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Faster, lighter and more efficient aircraft.

Commercially viable space exploration. Mission to Mars. To tackle the challenges of the next decade, the digital twin is the key to predicting the performance of a design in the real world. Simulation helps you discover better designs, faster.

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Generating Performance Improvements

Find out how multidisciplinary simulation and design exploration can help to solve the toughest challenges that the aerospace industry has to offer.


STAR-CCM+ is a multidisciplinary CFD tool that allows you to predict the outcome of design changes on the real world performance of a vehicle, including all of the physics that are liable influence it during its operational life.

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STAR-CCM+ is fully validated to handle multiple flow regimes, complex geometry and motion, allowing virtual testing of the aerodynamic behavior of the full vehicle, be it aircraft, rotorcraft, uav or spacecraft. The resulting design helps cut down on expensive prototype testing and brings a better aerodynamic design to the market faster.

STAR-CCM+ can help with innovative thermal management of the vehicle by simulating and optimizing the thermal performance of engine, avionics and weapons bay virtually before testing. With its ability to handle hundreds of parts, accurate Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT) analysis and automated process, STAR-CCM+ helps maximize efficiency, reliability and durability, while minimizing material and manufacturing costs and time to market.

STAR-CCM+ is a single unified tool to model all aspects of aircraft icing: impingement, runback, heat transfer, accretion, and aerodynamics. The benefits include reduced simulation licensing cost, improved productivity with one tool, improved accuracy from coupling and safer designs tested and approved in a shorter time and reduced cost.

STAR-CCM+ helps deliver aircraft with improved passenger comfort and optimized cooling of electronics and systems on board. STAR-CCM+ allows full-scale design optimization of ECS including system and interior designs, aircraft modifications, thermal management of engines, cabin/cockpit ventilation, contaminant transport, ducting and avionics cooling. Meet the certification requirements and keep your aircraft light while maximizing cabin comfort with simulation of individual sub-systems or of the entire system together.

As the demand surges towards greater fuel efficiency, quieter aircrafts, lesser emissions and reduced cost/passenger seat/km, innovation is driving the propulsion systems design of today to deliver these results. Be it basic turbomachinery performance, combustion, rotor/stator interaction, plume analysis or erosion, the physics capabilities of STAR-CCM+ are well suited and validated to cover all these areas.

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Discover better aerospace designs faster with STAR-CCM+ and HEEDS

The Aerospace industry is facing an unprecedented challenge in delivering innovative new aircraft programs, on time and on budget. Multidisciplinary engineering simulation is an essential tool in meeting these demands and in driving innovation.

STAR-CCM+ is a multidisciplinary CFD tool that allows you to predict the outcome of design changes on the real world performance of an aircraft, including all of the physics that are liable to influence it during its operational life. With the unique pipeline workflow, market leading preprocessing, overset mesh technology and extensive validation for accuracy, engineers can rapidly evaluate design changes to discover better designs faster.

In conjunction with HEEDS, our multidisciplinary design exploration (MDX) tool, predicting the performance of hundreds of design variants and optimizing for best performance has never been easier or faster.

Our existing customers have brought innovative new designs to the market in record time with huge cost savings by using the MDX approach to improve their design process and product design.

The “freedom to innovate”

The key to effectively utilizing simulation in your design cycle in this industry lies in the accuracy of the simulation. In addition, in an industry where product development times traditionally run into years, cutting down on prototypes by identifying the best design early will save enormous time and cost.


STAR-CCM+ is verified and validated for accuracy in multiple flow regimes, offers a robust, quick thermal management simulation approach, brings the only full industrial solution for icing simulations and is well suited for Simulating Systems approach. Our flexible cloud licensing approach, breaking down the link between the license and machine, and the Dedicated Support Engineer model, helps realize the true value of MDX in your product design.

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Don't Just Simulate, Innovate!

See how our customers have been using our products to generate design improvements and stay ahead of the innovation race.