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HyperWorks Cuts CAE Modeling Time by Up to 50 Percent at Dunlop Aerospace
Using HyperWorks for the creation and modification of complex finite-element meshes, Dunlop Aerospace was able to dramatically cut modeling time. The software’s stability, ease-of-use and superior technical capabilities for HEX meshing contributed to the successful deployment.

Fine-Tuning 300-Ton Haulers: HyperWorks at Hitachi Truck Manufacturing
Hitachi Truck Manufacturing sought ways of reducing materials costs for its mammoth mining trucks, while remaining within standard specifications. The company's first project using HyperWorks CAE tools enabled Hitachi to do this with accuracy. HyperWorks is now an integral part of the design process at Hitachi.

World-Leading Crane Manufacturer TADANO FAUN Accelerates Its Design Processes with HyperWorks
Industry: Heavy Industry

Challenge: Generate accurate finite element method (FEM) calculations.

Altair Solution: FEM structural analysis utilizing the suite of HyperWorks tools

Benefits

•Faster time to results

•Flexible unit-based licensing model

•Cost reduction

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.

Smart Product Packaging Pays Off
Our experts examine the challenges, advancements and trends that are changing the product packaging industry.

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

Pininfarina Extra
Pininfarina Extra blends the use of industrial design, modeling and topology optimization software to achieve the brand's values of elegance, essentiality and innovation outside of the automotive industry.

HyperWorks Becomes Part of Mechanical Engineering Curriculum at Dalhousie University
As a key industry tool, HyperWorks becomes part of the Curriculum, providing hands-on training to Mechanical Engineering Students at Dal

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).

PBS Professional at TRW Automotive: A Standard Solution for European Design Centers
As a global technology company, TRW Automotive touches most of us in ways we're unaware of. And when we drive, it is practically a certainty that a TRW system with brakes, airbags, seat belts, or steering is part of the experience. A Tier One automotive industry supplier with a focus on safety products, TRW Automotive works with almost any car and truckmaker you can name, worldwide.

Ford Motor Company: Building an Efficient HPC Infrastructure
The cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that roll off Ford Motor Company assembly lines are safer, quieter, and more comfortable than ever. Many of the intangibles that contribute to Ford quality flow from the innovative use of high performance computing (HPC) techniques. At Ford's Numerically Intensive Computing Department (NIC) in Dearborn, Michigan, engineers run simulations in codes such as NASTRAN and LS-DYNA for predictive analysis of cylinder cooling, wind noise, vibration, ride quality, crashworthiness, durability, and other characteristics that contribute to industry-leading automotive design.

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes at Automotive Consultancy
csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH, a leading engineering service provider for the automotive industry has enhanced its simulation power with Altair‘s HyperWorks Suite. The company consolidated its CAE tools and now uses the large scale of HyperWorks, which offers a solution for almost every application needed in modern product development. csi will apply OptiStruct for optimization tasks, MotionView and MotionSolve for multi-body applications, and HyperMesh for pre-processing tasks. Additionally HyperShape/CATIA will be used for CAD integrated optimization and weight reduction.

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.

Railcar Manufacturer Speeds Design Modifications with HyperWorks
American Railcar Industries, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo., designs and manufactures commercial railroad cars, producing every part of the car above the wheels. Customers use the company’s railcars to transport all sorts of liquid and solid raw materials, including oil, coal, cement, sand, grain and other substances. Their designs include boxcars, gondolas and hoppers, among other styles.

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.

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.

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.

Driving Million Dollar Savings at Ford using Structural Optimisation
The automotive business is a very competitive industry and in today’s markets, leading manufacturers are keen to find ways of reducing costs without compromising either quality or performance. This paper will cover the process of applying OptiStruct software to the re-development of a high volume and high cost plastic PAS (Power Assisted Steering) pump bracket into a much cheaper aluminium alternative. The outcome of this was a lighter, stiffer and cheaper replacement bracket that had the potential, based on the current production engine volumes, to save Ford Motor Company over $1.1 million a year.

Thales Alenia Space
Companies from across a wide range of industries are attempting to find the potential impact that additive manufacturing (AM) could have on design and manufacturing processes. During its own efforts to explore AM and its potential for space satellite development programs, Thales Alenia Space Spain wanted to conduct a research project to see how optimization techniques could be used in conjunction with new manufacturing technology. The primary objective of the study was to use design optimization techniques to reduce the thermal compliance of a satellite’s aluminium filter bracket, while also optimizing the component for weight and readying the final design for the additive manufacturing process.

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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ABB
To support the use of simulation tools in this endeavor, ABB in Spain enlisted the help of Altair ProductDesign's regional team, thanks to the company's experience in utilizing simulation tools to solve engineering challenges in the robotics industry. The project centered on improving the fatigue performance of a Twin Robot Xbar (TRX), one of ABB’s robotic part transfer systems that moves components between manufacturing stations.

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

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™.

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

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

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

InnAccel Leverages Altair AcuSolve for Developing Oral Hygiene Management System
A . Vijayrajan Founder and Chief Technical Officer, InnAccel talks of how simulation brings design differentiation in the medical device industry. His team speaks of the use of Altair AcuSolve solution for determining the pressure drop in the manifold of a medical device design used for oral hygiene in ICUs.

InnAccel Leverages Altair OptiStruct for Validating Fetal Monitoring System
A . Vijayrajan Founder and Chief Technical Officer, InnAccel talks of how simulation brings design differentiation in the medical device industry. His team speaks of the use of Altair OptiStruct non-linear solution for designing snap fit of the device carrying case.

InnAccel Leverages Altair MotionSolve to Evaluate Nasal Body Removal Mechanism
A . Vijayrajan Founder and Chief Technical Officer, InnAccel talks of how simulation brings design differentiation in the medical device industry. His team speaks of the use of Altair MotionSolve solution for designing a medical device mechanism for removal of nasal foreign body in children.

Simulation Fosters Stronger Customer Collaboration and Develops New Business
Bental Motion Systems, a member of the Gevasol Group, produces a variety of end applications including motors, alternators, and electrical brakes for the aerospace & defense, and semiconductor industries. To accelerate the design of electric machines while reacting fast to customer specific requirements, Bental uses Altair FluxMotor to enable quick concept exploration including valuable predictions on machine performance, parameters, and productivity feasibility checks.

HyperWorks Structural Optimization Reduces Suspension Design Time at Alfa Romeo
Using Altair HyperWorks, Italy-based Alfa Romeo was able to significantly reduce design time by
integrating multibody dynamics (MBD) with structural optimization. The resultant suspension
design showed superior performance characteristics.

Indian Engineering Institute CoEP Establishes CAE Optimization Center Employing Altair HyperWorks
This success story illustrates how a reputed engineering institute of national acclaim has set-up a CAE - Optimization Lab, equipped with Altair HyperWorks CAE tools, to expose their students to the latest technologies in product design, analysis, and optimization.
Within the range of the CAE - Optimization Lab, CoEP has launched various courses to impart knowledge on Altair HyperWorks. This CoEP initiative bridges the gap between industry expectations and needs and the knowledge that graduating students possess. Being trained on advanced and contemporary technologies such as the HyperWorks
suite has opened new opportunities for students to embark their career, has improved the national ranking of the college due to investing in a modern and robust infrastructure, and also has benefitted the industry by creating a talent pool of well-trained manpower, available to work on breakthrough engineering initiatives.

The Altair HyperWorks Suite Speeds Development of Lightweight Alpine Trains
Stadler Rail is a dynamic company in a dynamic industry. With 2,000 employees at six European locations, Stadler produces light rapid-transit trains and streetcars for regional and local railroads, and is the leading supplier of cars to the cog railway market. The company uses modular, scalable concepts to design customer-oriented solutions, targeting specific needs. The Static/Dynamic/Certification Department, which creates CAE simulations of Stadler's CAD railcarmodels, used Altair's HyperWorks Engineering Framework to develop the Glacier Express, a lightweight train that carries passengers over a breathtaking route through the majestic Alps. HyperWorks tools enabled the department to move quickly and efficiently through the development process.


MCE-5 DEVELOPMENT uses HyperWorks Suite to optimize engine performance
MCE-5 DEVELOPMENT is developing the MCE-5 VCRi variable compression ratio engine which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from 20% to 35%. The MCE-5 VCRi engine provides a concrete technological and commercial response to the environmental, energy and economic challenges faced by the automotive industry. The MCE-5 VCRi engine combines advantages of both Diesel and gasoline.


For more information on the MCE-5 VCRi project, please visit: www.VCR-i.com.

Medtronic
Reducing Medical Stent Stress by 71%



Medtronic designs and manufacturers medical devices used the world over. Traditionally, computer aided engineering (CAE) and virtual simulation were not fully utilized within the industry as the verification process for often microscopic components was too slow. When designing a new medical stent (an expandable mesh inserted into a patient's artery to keep it open) Medtronic wanted to improve the design and speed up the validation process. Altair ProductDesign worked closely with Medtronic’s own engineers to optimize the performance of the new stent.

Reducing Weld Distortion by 93% with HyperStudy
Gestamp Tallent Ltd is a world class designer, developer and manufacturer of cutting edge, chassis structural and suspension products, body in white structures, modules and systems for the automotive industry. Gestamp used the BMW MINI front subframe tower to demonstrate the weld distortion optimisation approach. The tower is particularly susceptible to distortion due to its tall and thin dimensions. The objective of this optimisation was to minimise the distortion of the tower measured by the displacement of the top of the tower as the weld sections cool. In order to further investigate weld removal optimisation they chose HyperStudy.

Optimal Design Exploration Using Global Response Surface Method: Rail Crush
As design exploration and optimization methods have become commonly accepted across a range of industries, such as aerospace, automotive or oil and gas, they are frequently utilized as standard practice to efficiently produce designs and aid critical engineering decisions. The widespread acceptance of these methods coupled with the power of modern computing has led to applications across a range of design problems and ever-increasing complexity. The size and scope of this expansion continually pushes the boundaries of existing exploration and optimization methods. Furthermore, a complete exploration of the optimal design space includes computationally intensive features such as multi-objective optimization, to understand the trade-off between competing objectives, and global optimization, to avoid local extrema.


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

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%.

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

Less Weight, More Freight – Altair Software Helps Develop Light, Innovative Cargo Rail Wagon Platform
Industries are seeking new ways to develop and manufacture lighter and more flexibly usable vehicles – less weight means higher payloads and a better ROI. For a recent project, Austria’s ÖBB RCG wanted to design a new lighter, more flexible wagon system. The result was the TransANT wagon series, a lightweight construction concept with a modular design. The most important design principles were weight optimization, standardization, and modularization in production and maintenance, and the use of high-strength construction steel. To achieve these goals, a consortium of several companies used Altair’s CAE solution. By doing so they received a payload advantage of up to 4 tons, customizable logistic solutions, and reduced manufacturing complexity thanks to ~ 40 % less parts to assemble.


Forklift Manufacturer Cuts Pre-Processing Time in Half and Solves Stubborn Design Problems with Altair’s HyperWorks Suite
The main goal of NMHG and Chief Engineer Dr. Pedro Bastias was to virtually design, test and evaluate each product before any physical prototypes are made. Using HyperWorks, NMHG is saving time, cutting costs and identifying new ways to resolve stubborn engineering problems.

Samsung Uses OptiStruct to Redesign Washing Machine Component for Optimized Weight and Material Usage
To carry out optimization on the pulley, Suzhou Samsung chose OptiStruct, a key
component of Altair’s HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering tools and a
modern structural analysis and optimization solver. “OptiStruct provided us with important optimization features,” said Mr. Cheng, “such as topology, size and shape optimization. We were particularly interested in topology optimization to obtain the most efficient
structure or distribution of material used in the structure.”

Fully automated in a single process: Optimization and manufacturing of CFRP components
Use of HyperWorks and adapted threestep optimization process for Composite materials integrated in the production process

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


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.

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

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.

LG Electronics Success Story
LG Electronics Performs Smartphone Drop-Test Simulation in Less than 24 Hours with New Automated Approach

Failure Criteria for Stamping Analysis in Radioss
In this paper, several failure criteria are compared in their ability to predict necking point and failure propagation during a forming process. The paper has been presented at the 2014 IDDRG Conference in Paris, France.

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.

EDAG: Developing Commercial Vehicles Inspired by Nature
As Germany's largest independent engineering
partner to the worldwide automotive industry,
EDAG is continuously seeking for new technology and for innovative processes to streamline vehicle development.

Haier Redesigns Air Conditioners and Packaging with Altair HyperWorks to Eliminate Drop Damage
Haier Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances and consumer electronics. The company is the leader of its industry in China, where it is headquartered.



Haier ships its products all across the globe and in more than 100 countries, so well designed product packaging is crucial to the company’s ability to deliver products without damage to even the farthest destinations.



Download the Case study to see how Altair was able to reduce costs of physical testing and eliminate drop damage using simulated drop testing with HyperWorks.

Ford Enhances Manufacturing Efficiency
Sheet metal stamping is fundamental to the automotive manufacturing industry. A vast array of different tool, die, and process combinations are employed to create an equally diverse array of components. Traditionally, identifying the optimum approach for each part has been a labor intensive and time-consuming task that requires engineering teams with high levels of skill and experience.

This case study demonstrates how Altair Knowledge Studio, a general-purpose data analytics tool, can enable engineering managers and data analysts to deliver clear and quantifiable benefits in the manufacturing domain. For Ford, this is reflected in dramatic improvements in the speed and efficiency with which the best possible sheet metal stamping processes were selected.

MIMOS Berhad Delivers HPC Across Malaysia with Cloud
In partnering with PBS Works, MIMOS Berhad
brought onboard a strategic collaborator
committed to help its clients overcome
these limitations by deploying Altair's
PBS Professional®, the industry leading
commercial workload management and job
scheduling solution.

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



Formidable Challenges in Formula Student Racing
Industry: University

Challenge: Remove weight and improve performance from vehicles

Altair Solution: Optimization with HyperWorks tools


Benefits:
  • Reduce weight of vehicle while
    keeping or increasing the component
    stiffness
  • Speed up time of development process
  • Save material and real-world testing
  • Reach top rankings during competitions


Improving Rudder Shock Loading Following a Nearby Blast Event Using Radioss
Engineers in the Marine, Shipbuilding,
and Offshore industries face many
design challenges including physical
space constraints, extreme weather
conditions, deep water and remote
locations. These constraints create an
extreme environment for the engineer
to develop a sound, reliable and safe
operating platform.

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.

Superior Industries Accelerates its Design Process With HyperWorks
Superior Industries was looking to identify a solution to aid in shortening the overall product design cycle through simulation. Altair HyperWorks, proved instrumental in automating some of the most tedious of tasks and dramatically impacted the design process.

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

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.

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes in Automotive Industry
In 2008 PWO Germany (Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG) had to develop and produce a new steel made automotive cross car beam (CCB) for the dash board of a new car. PWO received the CAD model, the design space definition and other pre-defined standards of the component from the customer and developed and produced the fitting cross beam based on this information. PWO used the HyperWorks Suite to develop the component. HyperMesh was used to transfer the CAD model into a FEA model, which was then used to run dedicated analysis and simulation tasks. To fulfill the requirements for crash and modal analysis, the company used OptiStruct to optimize the component, RADIOSS and other external solver to run the calculations and HyperView for the post processing. HyperForm was used to check the production feasibility of the individual components and for metal forming simulation tasks. It was important for PWO to have a software suite available that could cover all simulation tasks within one graphical user interface and licensing system.

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.

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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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.

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

Inspire for the Oil & Gas Industry
Inspire for the Oil & Gas Industry presentation given by Blaise Cole at ATCx Energy.

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.

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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