Sneak Peek at the Next Release of the SimScale Platform

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As a completely web-based platform, SimScale facilitates a closer interaction between users, the support team, 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 on our team are constantly improving and enhancing the platform based on feedback from 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 into serious consideration when 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 more quickly and efficiently. Therefore, allow us to send 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, which were also mainly driven by user feedback and feature requests. A notification of the final release will be sent via our newsletter once it is in production mode. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Rotating Wall Velocity

The 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
Difference between the ‘fixed value’ and ‘rotating wall velocity’ boundary condition at an impeller wheel

Conjugate Heat Transfer

By popular demand, the conjugate heat transfer (CHT) workflow is currently undergoing a major overwork. Soon, SimScale will offer CHT simulation capabilities which allow users 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 also be modeled. Additionally, we will offer both laminar and turbulent analysis. The workflow is being designed with ease of use in mind and 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 simulation type allows the user to track the movement of particles in relation to the contact interaction between those particles and potential interactions with the surrounding environment. In an industrial context, there are many applications where this type of simulation contributes 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!

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