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How do I view STAR-CCM+ using Virtual Reality (VR)?

Solid modeling and fluid simulation within STAR-CCM+ can be done in virtual reality. The steps below outline the workflow needed to visualize a fluid within VR.  When all the steps have been completed, a STAR-CCM+ VR model will exist that allows the users to enter Virtual Reality, place "bubbles," and watch them flow with the fluid.

  1. Start STAR-CCM+ v13.04 or higher, and open your SIM file.

  2. Open the pre-created Scenes >> Scalar Scene 1 view.

  3. Create 2 Derived Parts (A and B).

    1. Resampled Volume
      Voxel Count : Snap to Part (select the Product.Part from your model)
      (You may want to expand the selection if you wish to see bubbles completely leave the area of interest)

    2. Streamlines

      1. Snap to Part : Velocity Inlet 1

      2. Part U-Resolution = 25, Part V-Resolution = 25

      3. Vector Field = Velocity

  4. Within the Scene

    1. Outline 1

      1. (Property) Opacity = 0.5

      2. (Property) Surface = True | Checked

      3. Hide unwanted Parts

        • Parts >> Region >> (right-click) Hide

    2. Scalar 1

      1. Hide unwanted Parts (e.g. show Inlet and Floor)

      2. Parts >> Region >> (right-click) Hide

    3. Streamline Stream 1

      1. Scalar Field >> Function = Velocity: Magnitude

      2. Color Bar >> Visible = False | Unchecked

    4. Vector 1

      1. Parts = Resampled Volume
        This is required to see the “particle bubbles” within VR.

      2. Vector Field >> Function = Velocity

      3. Color Bar >> Visible = False | Unchecked

  5. Right click Scalar Scene 1 >> Export 3D Visualization File.

  6. Start the application STAR-CCM+VR, and open your file newly exported file.