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SPEED’s Electric Machine Software to Complement CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+

Posted By: Lauren Gautier
Date:Tue, 22 Mar 2011, 3:01 p.m.

New York and London. March 22, 2011

CD-adapco (, the leading provider of CAE engineering simulation tools for fluid dynamics and heat transfer, announced today at its STAR European Conference 2011 that it has reached an in-principle agreement with the University of Glasgow to acquire the university’s electric machines design code, SPEED software.

On completion of legal agreements, the pioneering electric machines design code, SPEED software, will join CD-adapco’s established line of CAE tools. SPEED software has been in development for the last 25 years with a customer base of over 1000 engineers including many of the world’s leading manufacturers in the electric machine field. With a seamless transition, existing customers will not see any downtime.

(left to right) Malcolm McGilp, Chief Software Engineer, SPEED Laboratory; Steve MacDonald, President, CD-adapco; Professor Tim Miller, Director, SPEED Laboratory
Malcolm McGilp, Steve MacDonald and Professor Tim Miller

Professor Tim Miller, Originator and Director of the SPEED software labs said, "After 25 years in the University of Glasgow, I am delighted that SPEED is joining CD-adapco. It is a perfectly natural transition from one of the oldest UK universities, with one of the longest and richest histories of academic/industrial interaction in engineering. The combination of SPEED and CD-adapco lays the foundation for a new phase of development in software engineering services to manufacturing companies in electric machinery, covering all sectors including exciting new developments in power generation and electric/hybrid vehicles, as well as all our varied fields of activity.”

He continued, “I am personally looking forward to a renewal of all aspects of SPEED's service to this vital group of industries, balancing the need for continuity with the need for development and integration with related design tools from CD-adapco themselves and others with whom we have worked for many years. The philosophy of customer service through the provision of leading enabling design tools is identical in SPEED and CD-adapco, so I believe we will see a vigorous and stimulating new era. I am very proud to be part of it and I hope all our customers will stay with us to realize the full potential of our partnerships."

Professor John Marsh, Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow and instrumental in the deal, added “This is a great example of how knowledge developed within the university can create a product which will have significant value for users in this field. We are very proud of SPEED’s heritage and the position it holds in the marketplace and are pleased to work with CD-adapco to allow it to flourish.”

CD-adapco’s President & CEO Steve MacDonald, explained, “SPEED software takes CD-adapco to the forefront of the electric machine design and is absolutely complementary to the ongoing organic developments in house. Specifically, to create a detailed 3D electromagnetic solver which will become part of STAR-CCM+ and move the market forward for electric machine simulation.” MacDonald went on to comment, “These developments mark a significant commitment from CD-adapco in the electromagnetic field, the ultimate aim to further strengthen our simulation tool and provide more solutions to our customers. For us to be a serious player in this area requires expertise and one of the most renowned people walking on this planet in the area of electric motors is Professor Tim Miller. We are delighted to have joined forces with him.”

Professor Miller will host a live online Q&A Session on April 19th, 2011 for existing customers and distributors.

About University of Glasgow
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today we are a broad-based, research intensive institution with a global reach and a global vision.

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities, and we’re striving to change the world with our expertise. Our annual research contract income totals more than £116m, which puts us in the UK’s top 10 earners for research.

We are also one of the UK’s leading institutions in delivering a first class student experience.

For more information about SPEED and CD-adapco, please contact:

Steve Hartridge

Director, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle

+44 207 471 6200


SPEED's Electric Machine Software to Complement CD-adapco's Flagship Analysis Tool, STAR-CCM+

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