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Zaha Hadid Architects' Volu Pavilion - Stunning Form Optimized through Simulation

Zaha Hadid Computation and Design (co|de) team had to create a contemporary dining pavilion that combines computational design, lightweight engineering, and precision fabrication. To create this unique structure, the design team used Altair HyperWorks. With the Altair OptiStruct topology optimization algorithm the geometry was analyzed under structural loads, the pavilion’s structural system and skin were optimized to remove unnecessary material, resulting in the lightest possible, yet stable design.

Complex and Lightweight Shapes Made Feasible with Altair HyperWorks™

Zaha Hadid and its Computation and Design research group (Zaha Hadid co|de) collaborated with Stratasys – a renown 3D printing company – to research the potential of 3D printing and topology optimization for their projects. They conducted a study for the design and fabrication of a 3D printed chair. To optimize and ensure feasibility of their design, they applied topology optimization methods using Altair HyperWorks, a software suite for computer-aided engineering, and worked with Altair Engineering to integrate advanced optimization techniques into their workflow

Achieving Architectural Expression to Complement the Iconic Neue Nationalgalerie Using Altair HyperWorks™

For a competition launched for the Museum of the 20th Century, Zaha Hadid Architects re-invented a similarly radical approach by applying new advances in technology to generate structural and architectural expression. With Altair’s assistance, they created a plug-in for their design tool, enabling topology optimization. Altair HyperMesh was used for finite element preprocessing mesh generation, with Altair HyperView providing post-processing and visualization solutions. Structural analysis solver Altair OptiStruct provided advanced analysis and optimization algorithms.

Optimization of Photovoltaic (PV) Mounting Structures – Savings on Material and Cost

Photovoltaic specialist Thesan, a subsidiary of global manufacturer Savio S.p.A, manufactures, and distributes mounting structures, consisting of a so-called Purlin, a Rafter, and a Pole (and Hat), designed to withstand potentially occurring loads from wind and snow, as well as dead loads. Drawing on the Savio Group’s competence in the design of steel and aluminum structures and thanks to a team of over 40 engineers, they are to satisfy every construction requirement of photovoltaic power plants at all altitude and climatic conditions, using any specific fixation requirements. For a recent project requiring optimization of a mounting structure of a medium sized PV field with a power of 5 MW, engineers used HyperWorks. The benefits included reduced material usage, reduced manufacturing and transportation costs and improved competitiveness for Thesan.

No more Gone with the Wind – Pedestrian Comfort Improvements on Quinta Torre with AcuSolve Computational Fluid Dynamics

Officially known as the Caleido project, the Fifth Tower in Madrid is owned by Inmobiliaria Espacio, a company that, among other services, deals with infrastructure and construction for all types of buildings.

Case Study: Altair SmartCore™ Enables Real-Time Foundation Monitoring for Omnifor

In the western part of the Netherlands, the soil has insufficient bearing capacity to allow for the construction of buildings and houses. To overcome this issue, buildings in this area have been built on timber pile foundations. These foundations have to be fully submerged in water to avoid pile deterioration from rotting and fungi. Property owners wanted a way to monitor the structural condition of their timber pile foundations. Omnifor teamed up with Altair SmartCore and created a platform for structural health monitoring to track any signs of deterioration or shifting of the foundation. Data is collected at a specific rate to track the evolution of the deterioration along with an estimate of how long the property owner has until repairs are necessary.

Faraone

Faraone accelerates the design approach for lighter and stiffer architectural components with premium topology optimization technology.

Benefits of the Symbiosis of Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing in Architecture

The challenge was to investigate the potential offered by the symbiosis of topology optimization and additive manufacturing for architectural projects. The Altair solution included the use of the HyperWorks suite, especially OptiStruct for optimization tasks. The benefits were reduced construction time and costs due to decreased material usage while receiving better and more esthetic results.

Politecnico di Milano University

The Politecnico di Milano University implemented generative design software to quickly and easily identify the ideal shapes and materials for three architectural design concepts.

A Vision of Tomorrow's Architechture: Designing the LAVA Bionic Tower

Exploring design variants with OptiStruct's FE-based topology optimization to generate a free-form exoskeleton structure

Biberach University of Applied Science, Institute for Architecture and Urban Development

Create modern, functional, stiff, and light architectural designs. Altair OptiStruct used to create feasible designs

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.

Novellini

Novellini applies industrial design and modeling software to set the pace of innovation for the manufacture of bathroom solutions and wellness products in Europe.

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