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Composites Driving Innovation: Development of a Sit-Ski as an Advanced Technology Demonstrator

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.

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.

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.

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.

Adam Wais of Rolo Bikes Discusses the Working Relationship with Altair

During the development of a new carbon fiber bicycle, the design team at Sweden based Rolo Bikes, wanted to develop a frame which exhibited world leading strength and stiffness attributes while keeping weight to an absolute minimum. The team required an efficient process to design the frame and test it in a virtual world against the industry’s safety and performance standards.

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ESAComp for Aerospace

One page flyer showcasing how ESAComp can be applied for design optimization in the aerospace industry.

Top Use Cases: ESAComp

Presentation introducing a few of the top use cases for the composites software, ESAComp.

RUAG Space Streamlines Composite Analysis with Improved Data Workflow

RUAG Space combines the power of the Altair HyperWorks Suite with the advanced composite failure analysis methods from ESAComp to improve their efficiency and composite modeling process.

Composite Rotor Blade Analysis using Altair HyperWorks

As part of a senior design project – the design and analysis of a coaxial rotor craft –
Christopher Van Damme, at the time of the project senior undergraduate student within the
department of Engineering Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had to analyze
a composite made helicopter rotor blade. In his analysis he had to employ Computer-Aided
Engineering tools to cover the required studies regarding static, modal, frequency response,
and dynamic analysis of the rotor.

Climbing the Winner’s Podium with HyperWorks

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

ThyssenKrupp Elevator

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

Using HyperWorks to Develop Human Body Models for Vehicle Crash Simulation

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

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

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


Fully automated in a single process: Optimization and manufacturing of CFRP components

Use of HyperWorks and adapted threestep optimization process for Composite materials integrated in the production process

Benefits:
  • process suitable for large volume series
  • flexibility in production
  • short learning curve for users
  • light and yet stiff components


Rolo Bikes

Rolo Bikes approached Altair ProductDesign due to its familiarity with the HyperWorks suite and expertise in the application of CAE techniques to optimize carbon fiber structures. The objective of the program was to optimize a new bike frame to achieve world leading performance for weight, stiffness and comfort. In addition, the team was also tasked with developing an efficient and cost effective virtual testing process to analyze the performance of future bike frames from Rolo and other partner companies.

HyperWorks helps ACENTISS in the development of Elias, a new electrically powered ultra-lightweight airplane

Recently, ACENTISS has developed the all-electric technology demonstrator ELIAS (Electric Aircraft IABG ACENTISS) based on the one-seater UL aircraft ELECTRA ONE from PC-AERO GmbH.
To perform all the needed engineering and development work of the project ACENTISS applied Altair’s HyperWorks suite.


CAE Technology Applicable to the Aerospace Industry - JEC Reprint

In this article, published on the May 2014 issue of JEC Composites Magazine, Shan Nageswaran explains why the latest version of HyperWorks® represents the most advanced evolution of computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology applicable to the aerospace industry.

Intel Solution Brief: Maximize Performance and Scalability of RADIOSS on Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family-Based Platforms

This paper summarizes the findings of a benchmark study with RADIOSS and Intel® Xeon® processors. In the study, Altair benchmarked RADIOSS using a modified crash simulation model on a single-node platform -- RADIOSS was able to easily take advantage of all 60 cores, running the workload 2.75X faster than on a comparable 24-core platform.

HyperWorks provides flexibility and agility to development processes of Engineering Services Provider Beta Epsilon

Beta Epsilon designs racing cars and offers engineering. Beta Epsilon offers component and vehicle meshing, FEA analysis of metal and composite components, crash test simulation, optimization, and CFD simulation. Beta Epsilon uses HyperMesh, OptiStruct, HyperCrash, RADIOSS, AcuSolve, HyperView, and Virtual Wind Tunnel. With HyperWorks, Beta Epsilon could improve the quality of its products and extend its range of services.

BASF Enlightens the Auto Industry

Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite and virtual simulation technology enables BASF to develop an innovative and cost-neutral seat pan that is 45% lighter than its predecessor.



By Beverly A. Beckert

Concept To Reality Winter 2013 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

Success Story: M.TEC

M.TEC Engineering Continues to Benefit and Yield New Business Due to Advantages of the Altair Partner Alliance (APA)

Case Study Sogeclair

Case Study about Sogeclair's use of HyperWorks

Industry: Aerospace interiors

Challenge: Development of new flooring concept to fix the cabin seats while realizing a lighter structure, adjustable panels for all types of aircraft, and an easier installation and
maintenance.

Altair Solution: Use of HyperWorks, especially HyperMesh and HyperView as a pre- and postprocessor, OptiStruct for optimization issues, RADIOSS for linear and nonlinear simulation, and solidThinking Evolve/Inspire for concept modeling

Benefits:
  • Saving development time and costs

  • Use a new approach in the design leveraging optimization

  • Reduce product weight through structural optimization of composite components



Altair BUSolutions

Developing the World’s First Series Hydraulic Hybrid Bus



The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires modern transit bus systems to provide more efficient services across America. Currently, U.S. public bus transit authorities are subsidized to meet operating budgets with State and local subsidies exceeding $19 billion per year and Federal subsidies exceed $7 billion per year. The goal of the BUSolutions project is to design and manufacturer a new bus with improved fuel economy, lower emissions and a lower life cycle cost than today’s buses.

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