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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.

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.

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.

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.

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>.

Simulation Speeds Modular Truck Development Process

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brushing Up on Product Functionality

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dialing into Simulation to Streamline Cellular Phone Development

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

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.

Rotorcraft Design Takes Flight

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

Optimization Methods Land Results in ExoMars Project

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

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.

Optimizing Aircraft Structures

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

CAE in the Nanotech-enabling World

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

Smart Product Packaging Pays Off

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

Putting Simulation Muscle Behind a Sporty Concept Car

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

Simulation Links Welding Data to Structural Analysis Models

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

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.

Accelerating Product Development at the Nanotech Level with Altair HyperWorks

In addition to looking for a way in which to reduce product development time through simulated modeling and analysis, Zyvex Corporation wanted to be able to communicate the features and value of its MEMS product more effectively to internal and external audiences. Using the Altair HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) framework for product design, Zyvex not only accomplished its goal to significantly speed time to market, but also used HyperView’s visualization technology to prepare informative compact slide and PowerPoint presentations on the nanotechnology to various stakeholders, including Zyvex management and potential investors.

HyperWorks at Changchun Railway Vehicle Co., Ltd.: Accelerating Design and Analysis of High-Speed Railcars

Asia's largest railway vehicle manufacturer, Changchun Railway Vehicle Co., Ltd. (CRC), was looking for ways to increase development efficiency through streamlined CAE processes. By implementing HyperWorks, Altair's engineering framework for product design, CRC was able to reduce modeling cycle time by up to 50 percent. In addition, simulations were more accurate as a result of better model quality.

HyperWorks at Sea Ray: Engineering High-Performance Pleasure Boats

For Sea Ray Boats, the leading, U.S.-based manufacturer of high-end pleasure boats, CAE simulations are an integral part of the design process to achieve shorter time to market. HyperWorks is deployed for the entire analysis process of the vessel, from modeling and simulation, to visualization and reporting. By using HyperWorks, Sea Ray’s engineers can quickly model their advanced composite structures, as well as run complex inertia relief and durability load cases.

PBS Professional at TRW Automotive: A Standard Solution for European Design Centers

As a global technology company, TRW Automotive touches most of us in ways we're unaware of. And when we drive, it is practically a certainty that a TRW system with brakes, airbags, seat belts, or steering is part of the experience. A Tier One automotive industry supplier with a focus on safety products, TRW Automotive works with almost any car and truckmaker you can name, worldwide.

OptiStruct Technology Cuts Production and Maintenance Costs of Crop Harvester Reel Assembly

Leveraging OptiStruct's topography optimization capabilities, CLAAS designed an optimal reel hub reinforcement bead pattern for a crop harvester.

PBS Professional at GE's Oil & Gas business: Putting An Engineering Cluster to Work

Next time you stop to fill your fuel tank, reflect on the fact that a company on the sunny slopes of Tuscany may have helped to make it possible. Nuovo Pignone, now a key technological component of GE's Oil & Gas business, began life 100 years ago as a foundry. Today more than 20,000 machines – turbomachinery, compressors, pumps, valves, and metering and fuel distribution equipment – manufactured by this GE business are operated worldwide by major companies to keep petroleum products moving from oil rigs to storage facilities to refineries to distribution points.

PBS Professional at Boeing: Workflow Management for R & D

The Boeing Information Technology group provides a wide range of computing services to the entire corporation from its Bellevue, Washington computing campus. For the engineers who design Boeing commercial aircraft, the heartbeat of this campus is the Data Center, which houses the high performance computing (HPC) systems that they access to run engineering simulations and analyses.

Parametric Optimization of Fluid Dynamic Simulations using StarCD

HyperStudy's design optimization was combined with CFD simulation in order to optimize fluid flow.

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.

ExoMars Rover Airbag Design and Reliability Optimization

Astrium used HyperStudy with LS-Dyna to not only optimize the landing behavior of the ExoMars lander but also to investigate the probability of failure using HyperStudy’s stochastic engine. HyperWorks’ process automation engine helped to quickly create design variations.

Designing All-Terrain Vehicle Frames Using Topological Optimization

Upfront concept design optimization on a all terrain vehicle frame resulted in a 9% mass reduction. Using Design of Experiment (DOE) methods, peak accelerations during crash decreased by 22%.

Significant Weight Reduction by Using Topology Optimization in Volkswagen Design Development

Using Altair’s topology and topography optimization as an integrated part of their design process, Volkswagen is able to reduce mass of engine components by 20% and more

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.

PBS Professional at TGen: Cutting Time to Discovery

In recent years, corporations and research institutions around the world have applied massive computational resources to defining the makeup of the human genome. One of the greatest challenges is to translate that knowledge into therapeutics and diagnostics – which is the mission of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a remarkable non-profit organization founded by a joint effort between the State of Arizona, Arizona State Municipal Governments, Indian Tribal Community, educational institutions, private foundations and corporate entities. TGen's work is not only to make genetic discoveries, but also to translate discoveries into benefits for human health in the form of new diagnostic tests and therapies.

Enhanced Formability through Hydroforming

Cut sheet metal forming time and costs through simulation-based techniques.

Improving Heating Boiler Acoustics at Viessmann: OptiStruct for Bead Pattern Optimization

Altair OptiStruct can be used to generate and optimize bead patterns for the effective design of sheet metal components. By using OptiStruct’s topography and shape optimization methods, sheet thicknesses can be reduced significantly, leading to both reduced material and a lower overall cost.

Ford Motor Company: Building an Efficient HPC Infrastructure

The cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that roll off Ford Motor Company assembly lines are safer, quieter, and more comfortable than ever. Many of the intangibles that contribute to Ford quality flow from the innovative use of high performance computing (HPC) techniques. At Ford's Numerically Intensive Computing Department (NIC) in Dearborn, Michigan, engineers run simulations in codes such as NASTRAN and LS-DYNA for predictive analysis of cylinder cooling, wind noise, vibration, ride quality, crashworthiness, durability, and other characteristics that contribute to industry-leading automotive design.

Concept Design Optimization of Automotive Components

ArvinMeritor succesfully applied topology and topography optimization to various automotive components.

Breaking Barriers in High-Performance Computing

Sandia National Laboratories and Cray Inc. are partnering to develop a system that will take the supercomputing industry by storm.

Optimization Assisted Design of Military Transport Aircraft Structures

EADS Military Aircraft implemented an optimization assisted structural design process and applied it to the A400M rear fuselage design.

Putting the WHOA! into High-Performance Boats

Baja Marine dives into simulation technology, analyzing force, weight, and resistance to build speedies, and better, boats.

Fire Truck Design

Creativity and optimization technology extend fire-fighting capabilities.

Opportunities in Packaging: Innovation & Savings

Technology allows companies to efficiently develop cost-effective, high-performance packaging systems.

CAVE Sets the Stage for Real-Time Collaboration

An immersive virtual environment speeds the creation of prototypes to cut time in military product development programs.

Locking Up a Bike Rack Partnership

An innovative alliance reduces the risks of launching a new product.

Driving Performance with Optimization

Engineering enthusiasts and software tee-off to optimize club driver performance while ensuring conformance to the Rules of Golf.

Seeing Steel in a New Light

Advanced high-strength steels have emerged as one of the most sophisticated materials available for highly engineered product design.

Get the Most from Your Casting Process

By applying optimization technology to casting process design, manufacturers can produce less expensive, better-quality parts in record time.

Optimization: Taking a Different Tack

A slick design and the use of new materials make the Fila sailboat a force to contend with on the competitive boat racing circuit.

Incorporating Manufacturing Effects in Structural Design: Flex & Dent

As automotive OEM’s strive to significantly reduce development costs a common strategy has evolved, to eliminate the testing of physical prototypes and replace by virtual testing (CAE) in order to achieve low cost certification. However, for many components subjected to complex loadings, it has not been possible to achieve correlation between experimental and numerical results. It has long been postulated that the manufacturing process can have a major effect on the structural performance. However, a comprehensive software tool set has not been available to efficiently investigate this effect. This paper details the strategy for the efficient coupling between manufacturing process and structural product simulations. A key element of this strategy is a new software tool Altair HyperMap. This technology is applied to the ‘Flex and Dent’ assessment of an aluminium panel. Invaluable insight into the performance of the panel is obtained by incorporating the manufacturing effects. Correlation of the Flex resistance was substantially improved due to the inclusion of these effects.

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.

Applications of OptiStruct Optimisation on Body in White Design

The application of topology and size and shape optimization for the design of efficient automotive components in terms of mass and stiffness has developed into a well practiced discipline. Subjecting a vehicle body structure to this type of development enables the analyst to optimise the size, shape and placement of load bearing members. By defining the most efficient topology, structural targets can be achieved with fewer design iterations, therefore, leading to reduced cycle times and lower development costs. The Altair OptiStruct software suite provides the analyst with an optimization environment which realises this method by providing a ‘right first time’ approach to body design. This paper presents an insight into the development of an efficient body structure subjected to various load cases. Based upon the topology of the load paths, which OptiStruct defines, the paper then details the development of the concept through to a detailed design.

Topology Optimisation Used to Achieve Frequency Targets of an Engine Bracket

Topology optimisation technology is becoming increasingly used in the design process of automotive components. This technology can be applied very effectively to simultaneously achieve static compliance and frequency targets for structural designs. The paper provides an industry perspective on how this technology is applied to a production bracket and the important role the designer and engineer play in converting the optimised material layout into a component which can be manufactured. It is demonstrated that the combination of topology optimisation and design knowledge can provide a design solution which could not otherwise have been achieved.

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