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Simcenter STAR-CCM+


What is Simcenter STAR-CCM+?

Simcenter, from Siemens, is a suite of simulation tools and software. STAR-CCM+ is a multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to study how products operate under real-world conditions.

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What is Simcenter STAR-CCM+?

Simcenter, from Siemens, is a suite of simulation tools and software. STAR-CCM+ is a multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to study how products operate under real-world conditions.

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What is Simcenter STAR-CCM+?

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ is a multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for the simulation of products operating under real-world conditions. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ brings automated design exploration and optimization to the CFD simulation toolkit of every engineer.

The single integrated environment includes everything from CAD, automated meshing, multiphysics CFD, sophisticated postprocessing, and design exploration. This allows engineers to efficiently explore the entire design space so that they can make better design decisions faster.

The vendor states the additional insight gained by using Simcenter STAR-CCM+ to guide the user's design process ultimately leads to more innovative products that exceed customer expectations.

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ Features

  • Supported: Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Supported: Simulation workflow automation
  • Supported: Design Exploration
  • Supported: Postprocessing and Visualization
  • Supported: Virtual Reality
  • Supported: CAD Modeling and complex geometry handling
  • Supported: Automated meshing and adaptive mesh refinement
  • Supported: Multiphase flows
  • Supported: Reacting flows
  • Supported: Particle flows and Discrete element method
  • Supported: Turbulence Modeling
  • Supported: Aeroacoustics
  • Supported: Fluid structure interaction and solid mechanics
  • Supported: Rheology
  • Supported: Moving objects

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ Screenshots

Screenshot of Multiphysics Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulationScreenshot of Car aerodynamics CFD simulationScreenshot of Integrated Design Exploration and OptimizationScreenshot of Fully integrated CFD based topology optimizationScreenshot of Multiphysics CFD - Electric Motor CoolingScreenshot of Multiphase FlowsScreenshot of Reacting FlowsScreenshot of Hypersonics, aerospace CFD simulationScreenshot of Turbomachinery CFD simulationScreenshot of Marine CFD, hydrodynamics and aerodynamicsScreenshot of Particle flows and discrete element method (DEM)Screenshot of CAD and complex geometry handling

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ Videos

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ customers explain how they solve some of the most difficult problems that industry has to offer using multiphysics Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and design exploration.
Design Exploration for CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) is the key technology to help fluid and thermal engineers find better designs, faster. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ has been built around the idea of a fully automated workflow from CAD to results that is leveraged by a fully integrated design exploration tool.
Multiphysics CFD simulations involve simultaneous physical phenomena, whose numerical models dialogue with each other with a substantial level of numerical coupling: Fluid dynamics, heat transfer/radiation, electrodynamics, solid stress, chemistry/combustion, etc., Simcenter S...
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Multiphase flows can be found in a wide range of today's products across all industries. Modeling the associated complexity to engineer innovative solutions requires efficient high fidelity multiphase computational fluid dynamics software (CFD) tools. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ offer...
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Computational fluid dynamics CFD based topology optimization marks a revolution in engineering innovative flow solutions. With Simcenter STAR-CCM+ topology optimization based on computational fluid dynamics, CFD is easier. Together with additive manufacturing, this enables eng...
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Watch how Simcenter STAR-CCM+ multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software helps improve aerodynamic performance for the Aerospace & Defense industry. The pipelined, automatic meshing helps handle the most complex geometries.
Vehicle aerodynamics CFD simulation is a key factor in the race for efficient, sustainable, yet attractive individual mobility solutions. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ is a multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software that allows users to build a high-fidelity, co...
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Watch how virtual reality in Simcenter STAR-CCM+ allows anyone to explore a simulation model in an intuitive and immersive sense, increasing insight, and empowering innovation.
Preparing 3D CAD for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation is a necessary evil and a traditionally time-consuming task for CFD engineers without adding any true engineering value. But CAD preparation does not have to be tedious or require special CAD modeling software....
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The development of innovative reacting flows and combustion systems requires high fidelity computational fluid dynamics software tools. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ offers a wide range of industry-relevant, accurate and fast CFD models for single and multiphase reactions
Simcenter's customers describe its support model - A Dedicated Support Engineer (DSE) for every paying customer. Customers interact with the same Support Engineer who acts as a champion for their success with the software.

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Simcenter, from Siemens, is a suite of simulation tools and software. STAR-CCM+ is a multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to study how products operate under real-world conditions.

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Reviewers rate Simcenter STAR-CCM+ Customer Support highest, with a score of 8.4.

The most common users of Simcenter STAR-CCM+ are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Simcenter STAR-CCM+ Review

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I'm the sole user for that product, but of course, the requirements and the design comes from other teams. And then I carry out the simulation. So I carry out the task with Star-CCM+ and then I give my verdict to those teams, along with any suggestions to improve our technology and products.
  • Meshing, for instance, it's very easy to mesh, try different approaches to meshing. Traditionally that's a very difficult job, but in STAR-CCM+ it makes it very easy and very reliable. Post-processing also is very nice and in all the modeling, the physics that you can carry out and you can simulate is also very, very nice. I tried to move to the priorities that does a good job. All in all, it's a very good software.
  • Maybe a little bit on the automation side and if you want to script something, if you want to automate procedures, that happens through every simulation round that you have. That part could be a little bit cumbersome right now, depending on the operating system that you use.
  • Introducing the software on other platforms like Mac OSS.
The applications that I have been using it with in terms of flow and energy and temperature distributions and coupled solvers, segregated solvers, these kind of areas if you need that, those kind of solvers, it's very good. It's very robust. Maybe on the combustion side, it could improve, especially if you have these kind of tabulated solvers that you want to use, not the detailed chemistry, then it becomes very difficult to get some results from it. And do you trust the results or not? That's always the question on that kind of application, something that I could think of really fast.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Thermal analysis of aircraft engine nacelles. Ventilation analysis, engine component cooling. Use conduction, convection and radiation in conjugated heat transfer analysis.
  • Thermal analysis
  • Aerothermal analysis
  • heat exchangers
  • Graphical interface
  • Training
It is appropriate for steady state thermal management problems
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
analysis of multiphysics problems, engineering services, all kinds of problems
  • simulation tree
  • client-server
  • meshing
  • stability on linux
  • sph
generally quite happy, software does crash sometimes which can be very annoying
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
product optimization, helping in faster development of our products, reducing time to market, first time right testing approach
  • easy to use
  • fast solver
  • well documented
  • the cad interface
  • the measurement tool
good for checking flow and pressure drop
Evert van Vliet | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
All flow simulations that are relevant for topics that might have direct impact on product performance. So optical column conditioning, outgassing and deposition rates, defectivity, Optics Life time, Thermal and pressure stability.
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Meshing capabilities for industrial problems
  • CAD import from NX
  • User Interface
  • Postprocessing & visualization
  • Implementing physics like Cox-Voinov model
  • Mesh related stability issues
  • Chemical & plasma physics
  • Integration with other products from Siemens (similar level as we have with Abacus)
  • Speed up the lagrangian solver
  • Improved guidence on uFluidics & evaporation models
  • Interoperability (HEEDS, AMEsim, System Modelling Workbench but also with non siemens products and open source codes required for LBM, DSMC, PIC, DFT...
We still are not able to do without other sw. There are plenty of use cases that we are more or less forced to allow people to use sw from the competition. Training needs to be updated. e.g. the meshing course is outdated and should contain all aspects like AMR, Overset, Boundary layer, quiality checks and service repair (preferably send back to TC if there already not good). Help documentation needs to be updated with LL and current state of the art (including best practices evaporation, chemical librarry, new meshing strategies, boundary slip etc etc.) Using STAR-NX (guidence on where best to do what related to CAD NX vs STAR). Making use of Amesim HEEDS in order to do ROM.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it for vehicle and engine cfd simulations. Majorly for underhood, underbody, cabin, and thermal problems. Engine wise CHT, air flow and etc. With the help of the design optimization module, we are able to solve the frequent problems that occur during the performance evaluations. It makes the Engineer role easy at the organizational level.
  • Physics setup
  • Postprocess
  • Automation tool
  • Parallel computing
  • File size will be very big to handle.
Star-ccm is well suited for nonlinear and unsteady problems. It solves thermal problems very well. The easy part is that we can customize as per customer choice. The test and Cae correlation for cfd problems will match exactly with Starcom. We have done a lot of procedures with siemens by giving projects to them directly, which helps us to focus on our vehicle development.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Simcenter STAR-CCM+ as a general-purpose CFD solver for things like cooling systems, lube systems, exhaust systems, external hydrodynamics, etc. It is extremely user-friendly, easy to automate, and very capable as a single-tool multi-physics solver.
  • Automation without the need for scripting
  • Multi-physics sims in single GUI (such as FSI)
  • Strong multi-phase capabilities (air, water, cavitation, etc.)
  • Flexible licensing
  • Scripting language is Java, not Python (for instances that built-in automation doesn't cover)
  • Error messages not always the most helpful
  • Cannot change simulation settings without license
Very good at running large parametric studies or design optimizations where pre/post-processing can be automated without scripting. Mesh generation is very automated and easy to use. Single-GUI multi-physics (CFD, FEA, electromagnetics, etc.) makes running complex sims such as fluid-structure interaction very straightforward and less error-prone. It is a very general solver with tons of capability; therefore, the learning curve can be quite steep for someone without simulation experience.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use it to model two-phase fluid heat transfer with high fidelity modeling of nucleate boiling and related phenomena. It's in parallel or complete replacement to experimental testing that is difficult or not feasible to implement in a lab setting.
  • Variety of fluid physics models.
  • Amount of documentation and references gives a good starting point.
  • Fast and intuitive interface.
  • More generalized automation functions, some features are incompatible with scripting.
  • More state of the art numerical methods available.
  • Examples and documentation on created generalized user code to access back-end data.
For any single-phase flow problem, Simcenter STAR-CCM+ kills it, but for some hypersonic applications, you'd be better off with a specialized or in-house code. For multiphase modeling it has maybe 80% of models that exist, a few major recent innovations are lacking support (interface reconstruction methods for example) but Simcenter STAR-CCM+ does offer a variety of approaches that are popular in literature.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Simcenter STAR-CCM+ to perform CFD analyses on a variety of topics mostly within the automotive industry but also in other sectors of industrial research. The software allows us to extract all the important performance indicators like pressure drop, heat transfer coefficient, noise level, transient behavior, etc.
  • CAD manipulation and repair.
  • Conjugated Heat Transfer.
  • Automated Meshing.
  • Design of Experiments.
  • CFD modelling in general.
  • Mode advanced user coding.
  • More extended use of GPUs.
Very well suited for multiphase flows, conjugate heat transfer, and ICE simulations. Also, the advanced 3D-CAD modeling features allow us to not need a dedicated CAD modeling software (for ordinary tasks). Somewhat less optimized for advanced turbomachinery modeling with respect to competition. The GPU acceleration feature is interesting but it needs to be compatible with more physics models and preferably not require an additional license.
Satish Bonthu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Those old guys of CD-adapco knew me by name. I have been using it for more than a decade and I was like the branding police when people fail to name it properly (StarCCM+, star-CCM, etc). I have used it for a wide variety of problems in the majority of my CFD career. I had a love & hate relationship with this code as it messed up my career after having a glorious career for a decade.
  • If you get your knobs well in the case setup, It is reasonably accurate to compare with any test data.
  • It is good for repetitive workflows where you can greatly benefit from automation in the code.
  • Single Integrated Platform can save your ass to move back and forth between multiple codes.
  • Coupled solver is a whole mess with a whole lot of bandwagon of tuning parameters to get what you are looking for.
  • The way AMR is implemented seems to be too complicated. Make it simple.
  • For Buddha's sake, implement a Frequency based solver.
It is a general-purpose CFD software and not a special-purpose CFD software.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use it for 2D/3D designing and analyzing the strength of the structure under different kinds of forces and calculating the maximum deviation and moment. It's good to have tools at the beginner level, easy to learn, use and teach to others. It's economical too. You can develop a different types of parts, structures, and shapes in it and perform their analysis based on the requirements and data available. You can then re-adjust the forces to see the variation in former and latter deviations & moments.
  • Calculating deviation
  • Calculating moment
  • Modelling
  • Stress analysis of pipes
  • Animation showing how deviation would proceed in a solid.
To calculate the bending moment and deviation on a solid object under a specific force, starCCM+ is very reliable. But, to calculate thin wall stresses under fluid, it lacks behind. Eg, for calculating the bending moment on a solid and hollow pipe of the same radii under point forces and uniform force and thus comparing results for both types and see which performs better under which force.
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