CD-adapco Partners with Spike Aerospace to Develop Next Generation of Supersonic Business Jets
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STAR-CCM+ is being used to reduce sonic boom and drive the design of the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet

New York and London. September 13, 2016

CD-adapco, a Siemens business, is partnering with Spike Aerospace to develop the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, a state-of-the-art aircraft that promises to reduce flying times by half, through the use of its industry-leading computer aided engineering software tool, STAR-CCM+®.

CD-adapco joins Maya Simulation in partnering with Spike Aerospace as they attempt to make the next generation of supersonic business jets a reality. Recognizing the importance of aerodynamics for performance, design, and the ability to reduce sonic boom, Spike Aerospace believes STAR-CCM+ is the most efficient and effective engineering simulation software tool for this exciting project. This application will be highlighted during a September 22 complimentary webinar titled “Designing the Next Generation of Supersonic Business Jets with Low to No Sonic Boom.”

“Our CFD engineers found that the meshing capabilities in STAR-CCM+ were significantly better than other competing products and seemed a bit more intuitive and easier to use,” said Vik Kachoria, President and CEO of Spike Aerospace. “STAR-CCM+ is critical in any aerodynamic aircraft project as it has a number of tools that can help optimize the shape of the aircraft to minimize fuel burn, ensure stability and help the aircraft reach the performance goals we want to reach.”

Once the Spike S-512 is fully functional and cleared for takeoff in the early 2020s, it is expected to revolutionize business travel. The duration of routes such as New York to London and London to Dubai will be halved, enabling business travelers to better allocate their time and resources.

“STAR-CCM+ is helping us to ultimately build a robust, efficient aircraft that is going to build better relationships around the globe,” Kachoria said.

STAR-CCM+ is enabling Spike Aerospace to utilize the power of digitalization to achieve improved efficiency and quality while also ensuring optimized machine design. STAR-CCM+ allows Spike Aerospace to determine the aerodynamics of the aircraft throughout the process and into flight.

“The importance of the aerodynamics is clearly evident in the additional time savings provided in the design stage of the vessel,” said Durrell Rittenberg, CD-adapco Director of Aerospace and Defense. “There is also a tremendous benefit to being able to develop this project digitally. There aren’t many supersonic wind tunnels, so the idea that this can be done on a computer highlights the importance of the digital twin concept.”

About Spike Aerospace

Spike Aerospace is leading a global collaboration to develop the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet. This advanced next-generation aircraft, with Quiet Supersonic Flight technology, will save travelers up to 50 percent flight time. A world-class team of senior engineers with backgrounds from leading aerospace companies are developing the high-level conceptual design of the supersonic aircraft. Top aerospace firms, like Maya, Siemens, Aernnova and Quartus Engineering are providing their expertise in aircraft design, engineering, manufacturing, and testing. Fly Supersonic, Do More.

About CD-adapco

CD-adapco (, recently acquired by Siemens, is a global engineering simulation company with a unique vision for Multidisciplinary Design eXploration (MDX). Engineering simulation provides the most reliable flow of information into the design process, which drives innovation and lowers product development costs. CD-adapco simulation tools, led by the flagship product STAR-CCM+®, allow customers to discover better designs, faster. The company’s solutions cover a wide range of engineering disciplines including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Solid Mechanics (CSM), heat transfer, particle dynamics, reacting flow, electrochemistry, acoustics and rheology. On average, CD-adapco increased its revenue at constant currencies by more than 12 percent annually over the past three fiscal years. CD-adapco employs over 1,000 talented individuals, working at 40 strategic locations across the globe. 


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