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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.

Simultaneous Robust and Design Optimization of a Knee Bolster

This paper introduces a practical process to simultaneously optimize the robustness of a design and its performance i.e. finds the plateau rather than the peak. The process is applied to two examples, firstly to a composite cantilever beam and then to the design of an automotive knee bolster system whereby the design is optimized to account for different sized occupants, impact locations, material variation and manufacturing variation.

Step Change in Design: Exploring Sixty Stent Design Variations Over Night

Traditionally, computer analysis has been used to verify the structural performance of a proposed stent design. The stent deployment process consists of multiple stages (e.g. crimping, springback, expansion etc.) which is highly non-linear inducing material plasticity and load transfer via component contact. A single structural verification assessment would require a couple of days to compute on a PC. This paper investigates how recent developments in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and computer hardware combine to facilitate the rapid exploration of many stent design variations. It is demonstrated that by utilising these technologies, over sixty stent design variables can be assessed overnight provides valuable design sensitivity information and an optimum stent geometry configuration. On an example baseline geometry considered the radial stiffness was significantly enhanced with an improvement in structural performance. This represents a step change in the CAE assessment of a stent design.

Simulation of Automotive Exhaust Noise Using Fluid Structure Interaction

Modelling the exhaust impingement noise is non trivial exercise. It requires a FSI (Fluid Structure Interaction) simulation. Furthermore, sufficient resolution of the local turbulence, complicated by the varying gas temperature and often complex geometry is necessary. The feasibility of modelling this phenomenon using RADIOSS CFD, a commercial code with both FSI and CAA (Computational Acoustic Analysis) capability has been investigated in this paper. A single skin manifold was modelled with flow boundary conditions obtained from a 1D engine simulation code. Engine test bed measurement in a semi-anechoic cell were compared with the prediction, and good correlation achieved. The method adopted provides support at an early stage in the development process.

Delivering World Class Chassis Design

This paper details the extensive use of CAE optimisation technology at ThyssenKrupp Automotive Tallent Chassis Ltd (TKA). There are a number of trends in the automotive business that are presenting great challenges, these include severe cost pressures from OEM’s, platform commonisation and reduced vehicle development cycle time. The use of optimisation is critical for TKA to maintain its competitiveness, this paper deals with more advanced concepts of optimisation by extending into the severely non-linear region of analysis types.

UK Niche Vehicle Industry Joins the CAE Fast Lane

0-60 in 3 seconds! That’s fast, but it takes less than a second to be involved in an accident. This paper describes how Kent-based niche sports car manufacturer, Caterham Cars used Simpact and the Altair CAE toolset to help them radically improve the crash safety of their Seven sports car. The RADIOSS non-linear solver within HyperWorks was used to develop a new safety steering system. The project successfully concluded with the new design being certified experimentally under ECE-R12 and approved by the VCA.

Development of a Wingbox Rib for a Passenger Jet Aircraft using Design Optimization and Constrained to Traditional Design and Manufacture Requirements

The application of optimization technology is becoming increasingly widespread throughout the aviation industry, exploiting the potential to design lighter aircraft. This paper details the application of optimization techniques to reduce the mass of an aircraft wing component when optimization is used at the design initiation stage of the process. Altair OptiStruct provides an optimization toolkit to determine the most efficient load path for various constraints, then allow the designers to size the components based on the enveloping load cases. Applying this optimization technology into Bombardier existing design process enabled a saving of approximately 10% on the mass of the component.

A New Approach to Optimizing the Clean Side Air Duct Using CFD Techniques

An integrated approach to CFD design optimization is proposed. It consists of taking an initial CAD design, meshing it using HyperMesh, analysing it using Star-CD, parameterising its key features using HyperMorph, and then shape optimizing it using HyperStudy. This approach has been applied here to the shape optimization of the compressor inlet duct of a turbo system.

Rapid Design Exploration to Determine Feasible FPSO and Spar Systems

The riser design process is well established and uses verified simulation tools to predict response to environmental loading. Design optimization is an established technology which has been widely used in other industry sectors including aerospace and automotive. Riser systems show inherently non-linear sensitivity to applied loading and parametric changes. For this reason response surface methods are required for optimization. The paper discusses two example riser configuration design problems and describes integration of Altair HyperWorks design optimization technology with the existing design process. The optimization proved to be efficient and repeatable. The designs produced for each configuration proved to be strong improvements over the baseline starting points and the wealth of information on sensitivity provided deeper understanding of the factors influencing design performance.

Targeting Composite Wing Performance – Optimum Location of Laminate Boundaries

This paper investigates the application of newly available optimization functionality available in OptiStruct to provide design guidance to generate innovative laminate composite solutions. Due to the flexibility of laminate composites, it has great potential to exhibit displacement characteristics that could significantly increase the aerodynamic performance. Free element sizing technology is used to determine concept lay-up solutions. These solutions determine the laminate make-up, thickness and the various laminate boundaries of an aircraft wing covers under multiple loading conditions which meet the required displacement targets whilst also minimising mass. These preliminary studies demonstrate that the technology can successfully achieve displacement targets for multiple load cases. Each analysis study can be completed within minutes and consequently can be utilised as a valuable concept design tool.

A Holistic Virtual Design Process Applied to the Development of an Innovative Child Seat Concept

There is a need to minimise product development costs and provide efficient design solutions to maintain competitiveness, so increasingly companies in the Child Restraint System (CRS) industry are turning to Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) to enhance the design and development for their products. Graco has worked with Altair Engineering to develop a group 1 CRS using an advanced CAE driven design process. The design process introduces a number of key phases in the design cycle each of which are positioned to maximize the efficiency of the structure and reduce or remove the cost involved in a traditional, iterative ‘test it and see’ approach.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Optimization Challenges in Exhaust System Development

ArvinMeritor applied OptiStruct's optimization technology early in the development process to design an automotive muffler system. As a result, ArvinMeritor created a superior muffler design with better accoustic behavior in a shorter period of time.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

Integration & Automation of MBS & FEA for Durability Simulation and Post-Processing

DaimlerChrysler increased productivity in suspension simulation by more than 80 percent by integrating multi-body dynamics (MBD) and durability analyses with Altair HyperWorks.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

Body Durability, NVH and Safety CAE Process Automation

By applying HyperWorks' process automation to the automotive body simulation process, Ford was able to save as much as 60 percent of time per analysis.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

Using Topology Optimization to determine optimal locations and designs of Terocore® structural foam automotive body reinforcements to improve vehicle NVH characteristics

Henkel used topology optimization to find the optimum areas for foam reinforcements in a automotive BIW structure to maximum bending and torsional stiffness. Henkei found that performance could be increased by as much as 25 percent.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

Tailoring CAE Modeling Processes to Reduce Cell Phone Development Time

By using HyperWorks' process automation engine, Motorola was able to reduce time for modeling and post-processing of cell phone finite-element models by as much as 90 percent.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

Application of Topology, Size and Shape Optimization on the 787 Wing Leading Edge Structure

The Boeing Company extensively used OptiStruct's topology optimization technology to design fixed leading-edge wing ribs on the 787 program. As a result, the company met weight targets in a shorter period of time.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

Using HyperStudy to Improve Injury Correlation in Head Drop Simulation

First Technology was able to significantly reduce development time of finite-element dummy models by applying HyperStudy's optimization method to the correlation process.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

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.

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.

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

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%.

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.

Development of a Lightweight SUV Frame Concept

The lightweight SUV frame project was a research initiative with the key objective to reduce the baseline frame structure's mass by 25% by applying concept design optimization upfront.

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.

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.

Fire Truck Design

Creativity and optimization technology extend fire-fighting capabilities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FEKO Webinar: Efficient Antenna Array Modelling

FEKO contains various techniques for the efficient modeling of antenna arrays during the design process. The application and advantages of techniques such as periodic boundary conditions (PBC), the domain Green's function method (DGFM) and equivalent sources for efficient array modeling are demonstrated in this webinar.

FEKO Webinar: EMC Simulation of Automotive, Aerospace & Other Applications with FEKO

This webinar recording provides an overview of features, applications and real use-cases where FEKO is used for EMC simulation, including emissions, immunity, lightning effects, High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP), shielding effectiveness and radiation hazard

FEKO Webinar Recording: Accelerate Complex Platform Modelling and Simulation with HyperMesh and FEKO

FEKO is the most used and recognized electromagnetic simulation software for antenna placement, EMC and RCS of platforms, including aircraft, vehicles, ships, satellites and missiles. The clean up of the model can be tedious, depending on the quality of the CAD data. In this webinar we demonstrate the workflow of an aircraft EMC use-case focusing on High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF). The advantages of using HyperMesh to clean up a model will also be highlighted. FEKO will be used to set up the simulation and show the desired results.

FEKO Webinar: Wave Propagation and Radio Network Planning Simulation with WinProp

The rapid growth of mobile and wireless communications has significantly increased the need for propagation modelling and network planning simulation. This webinar will introduce how WinProp fits into the electromagnetic simulation offering of HyperWorks, including the future plans in connection with FEKO.

Resource Scaling for Antenna Placement Modeling on a SAAB JAS-39 Gripen Aircraft

This white paper demonstrates how resource requirements scale for the computational electromagnetic modeling of a modern fighter aircraft when the frequency increases. It also demonstrates how different simulation methods may be applied and how they scal relative to each other

Numerical Methods in FEKO

FEKO offers a wide spectrum of numerical methods and hybridizations, each suitable to a specific range of applications. Hybridization of numerical methods allows large and complex EM problems to be solved.

FEKO Webinar: An Introduction to FEKO

This webinar is aimed at new users of FEKO. Topics covered include the user interface, model set-up,solver selection, tips and tricks, as well as demonstrations.

FEKO Webinar: Taking Radar Cross Section (RCS) to the Next Level

Based on practical examples, this webinar will offer a guided tour through computational methods to determine Radar Cross Section (RCS), from objects of just a few wavelengths, to objects of thousands of wavelengths in size.

Radar Applications in Everyday Life

New areas for radar applications are the automotive sector, building security, medical devices, civil engineering, or geophysics, to name a few. This white paper digs a little deeper into radar use in everyday life.

FEKO Webinar: The Use of Model Decomposition and Equivalent Sources for Faster Simulation

System level simulation often involves multiscale type problems, where the structure might be electrically large while also containing details which are significant to the RF performance. These types of simulations can typically require large computational resources. Model decomposition enables these problems to be solved in two steps by using an equivalent (simulated or measured) representation of the transmitting or receiving antennas. Significant reductions in computational requirements can be achieved with this approach.

Analysis of Thermal Stress on Motors - Efficient Multiphysics Tools for Thermal Analysis

In this article published in the Magnetics Technology 2017 edition, we look at the application of efficient multiphysics tools for thermal analysis.

FEKO Webinar: Feature Extension & Automation in FEKO through Scripting

The powerful scripting capabilities in FEKO provides users with the means to extend the features available in the interface. Tasks and calculations that need to be performed repeatedly can also be automated allowing users to save time. In this webinar the scripting language (Lua) and the available scripting capabilities in FEKO will be briefly introduced.

FEKO Student Competition Winner 2016 Webinar: Embedded Element Pattern Beam Model for Murchison Widefield Array

Daniel Ung's entry was selected as the winner of the 2016 FEKO Student Competition. A precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope was constructed in the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. In this one-hour webinar Daniel presented his report detailing how he made use of FEKO.

FEKO Webinar Recording : Designing with Characteristic Mode Analysis (CMA)

Characteristic Mode Analysis (CMA) gives insight into the fundamental resonant behaviour of a structure. This helps engineers to follow a systematic design approach, making use of the parameters calculated with CMA. This webinar covers the latest in FEKO's CMA solver. The webinar starts with a discussion about typical workflows for CMA simulations, giving a better understanding of when and how CMA is best used. Then some recent CMA applications are reviewed and concluding with some exciting new CMA features.

From Radar Waves to Road Safety

From the moment radar was first invented, it has proved its value in collision avoidance - first at sea, then in the air and later on the road. This white paper gives an overview of the development that has taken place.

Reflector Antenna with Circular Horn Feed — Analyzed with Ray Launching Geometrical Optics (RL-GO)

FEKO includes several computational methods for the efficient analysis of different antenna types. Here, a large problem is solved with the full-wave and asymptotic methods. Model decomposition is used to simulate the problem more efficiently.

FEKO Demonstration

See the demonstration of the FEKO product line in action. In this demo, a model will be run through the CADFEKO pre-processor, solved with the FEKO solver, and post-processed with POSTFEKO.

Comprehensive Electromagnetic Analysis and Design

Altair offers a comprehensive suite for electromagnetic (EM) analysis and design. FEKO®, WinPropTM and Flux® form part of the HyperWorks Suite, and are widely used to solve a broad range of electromagnetic problems from static to high frequencies.

Antenna Design Methodology for Smartwatch Applications

Smart devices have touched and enhanced all aspects of our lives, from the way we conduct business to the way we relax at the end of the day. Designing antennas for wearble devices presents a unique set of challenges. In this technical article from Microwave Journal, these issues are discussed.

Defence or Civil Radar – it’s a Matter of Wave Propagation

Radar development was essentially motivated by military needs during the second world war, where radar use founded dozens of applications for instance navigation, aircraft location, enemy ship detection, anti-collision, and weather forecast. This white paper discusses the design challenges faced and the solutions available.

mmWave Axial Choke Horn Antenna with Lens

Millimeter wave (mmWave) antennas operate in the band of frequencies where the wavelength is between 10mm and 1mm. The frequency range for mmWave application is thus constrained to be greater than 30 GHz, but less than 300 GHz. Various applications exist in this frequency range, including wide band telecommunication and imaging applications for security screening. This white paper demonstrates how an antenna was designed for communication at 60 GHz.

FEKO Webinar: Automotive Radar Design & Integration at 76 - 77 GHz

This webinar covers several techniques and approaches which highlight how FEKO can be applied for efficient and accurate simulation of the radar antenna design as well as the integration aspects, including radome and bumper effects.

FEKO : Helping to Understand the Universe

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) : Cutting edge technology, design and innovation

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