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Altair® HyperWorks® and Product Design Consultation at Force Protection

At Force Protection Inc. Altair HyperWorks and Product Design work together to increase CAE throughput and improve survivability prediction in a new class of military vehicles built for unconventional warfare.

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 at B/E Aerospace: Lighter, Safer Seats for Airline Passengers

When you settle in for a flight on a major airline, you are probably in a seat and surrounded by equipment designed and built by B/E Aerospace. With design and manufacturing facilities across the globe, B/E Aerospace is the leading manufacturer of cabin interior products for commercial and private passenger aircraft. One of B/E Aerospace’s leading products is its line of commercial and business airline seats. These seats are engineered and tested at its Commercial Airplane Products Group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

PBS Professional at Chrysler: Managing 250,000 Simulations a Year

The people who design cars and trucks at Chrysler have been using computer simulation tools since the 1980s. Since those early beginnings, the use of computer-aided engineering and finite element analysis has expanded to become the powerhouse enabler for Chrysler designers that it is today.

Managing 30 Teraflops of Compute Power: PBS Professional at Italy’s CILEA Consortium

With 30 teraflops of peak computing power, it has ranked as high as 135th among the Top 500 high performance computing centers. PBS Professional keeps CILEA’s processors humming.

OptiStruct Technology Application in Early Concept Design Stage Enables Weight Reduction of Cast and Forged Parts

Using Altair OptiStruct, India based Ashok Leyland was able to reduce cost and improve reliability of the components in their stride towards design an development of innovative, optimal and robust design solutions. Leveraging OptiStruct's technology was able to take quick and reliable design directions on the track rod lever.

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.

HyperForm Sheet Metal Forming Solution Provides Yield Improvement of Wheel Housing and Wheel Arch

Using Altair HyperForm, Mark Auto was able to significantly improve the material utilization for their existing production dies. Mark Auto re-designed two existing dies for wheel arch an wheel housing and was able to dramatically reduce material scrap with minimum rework in their tools while not compromising on component quality.

Biomedical Research at the Scripps Clinic: Modeling Orthopedic Implants with Altair HyperWorks

Every year, countless people — regardless of their age or level of physical activity — begin to experience the effects of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. As we age, the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to deteriorate. The head of the adjacent bones begin to break down from the friction, causing pain in the joint. When the condition worsens and non- surgical remedies are exhausted, surgeons may recommend joint replacement. Typically, titanium alloy implants are lined with plastics that act as cartilage and are fixed in place with cement or screws by the surgeon. The implants can give patients a new lease on life, dramatically reducing pain and improving mobility. However, questions naturally arise in the patient’s mind: How much range of motion will I have in the new joint? How much strength will I recover? And how long will the new joint last?

From Incremental Change to Full Design/Validation Leap: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimize Safety and Crash Performance

Heavy-duty mining trucks at Hitachi are designed to meet ISO ROPS and FOPS safety requirements, while structures must be as lightweight as possible. The presentation will discuss Hitachi’s design and simulation approach, which consists of an integrated multidisciplinary analysis process. Dynamic analyses, multibody dynamics simulations, including flexible bodies and dynamic simulations are methods applied to optimize performance and vehicle safety. The author will present examples such as the optimization of a trolley support structure, a kinematics model of a 100-ton truck and the analysis of a trailing arm. Finally, the author will share his thoughts on the important subject of how simulation can better impact the design.

PBS Professional at National Institute of Health

Twenty-seven institutes and centers make up the National Institutes of Health. Many of their acronyms, listed on the NIH website (nih.gov), can be as mysterious as hieroglyphics: NHGRI, NIGMS, NIAMS. Others, such as NCI (National Cancer Institute) and NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) are familiar to most of us. By any name or acronym, this cluster of organizations in Bethesda, Maryland is a major force in health sciences research.

Altair HyperWorks Helps Joe Gibbs Racing

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

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.

Topology Optimization of Aircraft Wing Box Ribs

This paper considers the application of conventional energy based topology optimization methods for design of aircraft wing box ribs. Compared to standard topology optimization work undertaken at Airbus, the topology optimization of wing box ribs posed several additional challenges, mainly due to the wing box ribs being embedded in a redundant wing box structure. Several approaches to solving this problem have been investigated and are being reported as part of this paper, including a global analysis/optimization approach and two local analysis/optimization approaches.

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.

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.

Design Optimization Applied to the Development of an Oilfield Bistable Expandable Sand Screen

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

The Automatic Calibration and Robustness Assessment of a Complex Engineering Component: Airbag Inflation

This paper describes the application of new technology to achieve automatic calibration and assess the robustness of an airbag inflation model. Calibration of the kinematic response of the airbag is achieved by defining the activity as an optimisation problem. The objective is to minimise the error between the experimental test and numerical simulation curves. Once calibration has been achieved, a unique robustness assessment is performed, which utilises the optimisation technology used in the calibration exercise.

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.

The Complete Package: Applying Altair's Technology Process to Reusable Packaging Design

This paper demonstrates the flexibility that Altair technology provides throughout the design process with tools applicable to all stages. An overview of the LINPAC design process incorporating Altair's technology is given together with examples of how and which tools are being implemented. The limitations of the traditional LINPAC approach and the use of Altair's tools is demonstrated through the use of a detailed example; without the use of Altair technology, more iterations in expensive tool modifications would have been required to achieve a satisfactory design without introducing unacceptable costs.

A New Approach to Optimizing the Clean Side Air Duct Using CFD Techniques

An integrated approach to CFD design optimization is proposed. It consists of taking an initial CAD design, meshing it using HyperMesh, analysing it using Star-CD, parameterising its key features using HyperMorph, and then shape optimizing it using HyperStudy. This approach has been applied here to the shape optimization of the compressor inlet duct of a turbo system.

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.

A Holistic Virtual Design Process Applied to the Development of an Innovative Child Seat Concept

There is a need to minimise product development costs and provide efficient design solutions to maintain competitiveness, so increasingly companies in the Child Restraint System (CRS) industry are turning to Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) to enhance the design and development for their products. Graco has worked with Altair Engineering to develop a group 1 CRS using an advanced CAE driven design process. The design process introduces a number of key phases in the design cycle each of which are positioned to maximize the efficiency of the structure and reduce or remove the cost involved in a traditional, iterative ‘test it and see’ approach.

Simulating the Suspension Response of a High Performance Sports Car

The use of CAE software tools as part of the design process for mechanical systems in the automotive industry is now commonplace. This paper highlights the use of Altair HyperWorks to assess and then optimize the performance of a McLaren Automotive front suspension system. The tools MotionView and MotionSolve are used to build the model and then carry out initial assessments of kinematics and compliance characteristics. Altair HyperStudy is then used to optimize the position of the geometric hard points and compliant bush rates in order to meet desired suspension targets. The application of this technology to front suspension design enables McLaren Automotive to dramatically reduce development time.

Design Development of a New Consumer Personal Care Product Pack Driven by Optimization

Packaging designers must constantly inject innovations to attract consumers in a constantly evolving and highly competitive market. Keeping ahead of the competition by bringing new and exciting products to market fast, and at the necessary level of quality, presents a major engineering challenge. A new deodorant pack development process is described, which introduces advanced simulation and optimization technology into the concept development phase. Detailed predictions of interacting parts in a mechanism assembly are made possible through use of advanced simulation technology. Design optimization is then employed using the modelling as a virtual testing ground for design variants. The approach provides clear design direction and helps to improve performance and reduce uncertainty in the development process.

HyperForm Improves Accuracy and Robustness of Tool Design and Manufacturing Process at Summit Auto Body (SAB)

HyperForm Improves Accuracy and Robustness of Tool Design and Manufacturing Process at Summit Auto Body (SAB) Leveraging HyperForm’s sheet metal forming solution, SAB designed the validation process and press tool design covering the vital areas of virtual prototyping/testing, which, in turn, reduced the time-consuming manual process drastically.

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.

HyperWorks Tailors CAE Processes to Reduce Cell Phone Development Time at Motorola

Using HyperWorks, Motorola significantly reduced CAE cycle time by automating the process of input deck generation and results evaluation. By deploying HyperWorks’ process automation engine, analysts created a customized solution to simulate cell phone models more quickly.

Programmable, Open-Architecture HyperWorks Helps Toshiba Design Smaller Hard Disk Drives to Meet Market Demand

Toshiba Digital Network Company, faced with increasing global competition in the hard disk drive (HDD) marketplace, set out to create an advantage through the redesign of their existing HDD product(s). To support this effort, Toshiba partnered with Altair Engineering to automate its design process. This was accomplished by leveraging HyperWorks powerful modeling, visualization and optimization software applications with Toshiba’s proprietary solver for fluid dynamics. The specific goal was to optimize the air bearing surface (ABS) of the HDD’s magnetic head slider. This unique product development process resulted in minimizing the flying height as much as possible while considering its stability. This, in turn, reduced the overall size of the HDD and increased its recording density. In addition, the new design was brought to market in significantly less time than with Toshiba’s traditional design process.

HyperWorks Process Manager Delivers Productivity and Quality Gains to Chassis Design Process

Using Altair HyperWorks Process Manager, M&M was able to implement best practices through standardization of CAE processes and minimize CAE analysis set-up time. Automated post-processing enabled through Process Manager facilitated a 40% reduction in time when compared with the manual practice of post-processing.

HyperWorks Cuts Design and Prototyping Costs for Truck Cabin Development and Testing

Using HyperWorks, Eicher Motors was able to significantly reduce the number of physical tests during the development process of their truck cabins. The numerical simulation helped in predicting the failure mode and estimating the stress level in the individual components in elastic as well as plastic zone prior to the first physical test.

Validation Ensures Trains Are on Track to Meet European Safety Standards

Numerical simulation aids in the design of passive safety systems to minimize passenger injury during railway accidents.

Dialing into Simulation to Streamline Cellular Phone Development

Upstream model simulation reduces product development time and enables Motorola to meet critical market demands.

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.

HyperWorks CFD Optimization Helps MTU Improve Diesel Engine Compressor Blade Performance

To increase turbo charger efficiency, global diesel engine supplier MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH combined Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite with a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver. Combining the morphing capabilities of HyperMesh (the pre-processor for finite-element [FE] analysis and CFD) with HyperStudy (the solver-neutral design study and optimization tool), MTU redesigned the shape of the compressor blades to improve pressure gain and efficiency. The redesign, in turn, increases the fuel efficiency of the engine.

Creating a Virtual Press to Optimize the Extrusion Process

Today's advanced computational tools increase productivity and quality, as well as lower energy consumption in the design and fabrication of extrusion dies.

Rotorcraft Design Takes Flight

Optimization tools enable Boeing to balance form and function in the development of advanced aircraft.

CAE in the Nanotech-enabling World

Zyvex engineers use finite-element analysis to build microscopically small devices.

Optimization Methods Land Results in ExoMars Project

Sophisticated simulation tools enable aerospace engineers to study the feasibility of airbag landing systems.

Optimizing Aircraft Structures

Optimization technology and methods for the innovative design of efficient civilian and military aircraft.

Simulation Links Welding Data to Structural Analysis Models

A robust modeling process greatly aids the design of lower cost and higher quality welded structures.

Smart Product Packaging Pays Off

Our experts examine the challenges, advancements and trends that are changing the product packaging industry.

Putting Simulation Muscle Behind a Sporty Concept Car

Optimization technology delivers innovative suspension design for Alfa Romeo's sleek concept car.

Five Steps to Better Business Results

In organizations that experience long-term success, a greater focus is placed on what's not working, strengths vs. weaknesses and what can be learned vs. who is to blame.

HyperWorks at Wagon Automotive: Speeding Development Time While Cutting Prototype Costs

Wagon Automotive, a system and module supplier of components to major car builders, sought ways to accelerate product development and reduce prototyping costs while maintaining high quality. Adopting the HyperWorks suite of advanced CAE tools enabled the company to achieve both those goals. Wagon Automotive now uses HyperWorks during the entire development cycle, from concept design to optimization.

HyperWorks CAE Process Automation Accelerates Product Development at Scania

Scania chose HyperWorks – the Engineering Framework for Product Design – to automate the assembly process of virtual truck models for finite-element (FE) simulations. The new process significantly increased simulation efficiency and robustness, which are especially critical to Scania’s truck-customization process.

HyperForm Sheet Metal Forming Simulation Solution Provides Product Design Optimization of Panel Front Dome

Using Altair HyperForm sheet metal forming simulation software solution, India based Mahindra & Mahindra was able to arrive at an optimum product (BIW Part) and tooling design. The Draw Shell was simulated using HyperForm to evaluate different tooling options.

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.

OptiStruct Drives Weight Reduction in Commercial Aircraft: Door Support Arm Design Optimization

Using OptiStruct topology and shape optimization tools, Eurocopter created an innovative new design of a door support arm for the Fairchild Dornier 728 aircraft. The company achieved a weight reduction of approximately 20 percent, using structural optimization techniques as an integral part of the design process.

PBS Professional at Toulouse Genopole

The Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Genopole, a research program set up in 1999 in southern France by the French Minister of Research, is part of the massive French research initiative known as the National Genopole Network. The genopole name is metaphoric. It brings to mind a magnetic pole that attracts researchers and entrepreneurs to the potential of genomic research. And it is working: the initiative has drawn together, at seven locations across France, a symbiotic mix of public laboratories, biotech companies, and educational institutions. The genopoles stimulate genomics research and may provide an incubator for biotech enterprises.

HyperWorks at Changchun Railway Vehicle Co., Ltd.: Accelerating Design and Analysis of High-Speed Railcars

Asia's largest railway vehicle manufacturer, Changchun Railway Vehicle Co., Ltd. (CRC), was looking for ways to increase development efficiency through streamlined CAE processes. By implementing HyperWorks, Altair's engineering framework for product design, CRC was able to reduce modeling cycle time by up to 50 percent. In addition, simulations were more accurate as a result of better model quality.

Accelerating Product Development at the Nanotech Level with Altair HyperWorks

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

HyperWorks at Sea Ray: Engineering High-Performance Pleasure Boats

For Sea Ray Boats, the leading, U.S.-based manufacturer of high-end pleasure boats, CAE simulations are an integral part of the design process to achieve shorter time to market. HyperWorks is deployed for the entire analysis process of the vessel, from modeling and simulation, to visualization and reporting. By using HyperWorks, Sea Ray’s engineers can quickly model their advanced composite structures, as well as run complex inertia relief and durability load cases.

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.

OptiStruct Technology Cuts Production and Maintenance Costs of Crop Harvester Reel Assembly

Leveraging OptiStruct's topography optimization capabilities, CLAAS designed an optimal reel hub reinforcement bead pattern for a crop harvester.

PBS Professional at Boeing: Workflow Management for R & D

The Boeing Information Technology group provides a wide range of computing services to the entire corporation from its Bellevue, Washington computing campus. For the engineers who design Boeing commercial aircraft, the heartbeat of this campus is the Data Center, which houses the high performance computing (HPC) systems that they access to run engineering simulations and analyses.

PBS Professional at GE's Oil & Gas business: Putting An Engineering Cluster to Work

Next time you stop to fill your fuel tank, reflect on the fact that a company on the sunny slopes of Tuscany may have helped to make it possible. Nuovo Pignone, now a key technological component of GE's Oil & Gas business, began life 100 years ago as a foundry. Today more than 20,000 machines – turbomachinery, compressors, pumps, valves, and metering and fuel distribution equipment – manufactured by this GE business are operated worldwide by major companies to keep petroleum products moving from oil rigs to storage facilities to refineries to distribution points.

Parametric Optimization of Fluid Dynamic Simulations using StarCD

HyperStudy's design optimization was combined with CFD simulation in order to optimize fluid flow.

PBS Professional at Trelleborg: An Automotive Design Group Maximizes Productivity

When you look for a new car, you probably think about style, comfort, performance, economy, or innovative electronics. You won't be thinking about the kinds of parts that Trelleborg Automotive makes. But they're there, all right, mostly unsung and out of sight, and you wouldn't want to be without them. Trelleborg, a Swedish corporation with a 100-year pedigree in engineering innovation, makes molded rubber components that damp down vibration and smooth out your ride. They cushion your engine where it meets the chassis. They buffer the mechanics of your steering column and your suspension. Almost all of them do their jobs without ever seeing the light of day – but if your floor gearshift lever has a rubber housing, that housing may have come from Trelleborg.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Structural Component Optimization

Lockeed Martin uses OptiStruct to meet the aggressive weight targets on the Joint Strike fighter project. High potential parts for mass savings include compact fittings and planar webs.

Designing All-Terrain Vehicle Frames Using Topological Optimization

Upfront concept design optimization on a all terrain vehicle frame resulted in a 9% mass reduction. Using Design of Experiment (DOE) methods, peak accelerations during crash decreased by 22%.

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

ExoMars Rover Airbag Design and Reliability Optimization

Astrium used HyperStudy with LS-Dyna to not only optimize the landing behavior of the ExoMars lander but also to investigate the probability of failure using HyperStudy’s stochastic engine. HyperWorks’ process automation engine helped to quickly create design variations.

PBS Professional at TGen: Cutting Time to Discovery

In recent years, corporations and research institutions around the world have applied massive computational resources to defining the makeup of the human genome. One of the greatest challenges is to translate that knowledge into therapeutics and diagnostics – which is the mission of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a remarkable non-profit organization founded by a joint effort between the State of Arizona, Arizona State Municipal Governments, Indian Tribal Community, educational institutions, private foundations and corporate entities. TGen's work is not only to make genetic discoveries, but also to translate discoveries into benefits for human health in the form of new diagnostic tests and therapies.

Enhanced Formability through Hydroforming

Cut sheet metal forming time and costs through simulation-based techniques.

Improving Heating Boiler Acoustics at Viessmann: OptiStruct for Bead Pattern Optimization

Altair OptiStruct can be used to generate and optimize bead patterns for the effective design of sheet metal components. By using OptiStruct’s topography and shape optimization methods, sheet thicknesses can be reduced significantly, leading to both reduced material and a lower overall cost.

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.

Development of a Lightweight SUV Frame Concept

The lightweight SUV frame project was a research initiative with the key objective to reduce the baseline frame structure's mass by 25% by applying concept design optimization upfront.

Concept Design Optimization of Automotive Components

ArvinMeritor succesfully applied topology and topography optimization to various automotive components.

Optimization Assisted Design of Military Transport Aircraft Structures

EADS Military Aircraft implemented an optimization assisted structural design process and applied it to the A400M rear fuselage design.

CAVE Sets the Stage for Real-Time Collaboration

An immersive virtual environment speeds the creation of prototypes to cut time in military product development programs.

Opportunities in Packaging: Innovation & Savings

Technology allows companies to efficiently develop cost-effective, high-performance packaging systems.

Get the Most from Your Casting Process

By applying optimization technology to casting process design, manufacturers can produce less expensive, better-quality parts in record time.

An Advanced Method for Optimising Packaging Design

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

mmWave Substrate Lens Antenna for Wire Communications

Wu et. al. [1] proposed designs for both single and multi-beam mmWave circularly polarized substrate lens antennas in 2001. This white paper demonstrates these designs via FEKO modeling.

mmWave Axial Choke Horn Antenna with Lens

Millimeter wave (mmWave) antennas operate in the band of frequencies where the wavelength is between 10mm and 1mm. The frequency range for mmWave application is thus constrained to be greater than 30 GHz, but less than 300 GHz. Various applications exist in this frequency range, including wide band telecommunication and imaging applications for security screening. This white paper demonstrates how an antenna was designed for communication at 60 GHz.

FEKO : Helping to Understand the Universe

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) : Cutting edge technology, design and innovation

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Numerical Methods in FEKO

FEKO offers a wide spectrum of numerical methods and hybridizations, each suitable to a specific range of applications. Hybridization of numerical methods allows large and complex EM problems to be solved.

FEKO Webinar Recording: Time Domain Responses from Frequency Domain Results

Frequency domain results can be transformed to obtain time domain responses. This webinar will cover the signal setup in POSTFEKO and how it relates to the frequency domain specification in CADFEKO.

FEKO Student Competition Winner 2015 Webinar: Design of Platform-mounted HF Antennas with Enhanced Bandwidth using CMA

For the first time, the winning entry for the 2015 FEKO Student Competition is presented in a webinar format. Professor Nader Behdad from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present his winning student, Ting-Yen Shih's entry.

FEKO Webinar Recording : Designing with Characteristic Mode Analysis (CMA)

Characteristic Mode Analysis (CMA) gives insight into the fundamental resonant behaviour of a structure. This helps engineers to follow a systematic design approach, making use of the parameters calculated with CMA. This webinar covers the latest in FEKO's CMA solver. The webinar starts with a discussion about typical workflows for CMA simulations, giving a better understanding of when and how CMA is best used. Then some recent CMA applications are reviewed and concluding with some exciting new CMA features.

FEKO Webinar Recording: Accelerate Complex Platform Modelling and Simulation with HyperMesh and FEKO

FEKO is the most used and recognized electromagnetic simulation software for antenna placement, EMC and RCS of platforms, including aircraft, vehicles, ships, satellites and missiles. The clean up of the model can be tedious, depending on the quality of the CAD data. In this webinar we demonstrate the workflow of an aircraft EMC use-case focusing on High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF). The advantages of using HyperMesh to clean up a model will also be highlighted. FEKO will be used to set up the simulation and show the desired results.

Resource Scaling for Antenna Placement Modeling on a SAAB JAS-39 Gripen Aircraft

This white paper demonstrates how resource requirements scale for the computational electromagnetic modeling of a modern fighter aircraft when the frequency increases. It also demonstrates how different simulation methods may be applied and how they scal relative to each other

FEKO Webinar: Taking Radar Cross Section (RCS) to the Next Level

Based on practical examples, this webinar will offer a guided tour through computational methods to determine Radar Cross Section (RCS), from objects of just a few wavelengths, to objects of thousands of wavelengths in size.

FEKO Webinar: EMC Simulation of Automotive, Aerospace & Other Applications with FEKO

This webinar recording provides an overview of features, applications and real use-cases where FEKO is used for EMC simulation, including emissions, immunity, lightning effects, High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP), shielding effectiveness and radiation hazard

FEKO Webinar: The Use of Model Decomposition and Equivalent Sources for Faster Simulation

System level simulation often involves multiscale type problems, where the structure might be electrically large while also containing details which are significant to the RF performance. These types of simulations can typically require large computational resources. Model decomposition enables these problems to be solved in two steps by using an equivalent (simulated or measured) representation of the transmitting or receiving antennas. Significant reductions in computational requirements can be achieved with this approach.

FEKO for Rotorcraft

FEKO is well-suited for rotorcraft electromagnetic applications including antenna placement, rotor blade modulation, co-site interference, electromagnetic interference (EMI), electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radar cross section (RCS).

FEKO 14.0 Overview

See an overview of the new features available within FEKO in 14.0. HyperWorks 14.0 is the first version containing the FEKO product line.

FEKO Demonstration

See the demonstration of the FEKO product line in action. In this demo, a model will be run through the CADFEKO pre-processor, solved with the FEKO solver, and post-processed with POSTFEKO.

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.

FEKO Webinar: Automotive Radar Design & Integration at 76 - 77 GHz

This webinar covers several techniques and approaches which highlight how FEKO can be applied for efficient and accurate simulation of the radar antenna design as well as the integration aspects, including radome and bumper effects.

Reflector Antenna with Circular Horn Feed — Analyzed with Ray Launching Geometrical Optics (RL-GO)

FEKO includes several computational methods for the efficient analysis of different antenna types. Here, a large problem is solved with the full-wave and asymptotic methods. Model decomposition is used to simulate the problem more efficiently.

FEKO Webinar: Feature Extension & Automation in FEKO through Scripting

The powerful scripting capabilities in FEKO provides users with the means to extend the features available in the interface. Tasks and calculations that need to be performed repeatedly can also be automated allowing users to save time. In this webinar the scripting language (Lua) and the available scripting capabilities in FEKO will be briefly introduced.

Analysis of Thermal Stress on Motors - Efficient Multiphysics Tools for Thermal Analysis

In this article published in the Magnetics Technology 2017 edition, we look at the application of efficient multiphysics tools for thermal analysis.

FEKO Webinar: Wave Propagation and Radio Network Planning Simulation with WinProp

The rapid growth of mobile and wireless communications has significantly increased the need for propagation modelling and network planning simulation. This webinar will introduce how WinProp fits into the electromagnetic simulation offering of HyperWorks, including the future plans in connection with FEKO.

From Radar Waves to Road Safety

From the moment radar was first invented, it has proved its value in collision avoidance - first at sea, then in the air and later on the road. This white paper gives an overview of the development that has taken place.

Defence or Civil Radar – it’s a Matter of Wave Propagation

Radar development was essentially motivated by military needs during the second world war, where radar use founded dozens of applications for instance navigation, aircraft location, enemy ship detection, anti-collision, and weather forecast. This white paper discusses the design challenges faced and the solutions available.

Comprehensive Electromagnetic Analysis and Design

Altair offers a comprehensive suite for electromagnetic (EM) analysis and design. FEKO®, WinPropTM and Flux® form part of the HyperWorks Suite, and are widely used to solve a broad range of electromagnetic problems from static to high frequencies.

Antenna Design Methodology for Smartwatch Applications

Smart devices have touched and enhanced all aspects of our lives, from the way we conduct business to the way we relax at the end of the day. Designing antennas for wearble devices presents a unique set of challenges. In this technical article from Microwave Journal, these issues are discussed.

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