Simcenter STAR-CCM+ free trial for marine CFD

By Elspeth Mosedale

Explore the power of Simcenter STAR-CCM+ with a 30-day free trial.

Naval architect using Simcenter STAR-CCM+

For naval architects, staying afloat in today’s economic environment requires an efficient, digital approach to ship design, and the ability to rapidly assess innovative ideas and explore alternatives. With Simcenter STAR-CCM+ you can predict and understand the real-world behavior of your ship, at full-scale and under realistic operating conditions. No design or scenario is too complex to investigate. Simulate hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion and more, and go from CAD to results in one package.   Our marine-specific workflows make it quick and easy to set up CFD simulations and optimize designs.

Our free trial includes everything you need to instantly start running CFD simulations.  You can launch the trial in your browser in just minutes – no installation necessary. The trial includes access to Simcenter STAR-CCM+, sample files and guided examples.

How to access your free trial

Start your marine CFD experience with Simcenter STAR-CCM+
  • Access the trial here: Simcenter STAR-CCM+ for marine
  • Sign up for an account, or sign in with your Google or LinkedIn account
  • Confirm your email address
  • Launch the virtual desktop and start using Simcenter STAR-CCM+ – no installation is required.
  • Follow the marine tutorials and instructions available on the software launch page.

Marine tutorials and guided examples are included

Tutorials and guided examples are available on the launch page. The README doc contains everything you need to get started, and links to four guided examples. The files for the examples are on your virtual desktop, along with Simcenter STAR-CCM+

Simcenter STAR-CCM+ free trial launch page

There are four examples you can follow, each of which showcases different marine applications.

Hydrodynamic performance

Simulate a fast boat interacting with oblique waves. Learn how to visualize interaction with the free surface and how to monitor g-force on the hull and accelerations passengers would experience

Topics covered:

  • Setting up scenes and analysis in Simcenter STAR-CCM+
  • Running a simulation and monitoring results
  • How automatic mesh refinement enables efficient and accurate solutions

Learn more about setting up and running your cases in super-fast time in this online presentation.

External aerodynamics

streamlines showing aerodynamic wake behind a multi-role vessel. Free trial tutorial.

Gain insight into the aerodynamic wake of an asymmetrical vessel. Learn how to setup and run a simulation from CAD to solution.

Topics covered:

  • Importing CAD and setting up meshing, physics, plots and scenes
  • How to specify wind direction and speed
  • Using scenes and plots to investigate the impact of the wind on the deck

To read more about aerodynamic CFD simulation, check out our case study with STX France, who used Simcenter STAR-CCM+ to investigate exhaust plume dispersion.

Design exploration

Perform design exploration on a 2D hydrofoil, aiming to minimize drag. Learn how to use parameterization and intelligent search to perform automated design optimization.

design exploration on a 2D hydrofoil.

Topics covered:

  • Setting up design parameters
  • Using Design manager to manage automated design exploration study
  • Using built-in post-processing to find trade-offs in design

For more information on design exploration for marine applications, read how BAR Technologies used Siemens software solutions to create a new class of sports yacht


self-propulsion free trial example

Set up a full-scale ship simulation including self-propulsion with a virtual propeller and compare the results to sea trial data. Learn how to use the Hull Performance Workflow to quickly set up simulations and ensure repeatability.

Topics covered:

  • Using the Hull Performance Workflow to set up simulations
  • How to include a virtual propeller
  • Running simulations over a range of operating conditions

For more self-propulsion CFD results, watch this on-demand webinar where Lloyd’s Register compares full-scale Simcenter STAR-CCM+ CFD results with sea trial data.

Start your Simcenter STAR-CCM+ free trial today

Getting started with this trial is easy, with no complicated downloads or lengthy installations. You get instant access through your browser, any time, anywhere, for 30 days. So sign up now and enjoy exploring Simcenter STAR-CCM+ for marine applications!

This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at