by Klaus Wolf and Pascal Bayrasy
The Fraunhofer Institute SCAI has developed an application-independent interface for the coupling of different simulation codes, known as MpCCI (Mesh-based parallel Code Coupling Interface). The MpCCI interface has been accepted as a de facto standard for a neutral and vendor-independent coupling interface. Currently MpCCI supports Abaqus (© Simulia), Ansys (© Ansys Inc), Flowmaster, (© Flowmaster Ltd), Fluent and Icepak (© Ansys Inc), FineHexa and FineTurbo (© Numeca Intl), Flux3D (© Cedrat SA), MD.Nastran and MSC.Marc (© MSC Software Corp), Permas (© Intes GmbH), STAR-CD and STAR-CCM (© CD adapco), and RadTherm (© TAI). An open programming interface has been widely used to adapt customer internal codes as well as public research codes to MpCCI, thus allowing these codes to be coupled with the already supported MpCCI codes.