Generating Performance Improvements

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Generating Performance Improvements

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


STAR-CCM+ offers the best approach, allowing full scale CFD simulation of power generation products under real operating conditions, and opening the door to better more efficient, robust and durable designs.

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To simulate the power & energy produced by power plant machinery involving natural gas, gas blends, synthetic gases, liquid fuels, or coal, STAR-CCM+ can be used to accurately predict: flow rates and pressure drops so as to maximize efficiency and reliability; flow-related temperatures and system-level thermal performance to avoid hot spots, thermal stress and fatigue; and combustion behavior including complex chemistry to manage flame dynamics and reduce emissions.

Multidisciplinary analysis allows increasing the efficiency and reliability of the Nuclear Power Industry. Together, multidisciplinary simulation and design exploration can support thermal hydraulic virtual reactor analysis, safety simulations and improved reactor operation.

To help produce the most efficient pumps, pump-turbines, and pumped energy storage systems; marine hydrokinetic (MHK) devices; and hydro turbines such as Francis, Kaplan, and Pelton turbines -- whether operating at their Best Efficiency Point (BEP) or across wide-ranging operating conditions -- STAR-CCM+ can be used to accurately predict hydraulic flows (including the important effects of flows through small clearances), head, pressure pulsations, vibrations, recirculation and leakages, as well as the likelihood of cavitation.

To help harness sustainable energy, STAR-CCM+ can be used: to simulate the aerodynamics of single wind turbines as well as the thermal management needed for nacelle cooling; to optimizing the layout of multiple wind turbines in wind farms by understanding the impact of turbulent wakes and terrain effects on the annual energy produced (AEP); to predict wave effects, mooring strategies, and platform dynamics associated with off-shore wind turbines; and to simulate direct solar steam (DISS) generating systems.