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Design exploration for Academia

Today’s universities want powerful solutions to complex engineering simulation challenges. Our academic program provides the tools, training and resources for educators, students and researchers.

In Depth

Preparing students for careers involving engineering simulation technologies

Engineering simulation use is growing rapidly across many industry sectors and employers are looking for graduates who understand multidisciplinary CAE software. To fulfill this market demand, academic institutions need to prepare engineering students to meet the higher simulation skill levels demanded by industry.

CAE software use is expanding outside the traditional areas of aerospace, mechanical and marine engineering. Chemical, bioscience, environmental, electronics, and civil engineering are all seeing increased requirements for simulation modeling of fluid flows, thermal radiation, multi-component multiphase, and chemical reactions. Our software is already used in all these industries: with our long association with academia we understand how both industry and academic institutions use engineering simulation tools.

We have designed our academic program around those needs: our program provides free licensing and training for students, flexible teaching packages for educators, and an extensive range of validated physical models and parallel processing capabilities to give researchers the power to tackle the most complex engineering problems.

Commercial Strength

We provide academic customers with the same commercial version of software our industry customers use, unlike our main competitors.

We believe students and researchers should use the same software they will use after graduation rather than a ‘lite’ version with cell limits, missing features and limited functionality. So whichever of our products you use, you will have a full capability commercial software version. STAR-CCM+ has extensive capabilities in one program including CAD, Geometry, Physics, Mesh, Workflow, and Post Processing. The software simulates computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational solid mechanics (CSM), heat transfer, multiphase flow, particle dynamics, reacting flow, electrochemistry, acoustics and rheology. With STAR-CCM+, academic users do not switch between multiple software environments in order to create and validate their simulation model. Add-ons for STAR-CCM+ include Thermal Comfort Modeling, Optimization and in-cylinder flow and combustion. Using our HEEDS software, users can automate and accelerate the engineering design space exploration process.

Student Benefits

Our academic program helps engineering students by providing CAE software, technical support, training and resources during school and post-graduation. Free licenses are available to students to use on their personal computers. Our online Steve Portal knowledge base provides students with technical support anytime while our STAR Academy eLearning modules allow students to do self-paced training covering basic CFD, STAR-CCM+, advanced physics and HEEDS for design optimization. We support student design teams, including student formula, Eco-car, AAIA, HPV, and wind-powered projects, as well as running academic design contests. All members of our academic program receive the STAR Academics Newsletter which highlights academic success stories, STAR-CCM+ resources and engineering simulation job opportunities. And the LinkedIn Academic CFD Simulation Group provides a forum for students to network with almost 3,000 members around the world.

Educator Benefits

University professors and lecturers can choose teaching packages that provide teacher licenses, student licenses, eLearning training and technical support. Department level packages allow all teachers in a specific engineering department to use STAR-CCM+ and other software tools. Campus-wide licensing is available to make STAR-CCM+ accessible to all engineering students, faculty and researchers. The STAR Academy eLearning modules make it easy to add our CAE software to the student learning experience. Teaching modules complement existing curricula for typical theory-based and experimental courses in fluid mechanics. Students can complete assigned online modules prior to lectures, and the introduction to STAR-CCM+ training module means students can learn to use the software in a self-paced manner before working on assigned projects. Our academic webinars have featured prominent professors demonstrating use of simulation software as part of their teaching methodologies.

Research Packages

Academic research and development requires powerful CAE software and flexible licensing capable of simulating the most complex engineering problems. STAR-CCM+ includes an extensive range of validated physical models combined with unique licensing options that enable simulation models to run over many parallel processors. With our involvement in hundreds of academic research projects worldwide, we understand the needs of researchers. Two levels of Academic Research Packages are available depending on the number of researchers and amount of licenses or license hours needed. Researchers can also access our extensive Steve Portal knowledge base with materials from hundreds of industrial and academic customers as well as a technical library with published papers using STAR-CCM+ submitted by academic researchers worldwide.

Case Studies

See how universities are using STAR-CCM+ in their research