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The Art of Packaging to Protect Cultural Assets

Simulation tools isolate the cause of undesirable shipping loads on museum’s cultural treasures. <br><br> By Nobuyuki Kamba, Ph.D.<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Summer / Fall 2012 <a href="http://www.altair.com/MagazineFreeSubscription.aspx">Subscribe to C2R Magazine</a>

[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



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%.

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.

HyperWorks improves development processes at PSA Peugeot Citroën

<b>Challenge:</b> Define new process that includes accurate component data<br> <b>Altair Solution:</b> Use HyperForm and RADIOSS in development process<br> <b>Benefits:</b> <ul><li>Reduce Development Time <li>Accelerate Innovation <li>Improve Quality and Robustness</ul>

Altair Partner Alliance Offers Flexibility and Enhancements in Development Process at Manufacturer of Interconnect Products

Amphenol is one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world. The company designs, manufactures, and markets electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, coaxial and flat-ribbon cable, and interconnect systems. Amphenol was able to use HyperWorks and the APA to access software encompassing the entire development process, all within one platform.

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.

Formidable Challenges in Formula Student Racing

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

World-Leading Crane Manufacturer TADANO FAUN Accelerates Its Design Processes with HyperWorks

<b>Industry:</b> Heavy Industry<br> <b>Challenge:</b> Generate accurate finite element method (FEM) calculations.<br> <b>Altair Solution:</b> FEM structural analysis utilizing the suite of HyperWorks tools<br> <b>Benefits</b><br> •Faster time to results<br> •Flexible unit-based licensing model<br> •Cost reduction

Altair BUSolutions

<b>Developing the World’s First Series Hydraulic Hybrid Bus</b><br><br> 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.

PBS Professional at NASA Ames Research Center

It takes a super workload management tool to power grid, cluster and on-demand computing environments for computational modeling and simulation applications at NASA.

Global Appliance Manufacturer Mabe Analyzes Spin Cycle with HyperWorks to Improve Washing Machines and Bring Them to Market Faster

Typically when engineers consider the most complex problems involving multi-body dynamics, hydrodynamics, and noise-vibration-harshness, they are focusing on the complexities of automobiles or aircraft. Design issues that can be just as challenging, however, impact every household’s laundry room. For companies like consumer goods manufacturer Mabe, simulation has helped them better solve product issues such as balance ring distortion, move products to market faster and reduce cost.

NASA

<b>A Safer Landing with Water Impact Analysis</b><br><br> Using Altair’s own HyperWorks virtual simulation suite, Altair ProductDesign built an accurate finite element model of the module from CAD data supplied by NASA, as well as a section of water and air which matched the conditions from the lake used during the physical tests. The effect on the module’s structure during impact was simulated to gauge how well the results correlated with the physical tests. The results showed excellent correlation between the simulation and physical tests, identifying areas where the model, input parameters and meshing methods could be improved to give a more accurate prediction of the event.

Heart Valve Analysis

Predicting Aortic Stenosis through Simulation Aortic valve Stenosis is a heart value disorder that narrows the aortic valve opening due to calcium build up in the leaflets. This prevents the valve from opening properly and obstructs the flow of blood causing the heart to work harder. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has the potential to allow researchers to study the condition without the need for traditional physical testing. An efficient process was required to make this possible since modeling tissue behavior, back pressure, and the interaction between tissue and blood are highly complex challenges. Altair ProductDesign led this self funded project to improve the simulation and analysis of heart condition research.

Scania

<b>Reducing the Development Cycle with Assembly Automation</b><br><br> European based heavy vehicles manufacturer, Scania, is known for its ability to deliver highly customized products. This concept creates a significant challenge for computer aided engineering (CAE) departments, as engineers must rapidly verify a number of different variants with finite element simulations. Therefore, automating the entire virtual model assembly process was a major goal for Scania. The process, which included tasks such as positioning hundreds of components, creating contact definitions and building part connections with pre-strained bolts, was time consuming and prone to error.

The Use of System Modelling Techniques to Filter Test Measurements and Drive a Physical Vehicle NVH Simulator

Bentley Motors sought to understand whether real-life physical NVH testing with alternative powertrains could be accurately correlated in a simulation environment to reduce development cost and time of future luxury vehicles.<br></br>

Van-Rob Expands the Scope of Its Projects, Saves Time and Money, Using Altair Partner Alliance Software in Designing Automotive Assemblies

Van-Rob, a tier-one automotive supplier headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, designs and manufactures metal stampings, modular welded assemblies, structural welded assemblies, and mechanical assemblies. Van-Rob needed upgraded its durability and fatigue technology to satisfy customer demand, but infrequent use made it difficult to justify cost. Altair’s APA licensing model allowed Van-Rob to use nCode DesignLife for durability analysis without needing to spend resources on additional licensing.

SELEX Galileo Deployed HyperMesh to Generate Electrically Large Surface Meshes with Dielectric Regions for Radar Cross Section (RCS) or Antenna Placement

This case study describes the process by which HyperMesh was used to generate 100 million mesh elements of a fast jet, with defined electrical properties at the element level. This was destined for use within electromagnetic (EM) solvers to calculate either the RCS of the aircraft, or to determine where to place an antenna for optimum performance. This was the first time that electrical properties could be assigned to models in a GUI environment, and the process has helped SELEX Galileo designers reduce development time in creating large EM models, which will drive down the cost of design activities.<br><br>

Using HyperWorks to Generate Electrically Large Surface Meshes for Radar Cross Section or Antenna Placement Simulation

Radar Cross Section (RCS) and installed antenna placement are important parameters for aircraft designs. RCS is a measure of how detectable an object, such as an aircraft, is with radar. A large RCS indicates that an object, such as a jet aircraft, is easily detected.<br><br> SELEX Galileo used HyperWorks to generate arbitrarily large surface meshes, with defined electrical properties at the element level, for use with electromagnetic (EM) solvers to calculate either RCS of an aircraft or to determine where to place an antenna for optimum performance.<br><br> For this case study a fast-jet aircraft with approximately 100 million mesh elements was assessed for radar tracking and avoidance capabilities.

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.<br><br> By Blaine E. Phipps, Michael H. Young and Nathan G. Christensen<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> 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.<br><br> By Robert Yancey<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Summer/Fall 2011

Simulation Streamlines Aircraft Door Development

The Eurocopter Group leverages analysis to cut design time and automate the process of developing safe aircraft closures.<br><br> By Michele Macchioni<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Summer/Fall 2011

Topology Optimisation of an Aerospace Part to be Produced by Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)

OptiStruct helped EADS achieve significant weight savings in the design of ALM (additive Layer Manufacturing) components.

Assystem Used HyperWorks CAE Simulation to Design, Simulate and Test Nuclear Encapsulation Vessels

Assystem is an international engineering and innovation consultancy group with a presence in 14 countries and 8500 employees. HyperMesh, RADIOSS and HyperStudy were used to design the safest possible nuclear encapsulation vessel for securely containing nuclear material. The designs not only achieved pressure vessel code PD5500 standards, but also helped Assystem gain external accreditation for the pressure vessel’s compliance to code. Download the Assystem Case Study

MIMOS Berhad Delivers HPC Across Malaysia with Cloud

In partnering with PBS Works, MIMOS Berhad brought onboard a strategic collaborator committed to help its clients overcome these limitations by deploying Altair's PBS Professional®, the industry leading commercial workload management and job scheduling solution.

Whirlpool Optimizes Design Problems and Significantly Cuts Prototyping Time and Cost

Case study on Whirlpool India’s usage of the Altair Partner Alliance

MCE-5 DEVELOPMENT uses HyperWorks Suite to optimize engine performance

MCE-5 DEVELOPMENT is developing the MCE-5 VCRi variable compression ratio engine which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from 20% to 35%. The MCE-5 VCRi engine provides a concrete technological and commercial response to the environmental, energy and economic challenges faced by the automotive industry. The MCE-5 VCRi engine combines advantages of both Diesel and gasoline.<br><br> For more information on the MCE-5 VCRi project, please visit: <a href="http://www.VCR-i.com" target="_blank">www.VCR-i.com</a>.

Superior Industries Accelerates its Design Process With HyperWorks

Superior Industries was looking to identify a solution to aid in shortening the overall product design cycle through simulation. Altair HyperWorks, proved instrumental in automating some of the most tedious of tasks and dramatically impacted the design process.

Cleveland Golf Drives Product Innovation Through Simulation and Optimization Using HyperWorks

Much more goes into a golf club than simply wood, iron and graphite. To shape the performance, the distinctive appearance, the personalized feel and even the sound of the club striking the ball, manufacturers must precisely engineer every aspect of the design. Today, simulation-driven design has dramatically reduced development time for new golf clubs while allowing them to meet strict regulations more efficiently.

FEKO Case Study

FEKO Case Study: Advanced Computational Tools for Antenna Placement Studies in the automotive, aerospace and marine industries

A Solid Idea: Xerox Applies Simulation to Deliver Print Quality

Physical tests and virtual models enable Xerox to develop cost-effective, quality, color office printers. <br><br> By John Wright<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Spring/Summer 2010

CAD2CRASH24: Driving Full-Vehicle Crash Analysis Down to a Day

Altair Engineering, together with Ford Motor Company, demonstrates that the full-vehicle crash analysis process can be compressed from weeks to 24 hours.<br><br> By Pradeep Srinivasan <br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Spring/Summer 2010

Bloodhound SSC: On Track to Break the World Land Speed Record

Designers of an innovative supersonic car draw on technology to address engineering challenges – and to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.<br><br> By Beverly A. Beckert <i>Concept To Reality</i> Spring/Summer 2010

Forklift Manufacturer Cuts Pre-Processing Time in Half and Solves Stubborn Design Problems with Altair’s HyperWorks Suite

The main goal of NMHG and Chief Engineer Dr. Pedro Bastias was to virtually design, test and evaluate each product before any physical prototypes are made. Using HyperWorks, NMHG is saving time, cutting costs and identifying new ways to resolve stubborn engineering problems.

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes in Automotive Industry

In 2008 PWO Germany (Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG) had to develop and produce a new steel made automotive cross car beam (CCB) for the dash board of a new car. PWO received the CAD model, the design space definition and other pre-defined standards of the component from the customer and developed and produced the fitting cross beam based on this information. PWO used the HyperWorks Suite to develop the component. HyperMesh was used to transfer the CAD model into a FEA model, which was then used to run dedicated analysis and simulation tasks. To fulfill the requirements for crash and modal analysis, the company used OptiStruct to optimize the component, RADIOSS and other external solver to run the calculations and HyperView for the post processing. HyperForm was used to check the production feasibility of the individual components and for metal forming simulation tasks. It was important for PWO to have a software suite available that could cover all simulation tasks within one graphical user interface and licensing system.

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes at Automotive Consultancy

csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH, a leading engineering service provider for the automotive industry has enhanced its simulation power with Altair‘s HyperWorks Suite. The company consolidated its CAE tools and now uses the large scale of HyperWorks, which offers a solution for almost every application needed in modern product development. csi will apply OptiStruct for optimization tasks, MotionView and MotionSolve for multi-body applications, and HyperMesh for pre-processing tasks. Additionally HyperShape/CATIA will be used for CAD integrated optimization and weight reduction.

Improving Efficiency and Accuracy at Eaton Aerospace with HyperWorks

The Hydraulic Systems Division of Eaton’s Aerospace Group designs hydraulic components and systems on many of the world’s military and commercial aircraft in the skies today. Eaton uses Altair HyperWorks within it's simulation processes to improve solution efficiency and accuracy.

Cutting physical testing costs by 95% with HyperWorks

WJH Engineering Consultants provides finite-element analysis and design for many of America’s largest developers of medical devices. Company President, Jim Harrison, works directly with engineers at companies producing medical devices and with doctors to understand the clinical application of these products, including any anatomical loads or displacements that should be incorporated into their design.

HyperWorks Accelerates Design Process and Development of Diesel Export Locomotive at RDSO

Altair HyperWorks helped RDSO reduce development time and optimize structural characteristics of the diesel export locomotive. Physical testing on these large, complex structures had to be limited. Using HyperMesh/HyperView pre/post processing capabilities, RDSO were able to simulate design and verify that engineering specifications are being met and help validate the final design.

Simulation Speeds Modular Truck Development Process

New finite element tools enable an international truck manufacturer to easily evaluate custom chassis.

Structural Innovation Takes Shape

Structural optimization plays a key role enabling Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP to create buildings with unique shapes and aesthetic values.<br><br> This article was featured in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of <i>Concept to Reality</i>. To subscribe to our <b>free</b> magazine, please <a href="http://www.altairhyperworks.com/MagazineFreeSubscription.aspx">click here</a>.

Airline Seat Testing Soars to New Heights

French manufacturer Sicma Aero Seat SA relies on virtual dynamic testing in the evaluation of its custom aircraft seats.

HyperWorks helps to improve development processes at F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH

F.S. Fehrer Automotive GmbH in Kitzingen is using the HyperWorks Suite to develop seat parts, form cushions and complete vehicle interior systems. The engineers use HyperWorks and especially RADIOSS for static and modal analysis. The seat of a vehicle is the direct and closest connection of the passenger with the automobile. Design and seating comfort play an important role in personalizing the vehicle model and convey the feeling of quality to the passenger. In addition, safety and variability are vital aspects for the development of interior parts of a vehicle.

Innovative Design Analysis Solutions to Handle the Complexity of Modern Structures

This is a press article published by CAD User Magazine in June 2009. "The signature buildings that architects love to put up these days might be designed to enhance the architect’s reputation along with the skyline of the client city, but their increasing complexities of shape pose significant challenges for the builders. In the first instance such large projects are never single sourced. They rely on close integration between a number of partners, each addressing significant issues. Secondly, they come with demands for shorter development times with increased pressure to reduce engineering costs (engineering, because of the complexity of the projects, being a major cost element)."

Fighting Knee Pain with Finite Element Modeling

The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory at USC, is using HyperWorks to investigate why so many people are incapacitated by knee pain when others are not. This is a tough, intractable issue for people with arthritic knees since there is no cure for arthritis today. Early detection can help and is the focus of USC’s work. (HyperMesh is used to create finite element models to analyze stress on the cartilage of the joint.)

Altair® HyperWorks® and Product Design Consultation at Force Protection

At Force Protection Inc. Altair HyperWorks and Product Design work together to increase CAE throughput and improve survivability prediction in a new class of military vehicles built for unconventional warfare.

Application of HyperWorks in the Subsea Oil and Gas Industry

The volatile nature of deep sea installations presents a difficult challenge for engineers to create products which can withstand extremely high pressures in a variety of weather conditions. Duco selected HyperWorks to model subsea umbilicals, resulting in improvements to their analysis productivity allowing models to be constructed faster than before.

HyperWorks at B/E Aerospace: Lighter, Safer Seats for Airline Passengers

When you settle in for a flight on a major airline, you are probably in a seat and surrounded by equipment designed and built by B/E Aerospace. With design and manufacturing facilities across the globe, B/E Aerospace is the leading manufacturer of cabin interior products for commercial and private passenger aircraft. One of B/E Aerospace’s leading products is its line of commercial and business airline seats. These seats are engineered and tested at its Commercial Airplane Products Group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Application of HyperWorks in the Subsea Oil and Gas Industry

The volatile nature of deep sea installations presents a difficult challenge for engineers to create products which can withstand extremely high pressures in a variety of weather conditions. Duco selected HyperWorks to model subsea umbilicals, resulting in improvements to their analysis productivity allowing models to be constructed faster than before.

Injecting Innovation in Performance Engine Design with Altair HyperWorks

MAHLE Powertrain outsourced model generation of large complex parts such as heads and blocks to low cost countries to ensure sufficient mesh quality could be produced for their automotive engine designs. The third party’s improved capabilities proved valuable but ultimately MAHLE Powertrain wished to bring the process back in-house to maintain control and reduce external expenditure. To achieve this a new pre and post-processing solution was needed. HyperWorks was selected as the new platform as it afforded the required increase in productivity through its automatic mesh creation and batch processes.

Intelligent Rendering Is in the Animation Pipeline

An intuitive interface for render farm management enables a global animation studio to harness the power of highperformance computing.

Wind Turbines Take a Technical Spin at Generating Electricity

Wind turbines convert kinetic energy into mechanical power. In use for centuries, they have harnessed the power of the wind to pump water, grind grain and generate electricity. While their popularity has peaked and ebbed over the years, interest in wind turbines to generate electricity is again gaining momentum. As an alternative to fossil fuels, wind energy is seen as a viable way to produce energy while reducing global warming and pollution.

PBS Professional at Chrysler: Managing 250,000 Simulations a Year

The people who design cars and trucks at Chrysler have been using computer simulation tools since the 1980s. Since those early beginnings, the use of computer-aided engineering and finite element analysis has expanded to become the powerhouse enabler for Chrysler designers that it is today.

Managing 30 Teraflops of Compute Power: PBS Professional at Italy’s CILEA Consortium

With 30 teraflops of peak computing power, it has ranked as high as 135th among the Top 500 high performance computing centers. PBS Professional keeps CILEA’s processors humming.

OptiStruct Cuts Development Time to Design a Light Weight and More Durable Window Regulator Lift Plate at ArvinMeritor

Using Altair OptiStruct, ArvinMeritor was able to design a lighter weight window regulator lift plate which eased assembly. The new snap-fit design reduced the material compared to original design, without sacrificing performance and durability.

HyperForm Sheet Metal Forming Solution Provides Yield Improvement of Wheel Housing and Wheel Arch

Using Altair HyperForm, Mark Auto was able to significantly improve the material utilization for their existing production dies. Mark Auto re-designed two existing dies for wheel arch an wheel housing and was able to dramatically reduce material scrap with minimum rework in their tools while not compromising on component quality.

OptiStruct Technology Application in Early Concept Design Stage Enables Weight Reduction of Cast and Forged Parts

Using Altair OptiStruct, India based Ashok Leyland was able to reduce cost and improve reliability of the components in their stride towards design an development of innovative, optimal and robust design solutions. Leveraging OptiStruct's technology was able to take quick and reliable design directions on the track rod lever.

Brushing Up on Product Functionality

Simulation and innovative product development go hand-in-hand at the Lion Corporation.

Product Development Success Hinges on the Pursuit of Innovation

Introducing simulation tools into the design and manufacturing process has enabled Multimatic to transform innovative ideas into patented products.

Full Speed Ahead on Welding Analysis

Simulation enables shipbuilders to automate welding procedures – saving time and money.

Biomedical Research at the Scripps Clinic: Modeling Orthopedic Implants with Altair HyperWorks

Every year, countless people — regardless of their age or level of physical activity — begin to experience the effects of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. As we age, the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to deteriorate. The head of the adjacent bones begin to break down from the friction, causing pain in the joint. When the condition worsens and non- surgical remedies are exhausted, surgeons may recommend joint replacement. Typically, titanium alloy implants are lined with plastics that act as cartilage and are fixed in place with cement or screws by the surgeon. The implants can give patients a new lease on life, dramatically reducing pain and improving mobility. However, questions naturally arise in the patient’s mind: How much range of motion will I have in the new joint? How much strength will I recover? And how long will the new joint last?

PBS Professional at National Institute of Health

Twenty-seven institutes and centers make up the National Institutes of Health. Many of their acronyms, listed on the NIH website (nih.gov), can be as mysterious as hieroglyphics: NHGRI, NIGMS, NIAMS. Others, such as NCI (National Cancer Institute) and NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) are familiar to most of us. By any name or acronym, this cluster of organizations in Bethesda, Maryland is a major force in health sciences research.

Altair HyperWorks Helps Joe Gibbs Racing

Using OptiStruct from the Altair HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite of software tools, Joe Gibbs Racing was able to significantly redistribute vehicle mass and improve ride handling characteristics to design a more competitive race car.

The Automatic Calibration and Robustness Assessment of a Complex Engineering Component: Airbag Inflation

This paper describes the application of new technology to achieve automatic calibration and assess the robustness of an airbag inflation model. Calibration of the kinematic response of the airbag is achieved by defining the activity as an optimisation problem. The objective is to minimise the error between the experimental test and numerical simulation curves. Once calibration has been achieved, a unique robustness assessment is performed, which utilises the optimisation technology used in the calibration exercise.

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.

The Complete Package: Applying Altair's Technology Process to Reusable Packaging Design

This paper demonstrates the flexibility that Altair technology provides throughout the design process with tools applicable to all stages. An overview of the LINPAC design process incorporating Altair's technology is given together with examples of how and which tools are being implemented. The limitations of the traditional LINPAC approach and the use of Altair's tools is demonstrated through the use of a detailed example; without the use of Altair technology, more iterations in expensive tool modifications would have been required to achieve a satisfactory design without introducing unacceptable costs.

Predicting the Dynamics of Mechanical Systems in the Automotive Industry

The application of CAE tools to help design and develop mechanical systems in the automotive industry is a widely accepted practice. This paper highlights various applications of these tools, in particular, the application of MotionView and MotionSolve from Altair Engineering. Each example demonstrates the advantages of using such tools to work rapidly and seamlessly within the general design process. This results in the development of innovative designs to face challenging problems in a short time frame.

Topology Optimization of Aircraft Wing Box Ribs

This paper considers the application of conventional energy based topology optimization methods for design of aircraft wing box ribs. Compared to standard topology optimization work undertaken at Airbus, the topology optimization of wing box ribs posed several additional challenges, mainly due to the wing box ribs being embedded in a redundant wing box structure. Several approaches to solving this problem have been investigated and are being reported as part of this paper, including a global analysis/optimization approach and two local analysis/optimization approaches.

Driving Million Dollar Savings at Ford using Structural Optimisation

The automotive business is a very competitive industry and in today’s markets, leading manufacturers are keen to find ways of reducing costs without compromising either quality or performance. This paper will cover the process of applying OptiStruct software to the re-development of a high volume and high cost plastic PAS (Power Assisted Steering) pump bracket into a much cheaper aluminium alternative. The outcome of this was a lighter, stiffer and cheaper replacement bracket that had the potential, based on the current production engine volumes, to save Ford Motor Company over $1.1 million a year.

Design Optimization Applied to the Development of an Oilfield Bistable Expandable Sand Screen

This paper will cover the design, development, and testing of an expandable sand screen using bistable cell technology. In addition, the design and development of the proprietary expandable connection will be presented. The testing presented covers a wide range of structural integrity, expansion, sand retention, mudflow, and geomechanical tests performed on the screen, base pipe, and connection.

Balancing Manufacturability and Optimal Structural Performance for Laminate Composites through a Genetic Algorithm

This paper details the application of a specialised genetic algorithm to reduce the mass of a laminated composite wing rib. The genetic algorithm has been customised specifically to optimise the performance of polymer-laminated composites. The technology allows the mass to be minimized by the removal or addition of plies of various discrete orientations whilst satisfying the structural intent of the component. For the rib structure assessed, the structural constraints consist of limits placed on the displacement, stress (i.e. ply failure index) and buckling behaviour.

Design Development of a New Consumer Personal Care Product Pack Driven by Optimization

Packaging designers must constantly inject innovations to attract consumers in a constantly evolving and highly competitive market. Keeping ahead of the competition by bringing new and exciting products to market fast, and at the necessary level of quality, presents a major engineering challenge. A new deodorant pack development process is described, which introduces advanced simulation and optimization technology into the concept development phase. Detailed predictions of interacting parts in a mechanism assembly are made possible through use of advanced simulation technology. Design optimization is then employed using the modelling as a virtual testing ground for design variants. The approach provides clear design direction and helps to improve performance and reduce uncertainty in the development process.

HyperForm Improves Accuracy and Robustness of Tool Design and Manufacturing Process at Summit Auto Body (SAB)

HyperForm Improves Accuracy and Robustness of Tool Design and Manufacturing Process at Summit Auto Body (SAB) Leveraging HyperForm’s sheet metal forming solution, SAB designed the validation process and press tool design covering the vital areas of virtual prototyping/testing, which, in turn, reduced the time-consuming manual process drastically.

Programmable, Open-Architecture HyperWorks Helps Toshiba Design Smaller Hard Disk Drives to Meet Market Demand

Toshiba Digital Network Company, faced with increasing global competition in the hard disk drive (HDD) marketplace, set out to create an advantage through the redesign of their existing HDD product(s). To support this effort, Toshiba partnered with Altair Engineering to automate its design process. This was accomplished by leveraging HyperWorks powerful modeling, visualization and optimization software applications with Toshiba’s proprietary solver for fluid dynamics. The specific goal was to optimize the air bearing surface (ABS) of the HDD’s magnetic head slider. This unique product development process resulted in minimizing the flying height as much as possible while considering its stability. This, in turn, reduced the overall size of the HDD and increased its recording density. In addition, the new design was brought to market in significantly less time than with Toshiba’s traditional design process.

HyperWorks Cuts Design and Prototyping Costs for Truck Cabin Development and Testing

Using HyperWorks, Eicher Motors was able to significantly reduce the number of physical tests during the development process of their truck cabins. The numerical simulation helped in predicting the failure mode and estimating the stress level in the individual components in elastic as well as plastic zone prior to the first physical test.

HyperWorks Process Manager Delivers Productivity and Quality Gains to Chassis Design Process

Using Altair HyperWorks Process Manager, M&M was able to implement best practices through standardization of CAE processes and minimize CAE analysis set-up time. Automated post-processing enabled through Process Manager facilitated a 40% reduction in time when compared with the manual practice of post-processing.

HyperWorks Tailors CAE Processes to Reduce Cell Phone Development Time at Motorola

Using HyperWorks, Motorola significantly reduced CAE cycle time by automating the process of input deck generation and results evaluation. By deploying HyperWorks’ process automation engine, analysts created a customized solution to simulate cell phone models more quickly.

The Altair HyperWorks Suite Speeds Development of Lightweight Alpine Trains

Stadler Rail is a dynamic company in a dynamic industry. With 2,000 employees at six European locations, Stadler produces light rapid-transit trains and streetcars for regional and local railroads, and is the leading supplier of cars to the cog railway market. The company uses modular, scalable concepts to design customer-oriented solutions, targeting specific needs. The Static/Dynamic/Certification Department, which creates CAE simulations of Stadler's CAD railcarmodels, used Altair's HyperWorks Engineering Framework to develop the Glacier Express, a lightweight train that carries passengers over a breathtaking route through the majestic Alps. HyperWorks tools enabled the department to move quickly and efficiently through the development process.

Dialing into Simulation to Streamline Cellular Phone Development

Upstream model simulation reduces product development time and enables Motorola to meet critical market demands.

Validation Ensures Trains Are on Track to Meet European Safety Standards

Numerical simulation aids in the design of passive safety systems to minimize passenger injury during railway accidents.

Fine-Tuning 300-Ton Haulers: HyperWorks at Hitachi Truck Manufacturing

Hitachi Truck Manufacturing sought ways of reducing materials costs for its mammoth mining trucks, while remaining within standard specifications. The company's first project using HyperWorks CAE tools enabled Hitachi to do this with accuracy. HyperWorks is now an integral part of the design process at Hitachi.

HyperWorks CFD Optimization Helps MTU Improve Diesel Engine Compressor Blade Performance

To increase turbo charger efficiency, global diesel engine supplier MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH combined Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite with a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver. Combining the morphing capabilities of HyperMesh (the pre-processor for finite-element [FE] analysis and CFD) with HyperStudy (the solver-neutral design study and optimization tool), MTU redesigned the shape of the compressor blades to improve pressure gain and efficiency. The redesign, in turn, increases the fuel efficiency of the engine.

Optimization Methods Land Results in ExoMars Project

Sophisticated simulation tools enable aerospace engineers to study the feasibility of airbag landing systems.

Rotorcraft Design Takes Flight

Optimization tools enable Boeing to balance form and function in the development of advanced aircraft.

CAE in the Nanotech-enabling World

Zyvex engineers use finite-element analysis to build microscopically small devices.

Optimizing Aircraft Structures

Optimization technology and methods for the innovative design of efficient civilian and military aircraft.

Creating a Virtual Press to Optimize the Extrusion Process

Today's advanced computational tools increase productivity and quality, as well as lower energy consumption in the design and fabrication of extrusion dies.

Smart Product Packaging Pays Off

Our experts examine the challenges, advancements and trends that are changing the product packaging industry.

Simulation Links Welding Data to Structural Analysis Models

A robust modeling process greatly aids the design of lower cost and higher quality welded structures.

Putting Simulation Muscle Behind a Sporty Concept Car

Optimization technology delivers innovative suspension design for Alfa Romeo's sleek concept car.

HyperWorks at Wagon Automotive: Speeding Development Time While Cutting Prototype Costs

Wagon Automotive, a system and module supplier of components to major car builders, sought ways to accelerate product development and reduce prototyping costs while maintaining high quality. Adopting the HyperWorks suite of advanced CAE tools enabled the company to achieve both those goals. Wagon Automotive now uses HyperWorks during the entire development cycle, from concept design to optimization.

HyperWorks CAE Process Automation Accelerates Product Development at Scania

Scania chose HyperWorks – the Engineering Framework for Product Design – to automate the assembly process of virtual truck models for finite-element (FE) simulations. The new process significantly increased simulation efficiency and robustness, which are especially critical to Scania’s truck-customization process.

HyperForm Sheet Metal Forming Simulation Solution Provides Product Design Optimization of Panel Front Dome

Using Altair HyperForm sheet metal forming simulation software solution, India based Mahindra & Mahindra was able to arrive at an optimum product (BIW Part) and tooling design. The Draw Shell was simulated using HyperForm to evaluate different tooling options.

OptiStruct Drives Weight Reduction in Commercial Aircraft: Door Support Arm Design Optimization

Using OptiStruct topology and shape optimization tools, Eurocopter created an innovative new design of a door support arm for the Fairchild Dornier 728 aircraft. The company achieved a weight reduction of approximately 20 percent, using structural optimization techniques as an integral part of the design process.

PBS Professional at Toulouse Genopole

The Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Genopole, a research program set up in 1999 in southern France by the French Minister of Research, is part of the massive French research initiative known as the National Genopole Network. The genopole name is metaphoric. It brings to mind a magnetic pole that attracts researchers and entrepreneurs to the potential of genomic research. And it is working: the initiative has drawn together, at seven locations across France, a symbiotic mix of public laboratories, biotech companies, and educational institutions. The genopoles stimulate genomics research and may provide an incubator for biotech enterprises.

HyperWorks Cuts CAE Modeling Time by Up to 50 Percent at Dunlop Aerospace

Using HyperWorks for the creation and modification of complex finite-element meshes, Dunlop Aerospace was able to dramatically cut modeling time. The software’s stability, ease-of-use and superior technical capabilities for HEX meshing contributed to the successful deployment.

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