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Fan Optimization in Automotive Industry

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr Macoumba N’DIAYE from Fluorem. SC/TETRA is an all-in-one general purpose Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) software using unstructured mesh. It was developed with the specific purpose of "Easily enabling calculation of complex geometries". Automotive is among the area which mainly use CFD calculation, like at Valeo, an automotive Tier 1 supplier whose thermal system department is responsible for the design, the development and the sale of fan systems for engine cooling (among others components for cooling systems).

Inspire Wheel Model

An Inspire model of a wheel optimization.

Evolve Helmet Model

An Evolve model of a bicycle helmet created using Evolve's polygonal modeling and Nurbify tools.

Evolve Polymesh Mug Model

An Evolve model of a coffee mug. This was modeled using Evolve's Polymesh and Nurbify tools.

Evolve Bike Seat Model

An Evolve model of a bicycle seat that was created using basic NURBS modeling tools.

Vibration Behaviour of External Payload on Rotorcraft

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by David Schmid from RUAG Schweiz AG. The RUAG developed ISSYS Pod (Integrated Self Protection System Pod) is an external countermeasure dispenser / threat sensor system designed to protect the rotorcraft from incoming surface-to-air and airto-air missiles.

Detection & Analysis of Barely Visible Impact Damage & its Progression on a Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Valentina Dolci from Thales Alenia Space/Politecnico di Torino. To ensure structural integrity and reduce repair and maintenance cost, in-service health and usage monitoring techniques are employed in many engineering areas. In this context this dissertation, developed in Thales Alenia Space, has the purpose to create and test an automatic procedure to detect and monitor the damage occurred on a COPV (Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel) obtained by filament winding.

Study on structural behavior of an atmospheric re-entry vehicle during ditching

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Maurizio Coltro from Altran Italia SPA. Water impact phenomenon plays an important role in the context of a controlled ditching in the final phase of an atmospheric reentry vehicle mission. Loads generated by contact against fluid are radically different from those that would generate in the case of a ground impact; it’s therefore appropriate to accurately assess forces distribution to be able to careful predict the impacting body structural response.

Airframe Engineering Process at CASSIDIAN

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Gunnar Clemen from CASSIDIAN. Airframe engineering is supported by several commercial software suites for analysis, design and optimization. The structural strength and stability analysis & verification is usually done by semi-analytical analysis methods taken from HSB (Handbuch Strukturberechnung), ESDU, MIL-handbook etc., which have been developed and validated over a long period of time. These analysis methods are often processed by Excel- or Mathcad-sheets which are fed with geometry data, loads and/or stresses as well as material data, in order to determine structural reserve factors.

Unlock 55+ Partner Applications with Your HyperWorks Units

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Stephanie Scapa from Altair.Traditional licensing schemes do not promote the discovery of technology or offer the flexibility of choice. To combat this, Altair utilizes its unique subscription-based licensing model to extend the HyperWorks Suite with its partners' complimentary products.

NovaFlow&Solid CV - Improved casting quality and strength using casting process simulation efficiently

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Hakan Fransson from NovaCast Systems AB. NovaFlow&Solid CV can make casting process simulations with much fewer mesh elements, enabling much faster simulations. This allows making more variants of a specific casting layout and considerably optimizes the casting. The technology enables simulations of virtually any type of casting, even extremely thin-walled or complex.

Improved Strength Prediction of Injection Molded Fiber Reinforced Components by Considering Fiber Orientations

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Sascha Pazour from PART Engineering. For fiber reinforced parts the consideration of anisotropic material behavior is required to receive reliable results. In the scope of this fact a procedure is described how to consider these effects in terms of process-structure interaction.

Coupled thermal, structural, and CFD simulation using RadTherm and HyperWorks

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Antti Jussila from Thermoanalytics. Many automotive applications involve complex heat transfer in which all three modes (conduction, convection, and radiation) are important. The high thermal loads generated in these cases (e.g. engine waste heat, braking heat) can also cause thermal stress in the parts involved. Coupled thermal and structural analysis can be used to predict potential problems due to either material temperature thresholds or mechanical stresses.

Development of a New Altair Customized Database of Advanced Material Properties

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Viktor Pocajt from Key to Metals AG. Key to Metals is a vast database which contains the properties of metallic – and more recently non-metallic materials, providing a turn-key solution for the global engineering community. Designed to help a broad range of engineering professionals, Key to Metals is specialized in helping to find and source similar and equivalent materials worldwide, getting easy-to-use and accurate material properties, and navigating through international standards.

Damage and Failure Mechanism Study of Composite/hybrid Crush Tubes during Axial Crush through Progressive Failure Dynamic Analysis

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Angelo De Fenza from AlphaSTAR Corporation. Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) and hybrid metal/composite are considered to be a good candidate for energy absorption due to their high specific energy absorption (SAE) as the ratio of energy absorbed by the tube mass.

CAE-driven design methodology for semi-autonomous product development for the next generation light weight vehicle structures

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by various presenters from German Aerospace Center. Passenger cell assembly makes up a large percentage of the overall structural weight of the BIW-design, and hence has a high lightweight potential. The structure of the passenger cell not only ensures a “rigid-like” behavior in different crash scenarios, it also contributes to comfort and driving characteristics with a high torsional and flexural stiffness.

Topology optimization of a prototype race car rear wing pillar

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Elias AMRO from ADESS AG. The design optimization of race car structural parts becomes more and more popular in the motorsport industry. Companies involved in the design and development of race cars subjected to the technical and safety regulations are looking forward implementing this tool as an important part of their design process. The principal objective here is to maximize the stiffness to mass ratio of the part by optimizing the material distribution ultimately leading to an overall enhancement in performance.

A design approach for lightweight car body construction with an example on the micro-car “ec2go”

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by various presenters from Imperia GmbH Abstract. With increase in demands for special purpose vehicles such as electric vehicles, small series production is gaining more importance in automotive industry. However due to restricted amount of resources available, these manufacturers have to face a number of challenges, high development costs, longer design-optimization loops, high manufacturing costs are some to name. Additionally, no compromise can be made with the passive safety and lightweight characteristics of the vehicle design.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Different Contact Formulations Available in Explicit Software

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Gérard Winkelmuller from Altair Development France. I will present some comparison of these formulations to analyze the strengths and the weakness of the different approaches. This evaluation will not only be based on classical comparison of these different formulations but will also analyze the interaction with other RADIOSS options

Numerical simulation of liquid sloshing and fluid-structure interaction (FSI) inside closed volumes

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Ralf Euser from Femto.The presentation will have two different aspects. First, showing how to analyze the nonlinear sloshing motion of free-surface flows inside closed volumes, with respect to contact pressure and liquid height. In addition to this it will be demonstrated how to simulate real fluid-structure interaction (FSI) between liquids and solids.

Experimental and Numerical Simulation of Laser Driven Shock Waves in Water

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Ekaterina Mazanchenko from ENSMA-PPRIME. In order to test the ability of RADIOSS code to simulate shock waves propagation into water and interaction of these shocks with materials, experiments were carried out using two modes of laser shocks driven into water. It was achieved by direct laser interaction on aluminum plate immerged into water and by laser acceleration of aluminum splashing then in water to generate the shock.

Rat brain injury mechanism identification through indentation experiment FE reconstruction

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Daniel Baumgartner from University of Strasbourg. The rat head Finite Element Model of the Strasbourg University is composed of three main features: a brain, a rigid skull and a layer of solid elements figuring the interface between the former two features. In order to simulate indentation, a cylinder was meshed and added to the original model. The lower part of the cylinder was positioned so as to match the position of the indentor in the experimental setup.

Digital Photonic Production - Optimization potentials by Laser based manufacturing

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Simon Jens Merkt from Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT and Christian Hinze from RWTH Aachen. Digital photonic production enables us to produce nearly any component or product directly from digital data. Due to a fundamental change in the cost function laser based manufacturing technologies hail a new technological revolution. One of the most promising laser based manufacturing methods is Selective Laser Melting (SLM).

Structural Optimization and Laser Additive Manufacturing in lightweight design: barriers and chances

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dipl.-Ing. Jannis Kranz TUHH Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg iLAS Institut für Laser- und Anlagensystemtechnik. With resource prices rising and becoming more and more volatile, lightweight design is getting more important than ever before. Against this background structural optimization tools saw an increased usage in the recent years.

Multi-Scale FEM Simulation of Selective Laser Melting Process

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Nils Keller, Group Leader from ALMJ Universität Bremen and Prof. Vasily Ploshikhin from Airbus Stiftungsprofessor. Simulations using the method of Finite Elements (FEM) allow predictions of residual stresses and distortion. Through high temperature gradients, Selective Laser Melting processes have lots of process-related thermal issues what can be investigated with numerical simulation.

Multibody Analysis of a Vending Machine

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Marco Morone from Altran. It was performed a MB analysis of a vending machine. The aim of analysis was to analyze and optimize a cam in order to reduce the friction a acceleration peaks. A rigid MB model in Motion view was generated with contacts. From model results were optimized the cam profile was improved.

Alternative Model Order Reduction in Elastic Multibody Systems

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dipl.-Ing. Philip Holzwarth from Institute of Engineering and Computational Mechanics University of Stuttgart. Reliable and fast simulations are of crucial nature in the modern development process of technical products. Two frequently used methods in structural dynamics are the finite element method (FEM) and the method of elastic multibody systems.

Optimized Design for Vehicle Underbody System

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Emanuele Santini from Autoneum Management AG. Underbody systems are defined as parts, which are added below the body of a car, with aerodynamic functions and with the aim of improving its protection and acoustic performances. Underbody parts are subject to a variety of loads during vehicle operation, which degrade their original performances.

Optimization Center – Consistent Integration of Structural Optimization in the Development Process of Passenger Cars

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Karsten Bohle, Dr. Bernhard Wiedemann, Dr. Boris Kuenkler, and Prof.-Dr. Lothar Harzheim. Since many years the use of numerical structural optimization is an integral part of the development process in the automotive industry and helps in the design of load-specific and mass-efficient components. Due to higher requirements for cars, regarding performance and costs it becomes increasingly important to leverage structural optimization consequently during the entire development process.

Shape Optimization of Engine Moving Components with Hyper-Study Integration

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Mr. SANGWOO CHA from Hyundai motors company. Computer aided optimization techniques find broad application recently in order to search for structural optimized design. Engine components such as cylinder head, cylinder block and bed plate are subjected to many optimization studies, since the loading conditions are clearly defined and easy to evaluate as a unique characteristic constraint or objective.

HyperCrash Dummy Positioning Using RADIOSS Fast and Accurate Innovative Features

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Fabien Breda & Lionel Morançay from Altair. Dummy positioning needs more and more precision and sometimes moving a leg will create source of troubles or inaccuracy due to intersections at the beginning of the safety study. To avoid such troubles and increase the accuracy of the safety analysis, a process has been developed in HyperCrash based on RADIOSS simulations.

Stamping Process Integration of Composites in Crash Analysis

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Cécile DEMAIN from Solvay Engineering Plastics. Thermoplastic composites (TPC) developed by Solvay Engineering plastics are composites based on polyamide 6 or 6.6 as a matrix and can be reinforced with glass fibers or carbon fibers. The two main interests vs. TPC. thermosetting composites are cycle time and recyclability. The development of TPC PA66 or short fiber hybrid structures / TPC PA66 is today's challenge.

Humanetics Anthropomorphic Test Device News and Radioss Model Developments

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Robert Kant from Humanetics Europe GmbH. Main stream finite element models of ATDs see continuous improvements to keep the models up-to-date to the latest hardware, latest solver codes and to make them more predictive. New validation tests are continuously being designed to gain more insight in the understanding of the ATD. Furthermore, more knowledge is obtained on variability which plays a role in the attempt to make highly reliable models.

Impact of a new regulation for Child Restraint Systems on the crash simulation

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by François Renaudin and Sylvaine Pormente from DOREL. Injuries to children involved in car collisions can be significantly reduced if they use a suitable car seat. All Child Restraint Systems CRS (or car seats) sold in the EU must conform to the United Nations Regulation. A new regulation on CRS, known as the “I-Size regulation”, will be adopted in 2013 by the UNECE.

Multidisciplinary Optimisation of Business Jet MED Hinge for Production by Additive Manufacturing

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Martin Muir, Jonathan Meyer, and Alex Diskin from European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). Additive Manufacturing (AM) using Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) processes is a novel and rapidly expanding manufacturing field which eliminates many conventional constraints from the manufacturing process. With the reduction of design inhibitors such as tool paths, AM becomes an ideal process for the fabrication of topology optimised (TO) structural designs.

Topology Design of a Metallic Load Introduction Bracket Manufactured by ALM

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Wolfgang Machunze from EADS Innovation Works. The usage of numerical optimization within the development process for aircraft structures enables the engineer to reduce cost and weight for new airplanes. Next to the evolution of optimization methods also manufacturing approaches are enhanced, like e.g. the ALM (Additive Layer Manufacturing) process.

Sustainability approach by Design Optimization for Advanced Layer Manufacturing

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Udo Behrendt from EOS GmbH - Electro Optical Systems. Sustainability and environmental compatibility are one of the major facts in the aero industry to achieve with new optimized designs, light weight construction and last not least cost reduction. That is a key driver for the engine manufacturer to increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption of their product´s.

Ron Mendell

Hollywood concept artist Ron Mendell converts sketches to fully rendered digital 3D models, incorporating real world materials, dimensions and constraints.


TokyoFlash is a world leader in the design and sales of unique watches. They use Altair Evolve to speed product development.

Pininfarina Extra

Pininfarina Extra blends the use of industrial design, modeling and topology optimization software to achieve the brand's values of elegance, essentiality and innovation outside of the automotive industry.

Automotive Lighting

Automotive Lighting uses free-form modeling software to create concepts for customers in a fast and flexible way. Concepts are presented visually  in daytime and nighttime conditions using photorealistic rendering.


Novellini applies industrial design and modeling software to set the pace of innovation for the manufacture of bathroom solutions and wellness products in Europe.

Bros Manifatture

Bros Manifatture is a "superbrand" in the world of fashion jewelry and watches with over 200 new products each year.

XOX Audio Tools

XOX Audio Tools utilizes high design and advanced technologies to create cutting-edge musical instruments.

Korg Italy

Korg utilized 3D modeling and rendering simulation to manage the frequent design modifications that occur during the product development process. 

Customer Story: Peter Macapia

Dr. Peter Macapia discusses solidThinking's part in reinventing structural systems and rethinking what a building is.

Evolve Design Process: Part 3 (Unique ConstructionTree History)

The ConstructionTree provides a graphical view of a model's construction history.

Intel-Colfax-Altair Trial Cluster Testimonial: Suncoke Energy

Suncoke used Colfax’s “Try Before You Buy” cluster trial program to run an AcuSolve simulation for analyzing the flow dynamics of a system under negative pressure and extreme temperatures. Their job ran over 16x faster on the cluster.

HyperWorks - Intel-Colfax-Altair Trial Cluster Testimonial: Suncoke Energy

Suncoke used Colfax’s “Try Before You Buy” cluster trial program to run an AcuSolve simulation for analyzing the flow dynamics of a system under negative pressure and extreme temperatures. Their job ran over 16x faster on the cluster.

Intel Case Study: Altair Speeds Complex Simulations and Workload Management with RADIOSS and PBS Professional on Xeon Phi

Altair is one of the first software vendors to support the Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor. PBS Professional, Altair’s leading workload management product, supports Xeon Phi out of the box, and we have ported our RADIOSS solver to Xeon Phi.

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.

Cooper Standard Speeds Development of Next-Generation Pumps with Altair’s AcuSolve CFD Solver

With more than 22,000 employees in 19 countries, Cooper Standard supplies the vehicle industry with fluid delivery systems, sealing and exterior systems, thermal and emission systems and AVS. The company’s Electromechanical Department is an advanced research and development arm of the Cooper Standard North America division. It’s goal is to marry mechanical systems with electronic controls. This new technology improves overall vehicle efficiency by providing on-demand fluid delivery and by eliminating the power loses inherent in conventional systems. In designing new pumps for this type of system, CAE Engineer Tom Lincoln uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to simulate the flow of coolant through the device. He and his team began using CFD computer-aided engineering tools as long ago as 2003, and computer simulations have become an essential part of his organization’s product development process.

Body-In-White Design for a Six-Passenger Sports Car Architecture: Maximizing Body Stiffness and Meeting Strength Requirements Using HyperWorks

The Deep Orange Program has partnered with Altair to apply advanced computational simulation methods to their vehicle designs. Altair-sponsored internships and fellowships have enhanced student learning through providing webinar-based and on-sight instruction of Altair HyperWorks simulation technologies. An example of these simulation-based design applications is the CUICAR Deep Orange 3 Program,the third generation vehicle prototype designed and engineered by the Clemson engineering graduate students. Deep Orange 3 features a load-bearing structure based on innovative sheet-folding technology and a unique 3+3 seating configuration package in a sports car architecture. The following describes this design and summarizes the application of Altair HyperWorks to meet the necessary engineering structural performance requirements for the underlying body structure.

Smart Multiphysics Application of Computational Aero Acoustics using AcuSolve

QIMR Case Study: Altair and Dell Improve HPC Capabilities for Leading Research Institute

Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) is using PBS Professional on a Dell cluster to improve HPC computing. According to the CIO, “Everyone has benefited from this installation. Researchers can do things they couldn’t do before, like running jobs multiple times or utilizing larger data sets, to achieve outcomes they couldn’t otherwise get. It’s pretty easy to see the value."

Smart Multiphysics Optimizing Performance Accuracy Using Flexible Bodies

Smart Multiphysics Solving for Structural Responses based on Fluid Temperature Loading

BiggerBoat Solutions Makes Waves in Auto Industry Using HyperForm to Cut Die Development Costs and Time

When the auto industry crashed in 2008 and the tool shop where Jay Weiner worked closed its operations, he started his own company, called BiggerBoat Solutions Ltd. He carries out metal-forming simulations for major tooling suppliers and originalequipment manufacturers. With 15 years of experience in tooling design, Weiner and his Toronto-based practice offered a service that no one else had perfected but that was crucial to a key process in automotive manufacturing: the simulation-based die design for stamped sheet-metal parts.

Danish Team Uses HyperWorks to Prove the Value of Topology Optimization for Concrete Architectural Structures

Denmark’s Aarhus School of Architecture was interested in exploring the potential of applying the kind of simulation-based topology optimization used in the automotive, aeronautical and naval industries to architectural concrete structures and coupling it with robotic fabrication of polystyrene formwork for concrete casting. Led by Per Dombernowsky, who served as project manager and engineer, and Asbjørn Søndergaard, who headed the project’s design and optimization aspects, the combined academic and industrial team created the Unikabeton Prototype project.

Smart Multiphysics Direct Coupling of AcuSolve & RADIOSS for Fluid-Structure Interaction

Intel AcuSolve Case Study: Analyzing Complex Designs Faster

Working in collaboration with Intel’s technical support team and utilizing key Intel® software development tools, Altair was able to improve performance, scalability, and time-to-results for AcuSolve, Altair’s leading CFD flow solver.

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.

Aircraft Seating Design, Analysis, and Optimization

Where Do You Get Your Loads To Assess Component Strength And Durability?

RADIOSS Sizing Guidelines for Clusters

Learn how Intel Cluster Ready and RADIOSS benefits you. One of the most respected products in the HyperWorks suite, RADIOSS™ is an industry-proven finite element structural analysis (FEA) solver for comprehensive linear and nonlinear structural simulations. It has been an industry staple in the crash and high-speed impact simulation area for over 20 years, and is the fastest-growing structural analysis solver in today’s market.

QinetiQ Keeps the Army’s Kiowa Copter Flying Lighter and Longer Through HyperWorks Optimization

A large proportion of Army aircraft are legacy platforms. Program managers of these aircraft are challenged to integrate new technology into these older platforms to enable them to meet the constantly expanding demands of today’s missions. These new devices and systems, however, often add weight to the vehicle or otherwise impact mission profiles. To sustain aircraft performance, weight reduction methods need to be adopted for aircraft components if technology insertions are going to continue.

Extending Extrusion Die Life Using HyperXtrude

Altair HyperXtrude is used to predict die performance and run virtual die tryouts. Using these capabilities, die designs can be modified and tested to improve the die life and reduce the number of die trials.

Smart Multiphysics: Explosives and Concrete Material Simulation in RADIOSS

Right-Sizing PLM Software Investments

An Indian motorcycle manufacturer leverages business analytics to optimize software usage and procurement decisions.

By Beverly A. Beckert
Concept To Reality Summer / Fall 2012 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

Simulation: The Connection between Speed and Safety in Racing

Chassis manufacturer relies on simulation and optimization to develop the fastest – and safest – race cars on today’s circuits.

By Luca Pignacca
Concept To Reality Summer / Fall 2012 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

The Art of Packaging to Protect Cultural Assets

Simulation tools isolate the cause of undesirable shipping loads on museum’s cultural treasures.

By Nobuyuki Kamba, Ph.D.
Concept To Reality Summer / Fall 2012 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

CFD Advances Racing Bike Performance

Highly automated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) workflows enable the discovery of flow behaviors, improving wheel aerodynamics.

Mathew N. Godo, Ph.D. and David Corson, Ph.D.
Concept To Reality Summer / Fall 2012 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

Innovating in the Cloud

CAE cloud computing speeds innovation and cuts bottom-line IT costs.

By Dale Dunlap and Ravi Kunju
Concept To Reality Summer / Fall 2012 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

[AB]structures Relies on HyperWorks in Developing Three Record Breaking Round the World Racing Yachts

[AB]structures, an Italian structural design and engineering company, used the CAE suite HyperWorks first for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2006 to design the yacht for the ABN AMRO White team and has used it since then successfully for several other Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup yachts. This year [AB]structures used HyperWorks to structurally design and optimize three VO70 Round The World Racing Yachts for the 2011 – 2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. This included the yacht Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas, which claimed victory on July 9, 2012 in Galway, Ireland, after 9 months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions.

Nippon Sharyo Uses AcuSolve Simulation to Make Japan’s Bullet Trains Safer, More Comfortable

Alex Thomson Racing

Composite Optimization of a Racing Yacht Coach Roof

Alex Thomson Racing required a team of composite material design and manufacture specialists to bring their expertise to a number of areas of the IMOCA Open 60 yacht. A key component that required attention was the development and production of the yacht’s sliding coach roof. The coach roof is designed to offer Skipper, Alex Thomson protection from waves crashing over the deck while still allowing him to sail the boat to its full potential while remaining highly robust and lightweight.

TK Mattingly Discusses Water Landing Simulation of the NASA Orion Crew Module

T.K. Mattingly, former Apollo Astronaut and Director of Space Enterprise for Systems Planing and Analysis, reveals how he worked with Altair ProductDesign to simulate the water landing of the NASA Orion Crew Module.

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.

Using PBS Professional Hooks: Examples and Benefits

This paper examines practical uses of the PBS Professional® hook mechanism, to help achieve site requirements, based on experiences at The University of Queensland Research Computing Centre. The paper includes descriptions of several real-world applications for job submission hooks (qsub_hook) and includes example code to help commence implementation of a generic hook able to handle both job submission and job modification events.

Altair Enables BorgWarner to Automate Process for Determining Combined Impact of Temperature and Mechanical Stress on Turbochargers

Inherently, turbochargers are adversely impacted by hot exhaust gases. This heat impacts the material strength of the turbocharger housings, resulting in degraded performance and the potential creeping or rubbing of turbine wheels. When extreme fluctuations occur, the turbocharger can suffer from premature thermal-fatigue resulting in cracking.

Topology Optimization Used to Make Lighter Plastic Parts

Kanto Auto Works, Ltd. is a core member of the Toyota Group, developing and producing Toyota vehicle bodies. The company’s organic-material engineering department evaluates and develops plastic parts to be used in vehicle bodies. In the initial stage of development for large plastic parts, such as instrument panels, rigidity and heat resistance are verified using computer aided engineering (CAE). While plastic is significantly lighter than metal and can be molded into complex shapes, deformation, such as warping from external force or thermal expansion in high temperatures, also occurs easily. In order to make parts lighter while still ensuring sufficient rigidity and heat resistance, there is a need to identify which areas require reinforcement.

Mabe - Improved Protection of White Goods through Packaging Optimization

For white goods manufacturer Mabe, the quality of the design and engineering of their home appliances is paramount. The products need to be highly robust as well as visually appealing but must also arrive with the customer in perfect condition. The appliances’ packaging must be equally well designed to protect from drops, impacts and other disruption events, but over-protecting the goods can result in significantly higher costs. The objectives of this project were to use the HyperWorks suite to simulate the effect of the distribution environment events to a washer and dryer product and perform optimization to improve product protection while reducing material costs and weight.

Biogemma Uses Improved Memory Sharing to Minimize Research Time

Written by SGI, this case study discusses how Biogemma, a plant biotechnology research firm, used PBS Professional to optimize the analysis pipeline, reducing runtimes by over 60%.

MATLAB and PBS Professional for Efficient Distributed Computing

This data sheet describes MathWorks capabilities and benefits of PBS Professional.

Compute Manager Data Sheet: Run, Monitor and Manage Workloads and Results on Distributed Resources

This datasheet covers the benefits, features and capabilities of Compute Manager, Altair's web-based job submission portal.

HyperWorks in the Development of Aeronautic Sensors

Esterline Advanced Sensors offers its customers a broad range of high precision solutions for aeronautics (cockpit, airframe and engine) and derivative products for marine, defense and the industrial sector. Read the Case Study to see how HyperMesh improved FE accuracy and saved on development time and costs.

Advanced Midsurfacing

The purpose of this self paced course is to introduce advanced midsurfacing tools and techniques. Most sections will use the See It, Try It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts. See It allows you to watch a video demonstration of the exercise covered in the section. Try It allows you to go through an interactive video which will guide you through performing the exercise. Do It consists of a written exercise and model that can be opened in HyperMesh which allows you to perform the exercise on your own. Some sections will also contain interactive guides to provide a detailed description of the different options contained within a panel or browser.

Hexa Meshing Introduction

The purpose of this self paced course is to introduce the solid editing and hex meshing tools available in HyperMesh. Most sections will use the See It, Try It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts. See It allows you to watch a video demonstration of the exercise covered in the section. Try It allows you to go through an interactive video which will guide you through performing the exercise. Do It consists of a written exercise and model that can be opened in HyperMesh which allows you to perform the exercise on your own. Some sections will also contain interactive guides to provide a detailed description of the different options contained within a panel or browser.

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.

HyperWorks improves development processes at PSA Peugeot Citroën

Challenge: Define new process that includes accurate component data
Altair Solution: Use HyperForm and RADIOSS in development process
  • Reduce Development Time
  • Accelerate Innovation
  • Improve Quality and Robustness

AcuSolve Validation - NACA0012 Airfoil

This benchmark validates AcuSolve for external aerodynamic applications. NACA0012 has been studied in depth both numerically and experimentally. AcuSolve results are compared with other CFD software results and with available test data

AcuSolve & RADIOSS Solution on FSI Model

This benchmark demonstrates the ability of AcuSolve to capture the effect of impulse load on a profile submerged in channel flow. A P-FSI simulations is performed using the structural output from RADIOSS.

Improving the Accuracy of Weather Prediction

This brochure covers the Cray-Altair Solution for Optimized HPC Resource and Workload Management – Using a Cray supercomputer with Altair’s PBS Professional scheduler provides weather prediction centers with a rich solution for optimized forecasting.

PBS Professional Data Sheet: The Trusted Leader in HPC Workload Management and Job Scheduling

This datasheet covers the benefits, features and capabilities of PBS Professional, the market-leading workload management and job scheduling solution.

PBS Analytics Data Sheet: Visualize Historical Usage for Optimized ROI

This datasheet covers the benefits, features and capabilities of PBS Analytics, Altair's web-based accounting, analytics and reporting solution.

Gordon Murray Design

Overcoming the Challenges of Composite Design

Automotive manufacturers are utilizing lightweight materials as a method of minimizing mass and maximizing fuel economy. Automotive design company, Gordon Murray Design (GMD) believes that composite materials can play a much larger role in the manufacture of vehicles. To prove its case, the company has developed ‘iStream’, an efficient process for manufacturing low and high volume cars from lightweight material. To validate the iStream structure, GMD required an experienced simulation partner.

Formidable Challenges in Formula Student Racing

Industry: University
Challenge: Remove weight and improve performance from vehicles
Altair Solution: Optimization with HyperWorks tools
  • Reduce weight of vehicle while keeping or increasing the component stiffness
  • Speed up time of development process
  • Save material and real-world testing
  • Reach top rankings during competitions

Automotive Weight Management Article

The automotive development process is still focused on objectives such as durability and crash safety, while weight is often limited to the very end of the design process. Through the establishment of the “Optimization Center” (OC) concept, Altair ProductDesign has developed an innovative design model combining performance features with weight reduction goals. This article describes the OC concept dealing with everything from the optimization of single components to an entire optimization process known as “CAE Weight Management”.

Hatz Diesel Engines Benefits from Altair Partner Alliance by Covering Development Process with One License

The Motorenfabrik HATZ GmbH & Co. KG is a producer of industrial diesel engines and engine components for the heavy machinery and automotive industries. Hatz found a cost effective solution for acquiring high-end virtual prototyping software by utilizing the HyperWorks suite and tools from the Altair Partner Alliance.

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