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Setup and Run Analysis
Step 2 in getting started with SimSolid, setup loads and run analysis


Airframe Engineering Process at CASSIDIAN
This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Gunnar Clemen from CASSIDIAN. Airframe engineering is supported by several commercial software suites for analysis, design and optimization. The structural strength and stability analysis & verification is usually done by semi-analytical analysis methods taken from HSB (Handbuch Strukturberechnung), ESDU, MIL-handbook etc., which have been developed and validated over a long period of time. These analysis methods are often processed by Excel- or Mathcad-sheets which are fed with geometry data, loads and/or stresses as well as material data, in order to determine structural reserve factors.

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.

MotionSolve for Trucks and Busses - Analyze and Optimize Truck System Performance
MotionSolve - Altair's multi-body solution is an integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the truck and bus industries, MotionSolve is used to assess system durability, evaluate and improve new suspension systems, optimize the ride and handling characteristics of vehicles, evaluate and optimize subsystem performance and validate mechatronics components.

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Single Model Multi-Attribute Analysis & Optimization
On September 27th, OptiStruct users presented the latest capabilities and advancements in simulation-driven design methods for noise and vibration, durability and fatigue solutions. In addition, Altair experts showcased the unique OptiStruct development workflow which allows a baseline model to be analyzed and optimized for various criteria within one solver, in one format, with just one license.

Presentation recorded in Troy, MI during ATCx OptiStruct 2018 on September 27th, 2018.

Review and Evaluate Results
Step 3 in getting started with SimSolid, interactively review and evaluate results


Analyze and Compare Variants
Step 4 in getting started with SimSolid, import and compare variants


Import CAD and Define Connections
Step 1 in getting started with SimSolid, Import CAD and identify connections

Altair HyperLife Datasheet
Altair HyperLife is a comprehensive and easy to use durability analysis tool directly interfacing with major FEA result files. With an embedded material database, HyperLife offers solutions for fatigue life predictions under static and transient loading across a range of industrial applications.

Fatigue Approach and Types
Select the fatigue approach and type in HyperLife.

Material Model Assignment
Assign material from database or create your own material in HyperLife


Run and Evaluate Results
Run analysis and evaluate results in HyperLife

Automotive Product Development: Altair’s Multibody Solutions
he automotive industry constitutes one of the largest components of the global economy and contains numerous manufacturers and suppliers who compete for market share. Performance of their products is key in providing differentiation to win customers and simulation plays a critical role in creating this differentiation. This webinar will demonstrate an array of applications using MotionSolve for simulation and optimization in various automotive applications including vehicle dynamics, durability and closures.

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.

Truck Ride Comfort Analysis by Using Compose and MotionSolve
Ride comfort analysis modeling and ride comfort evaluation done in Altair Compose and Altair MotionSolve.

AcuSolve Tutorial Book
The AcuSolve installation now comes equipped with tutorials that provide detailed instructions for getting started (with a code) and working with some of the commonly used features.

Design Optimization of Axles using Inspire and OptiStruct
Use Inspire to form optimization from the packaging space, performance loading and manufacturing constraints to design an axle close to production ready design. The model setup requires careful setting of axle internal component design and oil flow consideration. Since Inspire does not provide weighting for different load cases, the author was able to gain from trial run to determine the balanced load application, mass target and meshing size requirement to obtain realistic design.

Altair OptiStruct Datasheet
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. Altair 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.

Altair Compose System Dynamics
Assess and improve system dynamics with Altair Compose by constructing and solving differential equations, then understand design sensitivities by rapidly changing model parameters


Study on structural behavior of an atmospheric re-entry vehicle during ditching
This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Maurizio Coltro from Altran Italia SPA. Water impact phenomenon plays an important role in the context of a controlled ditching in the final phase of an atmospheric reentry vehicle mission. Loads generated by contact against fluid are radically different from those that would generate in the case of a ground impact; it’s therefore appropriate to accurately assess forces distribution to be able to careful predict the impacting body structural response.

Altair SimSolid Thermal Analysis Concepts Guide
Altair SimSolid is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA product. It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified CAD geometry and does not need a mesh. This training guide provides details on how to perform steady state thermal analysis including convection and conduction. It also talks about thermal stress analysis in SimSolid. For general overview, please see SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide.

Altair SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide
Altair SimSolid is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA product. It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified CAD geometry and does not need a mesh. This training guide provides more details on the workflows and the technology behind SimSolid. This document is a great resource to get you going.

Altair SimSolid Connections Training Guide
Altair SimSolid is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA product. It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified CAD geometry and does not need a mesh. This training guide provides details on how to connect and manage large assemblies in SimSolid. For general overview, please see SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide.

SimLab Tutorials - Setting the Environment
Edit the preferences of the software; Choose your favorite mouse settings; Display, move and resize windows and browsers on the screen; Create additional toolbars.

SimLab Tutorials - Visualize and Organize
Open and import files; Use the model browser to organize your assembly; Visualize and isolate selected components; Select, isolate and hide entities such as faces or elements; Use some advanced selection modes; Create and retrieve entity groups.

SimLab Tutorials - Thermal Stress Analysis_Safety Valve Assembly
Apply constraints on 1D bolts RBE nodes; apply pressure loads; create mapping of thermal loads; import contact definition; create material and apply properties; create load case; solve and review the results

Non-Linear Optimization of Suspension Link for Optimal Performance using Altair’s OptiStruct and HyperWorks
In recent times there is a high demand for lightweight automotive components which will reduce oil consumption and emissions. The components that are under non-linear load conditions would need optimization techniques that would yield a design which satisfies all performance targets and at the same time maintains the process efficiency with respect to time and cost. The use of CAE tools such as Altair’s OptiStruct and HyperWorks allows engineers to explore various design solutions starting from concept level to matured design that meets multiple requirements simultaneously with due consideration of manufacturing methods that allows engineers to arrive at an optimal design and process.

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.

Consideration of uncertainties in forming simulation using HyperWorks
This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Markus Reinert from DTE Werkzeugtechnik GmbH & Co. KG. In the automotive industry, the lightweight is an increasingly important issue. This leads to the increased use of high strength steels and aluminum. These materials decrease the process capability of forming of many automotive components than conventional materials. It becomes more difficult to predict the feasibility of CAE methods.

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”.

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.

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

SimLab Tutorials - Modal Frequency Response Analysis - Bracket
Create RBE and apply constraints; apply an excitation load; create material and apply properties; define a load case and modify the solution parameters; run the analysis and plot the frequency dependent results

SimLab Tutorials - Solutions Based Modal Frequency Response Analysis - Bracket
Create RBE and apply constraints; apply an excitation load; create material and apply properties; define a load case and modify the solution parameters; run the analysis and plot the frequency dependent results

Flat Panel Post-Buckling Analysis with Implicit Method using OptiStruct
Many commercial aircraft are designed so that fuselage skins can elastically buckle below limit load and continue to operate safely and efficiently. This design regime makes for a very lightweight semi-monocoque structure compared to a non-buckling design. Therefore, predicting the local buckling, post-buckling behavior, and failures are critical to design and optimization of this kind of structure. The local panels buckle in a combination of compression and shear. Excess compression is redistributed to surrounding axial members (frames and stringers) and shear is continued to be carried by the buckled panels via tension parallel to the buckle waves. The compression redistribution and diagonal tension put special strength considerations on all involved structural components. This post-buckling behavior and the analysis method are both called intermediate diagonal tension (IDT).

Optimization of Spacecraft Metallic Primary Structure with OptiStruct
Spacecraft primary structure is designed to react all the major loads imparted on a spacecraft. Inadequately designed or tested primary structure can result in structure failure during launch and endanger mission success. To maximize the useful payload to orbit, primary structures are typically designed to minimize mass while maximizing strength and stiffness characteristics. Identifying an optimal balance of these three design characteristics can be challenging due to the extensive number of load cases applicable to the primary structure. For this study, multiple finite element models (FEM) are optimized to define a metallic panel capable of reacting launch loads and supporting a large secondary payload mounted to the panel. To react the launch loads, the panel strength margins are evaluated and the secondary payload’s 1st bending mode is maximized to reduce dynamic coupling with the launch vehicle dynamic environment. For the optimization, the mass is constrained to not exceed an available mass budget. The primary structure panel is connected to a generic spacecraft bus representative of a typical Northrop Grumman satellite.

Presentation recorded in Troy, MI during ATCx OptiStruct 2018 on September 27, 2018.

Fast contact method for speeding up solving finite element problems involving non-linear contact behavior
For large aerospace assemblies in finite element (FE) analysis problems, contact interaction between the surrounding bodies has to be established to simulate the load transferred between the components, like aircraft engine carrying bracket assemblies, spigots assemblies etc., and understand the effects of interaction between respective parts. In some cases, depending upon geometry of the assembly, the region of study may not be contact area but the stresses acting within the parts themselves. If there is no geometric or material non-linearity in such problems, a new contact formulation method known as Fast Contact can be used in these contact regions.

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

SimLab Tutorials - CAD based Hex Bolts
Create 3D bolts from CAD bolts; Create pretension load using Create; copy/reposition the bolts

Combining Near-Field Measurement and Simulation for EMC Radiation Analysis
Electronic components are required to comply with the global EMC regulations to ensure failure free operation. Currently, EMC
measurements in certified institutes are mandatory to certify performance complies with regulations.This paper describes a practical method of combining near-field measurements and simulations to explore the radiation behavior of
electronic components.

OptiStruct for Nonlinear Analysis: Comprehensive, Fast and Accurate Solutions, Modern Solver Architecture
This webinar will show you some of the nonlinear capabilities available in OptiStruct with a few use cases at a high level. The use cases include but are not limited to car body durability, powertrain durability, aerospace etc.

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

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.

Extract Flow Volume
This demonstration will show how to extract the flow volume from the geometry loaded into HyperXtrude.

Optimization Center – Consistent Integration of Structural Optimization in the Development Process of Passenger Cars
This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Karsten Bohle, Dr. Bernhard Wiedemann, Dr. Boris Kuenkler, and Prof.-Dr. Lothar Harzheim. Since many years the use of numerical structural optimization is an integral part of the development process in the automotive industry and helps in the design of load-specific and mass-efficient components. Due to higher requirements for cars, regarding performance and costs it becomes increasingly important to leverage structural optimization consequently during the entire development process.

Significant Weight Reduction by Using Topology Optimization in Volkswagen Design Development
Using Altair’s topology and topography optimization as an integrated part of their design process, Volkswagen is able to reduce mass of engine components by 20% and more

Topology Optimisation of an Aerospace Part to be Produced by Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)
OptiStruct helped EADS achieve significant weight savings in the design of ALM (additive Layer Manufacturing) components.

MotionSolve for Wind Power
MotionSolve – Altair’s multi-body solution is an integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the energy industry, MotionSolve is used to simulate wind turbine dynamics systems. An accurate virtual wind turbine can be constructed by considering high-fidelity components, such as aerodynamic loads, wind loads, detailed structural sub-systems and co-simulation with control systems. MotionSolve can be used to predict
the loads coming on to the structure, simulate extreme events (such as emergency stop), offshore wind turbine
dynamics and extract stress/strain for further durability studies.

OptiStruct - Equivalent Plastic Strain Response for Optimization
Equivalent plastic strain can be used as an internal response when a nonlinear response optimization is run using the equivalent static load method. This is made possible through the use of an approximated correlation between linear strain and plastic strain, which are calculated in the inner and outer loops respectively, of the ESL method.

Automated LBCs Assignment
Automatically assign load boundary conditions (LBCs) in SimLab

Altair SimSolid Dynamics Training Guide
Altair SimSolid is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA product. It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified CAD geometry and does not need a mesh. This training guide provides details on how to perform dynamic analysis in SimSolid including modal frequency response, transient response and random response analysis. For general overview, please see SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide.

Altair HyperLife Creating Fatigue Events
The Load Map tool serves as a typical Signal processing utility where you can import repetitive load history files. You can also create a simple constant amplitude or block loading cycles with a single click.


Analyze Design and Control Aspects of Linear Machines Using Co-simulation
This research work describes the permanent magnet linear machines, their characteristics, control and applications. It aims to develop a linear machine model in finite element based software, Flux2D. The Finte Element Method (FEM) model consists of 8 poles and 9 slots where periodicity of poles is used to simulate inifinite travel length. The no-load and nominal load conditions are also simulated to validate the performance of the model. At no-load, the cogging force is simulated and is found to be 1.1N

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

Altair Compose Fatigue Damage Evaluation
Evaluate Fatigue damage and life based on the load history applying handy Fatigue methods under high cycle or low cycle


Altair HyperLife Execute the Fatigue Setup
The Evaluate tool allows you to run the Fatigue Analysis, and subsequently load your results in the Results Explorer to visualize the Damage and Number of Cycles to Failure contour.


Buckling Analysis
See a demonstration on how to analyze your model for buckling modes which are used to predict when a part will bend or collapse under load.

SimLab Tutorials - Auto Hex Bolts
Create 3D bolts using faces/groups; merge and move bolts in a model; create solid pretension loads using Select

SimLab Tutorials - Analysis 1D Pretension and Bearing Pressure
Define material and properties; define quickly 1D bolts with pretension; defining loads and constraints; define contacts; export solver deck; run a linear static analysis with OptiStruct; visualize entities

SimLab Tutorials - Linear Static Analysis of Connecting Rod
Create a local coordinate system; define contraints and loads; define contacts; create material and apply properties; export to solver and import results

SimLab Tutorials - Normal Mode Analysis of an Assembly
Create matching faces through assembly; assign load, mass and spring connection; assign material and properties; execute the analysis and verify results

SimLab Tutorials - Non-Linear Static Analysis
Apply symmetry constraints; apply enforced displacement constraint; create 3d bolt with pretension; create advanced contacts; create load case; modify solution parameters; solve and review the results

SimLab Tutorials - Linear Steady State Heat Convection Analysis
Create a steady state heat transfer solution; apply thermal loads such as constant temperature and uniform convection; solve and visualize grid temperature

SimLab Tutorials - Pre-Tensioned Bolt Analysis of Connecting Rod
Import material database, create washer surface and define property; create solid bolts with pretension; define loads, constraints and contacts; define loadcase and solver settings; compute and review the results

SimLab Tutorials - Linear Static Analysis of ConRod
Create linear static solution; define constraints and loads; define contacts; create material and apply properties; run the analysis and review the results

SimLab Tutorials - Steady State Heat Transfer Analysis
Create different materials with thermal properties for the cylinder, fin and insulators; create steady state heat transfer; apply tie contacts between the bodies; define thermal loads such as flux and convection

SimLab Tutorials - Topology Optimization with Manufacturing Constraints
Create RBE connectors; create LBC and load cases; define the design space for a topology optimization; define responses; create manufacturing constraints; set an optimization objective; run an optimization with OptiStruct

SimLab Tutorials - Topology Optimization with Pattern Constraints_Y Bracket
Create RBE connectors; work with specifications for loads and loadcases; set up a topology optimization including pattern constraints; run an optimization with OptiStruct; view and post-process optimization results

Building and Validating the Finite Element Model for an Expandable Liner Hanger
Ganesh Nanaware, Sr. Project Engineer, Baker Hughes

Expandable liner hangers used for wellbore construction within the oil and gas industry are complex mechanical systems. An expandable liner hanger is a revolutionary technology that is getting special attention during wellbore completion due to its unique capabilities of hanging liner weight under extreme conditions and problematic environments.

Structural Optimization and Laser Additive Manufacturing in lightweight design: barriers and chances
This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dipl.-Ing. Jannis Kranz TUHH Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg iLAS Institut für Laser- und Anlagensystemtechnik. With resource prices rising and becoming more and more volatile, lightweight design is getting more important than ever before. Against this background structural optimization tools saw an increased usage in the recent years.

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%

Modern organic architecture with ESAComp
ESAComp software used for the preliminary laminate analysis, to evaluate the structural component behaviour along with the development of the joint system in the Varna Regional Library

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

Flexible Reports- Best Match
This feature allows searching for the best curve channel match based on the Type, Request, and Component names when curve channels are not available in the selected result files.

Leveraging Geometric Shape Complexity, in Optimal Design for Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM) technology enables the possibility of realizing highly efficient, optimized structural components with configurations not achievable using conventional manufacturing methods.


Altair's New, Modern Fatigue Solution: HyperLife
Before a product ever goes to market, companies must understand how their products will behave during and beyond their expected use cycle. Building a brand perception of product quality relies on consistently durable products, regardless of when and where they are produced, time after time. Additionally, high development costs and expensive warranty claims can be mitigated by integrating fatigue simulation into the product development process. There are many tools on the market to simulate the durability and fatigue life of products, but what sets some solutions apart?

Learn how HyperLife enables you to differentiate your products through quality and beat competitors to market with quicker engineering decisions.

Revolutionizing Simulation-Driven Design with Altair SimSolid, A Technology Disruptor
Revolutionizing Simulation-Driven Design with Altair SimSolid,
A Technology Disruptor! – Warren Dias, Director,
Global OptiStruct Business Development, Altair
SimSolid Case Study Presentation
Ashish Mishra, Head-Simulation COE &
Gaurav Regmi, Manager, Durability Simulation, Ather Energy

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MotionSolve for Automotive
MotionSolve for Automotive
Optimize Automotive System Performance


Altair Aerospace: Design a Flap Mechanism with Multibody Dynamics
This short webinar will discuss coupling of aerodynamics loading, structures vibration, mechanisms deployment and hydraulics actuation in the simulation of a high lift device. This session also includes the simulation of structure loads and actuation efficiency during flight maneuvers. A fatigue analysis ensures the longevity of the new design.

Design Optimization Of A Composite Car Body
This paper describes how a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body of a future city car was optimized to minimize weight. The frame includes numerous parts, some of which have a simple constant laminate structure and some are more complex having additional local reinforcements. The body must meet the different stiffness and load carrying constraints set by the various load cases.

UK ATC 2015: A Systematic Approach to Weight Saving of Trailer Towing Systems at Jaguar Land Rover
Presentation by Andrew Blows, Jaguar Land Rover


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.

Altair Bushing Models for the Automotive Industry
The Altair Bushing Model is a high level concept solution that can be used for all your vehicle applications. It has a library of sophisticated, frequency- and amplitude- dependent bushing models that you can use for accurate vehicle dynamics, durability and NVH simulations. The tool has been validated by BMW and Honda for robustly fitting measured data to analytical models and accurately simulating models.

ATCx - A Structural Stress Method for Weld Fatigue in both Shell and Solid Finite Element Models
Presentation on "A Structural Stress Method for Weld Fatigue in both Shell and Solid Finite Element Models." This was presented by Jeff Mentley, DesignLife Specialist, HBM-nCode, at ATCx West on June 18, 2014

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.

The Application of Process Automation and Optimisation in the Rapid Development of New Passenger Vehicles at SAIC Motor
As a relatively young automotive company, SAIC Motor has drawn on the expertise of its UK Technical Centre to help in its objective to bring a new range of vehicles to market in an aggressive time frame. CAE has formed an integral part in doing this and the UK technical centre has worked closely with Altair Product Design amongst others to utilise its Engineers’ skills as well as the Hyperworks suite of software.

The paper aims to showcase what has been achieved to date, on the Roewe 550 medium car programme - currently on sale in China - and on another current vehicle programme, where processes have been developed further. Several interesting optimisation examples are highlighted in the development of the body structure as well as some key process improvement methodologies which have been jointly developed between SAIC and Altair to streamline the design process.

OptiStruct Cuts Development Time to Design a Light Weight and More Durable Window Regulator Lift Plate at ArvinMeritor
Using Altair OptiStruct, ArvinMeritor was able to design a lighter weight window regulator lift plate which eased assembly. The new snap-fit design reduced the material compared to original design, without sacrificing performance and durability.

SimLab Tutorials - Modal Frequency Response Analysis of a Crank Shaft
Create a modal frenquency response analysis in the solution browser; define an excitation load based on applied loads; create a table with modal damping values; define the solution settings and output requests; compute solution and review results; plot and X Y graph for the displacements versus frequency

SimLab Tutorials - TFSI - AutoSolve
Import model containing a CFD solution; check the loads and boundary conditions created on a second solution; create a loadcase that included the output temperature and pressure from the CFD solution; review the mapped loads and results

Stress Life Analysis
This video shows the typical workflow to perform a stress life analysis in HyperLife.

Seam Weld Fatigue
This video shows the typical workflow to perform a seam weld fatigue analysis with HyperLife.

Spot Weld Fatigue
This video shows the typical workflow to perform a spot weld fatigue analysis with HyperLife.

SimLab Tutorials - Modal Frequency Response Analysis of a Sphere
Create isotropic and fluid material and define the properties accordingly; define acoustic behavior to a shell entity; apply enforced displacement to be used for an excitation load; create solver settings and output requests; compute the solution and review the results; plot an XY graph for the pressure versus frequency

ATCx - Inspire 2014 Overview
Presentation of "Inspire 2014 Overview." This was given by Russell Vernon, Application Engineer, solidThinking, at ATCx West on June 18, 2014.

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.

Powertrain Mount Optimisation Webinar
Many engineers and designers in the automotive industry would like to determine a reasonable powertrain mounting system which meets a list of static and dynamic performance requirements, the design of which is limited by many factors. One of the approaches is to adopt a decoupling arrangement between powertrain rigid-body modes and to control frequencies in the main vibration directions of the powertrain so they fall within a desirable range. This is done by optimising stiffness, location and orientation of mounts.

Sella Chair - Form Follows Performance
Short video describing the design and production of a design chair by Architect Atanas Zhelev (Digital Architects, Vienna, Austria). This design piece demonstrates the feasibility of his Active Grid Monocoque System (AGM) he uses in his work for highly curved, wide spun architecture. The analysis has been done with Altair products, foremost ESAComp and OptiStruct.

Altair SimSolid Datasheet
Altair SimSolid is a structural analysis software developed specifically for rapidly evolving design processes. It eliminates geometry simplification and meshing, the two most time-consuming and expertise-extensive tasks done in traditional FEA, enabling the analysis of fully-featured CAD assemblies in minutes without meshing.

Altair Inspire Motion - An Overview 
This presentation was given at the 2019 ATCx Multibody & System Simulation conference at the Altair Headquarters in Troy, MI.

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