I have to build and analyze, smaller, hotter and faster to stay competitive.” That is precisely the reason we have spent the last few years developing the Electronics Cooling Toolset within STAR-CCM+® software. We recognized that designers in the electronics market need tools to setup, run and analyze their products in STAR-CCM+ but with fewer clicks, more interactivity, and a much more focused interface. This is a tool available to every user, aptly named the Electronic Cooling Toolset, or E-cool for short.

Imagine finally picking up your new Tesla after months of waiting (popular cars have waiting lists). While counting down the days, you daydream about driving that beauty on the freeways and cruising downtown as the commoners turn their heads to catch a glimpse. The last thing you are going to worry about is if the battery is defective or even ineffective. Yet while often overlooked, the battery is arguably the most important part of the vehicle. But don’t worry; chances are that well before you placed your order, computer-aided engineering (CAE) was used to ensure that the battery of your amazing new car will let you feel like Batman and not a Joker.

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.

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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