Sneak Peek —Next release of SimScale Platform

Being completely web-based, the SimScale platform allows a closer interaction between users, the support and the product development team than a normal desktop software does. This combined with the fact, that we can ship new product releases without any overhead for our users allows us to rapidly expand the functionality of the SimScale platform. Therefore the mechanical engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists in our team are constantly improving and enhancing the platform based on feedback from the SimScale users.

Feedback for the Next Release

Your feedback and ideas for improvement are crucial in the development of the SimScale platform! Since the opening of the platform, we have been encouraged by warm responses from thousands of users. Every requirement is taken seriously into consideration in planning the roadmap of the platform. Hence, step-by-step we are improving the platform with more functionality and a deeper automation of the workflow to allow our users to complete their simulation projects fast and efficiently. Therefore a big ‘Thank you’ from our product development team in Munich, Germany to our users!

In this blog post, I want to provide you with a sneak peek on some of the new features coming up with the next release – also mainly driven by user feedback and feature requests. A notification of the final release will be sent via E-mail/Newsletter once it is in production mode – have a try and let us know what you think!

Rotating Wall Velocity

Rotating wall velocity boundary condition defines the velocity at the surface of a rotating body. Hence, the correct no-slip boundary condition for the fluid at such rotating walls can be prescribed in a straightforward and accurate manner. As a result, the quality of flow solution is enhanced in a major family of applications, such as wheels, pumps and compressors.

Differenence between 'fixed value' and 'rotating wall velocity' boundary condition. - SimScale release

This comparison shows the difference between ‘fixed value’ and ‘rotating wall velocity’ boundary condition at an impeller wheel.

Conjugate Heat Transfer

Upon popular demand, the Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT) work-flow is currently undergoing a major overwork. Soon, SimScale will offer CHT simulation capabilities which allow to simulate the coupled heat transfer in both solids and fluids for complex geometries. Using this analysis type, the temperature distribution and heat transfer rate can be simulated. Natural convection and boundary layer effects can be modeled as well. We will offer both laminar and turbulent analysis. The work-flow is being designed with ease of use in mind. The SimScale platform will assist in setting up a simulation by providing best-practice parameters.

Discrete Element Method
Dynamic analysis of the particle motion inside an hourglass geometry using the discrete element method - SimScale

Dynamic analysis of the particle motion inside an hourglass geometry using the discrete element method

Last but not least, an additional solver framework based on the Discrete Element Method (DEM) is being integrated. This type allows to track the movement of particles regarding the contact interaction between those particles and potential interactions with the surrounding  environment. There are many applications in the industrial context where this type of simulation contributes particularly to an efficient development process, for example, bulk material transport or grinding mills.

Should you have further ideas or suggestions for the next release, please make your comments below – we are looking forward to it!


Did you know? The last product update included many interesting new features. Read more about it here.

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