<style=’font-family’: Times New Roman>Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a relatively new method of analysing the flow of a fluid around or through an object. Although CFD is not yet at the level where it can be blindly used by engineers and designers, it is a vital tool in the research and development stage and is normally used in conjunction with wind tunnel testing. With the research and application of CFD increasing by the day, there is no better time to start learning CFD. However modelling real life situations in CFD can be challenging at times. Although help can be found in the internet, it is often lacking in detail or not as always helpful as you’d hoped. That’s where we come in; we have created this website as a ‘one-stop’ source for all your Star-CCM+ needs. Whether you want to figure out why something is going wrong or learn about new techniques, this site will have something for you.

This is an on-going project and we hope to be updating the site regularly. If you have any suggestions for how we can improve the site, do not hesitate to get in touch.



In 2015, the Porticast team added many new improvements to the website. Firstly, we improved the user interface on the CATIA series. We changed the menu layout, so it is now easier to navigate the website, as well as improving the quality of the content on some of the web pages and videos.

Our biggest update is the introduction to two new series to the Porticast family: Matlab and Star CCM+.

We have created tutorials to get you up and running on Matlab with tutorials on using basic functions, matrices, importing data, plotting graphs and writing scripts.

Star CCM+ is a computational fluid dynamics software, used normally in conjunction with wind tunnel experiments to help analyse the flow of fluids through or around an object. Our series will cover the basics on how to set up meshes of models, setting up physics, running the simulation and analysing the data.


This is an on going project, which will be adding content regularly.

About us

We are a small group of students who have just completed our first year of Mechanical Engineering at UCL, led by Dr Tim Baker (Senior Teaching Fellow). The students include;

  • Jamie Robinson
  • Benjamin Khoo
  • Al-Amin Miah
  • Shyam Vasudevan
  • Jack Buckley
  • Zak Anis
  • Yousef Anis
  • Ahmed Al-Dawood
  • Maxwell Jack
  • Sharon Keya