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Altair HyperWorks | Altair Solutions for Casting Simulation

Altair offers a complete solution for casting simulation benefiting different phases from early product development to final process optimization. Altair’s casting simulation suite of products include Click2Cast which is best suited for early feasibility and defect prediction and NovaFlow&Solid for advanced process validation and optimization. View the webinar to learn more about Altair's casting solutions.

Altair HyperWorks | Introduction to Altair's Manufacturing Solutions

Altair offers a comprehensive set of industry proven software for manufacturing simulation for a wide range of domains such as stamping, extrusion, casting, injection molding, forging, welding and additive manufacturing. View the webinar to learn more about Altair's manufacturing solutions offering.

Boosting HyperWorks Further with Electromagnetic Simulation

An overview of FEKO's capabilities, key applications, industries and features.

Climbing the Winner’s Podium with HyperWorks

HyperWorks allows for the option to increase the stiffness of the wheel shell through the use of OptiStruct. By applying HyperWorks to their composite design and development process the team was able to increase the stiffness of the chosen components by 10 percent while learning how to do a structural layout of carbon fiber composites.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator

ThyssenKrupp Elevator wanted to explore ways to ensure that an innovative, ropeless elevator system design was as lightweight as possible in order to maximize the loading capacity of the cabins. Altair ProductDesign was selected to explore methods and materials that could help to minimize the weight of the design due to the company’s experience in removing mass from products in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

Student Passion Fueled by Altair Technology in Little America’s Cup C-Class Catamaran Racing

The C-Class Catamaran Team Rafale of Montreal’s École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) is competing in the Little America’s Cup at Lake Geneva, up against some of the world’s best professional sailors, some of whom have a much larger budget.

Slotted Waveguide Array

The slotted waveguide array is a popular choice for use in radar systems due to its mechanical robustness, compactness and ability to handle high power levels.

Using HyperWorks to Develop Human Body Models for Vehicle Crash Simulation

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a leading research university in biomedical sciences and bioengineering that provides students and faculty with outstanding opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Printed Ka-band Reflectarrays with Offset Feed

Printed reflectarrays combine the advantages of parabolic reflector antennas with microstrip arrays, yielding high-gain, low-profile, low-cost antennas with simpler feeds that are easy to fabricate. This white paper demonstrates how FEKO can be used to model a printed reflectarray and its feed.

SimLab 14.0 Rollout Webinar

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

Virtual Durability Process: Bringing Together MBD, FE and Fatigue

Simulation is indispensable within any product development organization. We at Altair believe this outright and you see that in the vision statement from our CEO, to radically change the way organizations design products and make decisions. Simulation driven design is applied at different stages of development, from concept stage to the final design tuning and validation. Optimization is an integral part of it, so your starting point is an optimal design.

Solid Hex Meshing the Human Lumbar Spine

Computational modeling and simulation, which uses computer-based mathematical techniques, is on the verge of revolutionizing the field of medical devices. Modeling techniques allow computer models to eliminate bad ideas and refine the good ones long before they leave the drawing board.

Advance Electromangnetic Simulations and their Applications in Oil & Gas Industry

Advances in computational electromagnetic tools have made electromagnetic (EM) simulations possible for various applications. Now numerical simulations can be performed to evaluate the effects of antenna design, placement, radiation hazard, EMC/EMI, etc. for wide ranging industry applications. Numerical approaches that include full wave techniques such as Method of Moments (MoM), Multilevel Fast Multipole Method (MLFMM) and asymptotic techniques such as Physical Optics (PO) and Uniform Theory of Diffraction (UTD) are being utilized to solve many challenging problems that were not possible in the past.

Multiphysics - A New Generation of Simulation

The application of CAE early in a product’s design cycle can make an important difference in its cost and functionality.  However the level of fidelity of the design early in the cycle limits the application of many traditional CAE tools.   Fortunately this is where systems modeling can be applied due to the nature of utilizing a more abstract representation of the overall system and its components. 

Composite Plate Optimization with Practical Design Constraints

Composite free size optimization has the potential to generate weight savings and performance improvements for many applications of composite structures. Key to realizing such improvements is practical application of design and manufacturing constraints in the optimization model.

Design Methodologies for ALM and Lattice parts

Design for additively made parts has become a very hot topic. Many engineers see the potential for topology optimization when designing ALM parts, but once they start the workflow, they tend to get bogged down in how to complete the process.

Advanced Design, Analysis and Optimization of Composite Structures

With stricter requirements on performance and weight, in many cases, composite materials are now becoming the natural choice of designers and engineers given their desirable characteristics such as low weight and high strength. Material properties can be tuned so they are directional – stiffer in one direction while compliant in another for example.

FEKO Webinar Recording: FEKO 14.0 Automation & Scripting

FEKO 14.0 will be released with a myriad of new automation features. Extensive support for automation in CADFEKO has been added. In addition, control over custom dialogs has been improved. An introductory overview of automation will be presented, along with examples of how automation can be used to improve efficiency when working with FEKO.

Altair Leveraging Disruptive Cloud Technologies

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

Leveraging Geometric Shape Complexity, in Optimal Design for Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology enables the possibility of realizing highly efficient, optimized structural components with configurations not achievable using conventional manufacturing methods.

Automated Finite Element Model Creation using Structural Condition Data for Marine & Offshore Assets

Advanced structural integrity management software is capable of using a structural Computer Aided Design (CAD) geometry to track the condition of a marine or offshore asset in a virtual environment. ABS Nautical Systems Hull Manager 3D (HM3D) converts a 3D CAD model to a database that stores vessel condition information and provides the ability to track condition changes due to structural degradation.

Challenges to Extending Design Verification and Optimization in Completion Tool Development

The oil and gas industry has shifted dramatically in the past year. The forecast for the industry is extremely different today compared to just a couple of years ago. To adjust, oil and gas producers are focusing on driving capital and operating efficiency to preserve their margins.

FEA Based Design Optimization to Mitigate Anchor Cage Impact Damage Risk

The power of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulations can be effectively used for failure analysis and design optimization to improve product reliability and mitigate operational risks. Expandable Liner Hangers used for wellbore construction within the oil and gas industry are complex mechanical systems that require sophisticated setting tools.

How Advanced Simulation will Impact the Offshore Industry both Now and in the Future

The easy days of Oil and gas extraction is over, and the ability to extract Oil and Gas from harsh enviornments is very dependent on the ability to overcome technical challenges through the use of advanced numerical analysis and simulation.

Benchmark Study: Optimizing High Fidelity Crash & Safety Simulation Performance

Cray, Intel and Altair have collaborated to analyze crash and safety simulation performance that provides engineers the power, speed and accuracy needed for their design analysis.

nanoFluidX Overview Presentation

Introductory presentation offering information about the particle-based CFD software from FluiDyna.

FEKO Webinar: Preview of FEKO 14.0 under HyperWorks

The release of FEKO 14.0 will be the first version of FEKO released under altair HyperWorks since the acquisition of EM Software & Systems S.A. by Altair Engineering last year. In addition to discussing some changes to this HyperWorks integration (such as licensing), the webinar will introduce new extensions to the FEKO solver and user interface.

FEKO Webinar: Choosing the Right Solver in FEKO

One of the key features in FEKO is that it includes a broad set of unique and hybridized solvers, giving the possibility to combine methods to solve complex and electrically large problems, with all solvers included in the same package. Presented by Jordi Soler, Director of Business Development, Electromagnetics, this webinar provides an overview and guide on how to choose the most appropriate method in FEKO.

Sharma & Associates

Sharma & Associates (SA), a Chicago-based consulting firm that is focused on providing engineering solutions to the railroad industry, led the effort. Since 1995, SA have delivered safe, effective and efficient solutions to its customers, which include the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Association of American Railroads (AAR), railroads and transit agencies, rail car builders and rail car component manufacturers. The objective of the Altair ProductDesign team effort was to develop an ‘Engineer Protection System (EPS)’ that can protect train crew in frontal collisions (a common mode of train collision) from secondary impact injuries.

Introduction to nanoFluidX by FluiDyna

nanoFluidX is a particle-based fluid dynamics simulation tool to predict the flow in complex geometries with complex motion.

FEKO Integrated in HyperWorks 14.0

Altair’s computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software platform for simulation-driven innovation is Hyper- Works, which includes modeling, visualization, analysis and optimization technologies and solutions for structural, impact, electromagnetics, thermal, fluid, systems and manufacturing applications. The electromagnetics solver suite in HyperWorks is FEKO, a comprehensive electromagnetic analysis software used to solve a broad range of electromagnetic problems. It includes a set of hybridized solvers, giving the possibility to combine methods to solve complex and electrically large problems, with all solvers included in the same package.

HyperMesh and Custom Export Template Streamline CFD Analysis in Research Projects at Arizona State University

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

Minimising Mass and Increasing Durability of a Vehicle Suspension System Using OptiStruct

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

Electromagnetic Design in the Electronic Industry

Technology advancement in the electronic industry is unyielding, but new trends will build on RF communications to drive new product functionality. Some examples include the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G mobile networks and automation/smart technology.

FluiDyna Product Brochure

General flyer about CFD software nanoFluidX and ultraFluidX.

U-Shin Improves Product Design of Automotive Parts with Altair CAE Solutions

U-Shin is a global automotive part supplier, specializing in the development and production of automotive system appliances and mechatronics products as well as on the research of element technologies. Safety, reliability, adaptability, quality, eco-friendliness, are among the major concerns of the company.

Intel Solution Brief: Altair and Simulation-Driven Design

Altair and Intel offer a simple, cost-effective on-ramp to a complete simulation-driven design platform. This paper describes joint offerings including HPC and CAE in the public cloud.

Specialized Wins at Le Tour de France with Altair HyperWorks

Learn how Specialized analyzed and improved the aerodynamic performance as well as optimized the weight and structural efficiency of the new S-Works Venge frame.

MapleSim to VisSim

Rapid physical modeling, analysis and model deployment to VisSim.

Cabin Comfort - Analyze Airflows and Thermal Effects

It is cost prohibitive to rely on climatic wind tunnel tests in the initial vehicle HVAC system design process. Additionally, the passenger compartment airflow and thermal environment is one in a state of constant change requiring use of transient CFD simulations. In this 45-minutes complimentary session, we will give an overview of Altair’s CFD solution to simulate the airflow in the passenger compartment and include all relevant thermal effects such as convection, conduction and radiation heat transfer in the cabin. The geometry model of the vehicle interior is based on an Altair-developed generic cabin model. This geometry is used to demonstrate the model build and execution process including how to automate the model build process.

Using RADIOSS, HyperStudy and MultiMech for Improved Composite Design

The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate how you can use the composite microstructure analysis tools of MultiMech to enhance the existing functionality of RADIOSS , specifically when dealing with the simulation of complex composite parts.

Intel Solution Brief: Maximize Performance and Scalability with RADIOSS on Intel® Xeon®

This paper summarizes the findings of a benchmark project to evaluate the performance and scalability of RADIOSS on Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 family-based platforms.

Safety Comes First – Development of a Maxi-Cosi Child Seat Using a CAE-Driven Design Process

When developing a new child seat, safety is paramount. Dorel Juvenile, market leader in child safety in cars, was confronted with the task to develop a new child seat - the Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl. To investigate and analyze the best feasible design, considering the occurring forces during an accident, Dorel Juvenile turned to Code Product Solutions, an engineering service provider that supports their customers in the development and optimization of products, using computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools. Within the development process, Code Product Solutions engineers employed the Altair HyperWorks CAE suite utilizing RADIOSS® for crash simulation, OptiStruct® for the layout of highly loaded plastic parts that comprise the reclining system, HyperMesh® for pre-processing tasks, and HyperCrash® and HyperView® during post-processing.

Improving Rudder Shock Loading Following a Nearby Blast Event Using RADIOSS

Engineers in the Marine, Shipbuilding, and Offshore industries face many design challenges including physical space constraints, extreme weather conditions, deep water and remote locations. These constraints create an extreme environment for the engineer to develop a sound, reliable and safe operating platform.

Seat Design for Crash in the Cloud - NAFEMS World Congress 2015

The benefit of design exploration and optimization is understood and accepted by engineers but the required intensive computational resources have been a challenge for their adoption into the design process. The HyperWorks Unlimited (HWUL) appliance provides an effective solution to these challenges as it seamlessly connects all the necessary tools together in the cloud. The aim of this study is to showcase the benefits of HWUL on an optimization driven design of a complex system. For this purpose an automotive seat design for crash loadcases is selected.


FIAT chose Altair ProductDesign as a partner to perform a pilot project to investigate squeak and rattle. The project focused on studying issues on the FIAT UNO, a vehicle made exclusively for the South American market. Altair ProductDesign suggested that FIAT implement Altair’s ‘Squeak & Rattle Director’ (SNRD), a comprehensive set of services and software automations that rapidly identify and analyze design alternatives to eliminate the root causes of squeak and rattle in assemblies. With customization from the Altair ProductDesign team, the solution provides a semi-automated approach to determine relative component displacements in the time domain that can lead to undesired noise. A dedicated four day workshop facilitated a fast ramp-up of the NVH team’s knowledge of the SNRD and helped Altair to identify FIAT’s specific design process that the solution could be tailored to.

Tanker Truck Sloshing Simulation Using Bi-directionally Coupled CFD and Multi-Body Dynamics Solvers

In this work, the multi-disciplinary problem arising from fluid sloshing within a partially filled tanker truck undergoing lateral acceleration is investigated through the use of multiphysics coupling between a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver and a multi-body dynamics (MBD) solver. This application represents a challenging test case for simulation technology within the design of commercial vehicles and is intended to demonstrate a novel approach in the field of computer aided engineering.

Baker Hughes Drills 60% off Product Development Time With HyperWorks-Driven Simulation

One of the world’s leading suppliers of oilfield services, products, technology and systems, Baker Hughes operates globally with nearly 59,000 employees. The company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, recently recorded $21.4 billion in annual revenue from sales of both services and highly innovative products for the world’s oil and natural gas industry.

Fluid - Structure Interaction Analysis and Optimization of an Automotive Component

This paper discusses the behavior of a flexible flap at the rear end of a generic car model under aerodynamic loads. A strong bidirectional coupling between the flap’s deflection and the flow field exists which requires this system to be simulated in a coupled fluid-structure manner.

Advanced Features for External Automotive Aerodynamics Using AcuSolve

Watch this 45-minute webinar to learn more on the use of advanced features for solving “on road” external automotive aerodynamics with Altair’s CFD solver AcuSolve. The webinar will focus on the analysis of external aerodynamics for passenger and racing vehicles while performing turning maneuvers. AcuSolve’s mesh motion capabilities, along with real time cosimulation with Altair’s multi-body dynamics solver, MotionSolve give engineers the ability to better simulate actual road conditions.

Application of HyperWorks for Collaborative/Global Computer-Aided Engineering And Design Instruction at Brigham Young University

For a recent ME 471 class, a team of five students re-engineered the chassis/suspension platform for a 1969 Chevrolet Camero. At the conclusion of the project, the team presented a comprehensive review of their re-design vehicle to a panel of PACE program representatives and partners. Key to arriving at an efficient design was the early application of Altair topology optimization to the chassis, suspension, and wheel design of the vehicle. Altair HyperMesh was applied to generate finite element models that formed the basis for the topology optimization studies. The team results showed that  The chassis mass was reduced by 34% through the application of topology optimization. The suspension control arm mass was reduced by 28%. The team was able to apply the Altair HyperWorks simulation tools in a seamless manner with the Catia-based CAD data that was generated for the vehicle re-design.

3D Printing for Innovative Mold Making Combined with Simulation Driven Design Inspiration Push the Limits for High Performance Castings

Altair, Click2Cast, HBM nCode, and voxeljet present a technology demonstration that stands out with dramatic performance improvements and the solid potential for serial manufacturing and mass production. Bringing design optimization, fatigue analysis, casting, and 3D printing together addresses the challenges of lightweight design and enables the creation of an innovative design and manufacturing process that enhances performance and efficiency.

UK ATC 2015: Enhancing Drop Testing Simulation for Luxury Smartphones

Presentation by Alexandre Michat & Paul Sharp

UK ATC 2015: How Analysis & Optimisation Help Meet the Time Consstraints in F1

Presentation by Simon Gardner, Sahara Force India

Evolve Introduction 2015

This course contains a set of modules to help familiarize you with basics of using Evolve. We will cover an overview of the Evolve interface and working environment, creation of curves, creation of surfaces, transforming and editing surfaces, creating and editing PolyNURBS, and an overview of rendering models.

UK ATC 2015: Optimised Rear Twist Beam Design

Presentation by Andrew Charlesworth, Gestamp

UK ATC 2015: Automated Post Processing of Multimodel Optimisation Data

Presentation by Markus Schemat, BMW Group

HyperMesh Quickstart Version 13.0

The purpose of this self paced course is to introduce HyperMesh to new users of the software. Most sections will use the See It, Try It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts.

Collaboration Tools Introduction

The purpose of this self paced course is to introduce the Collaboration Tools environment built within HyperWorks Desktop. Most sections will use the See It, Try It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts.

UK ATC 2015: Dynamic Explicit Analysis & Assessment of a Ships Steering Gear

Presentation by David Hunt, Assystem

Indian Engineering Institute CoEP Establishes CAE Optimization Center Employing Altair HyperWorks

This success story illustrates how a reputed engineering institute of national acclaim has set-up a CAE - Optimization Lab, equipped with Altair HyperWorks CAE tools, to expose their students to the latest technologies in product design, analysis, and optimization. Within the range of the CAE - Optimization Lab, CoEP has launched various courses to impart knowledge on Altair HyperWorks. This CoEP initiative bridges the gap between industry expectations and needs and the knowledge that graduating students possess. Being trained on advanced and contemporary technologies such as the HyperWorks suite has opened new opportunities for students to embark their career, has improved the national ranking of the college due to investing in a modern and robust infrastructure, and also has benefitted the industry by creating a talent pool of well-trained manpower, available to work on breakthrough engineering initiatives.

Inspire Introduction 2015

In this course you will get an overview of the tools available within Inspire 2015. We will cover all apsects from Optimization to Finite Element Analysis right through geometry tools to help redesign and simplify parts.

UK ATC 2015: A Systematic Approach to Weight Saving of Trailer Towing Systems at Jaguar Land Rover

Presentation by Andrew Blows, Jaguar Land Rover

UK ATC 2015: Optimisation Driven Design and Additive Manufacturing Applied for ESA Sentinel-1 Antenna

Presentation by Alejandro Cervantes Herrera, Altair

OptiStruct for Linear Analysis

The purpose of this self paced course is to cover the basic topics for OptiStruct Linear Analysis. The Setup sections will use the See It, Try It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts. See It allows you to watch a video demonstration of the exercise covered in the section.

UK ATC 2015: CFD - A Practical Tool for Large Passenger Carrying Vehicles

Presentation by Laurence Wood, Plaxton

FEKO Webinar Recording: Radar Cross Section & Antenna Design

Due to the size and complexity of a Navy ship at sea, proper calculation of radar cross section and of antenna coverage has long been elusive. This webinar will show how, with hybrid numerical methods available today, this has become possible. The practical pros and cons of various methods will be introduced, after which results for a broad frequency range will be shown, up to many GHz for a realistic large Navy frigate.

Efficient Design and Analysis of Airborne Radomes

Fatigue Life from Sine-on-Random Excitation

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

FEKO Webinar Recording: EM Design in the Electronics Industry

This webinar covers FEKO’s role in the design and optimization cycle’s typical to the electronics industry. These include early stage antenna selection, automated optimization, tolerance analysis and what-if trade-off investigations. Antenna integration, matching and performance for various conditions are also discussed.

F.tech R&D North America

F.tech R&D North America utilizes HyperView to investigate test results, using the data to inform decisions on methods to improve designs. This data will often be used to create reports and presentations during the development process, using images and animations generated by HyperView to illustrate particular areas of a component where additional work may be required. However, exporting these assets is a highly manual process of loading in results, positioning the model and taking screenshots. To allow its engineers to concentrate efforts on exploring and interpreting the results, F.tech R&D North America wanted a way of automating this process.

Ford Research Center - Interview with Dr. Niels Pasligh

Niels Pasligh from Ford Research Center Aachen, Germany, is talking about his team's challenges and how they work with Altair products to tackle these.

Design of a Fuel Cell Race Car for the Annual Shell Eco-Marathon with Altair Products

The student team of the university of applied sciences in Munich participates in the annual Shell Eco-Marathon. The team has to develop a very light and highly efficient race car within less than a year. As there is no time for prototyping, simulation is mandatory. Altair provided the race team with the necessary software. The team secured 3rd place in the 2015 edition of the race!

Renishaw presents the first 3D printed metal bike based on solidThinking Inspire results

Renishaw's Product Marketing Engineer David Ewing is talking about the use of solidThinking Inspire for the first bike ever built with additive manufacturing and how optimization technology is essential to additive manufacturing.

Gasoline engine development using LOGEengine

LOGEengine is an integrated simulation method for the prediction and optimization of engine in-cylinder performance parameters and studies of fuel effects on exhaust emissions. It contains a stochastic reactor model for 0D modelling (0d-SRM) with local effects in gas-phase space, direct fuel injection, temperature and species concentrations as random variables, detailed chemical kinetics, prediction of engine exhaust emissions (Soot, NOx, uHC), turbulence consideration via mixing modeling and self-calibration. LOGEengine can also model soot formation for diesel engines using detailed kinetic soot models, with gas phase chemistry, soot particle inception, condensation, coagulation, surface growth and oxidation. It can run equivalence ratio - Temperature (f-T ) diagnostics maps for analysis of regimes of emission formation in diesel engines using zero-dimensional methods with low CPU cost. It analyses local inhomogeneities in gas-phase space for species concentration and temperature due to mixing, fuel injection and heat transfer to cylinder walls, and their influence on soot and NOx formation from different fuels and in individual combustion cycles.

Haier Redesigns Air Conditioners and Packaging with Altair HyperWorks to Eliminate Drop Damage

Haier Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances and consumer electronics. The company is the leader of its industry in China, where it is headquartered.<br><br> Haier ships its products all across the globe and in more than 100 countries, so well designed product packaging is crucial to the company’s ability to deliver products without damage to even the farthest destinations.<br><br> Download the Case study to see how Altair was able to reduce costs of physical testing and eliminate drop damage using simulated drop testing with HyperWorks.

What's New in Inspire 2015: Fit Operation

Automatically create solid geometries from generated concept shapes using the fit operation.

FEKO Webinar: EM Field Considerations in Healthcare

This webinar covers several case studies highlighting how electromagnetics simulation is applied to develop technology for the healthcare industry.

Time v Frequency Domain Analysis For Large Automotive Systems

It has been recognised since the 1960’s that the frequency domain method for structural analysis offers superior qualitative information about structural response; But computational and technological issues have held back the implementation for fatigue calculation until now. Recent technological developments have now enabled the practical implementation of the frequency domain approach and this paper will demonstrate this, with particular reference to the technology limitations that have been overcome, the resultant performance advantages, and accuracy. These techniques are of relevance to all the large automotive OEM’s as well as aerospace T1 suppliers and example case studies from these companies will be included.


Re-Loc is a UK based company that developed a new product to help to accelerate the process of positioning metal reinforcement bars inside concrete bricks. The Re-Loc product is a clip that fits tightly inside the brick’s cavity and attaches to the bar, holding it securely in place as the cavity is fillled with concrete. The team had already developed a rough design and proved that it could perform its intended job, but problems arose when it came to the high manufacturing cost of the product. Re-Loc approached Altair ProductDesign to explore ways of reducing material use and cost from the part and to bring the design to a production level.

FEKO Webinar: Overview of FEKO Suite 7.0

Dr Jordi Soler, FEKO Business Development Manager presents an overview of the main features in FEKO Suite 7.0. Presented in conjunction with Microwave Journal on 21 May 2014.

Establishing Simulation-Driven Design at Scania

Mikael Thellner from Scania Trucks talks about improved design processes thanks to solidThinking Inspire. Designers can evaluate their products in earlier stages due to the ability to do analyses themselves.

Advances in EM Simulations

This paper introduces some of the recent extensions to the computational electromagnetics code FEKO as released in Suite 7.0. The FDTD (Finite Difference Time Domain) method was added to the selection of available solvers. MLFMM (Multilevel Fast Multipole Method) and PO (Physical Optics) were hybridized for electrically large applications. The RL-GO (Ray-Launching Geometrical Optics) solver was extended and improved in terms of speed and accuracy, and a new interface to import measured near-field antenna data from MVG/Starlab will be presented.

High Performance Catamaran Design & Optimisation with HyperWorks

Team Rafale is regrouping aerospace engineers, as well as faculty members and students from ETS (Ecole de Technologie Superieure, in Montreal, Canada), who have taken on the ambitious challenge to design, build and race a C-Class catamaran in The Little Cup. This event, considered as the C-Class World Championship, will see the team face some of the toughest competition around, including contenders for the next America’s Cup such as Franck Cammas (current champion) and designers for current America’s Cup teams.

A Multifunctional Aerospace Smart Skin Emerges from Computational Models and Physical Experiments

The capability to assess the current or future state of the health of an aircraft to improve safety, availability, and reliability while reducing maintenance costs has been a continuous goal for decades. Many companies, government agencies, and academic institutions have become interested in Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) and a growing effort of research into “smart” vehicle sensing systems has emerged. Methods to detect damage to aircraft materials and structures have historically relied on visual inspection during pre-flight or post-flight operations by flight and ground crews. More quantitative non-destructive investigations with various instruments and sensors have traditionally been performed when the aircraft is out of operational service during major scheduled maintenance. Through the use of reliable sensors coupled with data monitoring, data mining, and data analysis techniques, the health state of a vehicle can be detected in-situ.

Topology Optimization of Nose and Forward Fuselage

The aeronautical sector is facing many concurrent challenges since OEMs have to ensure their commitments in terms of delivery, whereas eco-responsibility, eco-efficiency and sustainable development are becoming more and more significant requirements. In this environment, competition between all players of the sector increase with new comers, offering low cost capabilities and strong investments.

Electromagnetic Interference in Automotive and Aerospace

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

Design Optimization of Axles using Inspire and OptiStruct

Use Inspire to form optimization from the packaging space, performance loading and manufacturing constraints to design an axle close to production ready design. The model setup requires careful setting of axle internal component design and oil flow consideration. Since Inspire does not provide weighting for different load cases, the author was able to gain from trial run to determine the balanced load application, mass target and meshing size requirement to obtain realistic design.

The Use of Suimulation (FEKO) to Investigate Antenna Performance on Mobile Platforms

Wireless technologies have proliferated onto automotive platforms as part of infotainment, telematics and active safety initiatives. These wireless solutions present engineers design challenges in the area of applied electromagnetics in terms of antenna design, antenna placement, electromagnetic compatibility and wave propagation. The Applied EMAG and Wireless Lab at Oakland University possesses an outdoor vehicle-level antenna range (80 MHz - 6,000 MHz) and full-wave electromagnetic field solvers with high end computers to solve these issues. This presentation will highlight some of the past and recent research projects conducted in my lab that relied on a full-wave electromagnetic field solver to investigate the issue and subsequently be validated with measurements.

S1 AM Bracket - Rupture Test Time Lapse

Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have progressed rapidly in the last years. Supported by the recent developments of design optimisation tools and manufacturing capabilities, components and parts produced using AM are emerging more and more into the focus of space industry. The aim of this presentation is to show why AM can be seen a promising manufacturing technique for space industry and in particular for satellite application? Opportunities and challenges that have to be faced to make 3D printed components “flying” on spacecraft are presented and discussed. The re-engineering and qualification approach of the already existing Antenna Support Bracket, that is part of the Sentinel-1 spacecraft, is discussed as a case study to bring this topic into the more tangible context of an industrial project.

Automated Reporting Director

F.tech R&D North America Inc. started in 2003 at the Troy Ohio location. Today F.tech R&D North America features offices in Troy Michigan and Düsseldorf Germany. F.tech has full R&D capabilities from design and CAE, to prototyping and test. Products include subframes, suspension components, and pedals.

Meshing the Human Lumbar Spine

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

Structural Component Design Optimization for Additive Manufacture

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology enables the possibility of realizing highly efficient, optimized structural components with configurations not achievable using conventional manufacturing methods. The Altair and Solid Thinking toolsets provide advanced capabilities to design structural topologies to minimize weight and maximize other performance criteria. However, conventional manufacturing processes require application of design constraints, such as directional access for machining, in the optimization that limit the structural efficiency of the resulting design. AM can remove many of these constraints to allow for more efficient configurations under the applied loading conditions. Case studies show the potential to reduce weight up to 30% for components with applied bending and torsional loads by allowing increased complexity configurations that could only be manufactured additively.

Lead Time Reduction using Automatic Reporting Director (ARD) for MAHLE

Mahle is one of the top automotive suppliers and one of the top 3 piston suppliers worldwide. With the recent advancements in numerical simulation and computing power, the FEA process has become a major tool to look at the reliability of different design variants. With these advancements, the reporting aspect remained a relatively unchanged process of manually creating pictures and tables with all of the different results. This presentation will look at the collaboration work between Mahle and the Altair Product Development (PD) team to customize the Automatic Reporting Director (ARD) for Mahle's requirements. The goal was to use to better utilize the engineers time by automatically generating a report with standard formats, pictures, and tables. By using the ARD tool, Mahle was able to reduce the lead time for a report from over 4 hours down to less than 1 hour.

Forming Simulation of Woven Composite Fibers and Its Influence on Crash Performance

The automotive industry, in its constant quest for weight reduction, is increasingly considering composite materials as a substitute for sheet metal components to meet future fuel consumption standards. However, composite forming processes are expensive and difficult to control because of the complexity of the material behavior with fiber and matrix layers or plies and its dependency on many parameters, such as non-linearity of tensile stiffness, effect of shear rate, temperature and friction. Hence, numerical simulation could be a viable approach to predict material behavior during composite forming. The objective of this study is to highlight capabilities of RADIOSS™ to simulate forming simulation of composite plies made from woven fibers, each ply modeled as a layer of woven fibers along two directions of anisotropy, warp and weft. For validation the well-known double dome model published in NUMISHEET’05 proceedings is used. The compared result is the shear angle after stamping that is, the final angle between warp and weft fibers, at several prescribed points on the ply. The variation of this angle has a strong impact on material characteristics which severely deteriorates when a critical value is reached. Hence, a study on crash simulations is performed, after mapping fibers angles from stamping simulation.

Ensuring Extrusion Product Quality at Die Design Stage

Extrusion of metals is a commercially important mass production process and extruded part are used in a wide variety of applications in in aerospace, automotive, railway, medical, electronics, consumer products and nuclear industries. The key to successful extrusion is the die design and it affects the entire gamut of production process from feasibility to product quality. A die designer faces a complex challenge of delivering a working die and often, problem dies are returned for rework. This directly affect the cost and profitability. Hence, it is critical for a die designer to ensure that the die designed produces the desired profile within acceptable quality and in addition, die is strong enough to withstand multiple extrusion cycles.

Hot Stamping Process Simulation Using Integrated using Structural & CFD Analysis

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

Development of Reliability Analysis and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (RAMDO) Software

In manufacturing industry and DoD, developing and producing optimized and reliable products is the primary goal for success of business, reduction of warranty cost, and success of military operations. As the CAD and CAE tools are advancing, the simulation-based design process is often used to obtain an optimum design, prior to prototype development, to reduce the product development cost. However, a design that is deterministically optimized without inclusion of input uncertainty will be most likely only 50% reliable.

Moldex3D for Effective Design Validation, Optimization of Plastic Parts and Molds, and Cooperation with HyperStudy and RADIOSS/OptiStruct

Widened the range of application in every field of industry, stronger mechanic properties and better appearance has been demanded of plastic part. To meet the high standard, the optimizations of both design validation and manufacturing processes play important roles. In the past, it relies on engineers with years of experience to ensure and improve outcome, which, however for lots of the cases, is expensive, time consuming and can still result in failure.

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