STAR-CCM+ v8 is a new version of CD-adapco’s integrated solution for multidisciplinary engineering problems. Specifically aimed at increasing productivity, engineers will benefit from STAR-CCM+ v8’s usability enhancements developed by the new “User Experience” team. Parts-based meshing allows users to associate mesh definitions with geometric entities, resulting in greater control, better automation, and reduced turnaround time, claims the company. According to CD-adapco, JTOpen integration has the potential to cut import times from hours to minutes for large complex CAD assemblies. In addition, new multidisciplinary enhancements allow users to tackle a wider range of industrially relevant problems. Chief among these enhancements is a new STAR-Cast add-on developed in collaboration with recognized international experts in casting and metallurgy, which provides a comprehensive and intuitive process for performing multiphase casting simulation. It also brings automation and ease of use to casting and foundry processes.