External Aerodynamics Simulations using STAR-CCM+

Rs 30,000

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Star-CCM+ is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program that can be used to accurately simulate real life scenarios in fluid dynamics. 


Top 5% of the class will get a merit certificate. Course completion certificate will be provided to all students who complete the course. You will receive both e-verified and hard copy of your certificates.


External Flow Analysis on the Drivaer Model

Image Courtesy: http://www.aer.mw.tum.de/en/research-groups/automotive/drivaer/

The Drivaer is a 3D passenger car model that is heavily used to benchmark CFD codes. Researchers ar TUM have provided public access to the geometry along with detailed information on the wind tunnel setup. In this project, we will be performing an external flow analysis on this model.

External Flow Analysis on a Boeing 737

Image Courtesy: https://grabcad.com/library/boeing-737-4

The objective of this project is to perform external aerodynamic analysis on a detailed Boeing model. Cleaning up this model and setting up the flow analysis is not easy. Your productivity with Start CCM will increase quite a bit, after you finish this project.


Week 1 - Basics of CFD

This module discusses the fundamentals of CFD, its importance and applications in different fields.

  • What is CFD?
  • Uses of CFD
  • Governing equations
  • Finite Volume methods
  • Softwares

Week 2 - Basics of STAR-CCM+

In this section, we start with a brief outlook of STAR-CCM+. Then a quick introduction to the basics are provided. Finally we get to solve a basic problem right from the start till the end.

  • Brief history
  • Client – Server
  • Introduction to GUI
  • CFD workflow in STAR-CCM+

Week 3 - 3D CAD modelling

While bigger CAD systems( such as PTC Creo, SolidWorks, Siemens NX etc) allow you to create complex CAD, STAR-CCM+ has its own CAD system which can be used to design and develop models.

  • Basics of CAD modelling
  • Constraints
  • Design parameters

Week 4 - Pre-processing

Here we learn how to prepare your CAD model so that it becomes suitable for CFD simulations. We get our hands dirty trying different repair options in STAR-CCM+

  • Importing geometry
  • Splitting, combining
  • Surface repair

Week 5 - Surface wrapping

Realtime complex geometry contains millions of surface errors which cannot be fixed manually. STAR-CCM+ has the technology of Wrapping which gives a clean, water tight surface starting form a very dirty CAD.

  • Why wrapping
  • Contact prevention
  • Leak detection

Week 6 - Surface Meshing

Meshing is dividing your computational model into smaller chunks in which the equations are solved. This module exposes you about how to split your domain and getting a good surface mesh.

  • Error checking
  • Boolean operations
  • Fluid volume extraction
  • Mesh generation

Week 7 - Volume meshing

Volume meshing is the final step in the preparatory phase of your CFD simulation. We learn the different type of meshing, how to control the sizes etc.

  • Core meshers
  • Prism layer meshing
  • Mesh diagnostics

Week 8 - Boundary conditions

How do we specify the speed of the car in our CFD simulations? What is the resistance due to the presence of Radiator, Charged Air cooler in my car? These are mentioned with boundary conditions.

  • What are Boundary conditions?
  • Why BCs are needed before meshing?

Week 9 - Solver settings

This module teaches you how long to run your simulation, how to tweak the solvers if the simulation is not converging, etc. The following are discussed.

  • What are physics models?
  • How to assess convergence?

Week 10 - Turbulence modelling in STAR-CCM+

One of the biggest puzzles that scientists deal with is Turbulence. In this module, we learn which models to choose for performing external aerodynamic simulations.

  • Different models available
  • When to use what?
  • Wall functions

Week 11 - Reports, plotting

In this section, we see how to calculate the drag and lift forces, to obtain numerical values of physical quantities etc.

  • Need for reports
  • Different types of reports
  • Force, moment and frontal area reports
  • Monitors and plots

Week 12 - Post processing

A picture speaks thousand words. This module is all about getting cool images and animations. This is also about presenting and understanding the results in a better and easier way.

  • Scenes
  • Streamlines
  • Annotations
  • Volume rendering


1. Who can take your course?

  • Undergraduates/Graduates/Post graduates in Mechanical, Aerospace, Automobile
  • People working in industry
  • Anyone interested in learning STAR-CCM+

2. What is included in your course?

  • Introduction to CFD and STAR-CCM+
  • Complete workflow of the CFD process in STAR-CCM+
  • 2 comprehensive projects with real world geometries

3. What will the student gain from your course?

  • General CFD knowledge
  • STAR-CCM+ - especially surface wrapper, automated meshing

4. What software skills are you teaching and how well are these tools used in the industry?

  • STAR-CCM+ is the foremost software used in Aero and automobile industries
  • STAR-CCM+ is used in design of F1 cars
  • Big automobile MNCs rely on the Surface wrapping to clean their CAD in an automated way
  • Rail equipment manufacturers employ STAR-CCM+ as their primary tool to understand and improve their designs

5. What is the real world application for the tools and techniques will you teach in this course?

  • How much drag and lift is generated in a real world Car
  • How design variations impact the forces acting on a Car
  • How aerodynamic is an aeroplane

6. Which companies use these techniques and for what?

  • Major auto OEMS – to understand how their designers can optimize the aerodynamics
  • Aerospace companies design their aircrafts relying on CFD

7. How is your course going to help me in my path to MS or PhD?

  • Having in-depth knowledge in CFD and especially in External aerodynamics will make your profile stand out from the crowd making you the Professor’s choice.
  • Getting a scholarship will be very easy given your command over the subject

8. How is this course going to help me get a job?

  • Companies will prefer trained candidates that are well versed in their knowledge in CFD and STAR-CCM+.
  • Technical round will be a cake walk for you and you will make a big impression on the recruiters
  • Salary will not be a constrain for the right candidate with necessary job skills. You can negotiate your salary better