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DeWalt Optimizes Power Tools with HyperWorks
The development of modern electric power tools requires special attention to be simultaneously paid to both the efficiency and user comfort of the tool, as well as the robustness and durability of the devices. For the fulfillment of these two groups of attributes, computer-aided simulations using HyperWorks has become central to the development process of Stanley Black & Decker Deutschland GmbH.

HyperWorks Enables Global Appliance Manufacturer to Use New Material for Stronger, Lower-Cost Product
To qualitatively and quantitatively analyze the stress on the door cover during thermal expansion and contraction, the engineers used HyperMesh, a high-performance finite element pre-processor and RADIOSS, a modern structural analysis and optimization solver, both of which are part of Altair’s HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering tools. With these tools, engineers created a computerized simulation of the refrigerator door cover temperature field, employing HyperMesh to create a finely meshed model of the upper and lower covers, while shell elements were used to mesh the steel plate and interior lining, along with solid elements for the foaming material.

Optimization-driven Product Development at Volvo
Harald Hasselblad (PhD) - Senior Analysis Engineer at Volvo Car Group Sweden - talks about introducing an Optimization Culture Arena to support simulation driven development in his company.

[AB]structures Relies on HyperWorks in Developing Three Record Breaking Round the World Racing Yachts
[AB]structures, an Italian structural design and engineering company, used the CAE suite HyperWorks first for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2006 to design the yacht for the ABN AMRO White team and has used it since then successfully for several other Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup yachts.


This year [AB]structures used HyperWorks to structurally design and optimize three VO70 Round The World Racing Yachts for the 2011 – 2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. This included the yacht Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas, which claimed victory on July 9, 2012 in Galway, Ireland, after 9 months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions.

3D Systems
3D Systems utilized topology optimization, finite element analysis,  and generative design to conceptualize a new material layout for a 3D printed skateboard deck and trucks.

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.



By Beverly A. Beckert
Concept To Reality Winter/ Spring 2017
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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

AAM
American Axle & Manufacturing employed topology optimization and FEA to redesign an automotive carrier to achieve a weight reduction of 20%.

Accelerating Product Development at the Nanotech Level with Altair HyperWorks
In addition to looking for a way in which to reduce product development time through simulated modeling and analysis, Zyvex Corporation wanted to be able to communicate the features and value of its MEMS product more effectively to internal and external audiences. Using the Altair HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) framework for product design, Zyvex not only accomplished its goal to significantly speed time to market, but also used HyperView’s visualization technology to prepare informative compact slide and PowerPoint presentations on the nanotechnology to various stakeholders, including Zyvex management and potential investors.

Accurate Simulation Modelling of Sports Impact Scenarios using HyperWorks
One of the key research activities within the institute is concerned with the development of enhanced human surrogate models for sports personal protective equipment (PPE) research. Impact surrogates are used to provide a representation of a living human which can then be impacted under injurious loading conditions such as a ball impacting the thigh to understand the response behaviour.

Achieving Superior Crash Performance for the Souest DX7
Analysis and optimization to improve crash performance while reducing reliance on physical tests.

AcuSolve & RADIOSS Solution on FSI Model
This benchmark demonstrates the ability of AcuSolve to capture the effect of impulse load on a profile submerged in channel flow. A P-FSI simulations is performed using the structural output from RADIOSS.


AcuSolve Validation - NACA0012 Airfoil
This benchmark validates AcuSolve for external aerodynamic applications. NACA0012 has been studied in depth both numerically and experimentally. AcuSolve results are compared with other CFD software results and with available test data


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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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.

Aerodynamic Development of a Road Cycling Helmet with AcuSolve - LX Sim


Aeroelastic Investigation of the Sandia 100m Blade Using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Recent trends in wind power technology are focusing on increasing power output through an increase in rotor diameter. As the rotor diameter increases, aeroelastic effects become increasingly important in the design of an efficient blade.

Airbus
A380 Weight Reduction through Optimization



Through collaborative partnerships with Altair in the UK, the software was developed to produce an innovative rib design, which resulted in an optimized weight saving over 500kg per aircraft. Exceptional team working has been an essential component in ensuring the total integration of design, manufacturing and supply chain capabilities.

Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters Weight & Balance (W&B) team is tasked with collecting and analyzing data to forecast the weight of a product during the conceptualization phase. Collecting useful and up-to-date data in a standardized way from this wide group of stakeholders was proving to be a challenge for the W&B team, slowing down both the interrogation of data and the resulting decision making. With the manual upload of data, there was no way to create a standardized report that could be updated in real time, either internally by the different product development departments or externally by suppliers. These were the problems Altair was tasked with creating a solution for.

Aircraft Carrier Alliance
Creating a Structurally Efficient Design for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier

When making key decisions at the concept and preliminary design phases of a naval ship project, the designer is often obliged to work with limited data on the major structural design drivers for the vessel. This can lead to a largely subjective design approach which can result in inefficiency and even structural problems being locked-in from the start. To solve any issues, increased material use, weight and unnecessary complexity, as well as high design and manufacture costs can be introduced to the end product. To evaluate the potential of simulation-driven design under the unique requirements of naval ship design, the ACA partnered with Altair ProductDesign.

Aircraft Seating Design, Analysis, and Optimization


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.

Alex Thomson Racing
Composite Optimization of a Racing Yacht Coach Roof



Alex Thomson Racing required a team of composite material design and manufacture specialists to bring their expertise to a number of areas of the IMOCA Open 60 yacht. A key component that required attention was the development and production of the yacht’s sliding coach roof. The coach roof is designed to offer Skipper, Alex Thomson protection from waves crashing over the deck while still allowing him to sail the boat to its full potential while remaining highly robust and lightweight.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Altair Enables BorgWarner to Automate Process for Determining Combined Impact of Temperature and Mechanical Stress on Turbochargers
Inherently, turbochargers are adversely impacted by hot exhaust gases. This heat impacts the material strength of the turbocharger housings, resulting in degraded performance and the potential creeping or rubbing of turbine wheels. When extreme fluctuations occur, the turbocharger can suffer from premature thermal-fatigue resulting in cracking.

Altair HyperWorks Helps Joe Gibbs Racing
Using OptiStruct from the Altair HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite of software tools, Joe Gibbs Racing was able to significantly redistribute vehicle mass and improve ride handling characteristics to design a more competitive race car.

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.

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.

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

AMETEK
AMETEK utilized model-based development to develop a new embedded control system for a aerospace suit  chiller unit under a very tight schedule and high safety standards.

An Advanced Method for Optimising Packaging Design
Consumer product packaging designers are faced with conflicting requirements throughout the development process. Good pack aesthetics are vital for the success of the product, whilst unit costs must be minimized and suitability for stacking and transportation maintained. This paper describes, by example, how design optimization technology can be used to enhance the design process. It is demonstrated that the technology can be employed to provide clear design information for the pack designers, facilitating definition of an attractive shape incorporating features to meet the structural and manufacturing requirements whilst minimizing cost.

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


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.

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.

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.

Application of FEKO in EM Protection Design for Electromagnetic Effects of Civil Aircraft
In the limited space of a plane, a lot of radio equipment, especially antennas are installed, leading to concerns about antenna pattern distortion caused by the plane body and inter-antenna isolation.

COMAC, Shanghai Aircraft Design and Research Institute continues selecting FEKO to improve the EMC performance in the developmental phase of the multiple aircraft models C919 and ARJ21.


Application of HyperWorks for Collaborative/Global Computer-Aided Engineering And Design Instruction at Brigham Young University
For a recent ME 471 class, a team of five students re-engineered the chassis/suspension platform for a 1969 Chevrolet Camero. At the conclusion of the project, the team presented a comprehensive review of their re-design vehicle to a panel of PACE program representatives and partners. Key to arriving at an efficient design was the early application of Altair topology optimization to the chassis, suspension, and wheel design of the vehicle. Altair HyperMesh was applied to generate finite element models that formed the basis for the topology optimization studies. The team results showed that 

The chassis mass was reduced by 34% through the application of topology optimization. The suspension control arm mass was reduced by 28%. The team was able to apply the Altair HyperWorks simulation tools in a seamless manner with the Catia-based CAD data that was generated for the vehicle re-design.

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.

Application of HyperWorks to Develop Human Body Models to Assess Injury Potential for Vulnerable Populations in Vehicle Crashes
The effects of obesity on occupant responses
in frontal collisions were investigated using
the UMTRI whole-body human finite element
models. A modeling approach was developed
and applied that allowed for rapid change of a
baseline human body model into geometries
representing adults with different BMIs without
the need for re-meshing the models.

Applications of Acusolve and Optistruct in the High-Temperature Reformation of Biomass
Applications of Acusolve and Optistruct in the High-Temperature Reformation of Biomass presentation given by Tim Laska of sundrop fuels at ATCx Energy.

Applying Optimization Technology to Drive Design of a 100-Meter Composite Wind Turbine Blade
This presentation demonstrates how numerical optimization can be applied using OptiStruct to aid in the design development of a 100-meter composite wind turbine blade.

APWorks Choses OptiStruct for Topology Optimisation for the 3D Printed Light Rider
Despite its skeletal appearance, the Light Rider is an extremely strong yet lightweight electric motorcycle designed by Airbus subsidiary APWorks as a showcase of what’s possible when OptiStruct's topology optimisation is coupled with metallic 3D printing.


Written by Tanya Weaver from DEVELOP3D.

Arup Uses the Latest Simulation Technologies for Architectural Design
Arup has determined the anticipated conditions throughout the interior of a complex architectural space through computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling. In this video Caroline Lama, Façade Engineer at Arup NY, explains how HyperMesh has been used to develop an efficient meshing scheme for this challenging geometry.

Assa Ashuach uses solidThinking Inspire to Optimise 3D Printed Stool Design
Industrial Research and product design consultancy Assa Ashuach Studio, design and manufacture lifestyle products and also limited edition studio pieces using new design and production methods to achieve unique forms and aesthetic qualities.

Assa Ashuach uses solidThinking Inspire to Optimise 3D Printed Stool Design
Industrial Research and product design consultancy Assa Ashuach Studio, design and manufacture lifestyle products and also limited edition studio pieces using new design and production methods to achieve unique forms and aesthetic qualities.

Assystem Used HyperWorks CAE Simulation to Design, Simulate and Test Nuclear Encapsulation Vessels
Assystem is an international engineering and innovation consultancy group with a presence in 14 countries and 8500 employees.

HyperMesh, RADIOSS and HyperStudy were used to design the safest possible nuclear encapsulation vessel for securely containing nuclear material. The designs not only achieved pressure vessel code PD5500 standards, but also helped Assystem gain external accreditation for the pressure vessel’s compliance to code.

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Auburn University applies HyperWorks to Optimize the Design of Composite Suspension Components and Monocoque for a SAE Formula Student Racecar
To optimize the car performance, the Auburn University SAE Racing Team focused on selected components that were most promising in terms of mass reduction with equal or increased stiffness. HyperWorks enabled them to reduce component mass-to-stiffness ratio, thereby improving car performance, speed up development time, as well as grow in knowledge of composite material design and optimization

Automation of Engineering Analysis and Design Process in Subsea Industry
Automation of Engineering Analysis and Design Process in Subsea Industry

Automotive Lighting
Automotive Lighting uses free-form modeling software to create concepts for customers in a fast and flexible way. Concepts are presented visually  in daytime and nighttime conditions using photorealistic rendering.

Automotive Weight Management Article
The automotive development process is still focused on objectives such as durability and crash safety, while weight is often limited to the very end of the design process. Through the establishment of the “Optimization Center” (OC) concept, Altair ProductDesign has developed an innovative design model combining performance features with weight reduction goals. This article describes the OC concept dealing with everything from the optimization of single components to an entire optimization process known as “CAE Weight Management”.

Bajaj Auto
Right-Sizing PLM Software Investments

An Indian motorcycle manufacturer leverages business analytics to optimize software usage and procurement decisions.

By Beverly A. Beckert

Concept To Reality Magazine - Summer / Fall 2012
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Baker Hughes Drills 60% off Product Development Time With HyperWorks-Driven Simulation
One of the world’s leading suppliers
of oilfield services, products, technology
and systems, Baker Hughes operates globally
with nearly 59,000 employees. The company,
headquartered in Houston, Texas, recently
recorded $21.4 billion in annual revenue
from sales of both services and highly
innovative products for the world’s oil
and natural gas industry.

Balancing Manufacturability and Optimal Structural Performance for Laminate Composites through a Genetic Algorithm
This paper details the application of a specialised genetic algorithm to reduce the mass of a laminated composite wing rib. The genetic algorithm has been customised specifically to optimise the performance of polymer-laminated composites. The technology allows the mass to be minimized by the removal or addition of plies of various discrete orientations whilst satisfying the structural intent of the component. For the rib structure assessed, the structural constraints consist of limits placed on the displacement, stress (i.e. ply failure index) and buckling behaviour.

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

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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.

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.

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

BiggerBoat Solutions Makes Waves in Auto Industry Using HyperForm to Cut Die Development Costs and Time
When the auto industry crashed in 2008
and the tool shop where Jay Weiner worked
closed its operations, he started his own
company, called BiggerBoat Solutions Ltd.
He carries out metal-forming simulations
for major tooling suppliers and originalequipment
manufacturers. With 15 years
of experience in tooling design, Weiner and
his Toronto-based practice offered a service
that no one else had perfected but that
was crucial to a key process in automotive
manufacturing: the simulation-based die
design for stamped sheet-metal parts.

Biomedical Research at the Scripps Clinic: Modeling Orthopedic Implants with Altair HyperWorks
Every year, countless people — regardless of their age or level of physical activity — begin to experience the effects of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. As we age, the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to deteriorate. The head of the adjacent bones begin to break down from the friction, causing pain in the joint. When the condition worsens and non- surgical remedies are exhausted, surgeons may recommend joint replacement.

Typically, titanium alloy implants are lined with plastics that act as cartilage and are fixed in place with cement or screws by the surgeon. The implants can give patients a new lease on life, dramatically reducing pain and improving mobility. However, questions naturally arise in the patient’s mind: How much range of motion will I have in the new joint? How much strength will I recover? And how long will the new joint last?

Bird Strike Simulation Takes Flight
The increasing number of bird-plane impacts gives rise to new CAE methods to address aircraft safety.



By Robert Yancey

Concept To Reality Summer/Fall 2011

Body-In-White Design for a Six-Passenger Sports Car Architecture: Maximizing Body Stiffness and Meeting Strength Requirements Using HyperWorks
The Deep Orange Program has partnered with Altair to apply advanced computational simulation methods to their vehicle designs. Altair-sponsored internships and fellowships have enhanced student learning through
providing webinar-based and on-sight instruction of Altair HyperWorks simulation technologies. An example of these simulation-based design applications is the CUICAR Deep Orange 3 Program,the third generation vehicle prototype designed and engineered by the Clemson engineering graduate students. Deep Orange 3 features a load-bearing structure based
on innovative sheet-folding technology and a unique 3+3 seating configuration package in a sports car architecture. The following describes this design and summarizes the application of Altair HyperWorks to meet the
necessary engineering structural performance requirements for the underlying body structure.


Bremar Automotion uses Altair RADIOSS to Design & Certify FIA Motorsport Roll Cages
“The Altair product is it for us in terms of simulation. That’s all we use. It’s great to be able to show such good correlation between the simulations and physical testing, and to have confidence in not only our approach, but also the Altair product as well. It’s a great product for us to be using, and the test results and these images just back that up for us.”

Brett Longhurst, Managing Director, Bremar Automotion

Bros Manifatture
Bros Manifatture is a "superbrand" in the world of fashion jewelry and watches with over 200 new products each year.


CAE in the Nanotech-enabling World
Zyvex engineers use finite-element analysis to build microscopically small devices.

CAE Simulation driven Product Development of Expandable Liner Hanger
CAE Simulation driven Product Development of
Expandable Liner Hanger presentation given by Ganesh Nanaware of Baker Hughes at ATCx Energy 2014.


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.

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.

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



CAVE Sets the Stage for Real-Time Collaboration
An immersive virtual environment speeds the creation of prototypes to cut time in military product development programs.

CEVT Discuss Multi-Disciplinary Optimization for Vehicle Development
China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) discuss the application of Multi-disciplinary Optimization (MDO) during the development of new automotive vehicle architectures.

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CFD Advances Racing Bike Performance
Highly automated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) workflows enable the discovery of flow behaviors, improving wheel aerodynamics.



Mathew N. Godo, Ph.D. and David Corson, Ph.D.

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Characterization of Sensorless Motor Control Technology Using VisSim
“A key benefit to using VisSim for this project is its code generation capability and how quickly and fast it works. The speed of how its drivers work and being able to interface directly with our ROM code was really the key enabler for me, and that was the most important benefit in this particular project.”

Dave Wilson,
Senior Motor Systems Engineer
C2000 Group, Texas Instruments

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.

Chiller Unit Keeps Joint Strike Fighter Pilots Cool
A model-based embedded development system enables AMETEK to design, simulate, create firmware for and validate a chiller unit control system.


By Beverly A. Beckert
Concept To Reality Winter/ Spring 2015
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Clemson University Chooses PBS Professional for HPC Workload Management
Clemson University's IT department, Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT), selected PBS Professional over open-source alternatives for mission-critical workload management. "We were looking to fulfill two requirements that our open source scheduling tool could not handle – reliability/scalability and technical support. After evaluating workload management vendors, Altair’s PBS Professional scheduling software came out on top as the solution that met our HPC needs."

Cleveland Golf Drives Product Innovation Through Simulation and Optimization Using HyperWorks
Much more goes into a golf club than simply wood, iron and graphite. To shape the performance, the distinctive appearance, the personalized feel and even the sound of the club striking the ball, manufacturers must precisely engineer every aspect of the design. Today, simulation-driven design has dramatically reduced development time for new golf clubs while allowing them to meet strict regulations more efficiently.

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.

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.

Combining topology optimization with laser additive manufacturing reveals new potential for lightweight structures
Challenge: Development of design and optimization methods to improve components made with laser additive manufacturing methods.

Altair Solution: HyperWorks, OptiStruct, Simulation Driven Design Process

Benefits: increased material efficiency, lighter and stiffer structures, less user training required, flexible and adaptable manufacturing 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.

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.

Computational Analysis of Quadriceps Tendon Force Following Total Knee Replacement Surgery Leads to Improved Patient Knee Flexure
Anterior knee pain is a significant complication following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgery. The inability to freely extend/flex the knee has a crucial influence on patients daily activities including walking, lifting and rising from a chair. This knee movement inability is one of the most common indications of needed TKA procedure revisions. Poor sizing during surgery of the patellar knee component – a “button-like” element that increases the mechanical advantage of the
extension force. The research biomechanics group in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University has evaluated the effect of the patella-button thickness on the variation of the magnitude of the quadriceps tendon force by applying HyperWorks-based finite element analysis.


Concept Design Optimization of Automotive Components
ArvinMeritor succesfully applied topology and topography optimization to various automotive components.

Cooper Standard Speeds Development of Next-Generation Pumps with Altair’s AcuSolve CFD Solver
With more than 22,000 employees in
19 countries, Cooper Standard supplies the vehicle industry with fluid delivery systems, sealing and exterior systems, thermal and emission systems and AVS. The company’s Electromechanical Department is an advanced research and development arm of the Cooper Standard North America division. It’s goal is to marry mechanical systems with electronic controls. This new technology improves overall vehicle efficiency by providing on-demand fluid delivery and by eliminating the power loses inherent in conventional systems.
In designing new pumps for this type of system, CAE Engineer Tom Lincoln uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to simulate the flow of coolant through the device. He and his team began using CFD computer-aided engineering tools as long ago as 2003, and computer simulations have become an essential part of his organization’s product development process.

Creactive Design
Using Optimization to Improve the Design of a Classroom



Product design consultancy and structural engineering partner, Creactive Design, wanted to explore the possibility of utilizing optimization technologies to improve the design of a cross-functional roof for an innovative new classroom environment. The classrooms, under development at architecture firm, Future Systems, would be prefabricated in glass reinforced plastic (GRP) to a high standard, making them energy efficient, durable and eminently replicable. The ambitious project was called the “World Classroom”. Creactive approached Altair ProductDesign, to assist in this explorative project due to Altair’s reputation for developing the market leading optimization software solution, OptiStruct.

Creating a Virtual Press to Optimize the Extrusion Process
Today's advanced computational tools increase productivity and quality, as well as lower energy consumption in the design and fabrication of extrusion dies.

Customer Story: Peter Macapia
Dr. Peter Macapia discusses solidThinking's part in reinventing structural systems and rethinking what a building is.


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.

Daimler
During the development of a new vehicle variant, Daimler wanted to explore the potential of utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to optimization (MDO), whereby several attribute performance targets are considered in a single optimization study, a technique that has the promise to deliver rapid design direction to design teams.

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.

Dana Adopts Altair’s SimLab to Automate Meshing of Powertrain Models with Dramatic Time Savings
Dana Holding Corporation is a world
leader in driveline, sealing, and thermalmanagement
technologies that improve
fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and
lower the cost of ownership in passenger,
commercial and off-highway vehicles.
Dana's 25,000 employees operate in
27 countries within a network of some
90 engineering, manufacturing and
distribution facilities.
Computer simulation of powertrain
components—entailing the creation of
very large models with 25,000 surfaces or
more—has long been an important aspect
of Dana’s product development process.
For many years, the company’s engineers
have employed a standard industry
methodology of transforming CAD designs
into prototypes, analyzing the prototype
to observe failure points, redesigning
the prototype and retesting until the
product met specifications.

Danish Team Uses HyperWorks to Prove the Value of Topology Optimization for Concrete Architectural Structures
Denmark’s Aarhus School of Architecture
was interested in exploring the potential
of applying the kind of simulation-based
topology optimization used in the automotive,
aeronautical and naval industries to
architectural concrete structures and coupling
it with robotic fabrication of polystyrene
formwork for concrete casting. Led by
Per Dombernowsky, who served as project
manager and engineer, and Asbjørn
Søndergaard, who headed the project’s
design and optimization aspects, the
combined academic and industrial team
created the Unikabeton Prototype project.

DECKED
The huge capacity of a pickup comes at the expense of storage. The loading area is often a simple box with no ability to store smaller items safely or secure them from theft. After spotting an opportunity in the marketplace, entrepreneur, Lance Meller, started work on a well-built alternative. Lance founded DECKED with his business partner, Jake Peters, with a shared determination to create an innovative, robust and useful storage solution for both commercial users and private owners alike. The system had to be able to withstand a load of 2,000 lbs, fit it into a wide range of pickup models including those from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan and be manufactured for a compelling retail target price. DECKED selected Altair ProductDesign as it needed a partner that was able to deliver conceptual design work along with advanced engineering and prototyping services.

Design and Optimization of a High Performance C-Class Catamaran with HyperWorks
Born in 1961, based on a challenge between
Great Britain and the United States about who
builds the fastest catamarans, the ‘C-Class’
has been the driver of many innovations in
the world of multihull sailing.

Design Development of a New Consumer Personal Care Product Pack Driven by Optimization
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 fast, and at the necessary level of quality, presents a major engineering challenge. A new deodorant pack development process is described, which introduces advanced simulation and optimization technology into the concept development phase. Detailed predictions of interacting parts in a mechanism assembly 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 and helps to improve performance and reduce uncertainty in the development process.

Design Optimization Applied to the Development of an Oilfield Bistable Expandable Sand Screen
This paper will cover the design, development, and testing of an expandable sand screen using bistable cell technology. In addition, the design and development of the proprietary expandable connection will be presented. The testing presented covers a wide range of structural integrity, expansion, sand retention, mudflow, and geomechanical tests performed on the screen, base pipe, and connection.

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