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Optimization Driven Design of CFD Applications

The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation environment is advancing rapidly and reducing many of the typical barriers for using advanced optimization techniques for design of CFD applications. In this webinar learn how the Altair HyperWorks suite of CAE tools can provide an unmatched solution that enables engineers and companies to overcome the challenges of optimization driven design of CFD applications.

Webinar: PBS Analytics

Our module provides HPC administrators with a suite of simple, customizable tools for analyzing complicated job data, providing visibility into how your valuable HPC assets are being utilized.<br><br> <i>This recording is from a live webinar that took place on September 23, 2010. </i>

FEKO Case Study

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

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

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

A Solid Idea: Xerox Applies Simulation to Deliver Print Quality

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

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

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

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

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

An Integrated Approach to Workload and Cluster Management: The HP CMU PBS Professional Connector

This paper describes the integration between Altair’s PBS Professional and HP’s Insight Cluster Management Utility (CMU), explaining how the concept of a “connector “unites these two tools to simplify cluster setup and job execution, and providing instructions for performing key PBS Professional tasks within Insight CMU. <a href="http://www.pbsworks.com/PBSProductGT.aspx?n=PBS-Professional&c=Overview-and-Capabilities&d=PBS-Professional-and-HP-Insight-CMU">Click here</a> to access more CMU resources.

Scheduling Jobs onto NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing Processors using PBS Professional

With the advent of the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) as a general-purpose computing unit, more and more customers are moving towards GPU-based clusters to run their scientific and engineering applications. This model allows users to use a CPU and GPU together in a heterogeneous computing model, where the sequential part of the application runs on the CPU and the computationally-intensive part runs on the GPU.

Webinar: HyperXtrude for Polymer Extrusion

Increasing manufacturing costs and stiff completion coupled with low profit margins are posing tremendous challenges to extrusion companies. Virtual die trials can help engineers analyze designs and reduce costly physical die testing. HyperWorks and HyperXtrude provide the right CAE tools to validate die designs by simulating material flow during extrusion, optimize process conditions, identify potential issues and correct them before becoming major problems.

Patran to HyperMesh Conversion Self Paced Course

The purpose of this self paced course is to help Patran users in their conversion to HyperMesh. Included in the course are examples to help users get acquainted with HyperMesh and the way that it interacts with the models. Most 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 new feature. Try It allows you to go through an interactive video which will guide you through using the new feature. Do It consists of a written exercise and model that can be opened in HyperMesh which allows you to perform the exercise on your own. Some sections will also contain interactive guides to provide a detailed description of the different options contained within a panel or browser. The sections can be completed in any order, or simply complete the ones that answer your questions.

Migration ADAMS - HyperWorks

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Magnus Olofsson from NAVISTAR. NAVISTAR has been working with Altair Engineering to evaluate HyperWorks as an alternative to ADAMS/Car. NAVISTAR has been evaluating the HyperWorks user interface as well as the performance of Altair MotionSolve. NAVISTAR has been benchmarking Altair MotionSolve against ADAMS/Car on several key attributes such as Accuracy, Functionality/Compatibility, Robustness and Performance. In this presentation, NAVISTAR talks about the migration effort and some of the benchmark results.

FTSS RADIOSS Dummies

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Dr Wei Li from FTSS. FTSS, in collaboration with the Altair, has developed an express H350 dummy model. The developed model generates 50% - 80% saving in the CPU time in variety of full dummy simulation scenarios and produces injury predictions of comparative quality. This presentation reviews the details of the dummy model development and illustrates a performance evaluation of the dummy model.

Multi Body Dynamics Simulation and Test Correlation of a Glove Box Mechanism using Motion Solve

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Arun Chickmenahalli from International Automotive Components Group. This presentation describes how IAC with the use of multi-body dynamic (MBD) simulations using MotionSolve software has made it possible to study the system and assess feasibility. At IAC, MotionSolve has been implemented and incorporated into the product development cycle to enhance the design efficiency, reduce cost and lead time.

Radiator Test-Rig Multi-body Simulation - A Benchmark Study

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Girish Mantri from Modine. Modine has been working with Altair Engineering to evaluate Altair Multi-Body Dynamics suite. A Flexible Multi-Body Simulation of a Radiator single axis test rig is carried out to identify the von-mises stresses at critical parts in the assembly. The forces coming onto the connectors (bushings) and the stresses are compared between 2 solvers to check consistency in results. In this presentation, Modine discusses the overall efforts and result correlation between Altair MotionSolve and ADAMS solver.

Nonlinear Gap Analysis Using RADIOSS

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Amandeep Singh from Bombardier Transportation. In this paper, the contact analysis using RADIOSS CGAP is presented, and a methodology is presented to use CGAP in linear analysis using results from non-linear analysis. The RADIOSS CGAP element is efficient in simulating contact offering fast convergence, default setting of many parameters and robust analysis.

MAHLE's Switch to HyperWorks

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Scott Janowiak from Mahle. Recently in the auto industry, there has been a high demand for smaller, lighter, and more efficient engines. The piston and connecting rod have a major impact on the performance of an engine; therefore optimizing these parts is essential. With the help of HyperMesh, advantages for meshing were noticed immediately. HyperMesh allowed Mahle to increase the mesh quality by using tools which helped increase mesh speed and efficiency.

Risk Analysis of Tubing Design: Integrating DOE and Stochastic Study into Design Optimization

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Guijun Deng from Baker Hughes. In this presentation, a new design approach is presented: risk analysis of tubing design through integrating design of experiment (DOE) and stochastic study into design optimization. Application of the new approach using Altair HyperStudy will be illustrated by a design example involving a tubing design for a high pressure/ high temperature well, where both material properties and geometry are treated as randomized design variables. This process avoids over-conservative design and, therefore, excessive cost.

Chassis structure optimization for improvement of roll rate characteristics of a heavy truck

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Greg Kiselis from Volvo Truck. Bending and twisting of the chassis structure of a heavy truck can degrade the roll performance of the vehicle as a whole. Various suspension types can load the chassis structure in different manners thus effecting the contribution of chassis stiffness to the overall roll characteristics of the vehicle. In this presentation you will see how a study was performed with MotionView, MotionSolve and HyperStudy to understand the effects of key variables of the chassis structure as affected by different suspension types.

Engineering Trade-off between Performance Enhancement and Weight Reduction For Gear Housing Using Mathematical Optimization

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Bruce Hansen from Sikorsky. The rotorcraft industry today faces a growing challenge of finding the right trade-offs between weight/cost savings and performance enhancement. In order to meet this challenge, designers and analysts are increasingly applying innovative mathematical structural optimization techniques for designing different categories of rotorcraft components and systems. This presentation will show how real-life trade-off challenges were navigated with assistance from optimization methods available in OptiStruct.

COUSTYX Fast Multipole Acoustics

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Rajendra Gunda from ANSOL. Traditional Boundary Element Methods (BEM) for acoustic analysis have difficulty with large models and are thus limited to analysis of small bodies at low frequencies. Integration of the Fast Multipole Method (FMM) with BEM formulations in Coustyx results in vastly superior performance. In this presentation as a HyperWorks Alliance Partner, several automotive applications will highlight the computational speed and accuracy of Coustyx predictions.

RADIOSS – MADYMO Coupling For Various Impact Applications

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Mutaz Shkoukani from TASS Americas. The automotive and aviation industry is in need for simulation tools that allow them to analyze structural and occupant performance concurrently with increased predictability in occupant injuries. By harmonizing RADIOSS and MADYMO, both codes in a single simulation offers the best of both worlds. Traditional RADIOSS-MADYMO coupling model was generated and validated to the crash test. Occupant response data from HIII Q MADYMO model was compared to the test data. Acceptable level of correlation was achieved.

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes at Automotive Consultancy

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

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes in Automotive Industry

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

Composites Material Properties

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Roger Assaker from eXstream. This presentation highlights Multi-Scale Modeling of Reinforced Plastic Parts with Digimat to RADIOSS.

CFD Automation with AcuConsole and AcuSolve

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Ravi Lanka from Acusim. While showcasing the key features of AcuSolve and AcuConsole, the presentation will focus on AcuConsole’s automation capabilities with industrial applications. The automation procedure is a perfect option for the users to perform design optimization using HyperStudy.

Increasing the Customer Value of Structural Designs Using HyperStudy and Topology Optimization While Considering Manufacturing Constraints

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Steve Reagan from L&L Products. In the demanding environment seen in today's markets, continual innovations driving increasing levels of customer value are key. The use of topology optimization with the inclusion of manufacturing constraints was critical to the achievement seen in this project and was made possible through the close product/process integration available through the HyperWorks tool suite. In this presentation, Dr. Reagan shows how HPC, RADIOSS, HyperStudy, and OptiStruct were employed to drive material cost down while maintaining product performance.

HyperMesh and HyperView customization for thermal analysis of engine systems

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Emil Chouinard from GE Aviation. GE Aircraft Engines has many NPI (new product initiative) programs that rely on accurate and timely thermal analysis, as temperatures are critical to accurate estimates of hardware life. HyperMesh and HyperView have been customized as the pre and post processing tools, respectively, for thermal analysis of engine systems. The single database with relational data management greatly reduces modeling errors and results in Engineers being able to focus on the physics of the problem instead of data management.

Cutting physical testing costs by 95% with HyperWorks

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

Improving Efficiency and Accuracy at Eaton Aerospace with HyperWorks

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

Blank Fit Manager

Blank Fit Manager offers accurate feasibility analysis, efficient cost analysis, an automated and flexible process and seamless forming data mapping.

Durability Director

This is a recording of the live webinar that took place on December 17, 2009.<br><br> Durability analysis is a very complex and time consuming process. Typically engineers encounter many problems that can arise from inefficient data exchange, differing processes and utilizing many different tools throughout the simulation process. Durability Director is a newly released product within the HyperWorks suite. Durability Director is a tailored, yet configurable, environment for efficiently managing the entire durability simulation process.<br><br> Run time: 34 min

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

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

Manufacturing a Profit with Virtual Simulation Technology - HyperForm

HyperForm is HyperWorks’ highly customisable metal forming simulation framework for managing and improving the entire stamping process. The technology includes manufacturing feasibility analysis, rapid draw die design, process validation and optimisation, all aimed at minimising scrap and reducing overall production costs. The webinar will demonstrate the business benefits of using HyperForm, showing practical examples of how it is being applied in a modern manufacturing environment.

An Introduction to Virtual Simulation Technology to Enhance Rail Vehicle Design

The HyperWorks virtual simulation suite has proved to be the key enabler for the world’s largest rail OEMs to meet their industry challenges. This 40 minute webinar, provides a unique opportunity to experience the latest advancements in this technology for the rail industry. It will demonstrate how companies are reducing development cycles and improving product performance with simple, cost effective changes to their design processes.

Contact Analysis Solutions with RADIOSS - Webinar

This is a recording of the live webinar that took place on October 21, 2009.<br><br> Accurately modeling and managing contacts within a simulation can be one of the most complex problems for any linear or non-linear analysis. Having good tools for contact management is critical given that contact in a finite element analysis, such as a crash or impact event, typically takes about 20% of the total computation time. RADIOSS and HyperWorks offer a complete suite of highly accurate contact types and the capabilities to efficiently create and effectively manage them.<br><br> Run time: 34 min

Migration ADAMS - HyperWorks

This is a presentation given by Magnus Olofsson, Vehicle Dynamics from Navistar. This was presented at Dynamics 2009.

HVAC DOOR KINEMATICS

This was the presentation by Binshan Ye, Senior FEA Engineer at Behr America, Inc. This was presented at Dynamics 2009.

Vertical Dynamics of an Offroad Race Car

This is a presentation made by Dirk Bordiehn and Katja Fritzsch from Volkswagen Motorsport. This was presented at Dynamics 2009.

Drop Test Solutions with RADIOSS - Webinar

This is a recording of the live webinar that took place on September 16, 2009.<br><br> Physical drop testing is typically expensive and many times does not produce information in time to be effective in the product development cycle. By utilizing CAE simulation to perform virtual drop test scenarios, companies are saving time, money, and producing more sustainable designs. HyperWorks and RADIOSS provide a complete drop test simulation solution enabling engineers to reduce physical prototypes and virtually validate product designs.<br><br> Run time: 26 min

Simulation Speeds Modular Truck Development Process

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

Airline Seat Testing Soars to New Heights

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

Structural Innovation Takes Shape

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

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

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

Innovative Design Analysis Solutions to Handle the Complexity of Modern Structures

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

HyperMesh Geometry Enhancements

A demonstration of the geometry creation enhancements introduced in HyperMesh 10.0.

3D Visualization of 1D Elements in HyperMesh

Introduced in HyperMesh 10.0 is the ability to view 1D Elements with Beam sections as 3D representations.

Mesh Flow

A demonstration of the two new options in the Automesh panel.

HyperView/HyperGraph 10.0 New Feature Overview

A high level overview of the new features for HyperView and HyperGraph 10.0.

RADIOSS 10.0 Overview for Structures, Vibrations, and Durability

A high level overview of the new features for RADIOSS 10.0 for Structures, Vibrations and Durability.

CFD 10.0 Overview

A high level overview of the new and enhanced features for CFD Analysis in HyperWorks.

HyperCrash Dummy Positioning

An overview of new dummy positioning capabilities within HyperCrash 10.0.

The Application of Process Automation and Optimisation in the Rapid Development of New Passenger Vehicles at SAIC Motor

As a relatively young automotive company, SAIC Motor has drawn on the expertise of its UK Technical Centre to help in its objective to bring a new range of vehicles to market in an aggressive time frame. CAE has formed an integral part in doing this and the UK technical centre has worked closely with Altair Product Design amongst others to utilise its Engineers’ skills as well as the Hyperworks suite of software. The paper aims to showcase what has been achieved to date, on the Roewe 550 medium car programme - currently on sale in China - and on another current vehicle programme, where processes have been developed further. Several interesting optimisation examples are highlighted in the development of the body structure as well as some key process improvement methodologies which have been jointly developed between SAIC and Altair to streamline the design process.

Automotive Modal Testing Support and CAE Correlation Using Altair HyperWorks

To derive the natural frequencies and mode shapes of a given structure, the test Engineer has to decide on excitation positions that will efficiently excite all the modes of the structure in the frequency range of interest. Excitation positions are usually decided upon from experience or trial and error methods which can be time consuming and still not capture all of the modes in the selected frequency range. Using Altair HyperStudy and Radioss (bulk), Pre-test CAE analysis has been carried out to identify effective excitation positions before the commencement of modal testing, thereby significantly reducing pre-test lab time.

Composite Optimisation of a Formula One Front Wing

This paper will show the application of a 3-stage approach to designing the optimum composite structure for a front wing on a Formula One car using Altair OptiStruct 9.0 Continual development of aerodynamic components is normal practice in the world of Formula One and the time taken to respond is paramount if a team is to be competitive.

Rapid Airbag Folding Technique for Side Curtain Airbag

TECOSIM has developed techniques which can shorten the folding & packaging process time to a few hours and still achieve the essential airbag deployment performance. We will present methods which rapidly fold a free mesh and allow for rapid shape changes for a detailed folded model. These methods can significantly reduce the turnaround time to incorporate design changes into the working CAE model for side impact and OOP [Out Of Position] studies. This technology can integrate airbag development further into the virtual world to allow ‘CAE led’ design of airbag profiles, chambers and seam lines to be established early in the design phase and establish a fully folded deployable airbag for all virtual phases.

Evolutionary Design in Chassis Technology

This paper details the use of the Thyssenkrupp eDICT process for the design of sheet metal chassis components. eDICT (evolutionary design in chassis technology) is an innovative structured process flow for the design of optimal structures. eDICT uses the optimisation capability of Optistruct with a set of custom tools to guide and translate a design into a production feasible sheet metal solution. Fundamentally it reverses the usual design loop of CAD first then CAE assessment. The function is used to determine the design and the form follows. On recent projects eDICT has produced 25% mass reductions compared to the current series design. eDICT is also able to reduce development times and resource with an efficient solution production right from the outset.

The CAE Driven Safety Development Process of the New Ford Fiesta

The new Fiesta is about premium feel of a larger car, delivers a new level of safety, driving quality and efficiency. The new Fiesta will be a great contribution towards sustainability and cost effective motoring. The first thing to notice is the design, but the vehicle performance and body structure attribute behaviour are the specific highlights to point out in this presentation. The attribute performance is not based on coincidences; the performance is a result of state of the art engineering work. Especially the safety performance in EuroNCAP.

Targeting Composite Wing Performance – Optimising the Composite Lay-Up Design

This paper shows how Altair OptiStruct, part of the HyperWorks suite, is used to provide a complete solution when designing with laminated composites, taking the design through concept stages to producing the final ply lay-up sequence. The technology is applied to the design of a laminated wing cover to produce a mass optimised design which meets the requested structural targets.

HUMOS - An FE Model for Advanced Safety and Comfort Assessments

Biomechanics modelling is becoming increasingly accepted as a tool for enhance assessment of vehicle safety, in particular in the field of injury assessment and virtual testing. Firstly, a generic RADIOSS model for safety applications (HUMOS2) is presented and applications are demonstrated. Important tools associated with the scaling, and positioning of the model is also described. Secondly, an innovative model for scaling of human organs (individualization) is presented. The method which employs optimization techniques, identifies critical (optimal) anatomical control points which allow for a best scaled model of the HUMOS2 representing an individual. Finally, some remaining challenges for future human models are discussed and solution paths are described.

Delivering Innovation and Intelligence in Product Design

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 faster whilst maintaining quality, presents a major engineering challenge. A new packaging development process is described, which introduces advanced automated simulation and optimization technology right from the concept development phase. Detailed predictions of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging performance 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, an opportunity for wider experimentation, helps to improve performance and reduces uncertainty in the development process.

Hawk T Mk2 - Arrestor Barrier (BAN MK2) Engagement Analysis

As the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Design Authority for Aircraft Arrestor Barrier Nets, AmSafe products are used to stop aircraft from over-running the end of the runway. The British Arrestor Net (BAN) Mk2 is suspended across the runway over-run area by two electrically driven stanchions and raised or lowered by remote control from the Air Traffic Control tower. This paper describes the process and results of a FE analysis of the engagement of the Hawk T Mk2 aircraft into a Type A Barrier (BAN Mk2). The analysis was performed using RADIOSS, an advanced non-linear explicit Finite Element solver.

Application of Optimisation Tools to the Design of Advanced Carbon Fibre Bicycle: FACTOR 001

FACTOR 001 is the result of a creative project by BERU f1systems to explore the transfer of design approaches, technology and materials from Formula One to a groundbreaking training bicycle. The design brief did not require the bicycle to comply with existing technical regulations, which resulted in great freedom during the design process. This paper details how OptiStruct Optimisation tools were used to help generate efficient lightweight solutions for the design of complex carbon fibre components. Free-size optimisation was used to generate laminate boundaries, ply thicknesses and fibre directions, which met stress and displacement requirements. Physical testing carried out on manufactured parts highlighted the accuracy of the FE models and demonstrated the advantages of incorporating OptiStruct Optimisation tools in the design process.

The Use of MBD Modelling Techniques in the Design and Development of a Suspension System

This paper describes the use of Multi-body Dynamics (MBD) modelling techniques in the design and development of a suspension system for a novel autonomous vehicle. The general approach and philosophy is described, whereby MBD techniques are used in conjunction with an independent (parametric) whole vehicle handling simulation. This is supplemented with examples, showing how MotionSolve was used (in tandem with CarSim) to develop the suspension elasto-kinematic geometric properties to meet specific cascaded targets, to optimise a weighing strategy, to predict forces under a variety of quasi-static and dynamic loads, and to estimate response to track inputs.

Fighting Knee Pain with Finite Element Modeling

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

Altair® HyperWorks® and Product Design Consultation at Force Protection

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

RD-2050 Random Response Analysis of a Flat Plate

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating how to set up the random response analysis for the existing frequency response analysis model.

OS-2095 Frequency Response Optimization of a Rectangular Plate

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating the capability of frequency response optimization using OptiStruct.

HM-3000 Creating 1-D Elements

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating the creation of 1-D Elements.

HM-3120 2-D Mesh in Curved

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating the creation of a mesh on curved surfaces.

RD-2010 Modal Frequency Response Analysis of a Flat Plate

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating how to import an existing FE model, apply boundary conditions, and perform a modal frequency response analysis on a flat plate.

RD-2000 Direct Frequency Repsonse Analysis of a Flat Plate

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating how to import an existing FE model, apply boundary conditions, and perform a finite element analysis on a flat plate.

OS-2080 Topology Optimization of a Hook With Stress Constraints

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating a topology optimization on a bracket-hook modeled with shell elements.

RD-2040 Nonlinear Gap Analysis of an Airplane Wing Rib

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating how to perform nonlinear gap analysis using RADIOSS.

HM-1030 Organizing a Model

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating tools used for model organization.

RD-2020 Direct Transient Dynamic Analysis of a Bracket

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating how to perform direct transient dynamic analysis using RADIOSS.

HM-2030 Refining Topology to Achieve a Quality Mesh

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating refining topology to achieve a quality mesh.

HM-3110 Meshing without Surfaces

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating meshing without surface geometry.

HM-1020 Working with Panels

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating HyperMesh panels.

OS-4070 Free-Sizing Nonlinear Gap Optimization on an Airplane Wing Rib

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating how to perform free-sizing optimization using OptiStruct.

RD-2030 Modal Transient Dynamic Analysis of a Bracket

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating how to perform modal transient dynamic analysis using RADIOSS.

HM-3200 Tetrameshing

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating the creation of a tetramesh.

OS-2070 Topology Optimization of a Reduced Model Using DMIC

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating how to reduce the finite element model using static reduction and also how to perform topology optimization on that reduced model.

HM-1010 Opening and Saving Models

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating opening and saving models.

HM-3100 AutoMeshing

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating automesh functionality.

HM-2000 Importing and Repairing CAD Models

Interactive Tutorial demonstrating CAD geometry import and repair tools.

Application of HyperWorks in the Subsea Oil and Gas Industry

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

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

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

Application of HyperWorks in the Subsea Oil and Gas Industry

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

Injecting Innovation in Performance Engine Design with Altair HyperWorks

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

Intelligent Rendering Is in the Animation Pipeline

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

Wind Turbines Take a Technical Spin at Generating Electricity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product Development Success Hinges on the Pursuit of Innovation

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

Full Speed Ahead on Welding Analysis

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

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