Simcenter STAR-CCM+
Fluid Structure Interaction

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Simcenter STAR-CCM+ 13.02
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2 Days

In this 2 day training course you will learn how to solve challenging Fluid-Structure Interactions (FSI) problems using STAR-CCM+ / Abaqus Co-Simulation. Several FSI application examples will be solved and setup from scratch during the training. The focus of the training is the coupling between STAR-CCM+ and Abaqus, and especially on how to monitor and improve the convergence of the coupled solution. Additionally you will learn how to setup and prepare simple Abaqus models in Abaqus/CAE, starting from a geometry export from STAR-CCM+. This will enable you to create simple test cases for your applications all by yourself. With help of such test cases you will find the best coupling settings in an efficient manner. An engineer needs 3 things to be able to successfully solve FSI problems: 1) A software which efficiently solves all relevant physics 2) A software which is easy to use 3) Expertise and experience in solving FSI problems

This training addresses the third requirement: focus on the governing physics. While experience may be acquired through trial and error, learning from an expert at Siemens will help to ensure you develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful with your FSI simulations.

"I went in to the course thinking I knew a good amount about the FSI capabilities of STAR-CCM+. I walked away realizing how little I knew, and how much better I will be at developing my own models in the future." -Justin Pesich, Honda R&D Americas


Engineers interested in simulating fluid-structure interaction phenomena


Required courses:

  • Prior knowledge of Abaqus would be beneficial, but not required

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Day 1

  • The training will start with a thorough lecture about partitioned flud-structure interaction. The lecture covers: Introduction to fluid-structure interaction, coupling methods, convergence, dynamic mesh evolution, STAR-CCM+/Abaqus Co-Simulation examples.
  • After the lecture the STAR-CCM+ and the Abaqus model for a simple shock absorber will be created. All steps will be covered, starting from the geometry import and ending with a discussion of the results of the coupled solution.
  • After day 1 you will:
    • Have a good understanding about partitioned fluid-structure interaction
    • Know how to judge the convergence of your FSI solution
    • Understand the influence of all relevant solver settings
    • Know how to efficiently solve FSI problems

Day 2

  • On the second day we will continue to practice how to setup models for STAR-CCM+/Abaqus Co-Simulations. Two cases will be setup from scratch. A tank sloshing simulation and a free falling life boat simulation.
  • In the tank sloshing simulation we will use shell elements to model plates inside the tank which are wetted from both sides. In the free falling life boat simulation we will use a series of beam elements as a surrogate model for the internal structure of the lifeboat. At the end of day 2) you will setup a STAR-CCM+/Abaqus Co-Simulation all by yourself, without any instructions.
  • The trainers will assist you if you have any questions. With the completion of this last exercise you will have acquired all skills you need to be able to successfully solve FSI problems on your own.
  • After day 2 you will:
    • Have exercised how to setup the models for STAR-CCM+ AND Abaqus
    • Have practiced to run STAR-CCM+ / Abaqus Co-Simulations
    • Know how to use shell and beam elements in a STAR-CCM+ / Abaqus Co-Simulation
    • Have all skill sets to be successful with your FSI problems