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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.

HyperWorks improves development processes at PSA Peugeot Citroën

Challenge: Define new process that includes accurate component data

Altair Solution: Use HyperForm and RADIOSS in development process

Benefits:
  • Reduce Development Time
  • Accelerate Innovation
  • Improve Quality and Robustness


Flux Webinar: Electric Machine Design Workflow for Traction Applications

Nowadays, when modeling motors for electric vehicles, more and more constraints are to be fulfilled at the same time. The motor has to be very efficient, less noisy, avoid vibration and at the same time - not too hot and very cheap. In this webinar we will show the different tools available from pre-design, fine tune electromagnetic analysis, NVH analysis, to thermal analysis and system analysis.



Printed Ka-band Reflectarrays with Offset Feed

Printed reflectarrays combine the advantages of parabolic reflector antennas with microstrip arrays, yielding high-gain, low-profile, low-cost antennas with simpler feeds that are easy to fabricate. This white paper demonstrates how FEKO can be used to model a printed reflectarray and its feed.

OptiStruct 2017 Brochure

Altair OptiStruct is an industry proven, modern structural analysis solver for linear and nonlinear simulation under static and dynamic loadings. It is the most widely used solution for structural design and optimization in all industries. OptiStruct helps designers and engineers analyze and optimize structures for performance characteristics such as strength, durability, and NVH, to rapidly develop innovative, lightweight, and structurally efficient designs.

FIAT Customer Story

FIAT chose Altair ProductDesign as a partner to perform a pilot project to investigate squeak and rattle. The project focused on studying issues on the FIAT UNO, a vehicle made exclusively for the South American market. Altair ProductDesign suggested that FIAT implement Altair’s ‘Squeak and Rattle Director’ (SNRD), a comprehensive set of services and software automations that rapidly identify and analyze design alternatives to eliminate the root causes of squeak and rattle in assemblies. With customization from the Altair ProductDesign team, the solution provides a semi-automated approach to determine relative component displacements in the time domain that can lead to undesired noise. A dedicated four day workshop facilitated a fast ramp-up of the NVH team’s knowledge of the SNRD and helped Altair to identify FIAT’s specific design process that the solution could be tailored to.

AcuSolve 2017 Brochure

AcuSolve is Altair's most powerful Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool, providing users with a full range of physical models.

Squeak & Rattle Director

Altair's Squeak and Rattle Director (SRD) is a novel set of comprehensive software automations to rapidly identify and analyze design alternatives to eliminate the root causes of squeak and rattle (S&R) in assemblies. Tailored to be deeply integrated within your environment and processes, SRD offers a complete set of capabilities to streamline the entire S&R simulation workflow process from model creation to results visualization.

Impact Simulation Director Datasheet

Altair's Impact Simulation Director (ISD) solutions empower engineers and designers to simulate the impact performance of designs faster to cost-effectively produce higher-quality products. ISD solutions automate the laborious, manual tasks associated with model setup, analysis, post-processing and reporting.Highly tailored to an organization's specific procedures and best practices, Altair's ISD solutions reduce development time and costs while enhancing product robustness and performance.

Toyota Motorsport

Controlling Software Costs with Altair’s Software Asset Optimization System



TMG chose Altair’s Software Asset Optimization (SAO) system to address this problem. SAO (Software Asset Optimization) enables the user easy and efficient access of the actual software usage of existing licenses in his company. He can analyze the software usage and based on this information make appropriate decisions concerning the acquisitions of new licenses and the extension of existing contracts.

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

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

Software Asset Optimization Brochure

Altair’s “Software Asset Optimization” solutions (SAO) enable visualization and analysis of global software inventories and utilization rates across facilities, divisions, departments, projects and users. Having deep domain expertise in business analytics, software licensing systems and high performance computing, Altair’s SAO solutions are tailored specifically to the unique needs and requirements of each organization.

The Use of Suimulation (FEKO) to Investigate Antenna Performance on Mobile Platforms

Wireless technologies have proliferated onto automotive platforms as part of infotainment, telematics and active safety initiatives. These wireless solutions present engineers design challenges in the area of applied electromagnetics in terms of antenna design, antenna placement, electromagnetic compatibility and wave propagation. The Applied EMAG and Wireless Lab at Oakland University possesses an outdoor vehicle-level antenna range (80 MHz - 6,000 MHz) and full-wave electromagnetic field solvers with high end computers to solve these issues. This presentation will highlight some of the past and recent research projects conducted in my lab that relied on a full-wave electromagnetic field solver to investigate the issue and subsequently be validated with measurements.

OPEL

Improving Design Productivity through Automation



OPEL identified the design process of engine mount systems as a candidate for a process automation solution. As an objective, NVH engineers had to be able to generate input decks even without detailed load case information. Knowledge had to be captured and re-used in a standardized workflow. Automatic optimization and robustness analysis of the mount parameters had to be integrated into the process to quickly improve final product quality.

Electromagnetic Interference in Automotive and Aerospace

Both the automotive and aerospace industries face ever-increasing Electromagnetic Interference challenges. In the automotive case, new problems arise due to proliferation of electric and hybrid cars, which carry high-voltage systems, and of wireless infotainment and safety systems, which use high frequencies. The aerospace industry’s challenges are exacerbated by the use of composite materials and by the need to protect against lightning strikes.
This presentation will discuss many of the challenges and explain how they can be met with simulation. A few practical examples involving cable harnesses will be analyzed in more depth.


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.

Delivering Innovation and Intelligence in Product Design

Packaging designers must constantly inject innovations to attract consumers in a constantly evolving and highly competitive market. Keeping ahead of the competition by bringing new and exciting products to market faster whilst maintaining quality, presents a major engineering challenge. A new packaging development process is described, which introduces advanced automated simulation and optimization technology right from the concept development phase. Detailed predictions of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging performance are made possible through use of advanced simulation technology. Design optimization is then employed using the modelling as a virtual testing ground for design variants. The approach provides clear design direction, an opportunity for wider experimentation, helps to improve performance and reduces uncertainty in the development process.

Advanced Features for External Automotive Aerodynamics Using AcuSolve

Watch this 45-minute webinar to learn more on the use of advanced features for solving “on road” external automotive aerodynamics with Altair’s CFD solver AcuSolve. The webinar will focus on the analysis of external aerodynamics for passenger and racing vehicles while performing turning maneuvers. AcuSolve’s mesh motion capabilities, along with real time cosimulation with Altair’s multi-body dynamics solver, MotionSolve give engineers the ability to better simulate actual road conditions.

HyperWorks 14.0 Webinar: Computational Fluid Dynamics

Whether you’re an analyst performing CFD modeling every day, or an engineer with a need to understand the impact a CFD analysis will have on a proposed design, HyperWorks offers a complete suite of tools for both the expert and novice users. From detailed component analysis to full systems performance, HyperWorks is your solution for problems ranging from 100,000 to 1,000,000,000 elements in size with parallel scalable solvers and robust pre and post processing software.

In this webianr, you will learn about the new features available in Altair's flagship CFD solver, AcuSolve, as well as what's new in HyperWorks for CFD pre and post processing.

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.

Impact Simulation Director Overview

Altair's Impact Simulation Director (ISD) solutions empower engineers and designers to simulate the impact performance of designs faster to cost-effectively produce higher-quality products. ISD solutions automate the laborious, manual tasks associated with model setup, analysis, post-processing and reporting.

Automated Reporting Director

Automated Reporting Director is a novel set of comprehensive services and software automation to support the utilization of HyperWorks' post processing technologies embedded into your environment. The offering streamlines the often time-consuming tasks associated with the mechanics of results generation and reporting, allowing the engineer to focus on the interpretation and understanding of results.

Simulation Driven Weight Saving in Stamping

Dr. Subir Roy Director - Industry Solutions, Altair

With increasing regulation on fuel consumption and emission standards, weight saving has become one of the most important topics for automotive sheet metal design. Advanced high strength materials are becoming more prevalent for new vehicle models to reduce weight while enhancing structural performance.

Model Verification Director

Altair's Model Verification Director (MVD) allows engineering analysts to validate CAD model data received from the design teams, automatically identifying potential issues that could slow down the pre-processing stage of the simulation life cycle.

The MVD is embedded into HyperWorks pre-processing technology, HyperMesh and integrated into the Assembly Browser. The solution identifies CAD intersections, missing welds, and incorrect bolt-nut positions on an entire assembly structure and generates comprehensive reports in both Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel formats to allow for easy communication of the validation results. With this insight, the CAD design team can correct the model data and help streamline the finite element modeling process.

Unilever

Optimizing Packaging Designs & Reducing Prototype Costs



To remain at the forefront of innovation within the male grooming market, Unilever, constantly looks for ways to differentiate their products from competitor offerings. For the Lynx (Axe) brand, Unilever needed to adopt a simulation and analysis approach when designing a new deodorant packaging concept and required a development partner to assist with the design and testing of the new can.

Scania

Reducing the Development Cycle with Assembly Automation



European based heavy vehicles manufacturer, Scania, is known for its ability to deliver highly customized products. This concept creates a significant challenge for computer aided engineering (CAE) departments, as engineers must rapidly verify a number of different variants with finite element simulations. Therefore, automating the entire virtual model assembly process was a major goal for Scania. The process, which included tasks such as positioning hundreds of components, creating contact definitions and building part connections with pre-strained bolts, was time consuming and prone to error.

Unilever

Customized Solutions to Reduce Packaging Waste



With increasing pressures on all manufacturers to reduce the environmental impact of their products, consumer goods giant, Unilever, needed a way to minimize the material used in its packaging while ensuring that it remained strong enough to withstand transportation loads and a variety of use conditions.

Designing Smart Connected Products and Wireless Networks for IoT

This webinar will explain and show through real use cases how Altair HyperWorks simulation platform and solidThinking design software solutions are helping companies to design and optimize the connectivity of innovative products going from small devices, through connected vehicles, and to wireless sensor networks for cases like industrial applications.

FEKO Integrated in HyperWorks 14.0

Altair’s computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software platform for simulation-driven innovation is Hyper- Works, which includes modeling, visualization, analysis and optimization technologies and solutions for structural, impact, electromagnetics, thermal, fluid, systems and manufacturing applications. The electromagnetics solver suite in HyperWorks is FEKO, a comprehensive electromagnetic analysis software used to solve a broad range of electromagnetic problems. It includes a set of hybridized solvers, giving the possibility to combine methods to solve complex and electrically large problems, with all solvers included in the same package.

ElectroFlo Brochure

Altair ElectroFlo™ is a fully featured and efficient thermal analysis software that combines the power of coupled thermal/electrical analysis with the ease-of-use of an object oriented GUI to provide solutions to challenging problems facing today's electronics analysts and designers.

Gordon Murray Design Discuss the Future of Automotive Manufacturing & iStream

Dr Ralph Clague, Powertrain Systems Manager at Gordon Murray Design (GMD) speaks to Altair ProductDesign about the current challenges in the automotive industry and how their iStream process can deliver lighter, low cost electric vehicles. Altair ProductDesign has worked with GMD to analyse and test the safety performance of its iStream, composite material based vehicles.

Optimisation Techniques Leading the Development of a Steering Wheel

The early application of structural optimisation in the design of automotive components streamlines the design process and at the same time significantly increases the potential of the final design achieving maximum performance. This paper details the use of optimisation techniques during the development of a steering wheel, to generate an optimised design for cross attribute performance. This was completed in the Altair HyperWorks environment as Altair HyperMesh combined with Altair OptiStruct enables the creation of a parametric model with a multitude of design variables (i.e. size, shape, displacement, stress and frequency) in order to satisfy NVH, manufacturability, durability and crash targets.

HyperWorks On-demand Data Sheet

HyperWorks On-Demand is a public cloud solution, bringing software, platform and infrastructure as a service – SaaS, PaaS and IaaS – to Altair customers within a single and intuitive portal.

Introduction to HyperGraph

Altair HyperGraph is a powerful data analysis and plotting tool with interfaces to many popular file formats. Its sophisticated math engine is capable of processing even the most complex mathematical expressions. HyperGraph combines these features with high-quality presentation output and customization capabilities to create a complete data analysis system for any organization.

Designing Optimized Aluminum Castings with Fatigue Life Considerations

Andras Tanos, R&D Engineer at FemAlk ZRT, talks about how they have used Altair solutions for topology optimization of an engine part.

Processing CAE Data via Advanced Mathematical Scripting

High level, Matrix-based Numerical computing language & unified programming environment for all types of math from solving matrix analysis, differential equations signal analysis and control systems. It is an integrated HyperWorks post processing tool.

SmartCore Datasheet

Altair SmartCore open-architecture solution enabling advanced edge-to-cloud IoT applications and augmented data analytics powered by machine learning to drive the innovation.

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.

FEKO Webinar Recording : Radomes with Frequency Selective Surfaces

In this webinar we present a complete solution for the design and analysis of radomes. We also discuss in detail the challenges and the solutions to the design and analysis of Frequency Selective Surface (FSS) radomes.

Simulation Tools: Driving the Future of Design

The Clemson University Deep Orange 3 program introduced future engineers to analysis software, enabling them to develop a novel sports car concept architecture.



By Dr. Paul Venhovens

Concept To Reality Winter 2013 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

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.

Flux 12.3 Whats New

Discover Flux 12.3 New version!

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.

Introduction to HyperMesh

Altair HyperMesh is a high-performance finite element pre-processor to prepare even the largest models, starting from import of CAD geometry to exporting an analysis run for various disciplines.

Improving the Accuracy of Weather Prediction

This brochure covers the Cray-Altair Solution for Optimized HPC Resource and Workload Management – Using a Cray supercomputer with Altair’s PBS Professional scheduler provides weather prediction centers with a rich solution for optimized forecasting.

Benchmark Study: Optimizing High Fidelity Crash & Safety Simulation Performance

Cray, Intel and Altair have collaborated to analyze crash and safety simulation performance that provides engineers the power, speed and accuracy needed for their design analysis.

Implementing CAE into the Design Process for Composite Tennis Racquets at Wilson Sporting Goods

Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson Sporting Goods, leveraged OptiStruct and Altair ProductDesign for composites finite element analysis to reduce design cycle time and enhance product value.

Additive Manufacturing of a Satellite Antenna Bracket

Analysis and design of a 3D printed antenna support for the Sentinel-1b satellite by RUAG Space with Altair Products.

HyperWorks for Crash: Simulation with RADIOSS

Erwan Mestres (Business Development Director) is presenting a comprehensive overview of Altair's crash solution RADIOSS, touching on basics, model setup, safety models (such as dummies and barriers), and also analysis speed-up with e.g. scaling or sub-modelling.

HyperForm 2017 Brochure

Altair HyperForm is an industry proven comprehensive finite-element-based sheet metal forming simulation framework. Its unique process-oriented environment captures the forming process with a suite of highly tailored and configurable analysis and simulation tools to optimize all aspects of stamped products development. HyperForm delivers a cost-effective solution to meet the demands of customers varying from individual analysts, and tool shops, and to large OEMS.

Ford Focus STREET: Getting Real in Six Weeks

Technology partners collaborate in style to deliver a specialty vehicle based on the Ford Focus platform.

The World is Built on Engineering

Dr. Uwe Schramm and James Dagg, CTOs at Altair, keynote presentation at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France.

This presentation will illustrate the power of Altair’s simulation technology through several practical examples applied to some of the most common product development challenges in automotive, aerospace, and other industries.

Starting with simulation in the early phases of concept design, designers can take advantage of CFD simulation to explore and validate how different designs impact the aerodynamic performance of a vehicle. Viewers will be shown how complex, detailed nonlinear airframe simulations can be modeled and performed quickly and accurately. The presenters will also explain how multiphysics problems like e-powertrain development can be solved with a model-based development approach, which considers electrical and electro-magnetic simulation of systems and sub-systems.

Teaching Aerospace Design Optimization

Engineers develop design and analysis skills through application of principles, methods, and tools to the solution of complex, often ill-defined problems. Engineering training that focuses on simple, focused component-level applications teaches some portion of the skills needed to execute real world problems but is incomplete. Altair has experience both deep and broad in applying optimization technologies and has developed a training curriculum aiming to teach engineers more comprehensive design optimization skills and knowledge in aerospace applications. The Altair Aerospace Optimization Academy has been developed as a series of online modules to develop deep design and optimization knowledge and skills in engineers that have basic structural analysis and finite element experience. The training curriculum leads students through complete design cycles using Altair’s advanced optimization technologies and explores the different approaches that engineers can use to develop aerospace designs for a variety of metallic and composite components and configurations.

Accelerate your Creativity with Flux 12.2

The new version of Flux software brings many new features that will accelerate the engineer’s creativity when designing electric equipment or electromechanical devices. Improvements in 3D modeling, post-processing and transient solving can be seen as well as a faster simulation process.

This version allows users to take full advantage of Altair’s unique licensing system. Together with the new connections to various Altair tools, it allows for optimization studies, coupling with vibro-acoustics and system-level analysis.

Tallent Automotive

Customized Solutions to Reduce Chassis Mass by 25%



To meet the growing demands for lightweight, fuel efficient vehicles, Tallent Automotive required a more automated method to produce minimum mass sheet metal chassis components which took performance targets and manufacturing constraints into account.

Weight Analytics Brochure

Altair's Weight Analytics (WA) solution manages the entire Weight and Balance (W&B) process empowering engineering and management teams to control and ensure W&B attributes meet program requirements. Deployed as a common weight management tool across the enterprise, WA enables faster and more accurate decision-making with on-demand access to visualize, analyse and predict W&B at any point in time during the entire Product Lifecycle (PLC). Highly configurable to work seamlessly within any IT environment, WA’s open architecture design streamlines time consuming repetitive tasks associated with data consolidation to provide the “right” information when it is needed.

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%.

A design approach for lightweight car body construction with an example on the micro-car “ec2go”

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by various presenters from Imperia GmbH Abstract. With increase in demands for special purpose vehicles such as electric vehicles, small series production is gaining more importance in automotive industry. However due to restricted amount of resources available, these manufacturers have to face a number of challenges, high development costs, longer design-optimization loops, high manufacturing costs are some to name. Additionally, no compromise can be made with the passive safety and lightweight characteristics of the vehicle design.

Automotive Radars - Antenna Design, Integration & Channel Modeling

One of the key enabling technologies in the development of autonomous vehicles is driving aid radar systems. We will highlight some of the typical challenges experienced during the design and integration of automotive radars, as well as the applicable numerical solutions that FEKO offers. Radar channel modelling with WinProp is also presented.

A Multifunctional Aerospace Smart Skin Emerges from Computational Models and Physical Experiments

The capability to assess the current or future state of the health of an aircraft to improve safety, availability, and reliability while reducing maintenance costs has been a continuous goal for decades. Many companies, government agencies, and academic institutions have become interested in Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) and a growing effort of research into “smart” vehicle sensing systems has emerged. Methods to detect damage to aircraft materials and structures have historically relied on visual inspection during pre-flight or post-flight operations by flight and ground crews. More quantitative non-destructive investigations with various instruments and sensors have traditionally been performed when the aircraft is out of operational service during major scheduled maintenance. Through the use of reliable sensors coupled with data monitoring, data mining, and data analysis techniques, the health state of a vehicle can be detected in-situ.

MotionSolve 2017 Brochure

MotionSolve is an integrated solution to analyze and optimize multi-body systems. MotionSolve offers powerful modeling, analysis, visualization, and optimization capabilities for simulating complex systems. You can perform kinematic, dynamic, static, quasi-static, linear, and vibration analyses. MotionSolve helps you to understand and improve the performance of your product.

Introduction to HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel

Altair’s HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel is a new solution designed to provide better wind tunnel simulation technology and user experience. With a highly automated and streamlined workflow process and high quality CFD technology, Altair’s HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel is able to more accurately and quickly predict an automobile’s aerodynamic performance.

Scania Customer Story

Squeak and rattle phenomena are studied in the automotive industry in an attempt to reduce the cabin noise and as a result, give a better ride quality and comfort to occupants. In the case of Scania’s Cabin Development Department, this kind of simulation was not performed historically. The team had to rely on tolerance calculations as well as the choice of materials to reduce the risk of squeak and rattle. To reduce development time and cut down on iterative changes, a desirable solution was identified that enabled a simulation-driven design process during the early stages of the cabin development cycle.

PBS Works: Improving the Accuracy of Weather Forecasts

Running HPC systems and clusters with Altair’s PBS Professional® scheduler provides weather forecast centers with a rich solution for optimized forecasting. The solution ensures high-performance computing (HPC) resources are more efficiently scheduled to increase system utilization, improve application performance and throughput, and enhance quality of service.

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.

Sharma & Associates

Sharma & Associates (SA), a Chicago-based consulting firm that is focused on providing engineering solutions to the railroad industry, led the effort. Since 1995, SA have delivered safe, effective and efficient solutions to its customers, which include the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Association of American Railroads (AAR), railroads and transit agencies, rail car builders and rail car component manufacturers. The objective of the Altair ProductDesign team effort was to develop an ‘Engineer Protection System (EPS)’ that can protect train crew in frontal collisions (a common mode of train collision) from secondary impact injuries.

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Optimizing Compute Farm Efficiency and Software Utilization

High-performance computing (HPC) workload management software is a key element of an efficient EDA computing environment. Altair’s market-leading PBS Works products are used by EDA organizations to increase efficiency in server farms and other computing environments.

Developing a New Safety System for the Rail Industry with Sharma & Associates

Sharma & Associates (SA), a Chicago-based consulting firm that is focused on providing engineering solutions to the railroad industry, led the effort. Since 1995, SA have delivered safe, effective and efficient solutions to its customers, which include the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Association of American Railroads (AAR), railroads and transit agencies, rail car builders and rail car component manufacturers. The objective of the Altair ProductDesign team effort was to develop an ‘Engineer Protection System (EPS)’ that can protect train crew in frontal collisions (a common mode of train collision) from secondary impact injuries.

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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.

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.


Smart Multiphysics: Explosives and Concrete Material Simulation in RADIOSS



Smart Multiphysics Direct Coupling of AcuSolve & RADIOSS for Fluid-Structure Interaction



Cross-Coupling between a 3G Transmitter & a Cable Bundle

This white paper demonstrates how the cable modeling interface in FEKO was used to compute cross-coupling effects between a cable bundle and 3G antenna mounted on a vehicle.

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%

Fatigue Life from Sine-on-Random Excitation

Fatigue life prediction of structures whose natural frequencies lie near the frequencies of the input loading requires the stress results from dynamic analyses. These analyses can be performed in either the time or the frequency domains depending on the nature or the loading. This presentation will outline the approaches available for fatigue life prediction using Altair OptiStruct and APA product, nCode DesignLife for both time and frequency based dynamic analyses. The strengths, weaknesses and assumptions of each approach will be presented, along with typical applications enabling the user to select the proper technique for their particular use case.

Multi-Body Dynamics: MotionSolve for Truck and Bus

Simulation is used in nearly every industry and the Truck and Bus industries are no exception.

Within this domain, application of Multi-body Dynamics is common for improving designs for vehicle dynamics, suspension behavior, packaging and many other motion related applications. Altair has recently implemented major enhancements in MotionSolve specific to this domain. This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the solution now available from Altair.

Extending the Life of Products with Simulation

Fatigue and Durability seminar held during 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 16, 2018.

Delivering World Class Chassis Design

This paper details the extensive use of CAE optimisation technology at ThyssenKrupp Automotive Tallent Chassis Ltd (TKA). There are a number of trends in the automotive business that are presenting great challenges, these include severe cost pressures from OEM’s, platform commonisation and reduced vehicle development cycle time. The use of optimisation is critical for TKA to maintain its competitiveness, this paper deals with more advanced concepts of optimisation by extending into the severely non-linear region of analysis types.

Innovating in the Cloud

CAE cloud computing speeds innovation and cuts bottom-line IT costs.



By Dale Dunlap and Ravi Kunju

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Evolutionary Design in Chassis Technology

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

Predicting the Dynamics of Mechanical Systems in the Automotive Industry

The application of CAE tools to help design and develop mechanical systems in the automotive industry is a widely accepted practice. This paper highlights various applications of these tools, in particular, the application of MotionView and MotionSolve from Altair Engineering. Each example demonstrates the advantages of using such tools to work rapidly and seamlessly within the general design process. This results in the development of innovative designs to face challenging problems in a short time frame.

Development Time Reduction at Stadler Rail

Dr. Alois Starlinger is talking about how Altair products made an impact in shortening development time at Stadler Rail.

PBS Works 2017 Brochure

PBS Works, named the #1 solution by HPCwire readers, is Altair’s comprehensive secure workload management suite for high-performance computing (HPC) environments. This integrated suite simplifies the use of HPC while improving resource utilization and ROI. Altair is the only company to offer best-in-class application software, HPC workload management tools, and an industry leading licensing and business model to fit growing simulation needs.

HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel 2017 Brochure

Altair’s HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel is a vertical application tailored for external aerodynamic studies. Designed with the users’ needs in mind, the graphical user interface provides easy access to problem definition and solution strategies. The automated and customizable report generation after each simulation run provides a consistent method for design evaluation. HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel integrates smoothly with other Altair products.

Model Mesher Director Datasheet

Altair's Model Mesher Director (MMD) is a fully integrated, user-friendly solution that empowers engineers to import & modify geometry and mesh models with specific mesh criteria automatically with the power of Altair HyperWorks tools. Company’s face the challenge of analyzing ever larger and more complex models.

ADAS Simulation Under Severe Vibrations

Automotive radars are becoming standard equipment on vehicles. Their purpose is to adjust the distance between vehicles and/or alert the driver when dangerous situations arise. Several antenna architectures are used to cover the different safety functions in complex bumper/car chassis environment where the side
effects become more and more significant on the radar performances. Hence, automotive radar integration process becomes a very important
topic. Weak radar integration will generate gain loss, high side lobes levels and angular errors. Those degradations will impact the radar range,
the main radar axis (BSE) and the radar detection quality (resolution, ambiguity, discrimination).

NEVS Uses Simulation Driven Innovation in Car Body Design

Dr. Lars Fredriksson, Business VP – Simulation Driven Innovation at Altair presenting on behalf of NEVS at the 2017 European ATC.

The automotive industry is experiencing ever increasing requirements on new vehicles from all directions. Still, development cycles must be shortened and development costs reduced. Early concept development is a project stage where change costs are low and design freedom large. Thus, improvement of early concept development to mature designs faster and with better design balance must be a key goal of vehicle development.

Design for High Performance Recreational Products

Pankaj Dubey, Country Head and Managing Director at Polaris India, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

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™.

Where Is Your Performance Data?

A new data management system lets engineers easily manage, share and leverage simulation and test data.

HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel on Cray: Benchmarks and Recommended Configurations

With Altair’s HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel running on Cray XC30 or CS300 systems, manufacturers of all sizes can now predict a vehicle’s external aerodynamic performance without the need for numerous physical wind tunnel tests. This document includes scalability benchmarks for both small and large problems, along with Cray’s recommended system configurations to run Virtual Wind Tunnel.

Reducing Weight and Maximising Fuel Efficiency of a Formula Student Car with OptiStruct

Durham University Electric Motorsport (DUEM), are a UK-based team of students who design, build and race electric vehicles. In this project, DUEM wanted to demonstrate how they have applied the latest weight saving technology to achieve a faster, more efficient car by optimising an upright design for multiple load cases. As existing users of the Altair HyperWorks simulation suite, the DUEM team looked to OptiStruct to help meet this challenge.

Kirchhoff Automotive

Hear how Kirchhoff Automotive improves resource utilization with the PBS Works suite of HPC solutions.

Design and optimization of a high performance C-Class catamaran with HyperWorks

Reprint of the article published on composite solutions magazine 2/2016.

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

MDO Director Datasheet

A multi-disciplinary optimization (MDO) approach allows you to explore all design requirements simultaneously and achieve lighter products, faster. Until now, enabling this process on live vehicle programs has been a challenge. Altair's MDO Director is a novel set of software tools that provides a process to rapidly set up, execute, post-process and explore the design of MDO problems.

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.

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.

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%.

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