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Drivers...Start Your Simulation? University of Texas – Arlington uses Altair SimLab™ and Altair Optistruct™ to design an adjustable pedal box for their Formula SAE racecar
Formula SAE is a collegiate design series run by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), which challenges students to design, build and compete with an open wheel style car across various events. The competition pitches various teams across different static events focusing on the teams engineering design decisions, cost planning, marketing strategies and vehicle inspections. The teams also have to compete under various dynamic events like acceleration, skid-pad, autocross and the endurance run where even the fuel economy is checked.

Philomec
Canadian start-up company Philomec specializes in mechanical engineering services that helps companies design and optimize their products using mechanical and biomechanical FEM simulation. Their creation of customized, validated biomechanical models, and the analysis of simulation results by experts allows surgeons to choose the model of an implant and adapt surgical maneuvers to a specific patient, thus reducing the number of implants used, as well as the risk of complications. It is challenging to validate biomechanical models due to the complexity of materials, scarcity of experimental data, and the lack of representation of variability. The application of Altair HyperWorks for explicit multiphysics simulation provides a high-level of confidence in the validity and stability of the musculoskeletal models.

Digital Architects
To build a very simple, robust, sustainable roof structure for a prosthesis lab associated with the Centre medico-chirurgical de l'Ulcère de Buruli, which is a hospital in Bouaké, on the Ivory Coast of Africa, the project team used Altair SimSolid, to conduct very fast, full assembly tests, saving time and money, while providing increased flexibility, without compromising accuracy.

BMW Motorrad
By automating the crankshaft modeling process using Altair SimLab, BMW Motorrad, the motorcycle division of BMW was able to significantly reduce their model creation time, and enable accuracy in budgetary forecasting and planning. As a result of making it an inhouse resource, they were able to gain flexibility and consistency in model quality, with a high-degree of efficiency with iterations.

Guerrilla Gravity
For pioneering a new material application and technology without a road map, Guerrilla Gravity used Altair OptiStruct in the early design design phase. The result was the development of lightweight, high-performance bikes, that are 300% more impact resistant than other frames on the market that use traditional carbon fiber materials, at significant cost savings and shortened timelines.

E-motor Design using Multiphysics Optimization
Today, an e-motor cannot be developed just by looking at the motor as an isolated unit; tight requirements concerning the integration into both the complete electric or hybrid drivetrain system and perceived quality must be met. Multi-disciplinary and multiphysics optimization methodologies make it possible to design an e-motor for multiple, completely different design requirements simultaneously, thus avoiding a serial development strategy, where a larger number of design iterations are necessary to fulfill all requirements and unfavorable design compromises need to be accepted.



The project described in this paper is focused on multiphysics design of an e-motor for Porsche AG. Altair’s simulation-driven approach supports the development of e-motors using a series of optimization intensive phases building on each other. This technical paper offers insights on how the advanced drivetrain development team at Porsche AG, together with Altair, has approached the challenge of improving the total design balance in e-motor development.


From Die Design to Defect-Free Castings: Shiva Tool Tech Achieves 80% Time Reduction with Altair Inspire Cast
Shiva Tool Tech is an automotive manufacturing focused, industrial powerhouse based in Pune, India. With over 25 years of experience in designing and manufacturing of gravity die casting (GDC), low-pressure die casting (LPDC), high-pressure die casting (HPDC) Dies, the company supports customers from manufacturing process design to the production stage. Manufacturing processes include milling, drilling, hardening, grinding, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), inspection and polishing to get the final assembly of the casting die.

MDGo
Statistics on fatal vehicle accidents show that victims most often do not die during or right after a crash, but in the hours and days afterwards, with research indicating that up to 44 percent of people who died in car crashes could possibly have been saved if first responders and hospitals had
real-time, detailed information about the victim’s injuries. In an effort to transform data received from the car sensors into meaningful information about the victim's injuries, the MDGo team began applying crash simulation using Altair Radioss™. The Altair Startup program was a major help to the Israeli startup company in creating a system which automatically alerts first responders and hospitals of accidents, and reports on potential injuries.


Automating Structural Analysis of Satellites at OHB System AG
Mariana Mendes Leal, Structural Engineer at OHB System AG, talks about how they are able to automate their FE analysis workflow utilizing the Altair HyperWorks suite and tools like Altair’s Automated Report Director.

Big Metal Printing – Realising the Potential of Additive Manufacturing
The South African aviation manufacturing solutions provider Aerosud and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) teamed up to launch a challenging 3D printing project, Aeroswift. Aeroswift collaborated with Altair to develop a methodology for designing large additively manufactured products. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) frame was designed as a demonstration and subsequently printed on Aeroswift. To improve manufacturability while meeting all component requirements, the project engineers used Altair Inspire™ and its topology optimization capabilities in the design process.

Aeroswift
The South African aviation manufacturing solutions provider Aerosud and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) teamed up to launch a challenging 3D printing project, Aeroswift. Aeroswift collaborated with Altair to develop a methodology for designing large additively manufactured products. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) frame was designed as a demonstration and subsequently printed on Aeroswift. To improve manufacturability while meeting all component requirements, the project engineers used Altair Inspire™ and its topology optimization capabilities in the design process.

Using Altair Feko™ to reduce heating during MRI for Deep Brain Stimulation
See how Altair Feko helped reduce heat during MRI procedures in DBS implants.

Duratec
Czech company Duratec Ltd. develops handmade bike frames using both aluminium and composite materials. For a recent project at Duratec presenting the latest approach in development of carbon fiber optimization of the bike frame, Altair HyperWorks was used for model creation in Altair HyperMesh, optimized via the Altair OptiStruct code and evaluated in Altair HyperView in the development and optimization of a lightweight composite racing bike frame.

Schneider Electric
An Altair customer for many years, Schneider Electric at first used only Altair Flux; now the company has extended their usage to several more software products in the Altair HyperWorks suite, including solutions such as Activate, MotionSolve, OptiStruct, and others to apply co-simulation in their development processes. Schneider feels their collaboration with Altair is more like a partnership than the standard supplier-OEM relationship.

Griiip
Israeli motorsport company Griiip has designed a new, fast and professional race car that combines efficiency in racing with a competitive purchase price and low running costs, to make it more affordable. By harnessing the power of data, Griiip has created the first smart connected race car – the G1 – and with it, an entirely new racing series. Accessing the software via Altair's new Startup Program, Griiip engineers employ several products from the Altair HyperWorks™ suite, among these Altair Radioss™ for crash simulation, Altair OptiStruct™ for structural optimization, general FE analysis as well as Altair HyperMesh™ and Altair HyperView™ for pre- and post-processing tasks in the development of race cars.

Gulplug
French startup Gulplug, located in Grenoble, France, has set out to revolutionize plug and charging technology used in today's electric and hybrid vehicles. To create new products and to drive innovation in the market, Gulplug is using Altair Flux™ and the Altair startup program. Flux helped Gulplug to model and create an innovative, clean, automatically self-plugging, magnetic based charging solution for electric vehicles.

Safran Seats
Zodiac Seats (now Safran Seats) designs, certifies and assembles innovative, customizable and high-added-value products. For optimizing seat ergonomics to reduce passenger discomfort, Zodiac Seats France (ZSFR) employ Altair HyperWorks to develop biomechanical models which help with optimization of the seat form and structure.

Serapid
Serapid, the developer and manufacturer of the original Rigid Chain, designs and manufactures telescopic mechanical actuators for the horizontal and vertical movement of heavy loads. See how they use Altair SimSolid™ to aid in gravity loads of complete structure simulation.

Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre
See how McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre in London, Ontario is uses Altair SimSolid™ to evaluate the biomechanics of bone stresses.

Imperial Auto has Successfully Validated the Contact Pressure for O-Ring by Contact Analysis using Altair OptiStruct™ Solution
Established in the year 1969, Imperial Auto is one of the biggest integrated manufacturers of ‘Fluid Transmission Products (FTPs) in the world. The company has eight dedicated manufacturing and assembly plants in India. The grand vision of the company’s top management can be easily gauged from the strategic and technical alliances that Imperial has formed with major international players in their industry.

INTECH DMLS Achieves 27% Weight Reduction in 3D Printed Satellite Component using Altair Inspire™ and OptiStruct™
INTECH DMLS is playing the visionary role in the field of metal-based DMLS 3D printing in India since its inception in 2012. The company with this rich expertise in metallurgy and machining, established themselves rapidly as the leader of the Metal Additive Manufacturing industry in India. Sinteneering Innovations®, the company’s tagline signifies its commitment to innovation in manufacturing and marks the beginning of a new era in metal manufacturing.

Altair Inspire Form Helps Pragati Engineering Address Sheet Metal Formability and Inconsistent Thinning Issues While Reducing Physical Try-out Time by 50%
Pragati Engineering, established in 2004, is one of the leading press tool design and manufacturing companies in India. The company has a national reach and successfully carries out projects riding on the robust shoulders of qualified and dynamic engineers from their Design department and Tool Room division. The company’s competency lies in manufacture of Press Tools Fixtures and Panel Checkers for various critical sheet-metal components and assemblies. With new technologies, facilities, and experience in Press Tooling, the company is confident of seamlessly catering to any requirement in the sheet-metal forming segment.

Pranav Vikas Achieves 17% Material Savings with Light Weight and Optimised Product Designs using Altair HyperWorks™ Solutions
With over 2 decades of experience in manufacturing Aluminum Heat-exchangers such as Condensers, Evaporators, Heaters, Radiators, Oil Coolers, IHX and Roof AC units, Pranav Vikas (India) Private Limited (PVL) today is one of the largest and most diversified Heat-exchanger manufacturers in India. The company currently is the only fully integrated Condenser manufacturer in India with their own state-of-the-art Micro-tube facility at Ranjangaon, Pune. PVL serves leading global and Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the Passenger, Commercial, and Off-road vehicle segments.

Sharda Motors – Usage of Altair CAE Solution for Durability Analysis
Sharda Motor Industries Limited (SMIL) is the market leader in the country in the manufacturing of exhaust systems, catalytic converters, independent suspension systems, seat frames, seat covers (two and four wheelers), soft top canopies, and stamped part for white goods products. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities help them to continuously focus on new products, innovation, technology upgradation, and research & development. The facility seamlessly caters to various emission norms ranging from BS4, BS6, and Tier 4.

Lushan Primary School
Tucked away in a remote location in the mountains, designed by ZHA, the Lushan primary school, when complete, will be an educational institute located 160 kilometers North-West of Nanchang, the capital of China’s Jiangxi province.

Providing Designers Easy Access to Powerful Simulation Tools
Brompton Bicycle discuss the benefits they have seen from moving away from simulation in their CAD system to a more powerful and flexible system from Altair.

Andron Handling
Andron Handling needed to assess the strength of the welded fabrication and vertical clamping arms for both lifting and clamping loads. In previous analysis of this type in Altair SimSolid™, they would have removed the wheels from the model and applied reaction forces at the bottom of each of the clamp arms. In this case, Andron used a different approach that would not have been possible with previous FEA toolsets.

F.tech R&D North America
F.tech is a Tier-1 automotive systems supplier, headquartered in Japan. To help the CAE team at F.tech R&D North America overcome tedious challenges related to model build and geometry preparation for weld creation, Altair developed a customized solution. Developed using Altair’s Model Mesher Director (MMD) PSO (Packaged Solution Offering), the F.tech -Pre-processing Automation Solution (F.tech-PAS) is a streamlined toolset which aids F.tech engineers in CAE meshing and assembly from CAD to solver deck.

Infinity BI powered by Altair SmartSight
Infinity.BI is a powerful business analytics module developed by Altair in partnership with Advanced Utility Systems for CIS Infinity® customers.

Through a direct integration of Altair’s business intelligence software with the Infinity database schema, this business analytics module provides a rich set of dynamic reports / dashboards which can be tailored to address the unique business needs of each utility.

Fallbrook Technologies
Traction-based, patented NuVinci® transmission is a continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology enabling performance and efficiency improvements for machines that use an engine, pump, motor, or geared transmission systems. Fallbrook Technologies has been working on improving oil flow inside the NuVinci products as it affects the transmission’s efficiency, durability, power, capacity, and cost. Altair worked with Amazon Web Services (AWS), a secure cloud services platform, to provide an integrated solution to Fallbrook including advanced GPU hardware, high-performance computing (HPC) and the nanoFluidX software through industry-leading workload management and job scheduler Altair PBS Professional™.

National Composites Centre
The National Composites Centre (NCC), in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and University of Warwick (WMG) worked on a collaborative project to develop a Cross-Catapult technology demonstrator; the Mono-Ski or Sit-ski, a device for sports that uses adaptive equipment on mountain slopes, designed for individuals with lower extremity limitations. Composites were used extensively in the new Sit-ski design with the Altair HyperWorks™ suite being utilized throughout the development process.

Hussmann India Achieves Greater Simulation Accuracy with Altair AcuSolve™
Hussmann provides tailored food safety solutions designed to improve food quality and integrity. As the manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems, they have to maintain the highest performance and quality standards of the products they develop. Using Altair solutions helped them reduce their product development time by 20 to 30% with the CFD Thermal solutions successfully addressing even the most complex problems in challenging areas that were faced in product design analysis and CFD.

Artemis Racing’s use of Simulation Driven Design Technology in Pursuit of the 2017 America’s Cup
Peter Bentley, Design Team Member at Artemis Racing presents at the 2017 European ATC.

The increase in velocity enabled by advanced structural composites and on-board control systems has been a true game changer, and the future of sailing will be increasing dependent on simulation driven design.

Mabe
Mabe is a Mexico-based international appliance company designing, producing and distributing a wide spectrum of home appliances such as washing machines, dryers, cooking ranges, refrigerators, air-conditioners, microwaves, etc. Altair technology has enabled Mabe to increase the capacity of their washing machines by 35%, and the spin speed by 24% while reducing the cost per cubic foot by 10%.

Optimisation of a Collapsible Economic Container “COLLAPSECON"
At the forefront of innovation at CEC Systems is the world’s first semi-automated Collapsible-Economic-Container. Achieving a 4:1 ratio, COLLAPSECON® enables 4 empty containers to be collapsed and combined to form a single container, improving operational efficiency, enhancing return on investment and reducing the impact on the environment. For the design for mass production and optimal operational use, the Altair HyperWorks Suite was leveraged to find solutions for weight reduction without increasing manufacturing costs. The newly engineered container is potentially 30% lighter than the original design, whilst reducing material requirements, increasing manufacturing efficiency, and reducing cost.

Museum of the 20th Century
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.

Novum: University of Michigan Participates in Solar Car Challenges Around the World
See how Altair's Software is used to get University of Michigan's solar car, Novum, to the next level to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia and the American Solar Challenge - crossing an entire continent in both cases just on the power of the sun alone.

Improving Composite Design and Simulation Efficiency with Multiscale Designer
Dr. Jan-Philipp Fuhr - Managing Partner, Cikoni talks about developing a methodology to analyze and predict composite matrix and fiber failure using Altair OptiStruct and Multiscale Designer resulting in improved accuracy and simulation efficiency of their simulations.

Motorcycle Crankshaft Modeling with SimLab at BMW Motorrad
Learn about the semi-automated motorcycle crankshaft modeling process developed at BMW Motorrad based on Altair's pre- and post-processor SimLab. The scripts developed take the FE model generation time down from 2 weeks of manual work to half a day.

Schneider Electric uses Flux to Design IoT Actuators
Schneider Electric is a world leader in electrical distribution equipment. Remy Orban, Mechatronic Engineer at Schneider Electric discusses a low voltage circuit breaker actuator design using Flux

Engineering Design Using a Small Autonomous Robot for Student Education
As part of educational programs for students to acquire practical skills and knowledge, Aichi University Technology (AUT) participated in a demonstration test competition aiming for future Mars exploration. A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites (ARLISS), is a competitive event for the evaluation of autonomous robots – conducting tests relating to their autonomous descent back to the ground after being launched 400m above the ground using a small rocket. For the final designed robot, HyperWorks was used for structural analysis to understand whether or not the robot meets requirements, and MotionSolve was extremely useful for practical industrial education that is linked to CAD design.

Alpla Develops Innovative Packaging Solutions with HyperWorks
Alpla develops and produces packaging solutions for consumer goods. Christoph Plankel, Head of Modeling and Simulation Department at Alphla, discusses how they have used simulation to produce lighter packaging without compromising on performance.

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.

Minimising Interior Noise in Electric Vehicles
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) leverages use of the Altair Squeak and Rattle Director in identifying and minimising risks of interior noise in electric vehicles.

Development of a New Lightweight Aluminum Profile for a Glass Balustrade
The design of architectural components such as a balustrade can be challenging, since the design does not only have to look good, it also has to meet several safety requirements and standards. In addition, all designs have to be developed within the shortest time possible. To meet these challenges the engineers, architects and designers at Faraone are always looking for solutions that can reduce their design and testing cycles.

Altair and Ziegler Instruments Combine Experience and Technologies to Identify and Eliminate Squeak and Rattle Issues
Altair has partnered with Ziegler-Instruments to enhance its Squeak and Rattle Director (SnRD), making it the most advanced and comprehensive solution on the market to predict and eradicate squeak and rattle phenomena in vehicles, aircraft and other products sensitive to Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). The addition of Ziegler-Instruments’ PEM material database gives Altair’s SnRD clients access to the results for over 11,000 individual stick and slip phenomena for different materials pairs.

In this video, Patrick Schimmelbauer and Jens Herting of Ziegler Instruments give an overview of the partnership and what it means to companies needing to address squeak and rattle issues.

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.



Developing More Accurate and Reliable Vehicle Component Models in Less Time with Software Automation at Changan Automobile
Pre-processing vehicle models is time consuming and complex, with many opportunities for error if done manually. Altair build a custom software solution to automate most of the pre-processing tasks.

Pioneering Real Wireless Power Delivery™ at Ossia Inc.: FEKO in the Simulation Process
Ossia’s patented wireless power Cota® technology is delivered much like Wi-Fi, is inherently safe, and provides real wireless power through the air and over a distance, even while the
device is in motion. Using FEKO® for simulations to demonstrate that the SAR limit for COTA technology use for wireless power charging is within the FCC mandated limit of 1.6 watts per kilogram.

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.


Originating a safe Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV)
The challenge in the development of Arcimoto’s SRK Generation 8; an all-electric, multi-purpose/utility commuter vehicle, included creation of an optimized platform that offers
3-wheeled stability, a space frame enclosure for protection, and a rear swing arm that handles the load requirements and also follows the visual design of the vehicle. HyperMesh® provided an environment for rapid model generation allowing Arcimoto to answer queries by helping them perform the analysis in OptiStruct® in an easy, time efficient manner. Using RADIOSS® for the physics helped them achieve repeatable and accurate results, reduce simulation cycle times and allow for evaluating multiple design scenarios thus enabling better decisions.


Using HyperWorks® to Optimize Structural Strength for Argon 18 High-performance Bikes
Argon 18 recently partnered with the ÉTS Research Chair on Engineering of Processing, Materials and Structures for Additive Manufacturing to manufacture a new track bike for Lasse Norman Hansen, one of the athletes competing for the Danish team in track cycling at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Their aim was to develop a bike that was stiffer, highly integrated, more aerodynamic, providing greater efficiency. An important aspect of the project was the development of a new aluminum stem to be used by Mr. Hansen in the Flying Lap event which is achieved by the fastest lap from the moving start. Altair solutions included OptiStruct for structural analysis, AcuSolve® for CFD, and Virtual Wind Tunnel.

OptiStruct® Makes Life-form Inspired Table a Reality for IL Hoon Roh
Inspired by zooplankton Radiolaria, artist and architect IL Hoon Roh began creating series of objects known as “Radiolara Experiment” which, through extensive experimentation and collaboration with Altair, ultimately led to the creation of the sophisticated Table Ex-08.

Sujan CooperStandard Achieves Lightweighting and Performance Targets with Altair
Sujan CooperStandard manufactures (anti-vibration) NVH products for leading automotive companies. Currently, the automotive industry is under extreme pressure because of environmental norms and has to adhere to stringent government policies related to pollution control and one of the simplest ways to address these is to optimize designs and reduce weight of products and components. They began using Altair HyperWorks on the on the recommendation of their joint venture partner CooperStandard. The team decided to improvise design of their Torsion Vibration Damper using Altair solutions like solidThinking Inspire to optimize designs of the brackets and OptiStruct for structural integrity of the designs. Altair solutions have helped Sujan CooperStandard get their product designs right the first time and consistently meet their time, cost and quality targets.

Innovative Drone Propulsion Design using Model-Based Development
To assist Kappa Electronics’ customer with controlling the motor for a new drone design, Altair’s solidThinking Embed was used for high speed simulation of motor electronics and control dynamics to develop a novel method of sensorless field-oriented control.

Addressing Design Development Challenges Through Simulation Driven Platform
Automotive suppliers are facing many challenges in having in-house simulation capabilities compared to that of OEM’s. One of the ways to overcome these challenges is to invest in simulation technologies that require an affordable initial investment, the ownership cost of which is low, the codes are reliable & proven, and the suite of tools provide suppliers access to a broad range of solvers (a true multi-physics environment) helping them pick and choose the solvers as per their simulation requirements. In the early stage of in-house simulation implementation at Endurance Technologies, HyperWorks was being adopted primarily for pre and post processing due to its extraordinary FE modeling solutions. With constant support, Altair team has helped Endurance in exploring and implementing various HyperWorks solvers at Endurance Technologies.

Smart City with Pozuelo de Alarcon
The citizens of Pozuelo de Alarcón in Spain wanted a cleaner and more efficient city. The goals were to protect the environment, decrease energy consumption, reduce CO2 emissions, and control expenses.The city council used SmartCore platform to realize its digital transformation.

Better Indoor Climate thanks to Simulation and Optimization
Kampmann GmbH is an internationally leading specialist for heating, cooling, air-conditioning and integrated building automation. Within their virtual development process they are using the Altair HyperWorks® software suite, in particular AcuSolve®, the CFD solver; OptiStruct®, the suite's FE-solver and an optimization tool; and HyperMesh® for modeling and meshing tasks. For plant control design, Kampmann is currently considering solidThinking Activate®, a mapping software for control systems. Thanks to simulation, Kampmann engineers are now able to answer questions regarding the internal processes of the system, which are difficult, if not impossible, to study through physical testing.

Surrogate Models for Antenna Placement on Large Platforms
The RF Engineering group at the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), develops advanced computational electromagnetics and multiphysics algorithms and tools, leveraging vast know-how in EMC for a wide range of applications. Typical challenges include electrically-large and multi-scale EM problems such as antenna placement on large platforms, and mutiphysics problems such as the electrical –thermal–mechanical analysis of composite materials. In a project that dealt with electrically large platforms, an efficient modelling tool was required to identify optimum antenna positions and minimize interference between various antennas. FEKO was used during the development process, helping to determine the design parameters of the surrogate models using its powerful optimization function.

More Efficient and Economic Injection Mold Tools thanks to Topology Optimization, CFD Simulation and 3D Printing
Toolmaking is usually characterized by cost-intensive, custom made, single-unit production. To create innovative tools, the industry increasingly relies on new manufacturing methods such as 3D printing. To meet market demand, PROTIQ GmbH, a spinoff from Phoenix Contact needed to increase productivity through more efficient injection mold tools. The Altair solution included development of optimized tools using simulation, optimization and additive manufacturing (model setup with HyperMesh, topology optimization and FE analysis with OptiStruct, CFD analysis with AcuSolve and refinement with solidThinking Evolve. The benefits included increased productivity due to shorter production cycles, weight reduction of 75%, shortened development time and production costs reduced by 25%.

MIT, Pune
A university team at MIT, Pune used topology optimization and additive manufacturing to develop two new designs for the Quad-rotor UAV drone that were lighter and stronger than previous designs.  

Less Interior Squeak and Rattle Noise Using a Simulation Driven Design Approach
In the development of new vehicles, the PSA Group aimed to detect Squeak and Rattle (S&R) problems before availability of physical testing. This led to a collaboration between PSA’s method development engineering team and Altair’s domain experts.

Explicit Dynamic Simulation of Tool Drop on the Outer Wing of the Swift020 Unmanned Aerial System using Radioss®
The successful launch of a new platform UAS is a comprehensive design engineering and manufacturing endeavor. The full lifecycle must consider maintenance and replacement components. As these requirements often require the use of tools (i.e. screw drivers, wrenches, pliers), the concern became apparent that as the flight surfaces are minimum gage, heavy tools dropped on the structure could cause irreparable damage. The objective of this project was to determine the specification for maximum maintenance tool weight such that, if dropped from a nominal height of 0.762 meters, would not cause permanent damage to any part of the Swift020 UAS. The Altair solution included a Radioss Explicit Dynamic Impact Simulation.

U-Shin Ltd.
U-Shin is currently employing Altair Click2Cast to perform testing and optimization to create sound, redesigned automotive parts.U-Shin has seen significant time and cost savings by utilizing Altair Click2Cast.

Developing Efficient Design Procedures for Wideband, Low-profile Antennas Using Altair FEKO Electromagnetic Simulation Technology
Low profile, concealed antennas are frequently desired for diverse applications across many military and commercial vehicle platforms. A vehicle underside can be considered a viable alternative place for concealment as it provides enough space to avoid extreme antenna miniaturization. A study conducted at the Antenna Research Group (ARG) at the University of Colorado evaluated the bottom side of the vehicle as an alternative to more conventional antenna placement positions for mounting high-frequency VHF antenna systems. Altair FEKO EM field simulation methods were applied to assess antenna performance.

Characterizing the Murchison Widefield Array Beam Pattern
A precursor to the SKA, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope was constructed in the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. In order to correctly calibrate and image the data collected by the radio telescope, it is imperative that the beam pattern is known accurately. In this study, a rigorous approach was applied where the full array geometry was simulated using FEKO with a goal to characterize the beam pattern of the MWA and demonstrate that this approach was more accurate.

Subros Leverages Altair HyperWorks® to Build Optimized Product Designs While Reducing 60% Simulation Time and 40% Prototyping Costs
Subros is the leading manufacturer of thermal products for automotive applications in India and operates in technical collaboration with Denso. Being a major supplier of AC units to the predominant automotive segments and all classes of vehicles produced by global players in the country, it is very important for Subros to honor deadlines of product delivery with agreed benchmarks of quality. The Subros team has used Altair solutions such HyperMesh for FE modeling, RADIOSS and OptiStruct for structural analysis, AcuSolve for flow analysis, and solidThinking Inspire for Modal Analysis

Mando Softtech India Achieves Greater Simulation Accuracy with Altair HyperWorks®
As Manufacturers of Automotive Components such as Chassis and Brakes, Mando Softtech India has to ensure that they maintain highest performance and quality standards of the products they develop. Implementation of Altair HyperWorks solutions has helped them considerably reduce their product development time and costs, while augmenting product quality. Their overall development time was reduced by up to 30 to 40%.

Developing an Injury Threshold for Human Brain Concussion
Directed by Dr. King Yang, Professor of Bioengineering, the Department’s Bioengineering Center is a leading laboratory focused on research into impact trauma, low back pain, and sports injury biomechanics. For the development of complete understanding of injury mechanisms for mild traumatic brain injury or concussions in order to prevent or mitigate injury occurrence, Altair HyperMesh helped establish a meaningful injury criterion through the use of field concussion data and finite element modeling of the head.

Topology optimization and new manufacturing methods enable lightweight design in agricultural engineering
Amazone develops and produces innovative agricultural technology, enabling and supporting modern and economical arable farming methods. For the re-design of an originally welded suspension component as a casting part, solidThinking Inspire was used for topology optimization. The benefits included increased durability by a factor of 2.5 and an 8% reduction in weight.

ICAT Achieves Robust Structural Integrity of their Automotive Components using Altair HyperWorks®
The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is an automotive testing and R&D centre. In their pursuit to carve a niche as a one-stop solution for the automotive industry’s needs in the areas of product design, testing and validation, the ICAT team required a very advanced suite of software solutions. They needed a software suite that would save them time, money and also help in all phases of product development. The Altair software suite has greatly helped the team in providing timely and appropriate solutions to their clients.

Ryerson’s International Hyperloop Team
Ryerson's International Hyperloop Team utilized finite element analysis and topology optimization to redesign a metal additive manufactured motor bracket. PolyNURBS was used to make the design 3D print-friendly.

Daimler
Integrating antennas in windscreens has become popular due to the enhanced aesthetics and the increased antenna surface area that enables improved reception. However, the design of such antennas is a complex procedure. Antenna systems contain different antennas with mutual coupling, making it very inefficient and time consuming to optimize the FM-, DAB-, RKE- and TV antennas independently. Wanting to make the optimization process of its multi-port antenna more efficient, Daimler turned to Altair for assistance.

Ankers
Ankers performed co-simulation using a combined multibody and brake systems model in MotionView and Activate to generate more accurate results to analyze thermal and other effects on braking.

Wilson Golf/Driver vs. Driver
Altair’s work on Driver vs. Driver, Wilson Golf’s television competition that followed aspiring golf club designers in their journey to develop Wilson’s next club in production. Our industrial design team worked with each of the contestants to develop and model the designs in Evolve while our CFD experts helped them simulate and optimize the aerodynamics of the club in Virtual Wind Tunnel.

PaceControls
PaceControls developed its 3rd generation Android-based HVACR Equipment control, which satisfied all project requirements and had 0 defect escapes, by implementing a Model Based Design (MBD) process.

Wilson Golf
Wilson has a strong relationship with Altair, having worked alongside Altair ProductDesign on a number of successful projects in the past and valuing the broad range of simulation and design technologies available in the HyperWorks and solidThinking software
suites. Altair’s technical and industrial
design teams were selected to assist in the development of the show, working under the direction of Wilson Labs.

A Unique Design Enables Bladeless Wind Turbines to Harness Energy
Vortex Bladeless engineers created prototypes of this innovative wind turbine a couple of years ago. To reduce development time and cost, they turned to finite-element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions to hone their designs and product development process. Computational modeling helps to confirm that an innovative design for a bladeless wind turbine will fly.

Simulation Speeds Roll Cage Design
Australian company relies on virtual tools to test the roll cage structures that keep motorsports drivers safe.

Using Altair FEKO to Facilitate Development of the World's Smallest TV Antenna
Dr. Margarita Tecpoyotl-Torres leads a team of students and researchers at The Center for Research in Engineering and Applied Sciences (CIICAp) at UAEM. They use FEKO for simulation technology in the design and development small, low cost, lightweight antennas for TV and automotive applications. Her team demonstrated an outstanding level of innovation in the development of the world’s smallest antenna.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS)
Due to a long-standing relationship with Altair and its HyperWorks suite of simulation solutions, NEVS approached Altair ProductDesign to see if the interior quality issue could be tackled with simulation. To perform the project, Altair ProductDesign worked on site alongside NEVS Interior
Simulation Team to implement Altair’s Squeak and Rattle Director (SnRD).

Woodland/Alloy Casting Inc.
Woodland/Alloy Casting is simulating and testing aluminum casting projects in Altair Click2Cast. By running simulations in Altair Click2Cast, Woodland/Alloy Casting can more accurately predict defect-free castings, while reducing time and cost in the overall casting process.

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

APWorks Light Rider: Optimization Process
First 3D-printed Motorcycle by APWorks (Airbus Group) called Lightrider. Altair's software OptiStruct was used for inspiration of the organic structure of the motorcycle.

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CalsonicKansei North America
CKNA contacted Altair ProductDesign for training on the Squeak and Rattle Director, which led to more in-depth consultation on the squeak and rattle methodologies, ultimately saving the company time and money by helping them identify detrimental issues early on and by improving vehicle quality.

Maple Drastically Reduces Downtime of Steam Turbines by Improving the Ultrasonic Testing of Rotor Blades
Challenge
Rotek needed to design a pre-inspection simulation model to reduce the time required to inspect the last stage blade roots of the rotors in the low pressure areas of steam turbines.

Solution
Using Maple, Rotek was able to create a precise model of the ultrasonic inspection routine. The inspection parameters, including the optimal ultrasonic equipment settings and most critical shot locations, were verified before actual testing began.

Lighter, farther, faster, greener: TUfast Eco team drives to success with HyperWorks
For the Shell Eco-marathon, an international contest for sustainable mobility, student teams from schools and universities all over the world design vehicles that are as energy-efficient as possible. After passing a technical check, the vehicles compete for energy efficiency. In this discipline the vehicles are evaluated for the vehicle’s reach per kWh. To compete in this category, a driver with a minimum weight of 50 kg has to drive a distance of 17.9 km in less than 43 minutes. The challenge for the TUfast Eco team was breaking the world record for efficient vehicles and participation in the Shell Eco-marathon. The Altair solution included topology optimization with HyperWorks.

APEL Extrusions
APEL Extrusions employs die extrusion simulation software to test die extrusion performance. This allows APEL to greatly speed up the design process and test multiple simulations per week.

LEIBER Group
LEIBER Group, which specializes in developing lightweight metal components, applied topology optimization to determine the ideal shape for a vehicle suspension beam, resulting in mass savings of over 50%

Alstom
Alstom coupled topology optimization with additive manufacturing to explore the feasibility of alternate manufacturing to traditional casting. This resulted in a 70% weight reduction of its locomotive component.

Triton Bikes
Triton Bikes utilized Altair Inspire to Increase performance, decrease the overall weight, and simplify manufacturability of a 3D printed custom bike rear yoke.

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.

Harita Seating Standardizes on Altair Suite of HyperWorks for all CAE Applications
HyperWorks used by leading Indian manufacturer of seating systems Harita, for homologation testing, regulations and crash analysis for all commercial vehicle seats, bus passenger seats and tractor & off-road seats

Mubea Relies on HyperWorks Unlimited™ for Automotive Component Design and Production
In performing lightweighting projects for large OEMs, Mubea is the only provider worldwide who delivers innovations of tailor-rolled blanks (TRB) which are ideal for not only vehicle body structural but also for suspension components that encounter different loads across their length. The Mubea team has worked collaboratively with Altair for over 6 years. With HWUL-PA, they are able to optimize their TRB applications more efficiently than ever before, including expanded capabilities for unlimited design exploration, reduced lead time and major cost savings over traditional hardware/software purchase

High Performance Computing Speeds-up Optimization Processes for Tailor Rolled Blanks at Mubea
OEMs and suppliers include every possible technique to support lightweighting in the automotive industry. It is common to use optimization techniques in order to identify and tab existing lightweight potentials as well as design tailor rolled components in a vehicle, the design optimization of which is normally based on crash simulations. Due to the large size of these simulations, a single run can take 1 to 12 hours. To conduct all the simulation runs needed for assessment and evaluation of different design concepts, the use of HPC is necessary. HWUL- VA was able to reduce the turnaround time for a lightweight study significantly at Mubea.

PSA Groupe Discusses the Simulation of Squeak and Rattle Noise in its Vehicles
In this interview, Sebastien Gourg, CAE Methods, Expertise and Support Engineer from PSA Groupe gives us insight into his experience of working with Altair ProductDesign during the implementation and customization of the Squeak and Rattle Director (SnRD). The SnRD is used within PSA vehicle development programs today to help to quickly identify and eradicate unwanted noise from interiors, while cutting down the need for costly physical testing.

Sintavia
Sintavia utilized Altair Inspire to prove the ability to additively manufacture optimized aerospace replacement parts that exceed existing part performance while decreasing
the overall weight.

Inspired by Nature: Electric Motorcycle goes 3D - Combining Topology Optimization, New Materials, and Additive Manufacturing in the Development of the Airbus APWorks Light Rider Results in a Revolutionary Lightweight Design
The Airbus APWorks Light Rider is the world's first 3D printed motorcycle prototype. Altair OptiStruct® was used for inspiration of its organic structure. Using additive manufacturing, a simulation-driven design process approach and topology optimization during the process achieved optimum lightweight design.

Close Hauled with Hyperworks - Student Team of Politecnico di Torino Sails Away from Competition
The project focused on the design and construction of a skiff, a particular kind of sail boat, within the given regatta regulation. With its modeling and calculation tools, HyperWorks helped the team to significantly reduce weight while increasing stiffness, while saving time and costs.

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