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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An Automated Head Impact Process Setup for Automobile Instrument Panel (IP) Application

FMVSS 201 procedure originally rolled out in 1968 by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration to protect the automobile occupants from fatal injury during the crash. Since the beginning of the law, the automobile interior safety has become considerably more challenging for manufacturer to meet FMVSS 201 standard criteria. During the course of instrument panels (IP) development, engineers are heavily relied on computer simulation to optimize the design for a more robust design. Based on FMVSS 201, there are an infinite number of target points on the instrument panels that must be tested for head impact performance. Therefore, this becomes not only costly but it is impossible for the manufacturer to test all possible target points using the current conventional process.

Motivations, Opportunities and Challenges of Additive Manufacturing for Space Application

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.

Performance Evaluation, Scalability Analysis, and Optimization Tuning of Altair HyperWorks on a Modern HPC Compute Cluster

Engineers from wide ranges of industries face ever increasing needs for complex, realistic models to analyze the most challenging industrial problems; AcuSolve is designed to tackle these finite element-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations with superior robustness, speed, and accuracy. AcuSolve simulations are designed to carry out on large-scale computational systems effectively. The breakthrough in HPC parallel computing that allows such complex analyses to be performed that generate the high-quality results, while reducing simulation time from days to just hours. Behind this type of computational improvement that makes AcuSolve perform, it involves complex calculations and data exchanges among computational systems. The more complex simulations are being performed, the higher demands from the cluster performance are. In this analysis, the HPC Advisory Council has performed a deep investigation and profiling for the AcuSolve CFD solver to evaluate its performance and scaling capabilities and to explore potential optimizations. This study presents the optimization techniques and networking profiling results to further understand AcuSolve dependencies on the CPUs, communication networks, IO subsystems and the underlying hardware. The paper will review the effects by comparing various hardware using different simulation models.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FEKO Webinar Recording: The CMA Advantage

In this webinar we cover some of the theory of CMA, as well as present several new case studies highlighting the CMA design advantage. These include optimum feeding and placement of antennas on platforms and decoupling of antenna elements in a MIMO configuration.

Steve McGugan Industrial Design

Award winning industrial designer Steve McGugan uses Evolve to design and model a range of unique products.

Altair NVH Solutions - Americas ATC 2015 Workshop

This Workshop Presentation on NVH was conducted by Jianmin Guan at the Americas ATC on May 5, 2015. This workshop introduced Altair full frequency and multi-physics solutions for solving the most pressing problems in the NVH field. It provided an overview of Altair’s solutions designed to facilitate the best in class NVH design process at automotive OEMs, coupled with real-time demonstrations of key product features. The focus of the workshop is on effective NVH problem resolution.

FEKO for Automotive

FEKO is Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software suite extensively used by OEMs and their suppliers for the analysis and design of antennas and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) problems in the automotive industry.

FEKO for Healthcare

FEKO, Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software suite, is ideal for the simulation of field interactions of antennas near or inside anatomical loads. Applications vary from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coil design and implant telemetry, through to surgical tools such as biopsy needle antennas.

FEKO for Electronics

FEKO, Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software suite, is ideal for antenna virtual prototyping and simulation driven design for electronics. This includes antenna design for a wide set of products such as mobile phones, tablets, cameras, laptops and TVs.

FEKO for Defense and Aerospace

FEKO is Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software suite, used extensively to design communication and radar antennas for aircrafts, ships, vehicles, satellites, missiles and other platforms.

Amcor Rigid Plastics

In today’s remarkably competitive markets, the packaging industry needs to be highly responsive to the rapidly changing industry they operate in. New products are being produced all the time, and packaging professionals must maintain a fine balance between packaging performance, environmental impact and shelf appeal while keeping costs to a minimum. Amcor wanted to explore ways that it could accelerate the engineering and analysis tasks associated with the development of new packaging products. Altair ProductDesign’s Enterprise Solutions Group worked with Amcor’s simulation specialists to identify where time and eventually costs could be saved within the design process. Following an investigation into current design practices, the ESG suggested that Amcor could take advantage of the Impact Simulation Director (ISD).

Electromagnetic and Mechanical Analysis Using the Coupling between Flux and Vibro-acoustics

The purpose of this presentation is to show the different steps of the vibro‐acoustic study of a rotating machines with the new coupling between Flux 2D/3D and ANSYS

FEKO: Microstrip Antennas and Circuits

Explosive growth in commercial and military applications for microstrip antennas has resulted in a highly active field for microstrip antenna research and development.

FEKO: RF Design and Safety of MRI Systems

Electromagnetic simulation software has become an indispensable tool in the development and analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems.

FEKO for High Performance Computing

A key feature of FEKO is its wide spectrum of numerical methods and hybridisations. Each method or hybridisation is suitable for a specific range of applications and model sizes

FEKO: Electromagnetic and Thermal Analysis of a Human-Body Model with Implant in MRI

Image quality in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) depends on good radio-frequency (RF) coil design. Such coils can be designed efficiently in FEKO thanks to the simulation methods the tool offers.

FEKO: Characteristic Mode Analysis for Ultra-Wideband Antenna Design

FEKO’s Characteristic Mode Analysis capability is used to improve an ultra-wideband antenna.

FEKO : Intelligent Design with Characteristic Mode Analysis

The theory of characteristic mode analysis (CMA)is a well-known method that allows for the analysis of arbitrary structures. CMA gives insight into the resonating behavior of structures such as antennas.

FEKO and Optenni Lab: Designing an Impedance Matched Antenna

Optenni Lab is a fast and easy-to-use matching circuit generation and antenna analysis tool tailored for antenna designers.

FEKO: RF Design and Safety for Biotechnology

Systems for the healthcare industry are at the forefront of technology development. These drive the growing trend of ubiquitous computing - where computers are embedded and an invisible part of our lives. Applications include remote patient monitoring, drug delivery and sophisticated imaging systems like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

FEKO: Simulating Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers

A growing concern in the electronics industry is the increased pollution in the form of electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio frequency interference (RFI) and spurious signals caused by electronic devices and radiating cables.

FEKO for Radiation Hazard / Human Exposure Modelling

Protection against the dangers of excessively high levels of radiation is an important part of any system design process that involves radio frequency (RF) transmitters.

FEKO: Combined Electromagnetic Field and Cable Coupling Solutions

Many problems of electromagnetic compatibility and interference involve cables. FEKO offers engineers tools to solve combined electromagnetic field / cable problems

FEKO for Integrated Windscreen Antenna Analysis

Antennas for AM and FM radio, television, GPS navigation, GSM communication and automated tolling are becoming standard on vehicles. To find a combination of antenna topologies and locations that is both functional and aesthetically acceptable, is a challenging task.

FEKO: Electromagnetic Environmental Effects on Aircraft with Composite Materials

FEKO is well-suited for simulations involving anisotropic multi-layer carbon-fiber-reinforced composite materials.

FEKO: Waveguide Applications

Waveguides have been widely used since the first space communications. Driven by its use in the defence, aerospace, marine and communications industries, the technology is continuously evolving.

FEKO: Scattering and Radar Cross Section

The scattering properties of an object is the spatial distribution of scattered energy when the object is exposed to incident electromagnetic fields.

FEKO: Wireless Antenna Design and Compliance

With the roll-out of fourth generation (4G) networks across the world, compatible smartphones and tablets are becoming the norm. The design and integration of wireless antennas are increasingly receiving attention in a competitive industry.

FEKO: Characteristic Mode Analysis for Antenna Placement

FEKO’s Characteristic Mode Analysis capability is instrumental in HF antenna placement and pattern synthesis.

FEKO Webinar Recording : An Introduction to FEKO

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

FEKO Webinar Recording : Radomes with Frequency Selective Surfaces

In this webinar we present a complete solution for the design and analysis of radomes. We also discuss in detail the challenges and the solutions to the design and analysis of Frequency Selective Surface (FSS) radomes.

Materials Property Data for Simulation Webinar - release of GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway™

Watch this 45-minutes webinar recording to find out how the new MI:Materials Gateway for HyperMesh application provides access to validated CAE materials models from directly within HyperMesh. See how to get the data you need, fast and error-free. Understand how and why leading engineering enterprises manage their materials information to ensure delivery of traceable, high quality information for simulation. GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway both provides access to this managed proprietary data and to a unique, comprehensive library of reference data on metals, plastics, composites, compiled over the 21 years since Granta’s spin-out from the University of Cambridge.

Altair’s Solutions for Full-Vehicle NVH Analysis

An important factor in improving vehicle quality and perception is guided by how vehicles are designed for noise, vibration and harshness, making NVH an important domain for the automotive industry. Altair and its Alliance Partners offer a complete solution for automotive NVH applications. In this 45-minute webinar, we will give an overview of problems faced in the automotive industry for NVH analysis and how HyperWorks and Altair’s Partner technologies help address these issues, providing a complete solution that spans from modeling and assembly to analysis, diagnostic and optimization. Presenters: Jianmin Guan, Director, Vibration and Acoustics Solutions, Altair Vijay Ambarisha, Senior Project Engineer, ANSOL Jerry Manning, President, Cambridge Collaborative Francois-Xavier Becot, Co-manager, Matelys

Integration between Moldex3D and HyperStudy Improving Part Quality for Injection Molding in the Automotive Industry

In this webinar, we will present step-by-step about how to integrate Moldex3D with HyperStudy to perform the DOE analysis to optimize the injection molding process. Industrial cases will be presented to showcase the advantages of the integrate analysis.

NASA Develops Wireless Sensors to Detect Lightning Strike Damage to Composite Aircraft

Computational electromagnetic software enables a team of researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center to develop wireless resonant sensors that can measure and mitigate lightning strike damage to composite aircraft. <br><br> By Beverly A. Beckert<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Winter/ Spring 2015 <br> <a href="http://www.altair.com/MagazineFreeSubscription.aspx" target="_blank">Subscribe to C2R Magazine</a><br><br>

Chiller Unit Keeps Joint Strike Fighter Pilots Cool

A model-based embedded development system enables AMETEK to design, simulate, create firmware for and validate a chiller unit control system. <br><br> By Beverly A. Beckert<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Winter/ Spring 2015 <br> <a href="http://www.altair.com/MagazineFreeSubscription.aspx" target="_blank">Subscribe to C2R Magazine</a><br><br>

Designing Composite Components for Automotive

Watch this 45-minute webinar recording to learn the latest advancements in composites design and optimization of carbon fiber composites and mixed material structures in the automotive industry. Capabilities included in Altair HyperWorks as well as third party products available through the Altair Partner Alliance will be illustrated, showing real life examples of application.

Simulation Powers Development of Professional Power Tools

CAE is a core element in developing high-end, long-lasting professional power tools at DeWalt, a Stanley Black & Decker brand. <br><br> By Evelyn Gebhardt<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Winter/ Spring 2015 <br> <a href="http://www.altair.com/MagazineFreeSubscription.aspx" target="_blank">Subscribe to C2R Magazine</a><br><br>

Optimization Technology: Leveraging a Solid Foundation to Innovate Better Products

Steady improvements in the OptiStruct solver platform over 20 years have enabled users to tackle increasingly complex design challenges. Now, OptiStruct in combination with 3D printing helps to achieve more efficient structural designs. <br><br> By Uwe Schramm<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Winter/ Spring 2015 <br> <a href="http://www.altair.com/MagazineFreeSubscription.aspx" target="_blank">Subscribe to C2R Magazine</a><br><br>

Development Time Reduction at Stadler Rail

Dr. Alois Starlinger is talking about how Altair products made an impact in shortening development time at Stadler Rail.

FEKO for EMC / EMI Applications

Broadband antennas such as biconical antennas, log period antennas, loop antennas and horns are typically used in EMC test set ups.

Anadolu Isuzu Increases Truck Safety with HyperWorks Products

Safety Engineer Caner Kara is talking about their usage of Altair products in the design process of trucks and buses at Anadolu Isuzu.

OptiStruct Plays a Key Role in the Air Wing Design for a Multi-Disciplinary, Collaborative University Capstone Design Project

The Georgia Tech Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) took the lead in collaborating with five Universities to develop a senior-level capstone design course that would give engineering students collaborative design experience using state-of the art computational tools. The multi-disciplinary course was completed over two semesters. Students, under the direction of University professors and industrial mentors, completed a fixed-wing aircraft design.

Powertrain NVH and Durability Analysis with HyperWorks Webinar Recording

Altair OptiStruct is used by thousands of companies worldwide to analyze and optimize structures for their strength, durability and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics.<br><br> In this complimentary 45-minute webinar you will learn some of the most recent features introduced in OptiStruct for powertrain NVH and durability analysis, with particular emphasis on the creation of flexible bodies for engine dynamics analysis. Altair OptiStruct has recently became the first FEA solver that can directly connect to AVL EXCITE to produce a ‘body property’ input data file (.exb) without the generation of intermediate files requiring translation. <br><br> Specific case studies will be shown to demonstrate how these new capabilities lead to significant improvements in turnaround time and robustness of the engine dynamics analyses.

Altair OptiStruct Revolutionizes Lattice Structures for 3D Printing

Altair recently announced new solver capabilities for OptiStruct that extend its topology and sizing optimization technology to support the design and optimization of parts manufactured by additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.<br><br> A unique capability of 3D printing lies in its ability to manufacture hollow shapes with complex internal geometry using repetitive cells of varying density known as lattice structures. OptiStruct now extends topology and sizing optimization to assist in the efficient blending of solid-lattice structures with smooth transitional material volume. This new technology satisfies an unmet need, since no tools previously existed for lattice structure design with optimal and structurally efficient material distribution. <br><br> In this 45-minute complimentary webinar you will learn more about optimization technology for lattice structures from the voice of Altair’s optimization leaders. OptiStruct’s two-phase lattice optimization process will be explained and real models will be shown to illustrate possible applications of the technology.

Simulation Manager Brochure

Altair's Simulation Manager allows users to manage the life cycle of simulation projects through an intuitive web based portal.

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Optimizing Compute Farm Efficiency and Software Utilization

High-performance computing (HPC) workload management software is a key element of an efficient EDA computing environment. Altair’s market-leading PBS Works products are used by EDA organizations to increase efficiency in server farms and other computing environments.

Altair Bushing Model: Enhance the Accuracy of Multibody Simulation

The Altair Bushing Model helps you fit bushing test data to empirical models and subsequently simulate multibody models with fitted bushings to produce simulation results with highly realistic behavior. High fidelity bushings let you accurately evaluate vehicle dynamics, durability, and ride and comfort characteristics for automobiles. Below are details about the workflow and components of the Altair Bushing Model.

MotionSolve for Heavy Industry

MotionSolve by Altair delivers a multi-body, integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. MotionSolve enables accurate modeling of the challenging complexity of heavy machinery including large operating loads on structural components, controls with hydraulic actuation systems and detailed hydraulic circuit descriptions, tire behavior, tire-soil interaction, and driver behavior.

MotionSolve for Aerospace

MotionSolve – Altair delivers a multibody integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the aerospace industry, MotionSolve is used to simulate dynamic systems including ground aircraft operation (taxi, takeoff, landing, braking and rejected take-off), landing gear retraction and evaluation of gear forces, flap mechanism, flight control and dynamics, door opening mechanisms, helicopter design, satellite control and packaging study of seats.

MotionSolve for Automotive

MotionSolve – Altair’s multi-body solution is an integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the automotive industry, MotionSolve is used to design and evaluate new suspension systems, optimize the ride and handling characteristics of vehicles, assess system durability, simulate for low frequency vibration avoidance, design and optimize steering systems, and validate Mechatronics components.

MotionSolve for Wind Power

MotionSolve – Altair’s multi-body solution is an integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the energy industry, MotionSolve is used to simulate wind turbine dynamics systems. An accurate virtual wind turbine can be constructed by considering high-fidelity components, such as aerodynamic loads, wind loads, detailed structural sub-systems and co-simulation with control systems. MotionSolve can be used to predict the loads coming on to the structure, simulate extreme events (such as emergency stop), offshore wind turbine dynamics and extract stress/strain for further durability studies.

Euro-Pro Embraces Simulation-Driven Design with Altair HyperWorks

Euro-Pro, maker of Ninja blenders and Shark vacuums, has embraced simulation-driven design to reduce physical tests and improve product performance and durability. HyperWorks solvers (OptiStruct, RADIOSS and AcuSolve) are used across the board via Altair’s HPC cloud infrastructure

Materialise 3-matic & solidThinking INSPIRE Tutorial

Designing with Inspire/3-matic for Additive Manufacturing.

Optimization and Manufacturing of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Components at Manz AG

Dr. Martin Steyer talks about OptiStruct as essential part of their Fiber Patch Preforming Process.

Getting Started with Click2Cast

Quick start guide with tips and brief explanations of Click2Cast's features and capabilities.

PBS Works Fact Sheet

PBS Works Fact Sheet Get an overview of the PBS Works organization and products Download the PDF.

Webinar: Software Asset Optimization: Right-Sizing Global Software Investments

In this webinar, our expert will showcase the benefits of using Altair SAO in a global organization and will provide an exclusive profile of one customer’s success with SAO.


Scania uses Inspire to speed up its design and development process to produce lighter and more efficient components.

Monash Motorsport takes advantage of optimization and additive manufacturing technologies and wins again!

Since their first Australian SAE Student Racing competition in 2000, the Monash Motorsport team has steadily improved the performance of their race car. Recently the students discovered the benefits of combining Altair‘s OptiStruct optimization technology and 3D printing. Based on an initial prototype rear hub design from the 2013 car, the team proceeded to pursue titanium front hubs and uprights to decrease the car’s unsprung mass. This was a tough challenge, since the former design was already made of lightweight aluminum. To tackle this, Monash Motorsport employed Altair’s optimization technology OptiStruct to design and optimize a titanium upright, which was then produced using additive manufacturing technology from CSIRO. As a result, the students were able to reduce the component’s weight by a further 30 percent whilst maintaining the component stiffness and reducing the development time and costs.

Computer Simulation's Role in Advancing Composite Aircraft Structures

Reprint of an article published on the December 2014 issue of Aerospace & Defense Technology magazine

In Search of the Perfect Snowmobile Design

Polaris uses optimization software to achieve lightweight designed and recede time to market. Learn how in this reprint of an article published on the January 2015 issue of Desktop Engineering magazine.

Webinar: Software Asset Optimization

Learn about Altair SAO, the best practices followed by best in class companies, recommended deployment and the business impact SAO provides.


Analysis of MAHLE's automotive components and systems creates a huge amount of simulation data which is used to generate project reports. This reporting process can be a slow, manual process that ties up a great deal of the engineering team’s time that could be better spent investigating the results. The company wanted to explore ways of streamlining its simulation results reporting process when developing new pistons and connecting rods.


AAM employed Inspire to redesign an automotive carrier with less weight (20%) and material usage than the original.

Optimization Drive Design - A Desktop Engineering Sponsored Report

Optimize every stage of product development with an integrated workflow that democratizes simulation and analysis. In this Desktop Engineering sponsored report Altair's vision for product optimization is analyzed

RUAG Space - Satellite Antenna Bracket

Weight reduction is a decisive factor in the space industry, since the lighter a satellite is, the less it costs to send it into space. Since 2013, RUAG Space has been conducting intensive research and development work to investigate how to ‘print’ its components using an Additive Manufacturing (AM) process. The goal of the engineers was to take full advantage of the design freedom AM offers and to create an aluminum component that would be significantly stiffer while at the same time lighter than the original design. In addition, RUAG’s engineers also wanted to cut down design and development time to get results and the final component faster.

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