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Reducing Weight and Maximising Fuel Efficiency of a Formula Student Car with OptiStruct
Durham University Electric Motorsport (DUEM), are a UK-based team of students who design, build and race electric vehicles. In this project, DUEM wanted to demonstrate how they have applied the latest weight saving technology to achieve a faster, more efficient car by optimising an upright design for multiple load cases. As existing users of the Altair HyperWorks simulation suite, the DUEM team looked to OptiStruct to help meet this challenge.

Dialing into Simulation to Streamline Cellular Phone Development
Upstream model simulation reduces product development time and enables Motorola to meet critical market demands.

Altair Inspire Extrude Datasheet
Altair Inspire Extrude is a simulation environment designed to help extrusion companies meet the ever increasing demands to produce complex profiles with tight tolerances, quality surface finishes, and high strength properties at reduced cost. Inspire Extrude is a virtual press where users can visualize material flow and temperature inside a die during extrusion and make necessary changes to ensure balanced flow, while identifying and eliminating product defects.

Altair HyperStudy Datasheet
Altair HyperStudy is a multi-disciplinary design exploration, study, and optimization software for engineers and designers. Using design-of-experiments, metamodeling, and optimization methods, HyperStudy creates intelligent design variants, manages runs, and collects data. Users are guided to understand data trends, perform tradeoff studies, and optimize design performance and reliability. HyperStudy’s intuitive user interface combined with its seamless integration to Altair HyperWorks™ makes design exploration technology accessible to non-experts.

Sujan CooperStandard Achieves Lighweighting & Performance Targets with Altair
Sujan CooperStandard uses solidThinking Inspire, OptiStruct and HyperMesh to design a torsional vibration damper that meets NVH criteria, optimize bracket and various mount designs.

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Flux Webinar: Accelerate your Design Process with Flux - Dealing with Complex 3D CAD Models
Flux is now fully part of HyperWorks and thanks to our flexible HyperWorks Units, users are now able to access even more tools that will help you to save time in your designs and enable powerful simulations. Flux embeds its own pre-preprocessing tools but designers sometimes need to deal with complex 3D geometries generated by their CAD team.

U of M Solar Car- Composites Optimization for a Solar-Powered Race Car: Minimizing Body and Chassis Weight With Altair OptiStruct
The University of Michigan Solar Car Team, through the application of Altair’s OptiStruct optimization technology, was able to reduce the weight of its solar car by 90 kg from the 2009 Infinium car design to the 2012 Quantum car design. The Michigan team finished third in the 2011 World Solar Challenge, the first American team to finish. The team also has placed first in seven other American Solar Car Challenge competitions.

Targeting Composite Wing Performance – Optimising the Composite Lay-Up Design
This paper shows how Altair OptiStruct, part of the HyperWorks suite, is used to provide a complete solution when designing with laminated composites, taking the design through concept stages to producing the final ply lay-up sequence. The technology is applied to the design of a laminated wing cover to produce a mass optimised design which meets the requested structural targets.

Engineering Design Using a Small Autonomous Robot for Student Education
As part of educational programs for students to acquire practical skills and knowledge, Aichi University Technology (AUT) participated in a demonstration test competition aiming for future Mars exploration. A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites (ARLISS), is a competitive event for the evaluation of autonomous robots – conducting tests relating to their autonomous descent back to the ground after being launched 400m above the ground using a small rocket. For the final designed robot, HyperWorks was used for structural analysis to understand whether or not the robot meets requirements, and MotionSolve was extremely useful for practical industrial education that is linked to CAD design.

Altair Tailored Solutions Datasheet
Altair understands that design processes are very specific to individual companies. As part of our commitment to enable our customers to create innovative design solutions efficiently, our services group routinely tailors Altair HyperWorks™ solutions to meet their unique requirements, embedding the simulation platform with client specific intelligence.

HyperMesh 14.0 - Aerospace Tools Overview
See an overview of the new tools available in HyperMesh 14.0 for aerospace users.

CFD 14.0 Overview
See an overview of the new features available in the CFD user profile for 14.0.

Development of a New Lightweight Aluminum Profile for a Glass Balustrade
The design of architectural components such as a balustrade can be challenging, since the design does not only have to look good, it also has to meet several safety requirements and standards. In addition, all designs have to be developed within the shortest time possible. To meet these challenges the engineers, architects and designers at Faraone are always looking for solutions that can reduce their design and testing cycles.

Temperature Loads
See a demonstration on the new Temperature tool that allows users to simulate the effects of temperature change on your model.

Field Data
See a demonstration of an improved user interface for setting up equivalent sources. A new field data entity is introduced to the CADFEKO tree.

PBS Professional Wins at NCI Raijin, Largest Supercomputer in Southern Hemisphere
Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) chose PBS Professional to manage workload for its ‘Raijin’ cluster from Fujitsu, the largest supercomputing system in Australia with over 1000 users.

Altair Inspire Form Datasheet
Altair Inspire Form enables users to better design products while reducing lead time by enabling early consideration of formability, process parameters, material utilization, and cost.


Getting Started - Inspire Structures
A course to help users get started using Inspire Structures including an interface tour and workflow training/videos.

Getting Started - Inspire Cast
A course to help users get started using Inspire Cast including an interface tour and workflow training/videos.

SimLab Tutorials - Solver Setup for Non-Linear Analysis
Create group-based 3d bolts with pretension; apply user-defined contacts; create material with elasto-plastic curve; apply constraints and bearing pressure; create loadcases and define non-linear static solver settings

Generic Modeling Improvements with MotionSolve
Many other enhancements in this release were designed to enable users to assemble and solve models to evaluate product behavior much faster, especially for vehicle simulations.


MotionSolve Examples Library
The MotionSolve examples library has been added to provide users with resources to learn MotionSolve on real world type models.


Altair MotionView Datasheet
Altair MotionView is a user-friendly and intuitive multi-body systems modeling environment. Its built-in parametric modeling capability and hierarchical modeling language allows users to quickly build, analyze, and improve mechanical system designs even before physical prototypes are available. In conjunction with Altair MotionSolve™, MotionView provides the perfect solution for your multi-body dynamics simulation needs.

Simulation Manager Datasheet
Altair’s Simulation Manager allows users to manage the life cycle of simulation projects through an intuitive web based portal. Guidance for different aspects of a simulation project life cycle are provided to the user, starting from project creation, setting up of Key Performance Targets (KPT), modeling, job submission, analysis, extraction of Key Performance Indicators (KPI), subsequent validation and powerful dashboards.

Altair Virtual Wind Tunnel Datasheet
Altair’s Virtual Wind Tunnel (VWT) is a vertical application tailored for external aerodynamic studies. Designed with the users’ needs in mind, the graphical user interface provides easy access to problem definition and solution strategies. The automated and customizable report generation after each simulation run provides a consistent method for design evaluation.

General Machinery Solutions with MotionSolve
Our goal was to help users more easily build and simulate complex systems. To this end, we have added a library of higher-level modeling elements including cables, pulleys, and winches; linear actuators, struts, & rods; as well as gears and cams – obviating the need for users to separately define parts, markers, and joints for these elements.


Technology Acquisition
Combination of HyperWorks and RADIOSS delivers broadest CAE product family in PLM.

Northwestern University Success Story
Using HyperWorks for Teaching Computational Optimization Methods in Engineering Design at Northwestern University

Simulating the Suspension Response of a High Performance Sports Car
The use of CAE software tools as part of the design process for mechanical systems in the automotive industry is now commonplace. This paper highlights the use of Altair HyperWorks to assess and then optimize the performance of a McLaren Automotive front suspension system. The tools MotionView and MotionSolve are used to build the model and then carry out initial assessments of kinematics and compliance characteristics. Altair HyperStudy is then used to optimize the position of the geometric hard points and compliant bush rates in order to meet desired suspension targets. The application of this technology to front suspension design enables McLaren Automotive to dramatically reduce development time.

Sujan CooperStandard Achieves Lightweighting and Performance Targets with Altair
Sujan CooperStandard manufactures (anti-vibration) NVH products for leading automotive companies. Currently, the automotive industry is under extreme pressure because of environmental norms and has to adhere to stringent government policies related to pollution control and one of the simplest ways to address these is to optimize designs and reduce weight of products and components. They began using Altair HyperWorks on the on the recommendation of their joint venture partner CooperStandard. The team decided to improvise design of their Torsion Vibration Damper using Altair solutions like solidThinking Inspire to optimize designs of the brackets and OptiStruct for structural integrity of the designs. Altair solutions have helped Sujan CooperStandard get their product designs right the first time and consistently meet their time, cost and quality targets.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Structural Component Optimization
Lockeed Martin uses OptiStruct to meet the aggressive weight targets on the Joint Strike fighter project. High potential parts for mass savings include compact fittings and planar webs.

An Advanced Method for Optimising Packaging Design
Consumer product packaging designers are faced with conflicting requirements throughout the development process. Good pack aesthetics are vital for the success of the product, whilst unit costs must be minimized and suitability for stacking and transportation maintained. This paper describes, by example, how design optimization technology can be used to enhance the design process. It is demonstrated that the technology can be employed to provide clear design information for the pack designers, facilitating definition of an attractive shape incorporating features to meet the structural and manufacturing requirements whilst minimizing cost.

The Use of MBD Modelling Techniques in the Design and Development of a Suspension System
This paper describes the use of Multi-body Dynamics (MBD) modelling techniques in the design and development of a suspension system for a novel autonomous vehicle. The general approach and philosophy is described, whereby MBD techniques are used in conjunction with an independent (parametric) whole vehicle handling simulation. This is supplemented with examples, showing how MotionSolve was used (in tandem with CarSim) to develop the suspension elasto-kinematic geometric properties to meet specific cascaded targets, to optimise a weighing strategy, to predict forces under a variety of quasi-static and dynamic loads, and to estimate response to track inputs.

Speed and Safety- Interview with Luca Pignacca of Dallara Automobili
Manufacturing and supply of Racing Cars, Dallara Automobili uses HyperWorks to help design all of their racing cars.

Clemson University Chooses PBS Professional for HPC Workload Management
Clemson University's IT department, Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT), selected PBS Professional over open-source alternatives for mission-critical workload management. "We were looking to fulfill two requirements that our open source scheduling tool could not handle – reliability/scalability and technical support. After evaluating workload management vendors, Altair’s PBS Professional scheduling software came out on top as the solution that met our HPC needs."

Aerodynamic Development of a Road Cycling Helmet with AcuSolve - LX Sim
LX Sim uses HyperWorks Suite and select Partner Alliance programs from Altair to help build an aerodynamic cycling helmet.

NVH Webinar Series: Transfer Path Analysis at General Motors
This webinar presents the most recent advancement in the vehicle development process at General Motors using Altair HyperWorks' Transfer Path Analysis (TPA) capabilities.

Powertrain Mount Optimisation Webinar
Many engineers and designers in the automotive industry would like to determine a reasonable powertrain mounting system which meets a list of static and dynamic performance requirements, the design of which is limited by many factors. One of the approaches is to adopt a decoupling arrangement between powertrain rigid-body modes and to control frequencies in the main vibration directions of the powertrain so they fall within a desirable range. This is done by optimising stiffness, location and orientation of mounts.

Improving the Design of Subsea Riser Systems: A Cray-Altair Solution for Improved Oil & Gas Component Engineering
With Cray and Altair, engineers have the computational systems they need to perform advanced subsea computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis with better speed, scalability, and accuracy. With Altair’s AcuSolve CFD solver running on Cray XC supercomputer systems, operators and engineers responsible for riser system design and analysis can increase component life, reduce uncertainty, and improve the overall safety of their ultra-deep-water systems while still meeting demanding development schedules.

Honeywell Aerospace - Reducing the Weight of Aircraft Engines
Brian Cottrell, Chief of Structures at Honeywell Aerospace, discusses how Altair ProductDesign applied HyperWorks' optimization technology, OptiStruct, to minimize the weight of new aircraft engines.

Stanley Black & Decker Case Study
Stanley Black & Decker chose Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited to optimize their CAE processes for power tool design, enabling them to explore concepts more deeply, reduce cycle times and make better decisions faster.

Hot Stamping Process Simulation Using Integrated using Structural & CFD Analysis
Hot stamped steel parts are being increasingly used in automotive structures for their higher strength to meet safety standards while reducing vehicle weight to improve fuel consumption. However, manufacturing of sheet metal parts by hot stamping to achieve desired properties is extremely challenging as it involves complex interaction of plastic deformation, metallurgical change, thermal distribution, and fluid flow.

FEKO 14.0 Overview
See an overview of the new features available within FEKO in 14.0. HyperWorks 14.0 is the first version containing the FEKO product line.

Hyundai Mobis Automotive Group Improves the EMC Analysis Process from 2D to 3D Using FEKO for Shielding Effectiveness Simulation
To analyze and optimize the shielding effectiveness of the housing in an Around View Monitor (AVM) while meeting EMC requirements, Hyundai MOBIS automotive group improves the Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis (EMC) process from 2D to 3D using FEKO for shielding effectiveness simulation

RUAG Space Streamlines Composite Analysis with Improved Data Workflow
RUAG Space combines the power of the Altair HyperWorks Suite with the advanced composite failure analysis methods from ESAComp to improve their efficiency and composite modeling process.

HyperForm 2017 Brochure
Altair HyperForm is an industry proven comprehensive finite-element-based sheet metal forming simulation framework. Its unique process-oriented environment captures the forming process with a suite of highly tailored and configurable analysis and simulation tools to optimize all aspects of stamped products development. HyperForm delivers a cost-effective solution to meet the demands of customers varying from individual analysts, and tool shops, and to large OEMS.

Altair Weight Analytics Datasheet
Altair's Weight Analytics (WA) solution manages the entire Weight and Balance (W&B) process empowering engineering and management teams to control and ensure W&B attributes meet program requirements. Deployed as a common weight management tool across the enterprise, WA enables faster and more accurate decision-making with on-demand access to visualize, analyze and predict W&B at any point in time during the entire Product Lifecycle (PLC).

Design Optimization Of A Composite Car Body
This paper describes how a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body of a future city car was optimized to minimize weight. The frame includes numerous parts, some of which have a simple constant laminate structure and some are more complex having additional local reinforcements. The body must meet the different stiffness and load carrying constraints set by the various load cases.

Pressure vessels: The composite solution from ComposicaD and ESAComp
With composite pressure vessels foreseen as a significant industrial growth sector, Mike Skinner, from Seifert and Skinner & Associates, talks us through their approach and how the composite solution offered by ComposicaD and ESAComp provides efficient design and analysis to meet the emerging markets.

Study of Mounted Surface Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Using Flux® Skew
Requirements: rotating electrical machine designers want high-reliability, minimum power losses, maximum power, maximum torque and low mechanical resonance vibration and noise. To meet the needs of electrical machine designers, CEDRAT started developing tools that take Skew into account in 2003. Several improvements have been made to this tool. Skew is usually accounted for by sub-dividing the active length of the machine into several 2D slices. In the latest Skew version of Flux the post processing is directly a full 3D post-processing.

Multi-Physics Design and Optimization of a Complex Radar System
Today, most products are complex mechatronic combinations of advanced technologies, mixing electrical parts with controllers and embedded software. To efficiently manage innovative products, organizations are turning to a Model-Based Development approach for concept studies, control design, multi-domain system simulation and optimization. To meet this demand, Altair’s simulation and optimization suite aims to transform design and decision-making throughout product lifecycles with their multi-disciplinary software tools and consultancy services.


Aeroswift
The South African aviation manufacturing solutions provider Aerosud and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) teamed up to launch a challenging 3D printing project, Aeroswift. Aeroswift collaborated with Altair to develop a methodology for designing large additively manufactured products. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) frame was designed as a demonstration and subsequently printed on Aeroswift. To improve manufacturability while meeting all component requirements, the project engineers used Altair Inspire™ and its topology optimization capabilities in the design process.

Big Metal Printing – Realising the Potential of Additive Manufacturing
The South African aviation manufacturing solutions provider Aerosud and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) teamed up to launch a challenging 3D printing project, Aeroswift. Aeroswift collaborated with Altair to develop a methodology for designing large additively manufactured products. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) frame was designed as a demonstration and subsequently printed on Aeroswift. To improve manufacturability while meeting all component requirements, the project engineers used Altair Inspire™ and its topology optimization capabilities in the design process.

Aircraft Radome Multiphysics Using Simulation
Watch this webinar to see a demonstration of a multiphysics simulation approach using the Altair HyperWorks platform for the analysis of airborne radomes for electromagnetic , structural, aerodynamic, and bird strike performances.

Mechatronic Systems Engineering: Altair’s Multibody Solutions
Altair’s MotionSolve is a powerful multi-body solution to help simulate mechatronic systems. Integration with solidThinking Activate allows a user to model control systems, actuators and sensors in a convenient block diagram environment while coupled with MotionSolve via co-simulation. Models in MotionSolve can be linearized for classic control system design, and its powerful non-linear capabilities helps you model critical effects, ranging from friction, to component flexibility, to contact between colliding bodies. Additional capabilities for integration with Fortran/C/Python, and support for Modelica and Functional Mock-up Interface standards allows different domains and third-party tools to be used as needed. Finally, integration with other HyperWorks tools allow you to drive your simulations with a model-based design approach.

High Performance Computing Speeds-up Optimization Processes for Tailor Rolled Blanks at Mubea
OEMs and suppliers include every possible technique to support lightweighting in the automotive industry. It is common to use optimization techniques in order to identify and tab existing lightweight potentials as well as design tailor rolled components in a vehicle, the design optimization of which is normally based on crash simulations. Due to the large size of these simulations, a single run can take 1 to 12 hours. To conduct all the simulation runs needed for assessment and evaluation of different design concepts, the use of HPC is necessary. HWUL- VA was able to reduce the turnaround time for a lightweight study significantly at Mubea.

Altair Leveraging Disruptive Cloud Technologies
As decreasing hardware prices and attractive business models are democratizing high-performance computing (HPC) resources in the cloud, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) now have greater computing flexibility than ever before. 


HyperMesh and Custom Export Template Streamline CFD Analysis in Research Projects at Arizona State University
Integrative Simulations & Computational Fluids Lab researchers from SEMTE (School for Engineering of Matter Transport and Energy) at the Arizona State University (ASU) wanted to use the commercial code HyperMesh as a general preprocessor to mesh complex geometries for use with the spectral element CFD code Nek5000. The challenge was to benefit from the rich functionality of existing meshing tools such as HyperMesh while using the Nek5000 code, since this CFD code requires 3D hexahedral elements. SEMTE researchers set up a project to develop a converter tool with which a HyperMesh mesh could be exported into a format the Nek5000 code could work with. With this export template the overall process is now much more user-friendly and less error-prone. The mesh is generated in HyperMesh and the export template organizes all the data and sorts it so it can be imported in the proper formats into the Nek5000 user template.

Feature Extension and Automation in Altair Feko through Scripting
The powerful scripting capabilities in Feko provides users with the means to extend the features available in the interface. Tasks and calculations that need to be performed repeatedly can also be automated allowing users to save time.

In this webinar the scripting language (Lua) and the available scripting capabilities in Feko will be briefly introduced.

Altair AcuSolve Datasheet
Altair AcuSolve is a most powerful Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool, providing users with a full range of physical models. Simulations involving flow, heat transfer, turbulence, and non-Newtonian materials are handled with ease by AcuSolve’s robust and scalable solver technology. These well validated physical models are delivered with unmatched accuracy on fully unstructured meshes. This means less time spent building meshes and more time spent exploring your designs.

Altair Flux Datasheet
Capitalizing on thirty-five years of innovation in the global context of design optimization and time-to-market reduction, Flux finite element software provides solutions to low-frequency electromagnetic and thermal simulation problems. Flux includes an open and user-friendly interface that is easily coupled with other Altair software to address multiphysics problems for a variety of systems in 2D, 3D and Skew modeling situations.

Fatigue Life from Sine-on-Random Excitation
Fatigue life prediction of structures whose natural frequencies lie near the frequencies of the input loading requires the stress results from dynamic analyses. These analyses can be performed in either the time or the frequency domains depending on the nature or the loading. This presentation will outline the approaches available for fatigue life prediction using Altair OptiStruct and APA product, nCode DesignLife for both time and frequency based dynamic analyses. The strengths, weaknesses and assumptions of each approach will be presented, along with typical applications enabling the user to select the proper technique for their particular use case.

SimLab 14.0 Rollout Webinar
In this webinar the entirely new user experience of SimLab 14.0 is beeing discussed. Besides a presentation this video contains a demo of pre- and post-processing of an analysis in SimLab 14.0.


Altair Model Mesher Director Datasheet
Companies face the challenge of analyzing ever larger and more complex models. This added complexity has the potential to negatively impact the design cycle time. As a result, analysts need to ensure that the model meshing process takes place rapidly and consistently across design teams. Altair's Model Mesher Director (MMD) is designed to reduce modeling time by allowing the user to quickly perform a range of pre-processing activities.

HyperView 14.0 - Multi Model Results Overlay
This enhancement allows users to plot and view results for multiple overlaid models in a single window without having to switch between the models (In previous releases, result plots could only be viewed on current model).

Hole/Gap Fill Utility
This tool is located in the mesh menu for all user profiles. It is a useful utility to fill the holes and feature loops. It works for first order tri or quad elements. Filling selected components has never been easier.

Software Asset Optimization Brochure
Altair’s “Software Asset Optimization” solutions (SAO) enable visualization and analysis of global software inventories and utilization rates across facilities, divisions, departments, projects and users. Having deep domain expertise in business analytics, software licensing systems and high performance computing, Altair’s SAO solutions are tailored specifically to the unique needs and requirements of each organization.

Weizmann Institute Case Study: Switching to PBS Professional for HP Clusters
The Weizmann Institute replaced Moab with PBS Professional to manage a 3,096-core HP cluster shared among hundreds of users. The transition process was easy, thanks to Altair’s excellent customer services and support. Now, the Institute enjoys higher cluster usage rates and greater productivity from their award-winning scientists.

Sensitivity Evaluation of Welding Seams in Durability Analysis with FEMFAT
This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Axel Werkhausen from Manager FEMFAT Support. Modelling of welding seams is very different in most of the FE-codes. Some swear to the detailed modelling with every little detail – totally impractical with long weldseams. Some others like the idea to keep it simple, like FEMFAT users, who describe the seam by coincident nodes of two shell meshes.

PBS Professional at The Scripps Research Institute
The campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) overlooks the Pacific near San Diego. Its proximity to the famed (but unrelated) Scripps Oceanographic Institute occasionally causes confusion of identities. But TSRI is prestigious in a totally different way. TSRI uses Altair’s PBS Professional software to provide a consistent workload management infrastructure for its users across all three computing environments.

Schlumberger Eclipse Integration White Paper and How-To Guide
The Schlumberger ECLIPSE software family offers the industry’s most complete and robust set of reservoir simulation software. In response to user requests, Altair has collaborated with Schlumberger to deliver a tightly integrated version of ECLIPSE for PBS Professional. This paper documents the integration and provides step-by-step instructions for configuration and use.

Delivering Powerful Solutions to the Oil & Gas Industry
To maximize user productivity, oil & gas companies need HPC resources operating reliably around the clock. In addition, the systems need to be easy to use, manage, and scale, while still being cost-effective. Altair’s PBS Works suite of HPC tools offers state-of-the-art solutions that are built to address these challenges.

Scheduling Jobs onto NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing Processors using PBS Professional
With the advent of the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) as a general-purpose computing unit, more and more customers are moving towards GPU-based clusters to run their scientific and engineering applications. This model allows users to use a CPU and GPU together in a heterogeneous computing model, where the sequential part of the application runs on the CPU and the computationally-intensive part runs on the GPU.

eBook: Learn External Aerodynamics with Virtual Wind Tunnel
Altair Virtual Wind Tunnel software is an environment for doing External Aerodynamic CFD analysis. This book takes you step by step through the basics of CFD to bring clarity to the user regarding the fundamentals of the subject.

SimLab Tutorials - Solver Setup for Thermal Steady State Analysis
Create material and apply properties; create user-defined contacts; apply thermal loads and define loadcases; define lines static loadcases with the temperature leadcase included; create proper solver settings for each loadcase; export and solve for multi-physics analysis

Coupled Electro-Magnetic and Acoustic Simulation of an In-Wheel Electric Motor
At Elaphe, the engineers have been facing the NVH challenges from the very beginning. The topology of this electric motor, which on the one hand enables the team to use the otherwise empty space inside the wheel, can on the other hand, result in some new and unexplored NVH challenges. The experience over the years has proven that NVH is a bottleneck in the design cycle of Elaphe's motors and this was the main motivation for a more automated and more user-friendly NVH simulation workflow. Within the NVH, noise radiation was the area Elaphe was most interested in.



Altair FEKO for Marine EMC Applications
Altair FEKO is a leading comprehensive electromagnetic analysis software package, which is widely used in many industries and built on state of the art computational electromagnetic techniques to provide users with solutions to a wide range of electromagnetic problems. FEKO has been applied extensively in both commercial marine and naval applications to solve a wide range of EMC problems including antenna coupling and co-site interference analysis, cable coupling and radiation analysis and radiation hazard (RADHAZ) zone analysis.

Altair Inspire Cast Datasheet
Altair Inspire Cast was developed with its end users in mind. We strive to make casting simulation as easy as possible by using ‘foundryman’s language’ in our software. Every word in the interface comes from the casting process world. Not only is the software incredibly easy to use, it is also highly accurate and powerful. Get started with Inspire Cast today to further investigate and explore your casting process with just a few clicks.


Altair FluxMotor Datasheet
Altair FluxMotor is a flexible open software tool dedicated to the pre-design of electric rotating machines. It enables the user to build a machine from standard or customized parts, add windings and materials to run a selection of tests and compare results. Based on modern technology, the standalone platform offers fast and accurate computations. When necessary, connection with Altair Flux™ finite element software enables more advanced studies, taking into account more complex phenomenon.

Altair HyperStudy Model Linking
Workflow and user interface changes have been made to the Model Resources dialog to streamline the experience by providing a clearer visual representation of the run’s directory structure.  This will make setup and review more intuitive.


Simulation Streamlines Aircraft Door Development
The Eurocopter Group leverages analysis to cut design time and automate the process of developing safe aircraft closures.



By Michele Macchioni

Concept To Reality Summer/Fall 2011

Bird Strike Simulation Takes Flight
The increasing number of bird-plane impacts gives rise to new CAE methods to address aircraft safety.



By Robert Yancey

Concept To Reality Summer/Fall 2011

Structural Optimization Helps Launch Space Payloads
Aerospace company employs simulation software to reduce weight in the Launch Abort Manifold for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.



By Blaine E. Phipps, Michael H. Young and
Nathan G. Christensen

Concept To Reality Summer/Fall 2011

Tallent Automotive
Customized Solutions to Reduce Chassis Mass by 25%



To meet the growing demands for lightweight, fuel efficient vehicles, Tallent Automotive required a more automated method to produce minimum mass sheet metal chassis components which took performance targets and manufacturing constraints into account.

Application of Optimisation Tools to the Design of Advanced Carbon Fibre Bicycle: FACTOR 001
FACTOR 001 is the result of a creative project by BERU f1systems to explore the transfer of design approaches, technology and materials from Formula One to a groundbreaking training bicycle. The design brief did not require the bicycle to comply with existing technical regulations, which resulted in great freedom during the design process. This paper details how OptiStruct Optimisation tools were used to help generate efficient lightweight solutions for the design of complex carbon fibre components. Free-size optimisation was used to generate laminate boundaries, ply thicknesses and fibre directions, which met stress and displacement requirements. Physical testing carried out on manufactured parts highlighted the accuracy of the FE models and demonstrated the advantages of incorporating OptiStruct Optimisation tools in the design process.

PBS Professional at Trelleborg: An Automotive Design Group Maximizes Productivity
When you look for a new car, you probably think about style, comfort, performance, economy, or innovative electronics. You won't be thinking about the kinds of parts that Trelleborg Automotive makes. But they're there, all right, mostly unsung and out of sight, and you wouldn't want to be without them. Trelleborg, a Swedish corporation with a 100-year pedigree in engineering innovation, makes molded rubber components that damp down vibration and smooth out your ride. They cushion your engine where it meets the chassis. They buffer the mechanics of your steering column and your suspension. Almost all of them do their jobs without ever seeing the light of day – but if your floor gearshift lever has a rubber housing, that housing may have come from Trelleborg.

Altair BUSolutions
Developing the World’s First Series Hydraulic Hybrid Bus



The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires modern transit bus systems to provide more efficient services across America. Currently, U.S. public bus transit authorities are subsidized to meet operating budgets with State and local subsidies exceeding $19 billion per year and Federal subsidies exceed $7 billion per year. The goal of the BUSolutions project is to design and manufacturer a new bus with improved fuel economy, lower emissions and a lower life cycle cost than today’s buses.

Electromagnetic Interference in Automotive and Aerospace
Both the automotive and aerospace industries face ever-increasing Electromagnetic Interference challenges. In the automotive case, new problems arise due to proliferation of electric and hybrid cars, which carry high-voltage systems, and of wireless infotainment and safety systems, which use high frequencies. The aerospace industry’s challenges are exacerbated by the use of composite materials and by the need to protect against lightning strikes.
This presentation will discuss many of the challenges and explain how they can be met with simulation. A few practical examples involving cable harnesses will be analyzed in more depth.


An Automated Head Impact Process Setup for Automobile Instrument Panel (IP) Application
FMVSS 201 procedure originally rolled out in 1968 by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration to protect the automobile occupants from fatal injury during the crash. Since the beginning of the law, the automobile interior safety has become considerably more challenging for manufacturer to meet FMVSS 201 standard criteria. During the course of instrument panels (IP) development, engineers are heavily relied on computer simulation to optimize the design for a more robust design. Based on FMVSS 201, there are an infinite number of target points on the instrument panels that must be tested for head impact performance. Therefore, this becomes not only costly but it is impossible for the manufacturer to test all possible target points using the current conventional process.

System Modeling and Optimization of Multi-Disciplinary Systems in Activate 2017
Activate 2017 enables product creators, system simulation and control engineers to model, simulate and optimize multi-disciplinary systems to ensure that all design requirements are successfully met while also identifying system level problems early in the design process.

By attending this webinar, you will learn about hybrid dynamical systems (systems containing continuous-time and discrete-time dynamics) and how they can be modeled rigorously in Activate 2017.

More Efficient and Economic Injection Mold Tools thanks to Topology Optimization, CFD Simulation and 3D Printing
Toolmaking is usually characterized by cost-intensive, custom made, single-unit production. To create innovative tools, the industry increasingly relies on new manufacturing methods such as 3D printing. To meet market demand, PROTIQ GmbH, a spinoff from Phoenix Contact needed to increase productivity through more efficient injection mold tools. The Altair solution included development of optimized tools using simulation, optimization and additive manufacturing (model setup with HyperMesh, topology optimization and FE analysis with OptiStruct, CFD analysis with AcuSolve and refinement with solidThinking Evolve. The benefits included increased productivity due to shorter production cycles, weight reduction of 75%, shortened development time and production costs reduced by 25%.

Electromagnetic Compatibility
To meet time-to-market requirements and comply with product specifications, the virtual prototyping of EMC phenomena is widely performed in the early design stages. Altair provides complete simulation
solutions to address these challenges for low and middle frequencies.

Wireless Network Design for Railway Scenarios, Including Tunnels and Metro Stations
Key challenges for train/metro operators are increasing traffic volumes, ensuring passengers safety and security during their journey, as well as providing real time multimedia information and access to social networks in stations and tunnels. To meet these requirements various broadband telecommunication networks based on WiFi, GSM-R, LTE need to be put in place.

This webinar will show how WinProp is used for the wireless network design and deployment in various railway scenarios including tunnels and metro stations, inside train wagons, as well as along railway tracks. Both antennas and leaky feeder cables can be deployed in the 3D environment of the station/tunnel scenario including the train.

Addressing Design Development Challenges Through Simulation Driven Platform
Automotive suppliers are facing many challenges in having in-house simulation capabilities compared to that of OEM’s. One of the ways to overcome these challenges is to invest in simulation technologies that require an affordable initial investment, the ownership cost of which is low, the codes are reliable & proven, and the suite of tools provide suppliers access to a broad range of solvers (a true multi-physics environment) helping them pick and choose the solvers as per their simulation requirements. In the early stage of in-house simulation implementation at Endurance Technologies, HyperWorks was being adopted primarily for pre and post processing due to its extraordinary FE modeling solutions. With constant support, Altair team has helped Endurance in exploring and implementing various HyperWorks solvers at Endurance Technologies.

Minimising Mass and Increasing Durability of a Vehicle Suspension System Using OptiStruct
Gestamp selected Altair to develop a set of custom tools within HyperWorks, eliminating the need for an initial 'trial and error' design loop while reducing mass and increasing durability of a rear twist beam suspension system. The company achieved a reduction in lead time while producing competitive low cost, low mass RTB designs.

Using Topology Optimization with solidThinking Inspire for Improved Casted Rail Compoments
A simulation driven approach was taken using solidThinking Inspire for topology optimization, Evolve for shape refinements and HyperWorks for FE analysis for the optimization of an existing component design to be manufactured with casting/AM technologies

Optimisation Techniques Leading the Development of a Steering Wheel
The early application of structural optimisation in the design of automotive components streamlines the design process and at the same time significantly increases the potential of the final design achieving maximum performance. This paper details the use of optimisation techniques during the development of a steering wheel, to generate an optimised design for cross attribute performance. This was completed in the Altair HyperWorks environment as Altair HyperMesh combined with Altair OptiStruct enables the creation of a parametric model with a multitude of design variables (i.e. size, shape, displacement, stress and frequency) in order to satisfy NVH, manufacturability, durability and crash targets.

Meshing the Human Lumbar Spine
HyperWorks customer Jeff Harris from NuVasive has used HyperMesh to solid hybrid mesh consecutive human vertebrae and discs from a patient bone scan. The meshing, set up in Hypermesh, is simulated using Ansys for motion limits, stiffness, and disc material correlation. Once a model is correlated, disc implants are modeled and simulated with the goal of replacing degenerate discs.

CAE Technology Applicable to the Aerospace Industry - JEC Reprint
In this article, published on the May 2014 issue of JEC Composites Magazine, Shan Nageswaran explains why the latest version of HyperWorks® represents the most advanced evolution of computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology applicable to the aerospace industry.

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