The College of Engineering has a site license for StarCCM+, a single interface multidisciplinary simulation tool (single/multiphase flow, combustion, CHT, structural, particle) that contains CAD, geometry import/preparation/wrapping, meshing, visualization, and automation.


Windows Desktop computers and Linux


The license can be used for research and instruction. It can also be installed on student laptops. Contact for more info on personal copies.


StarCCM+ licneses currently in use:


Students and faculty with ENGINEERING Windows desktop computers can install STARCCM+ via "Software Center", found in the start menu. Linux users can find StarCCM+ in /usr/local/apps64.


All help manuals, and support is done online via the company portal. You must make an account first.

Our license includes access to online resources including:

  • Access to training
  • Technical support
  • Knowledge base
  • Tutorials
  • User guide

Please contact to get access to the user portal (Steve Portal). Provide your full name, academic email, department, and professor you work with. Once you get access take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Steve Portal, this will allow you access to:

  • Training
  • Knowledge base
  • Downloads (installation files and guides)
  • Documentation (user guide and tutorials)
  • Technical Support (my cases tab)


Through STAR Academy training in the Steve Portal, users can go through e-learning courses on STAR-CCM+ fundamentals, multiphase flow, heat transfer, and optimization on demand and can complete these courses at their own pace. This interactive system is fully narrated, includes simulation demonstrations, quizzes, and more! STAR-Lab is a live in-person training exercise that follows completion of STAR-CCM+ e-learning modules. STAR-Lab is intended to provide a controlled environment for engineers new to STAR-CCM+ to practice what they have learned, as well as to expand their understanding of problem solving using STAR-CCM+. The exercises for STAR-Lab Day will include CAD creation, surface import and repair, boundary assignment, meshing set up, physics model selection, report creation, and post processing for a range of geometries. See our calendar for scheduled virtual STAR-Lab days. Please contact me if you would like to attend a session and have fulled completed each section of the STAR-CCM+ foundation e-learning course. An outline of the e-learning courses are shown below, for more information please go to the training tab in If you do not have access to let me know and I will enable this for you. To access the e-learning courses please go to the portal, click the training tab, and click training for academics. From here you can view the free training courses or pay $30 for access to all e-learning courses for 1 year.



Basic Overview of Computational Fluid Dynamics       1 Module

STAR-CCM+ Introduction                                       10 Modules

Heat Transfer Fundamentals                                6 Modules

Eulerian Multiphase Flows                                        4 Modules

HEEDS MDO Introduction                                      15 Modules

3D-CAD Fundamentals with Optimate                       3 Modules



The knowledge base includes an extensive array of FAQ's, a Video Library, and other self-help resources. To help you get started, we have created a video that shows how you can use the Steve Portal to debug and/or solve a typical CFD issue. The documentation contains both the user guide and tutorials. The STAR-CCM+ User Guide contains ~14,000 pages of very detailed information. The tutorials have been specifically designed to provide new users with step-by-step instructions for a variety of applications, physics, and other topics such as automation and optimization. The tutorials are accessible in both the steve portal and in the STAR-CCM+ interface under Help.