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

A Motivating, Inspirational Forum for Learning: Thoughts from Attendees at the 2018 Global ATC
Thoughts from attendees express the energy and passion emanating through the exchange of knowledge, information, ideas and stories by technology leaders and industry executives at the 2018 Global Altair Technology Conference.

Highly Optimized Passive Lubrication System for an EV Transmission
Presentation by Dr. Milos Stanic, nanoFluidX Product Manager at Altair.



Optimising the rotational losses of an EV transmission is essential to improve range. Whilst bearing and gear losses are well understood, the interaction between rotating components and transmission fluid rarely exploited other than reducing lubricant viscosity. Effective methods for modelling drag and fluid transfer around a transmission have not robustly existed previously.



Converting electrical power into mechanical power to drive a fluid pump is wasteful. However, in tightly packaged EV transmissions where thermal cooling is limited it is essential to manage the lubricant. A novel method for passively moving fluid around an EV transmission with low losses has been developed. The system uses existing components in the gearbox to move fluid in a controlled manner. The cost savings of using this technology can be used directly elsewhere to improve vehicle range.



In order to iterate through potential design solutions a suitable computer based modelling approach had to be developed. A new smoothed particle hydrodynamics approach was created to predict the fluid movement and the drag level on the remaining components. A correlation of this approach was carried out with real world testing to prove its validity.

Automotive NVH Development - Past, Present, and Future Technology Challenges
Dr. Per-Olof Sturesson, Senior Director Driving Dynamics and Noise & Vibration Centre at Volvo Cars, keynote presentation at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France.

Over the last decades, the utilization of CAE has increased substantially in the vehicle NVH refinement process. Today CAE is a fully integrated in the NVH development due to significant innovations in computer algorithms, application software and hardware systems. The numerous challenges with respect to NVH driven by the introduction of new technologies can be mitigated by means of extensive utilization of CAE delivering products faster to the market. The presentation will cover a retrospective, current status and an outlook.

The Digitalization Trends and Structural Design in Maritime Industry
Dr. Toshiro Arima, Corporate Officer, Director of Rule Development and ICT Division at ClassNK, keynote presentation at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France.

In this presentation, the current state of digitalization of maritime industry, structural rules and evaluation software used for hull structural design will be introduced. In addition, the efforts being made by ClassNK, one of the world's largest classification societies, to use digitalization to ensure ship safety will be also introduced.

Zaha Hadid Presents Innovation in AEC
Eddie Can, Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects, keynote presentation at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France.

During his speech Mr. Can will focus on the relationship between highly complex design documents and construction technique that minimize cost while working on a custom and double curved surface for one of the largest and most iconic construction sites of the globe.

Experimentation Matters: Driving Innovation Through Simulation
Prof. Stefan Thomke, William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, keynote presentation at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France.

Why do companies constantly come out with exciting innovations while others have great difficulty? Professor Thomke shows that an organization's ability to innovate depends on constantly experimenting with new products, processes, customer experiences and business models. During his keynote, Prof. Thomke explains why business experimentation is so critical to the management of innovation, underscores the huge potential of simulation (and new digital platforms), and outlines what managers must do to integrate them successfully. Drawing on two decades of research in multiple industries, he provides striking illustrations of how companies execute innovation more effectively.

Identify & Eliminate Squeak & Rattle Phenomena with Access to Ziegler's PEM Database
Reducing the presence of interior Squeak and Rattle (S&R) noises has become an
on-going trend within the Automotive and Aerospace communities. Read more to see how Ziegler's PEM database helps to identify eliminate this phenomena.

Join the Simulation Revolution: Introduction to Altair SimSolid
SimSolid is a game-changing simulation technology for designers and design engineers. SimSolid accelerates product exploration with highly accurate engineering simulation:

-Analyze complex assemblies in seconds to minutes
-Simulate more, prototype less
-Predict product performance for better design decision making

Getting Started - Inspire Cast
A course to help users get started using Inspire Cast including an interface tour and workflow training/videos.

Meet Altair's New Tool for Electronics Cooling
In this webinar, discover all the new features in the first release of ElectroFlo under the HyperWorks platform.

Altair ElectroFlo is designed exclusively for challenging electronics cooling and design applications. It is a thermal package capable of solving problems involving conduction, natural, and forced convection, radiation and conjugate heat transfer, yet it is easy enough to use for a non-CFD expert.

Overview of MDO & Methodologies for Meeting the Challenges for Efficient MDO Execution
Presentation by Dr. Royston Jones, Executive VP, European Operations & Global CTO at Altair.

As products increase in complexity, design becomes more multi-disciplinary and the requirement to efficiently deploy Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) becomes a significant design differentiator. Increasingly, industry is successfully performing MDO studies to achieve optimized balanced design allowing trade-offs between mass, performance and even cost.

In order to impact the product development process, MDO results must deliver to project timescales and in order to achieve this, a number of challenges need to be overcome. Typical challenges consist of efficiently performing MDO pre- and post-processing and solution activities. To meet these challenges, Altair has utilized its expertise in model management, large dataflow, job submittal, optimization and visualization, leveraging HyperWorks technologies to create a vertically integrated end-to-end process software tool.

Full IoT Stack
Presentation by Alvaro Everlet, VP Business Development at Altair.

Learn how Altair's IoT stack and architecture contributes to your value chain, IoT enables Smart Things and Processes in support of Simulation Driven Innovation. See real use cases examples and hands on demonstration.

Technology as Key Enabler for Product Innovation
Sam Mahalingam, CTO at Altair, keynote presentation at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France.

As a technologist I have been following the technology trends and have identified three trends that can immensely change the product innovation landscape and they are: High Performance Cloud Computing, IOT / Smart Connected Product and Big Data / Machine Learning. Altair strongly believes we have all the necessary technologies required for the Product engineering digital transform and the value add being: a) Cloud HPC increasing the pace of product innovation b) IoT & Analytics improves the product performance and c) Data management increases the product engineering efficiency.

The World is Built on Engineering
Dr. Uwe Schramm and James Dagg, CTOs at Altair, keynote presentation at the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France.

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

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

Seamless integration of 0D-1D and 3D worlds
This webinar will introduce you to Altair Activate for control system design and the ease of solving real world problems with co-simulation between MotionSolve (multibody simulation suite) and Activate.

Fuel Economy Simulations
Activate model of a series-parallel hybrid electric vehicle powertrain to evaluate fuel economy and system performance.

Defining Positioning System for Heavy Lift Barge with AcuSolve
Presentation by Pawel Sadowski, Technical Support Manager at DES ART.

Even during building roads your approach may be different from the standard one. The nature often forces engineers to use their creativity and go beyond typical projects. This leads to some unique, futuristic structures or some additional projects that have to be done and at the end are invisible. Our project of heavy lift barge contains in the second group. One part of this project was to proof that positioning system is sufficient to keep right position at the sea even during unfavorable weather conditions. For this purpose we perform numerous CFD analyses using AcuSolve. Computational cases differed in angle of flow, speed of flow and configuration of the barge. As a result of these all analyses defined working area of positioning system.

Efficient Multidisciplinary Modeling of a Washing Machine Motor Duty Cycle
Presentation by Dr. Martin Ortega, Principal Design Engineer at Mabe.



This work presents a systematic process of the electromagnetic and thermal analysis of a washing machine single-phase capacitor-run induction motor during a full wash cycle. By utilizing an electromagnetic solver and a one-dimensional systems modeler, the designer is able to evaluate the thermal heat rise and power losses of the motor faster, at a limited cost and in a limited time.


Thermal and Impact Analysis of a Nuclear Flask Design
Thomas Goulding, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Assystems presents at the UK ATC 2019. Nuclear transport flasks are used to store and transport nuclear waste material. When transported on public roads the flask must fulfil International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) test requirements, which are designed to ensure that release of radionuclides is not credible. Whilst on-site, the flask requirements are driven by the Safety Justification which can be quite different to those defined by the IAEA.

A function-led design process was undertaken to fulfil these requirements for an IAEA Type B(M) package. This required a range of drop impact simulations using RADIOSS.

Altair HyperWorks was used as a common enabling tool for the analyses. The tools within HyperWorks were used to perform multi-disciplinary optimisation of the flask, without the need to revisit the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) model. Workable solutions, proven by simulation, were then incorporated into the CAD design. This function-led process was seen to be more efficient than the traditional trial-and-error approach.

HyperMesh was used for mesh creation due to excellent element control and its capability to support a variety of solvers.

The use of HyperCrash (pre-processor), RADIOSS (solver) and HyperView (post-processor) enabled non-linear impact analyses to be performed.


Integration of Optimization into Design with Altair's MDO Offering
CAE has since long been established as the tool for validating and certifying mechanical properties during product development. Simulation-driven design takes simulation and optimization into the creative design process. Primary goal of simulation-driven design is to provide a continuous stream of decision data to support concept design and later product development stages.

Presentations recorded at the Global ATC in Paris, France on October 16, 2018.

Lead Time Reduction in Modeling and Visualization
Seminar held during 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 16, 2018.

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

National Composites Centre
The National Composites Centre (NCC), in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and University of Warwick (WMG) worked on a collaborative project to develop a Cross-Catapult technology demonstrator; the Mono-Ski or Sit-ski, a device for sports that uses adaptive equipment on mountain slopes, designed for individuals with lower extremity limitations. Composites were used extensively in the new Sit-ski design with the Altair HyperWorks™ suite being utilized throughout the development process.

Fast and Accurate Design of Electromagnetic Devices with Flux and FluxMotor
Altair Flux is a leading finite element simulation software for electromagnetic modeling. Used for more than 35 years in industry worldwide, and based on the most advanced numerical techniques, Flux has become a reference for the high accuracy it delivers.

Altair also recently introduced Altair FluxMotor, a new tool for the pre-design of electric machines. In a very intuitive interface, it allows defining a machine from templates, creating its winding, and characterizing its performance in a few clicks.

In this webinar, discover all the new features in the latest versions of Flux and FluxMotor.

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.

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.

Durability Workshop
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.

Hussmann India Achieves Greater Simulation Accuracy with Altair AcuSolve™
Hussmann provides tailored food safety solutions designed to improve food quality and integrity. As the manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems, they have to maintain the highest performance and quality standards of the products they develop. Using Altair solutions helped them reduce their product development time by 20 to 30% with the CFD Thermal solutions successfully addressing even the most complex problems in challenging areas that were faced in product design analysis and CFD.

Altair Multiscale Designer Webinar: Taking Material Modeling to the Next Level
Multiscale modeling of composite materials has become a viable solution to reduce the amount of physical testing needed for accurately material characterization and to better assess the nonlinear material behavior and failure mechanisms in structural analysis.

Whether you are working with high-performance continuous fiber-reinforced composites, injection molded short fiber, or even reinforced concrete, Altair Multiscale Designer provides accurate, efficient solutions for the development of multiscale material models and simulation parts manufactured from heterogeneous materials.

This webinar gives an overview of Altair Multiscale Designer capabilities including new features now available in the latest release.

Altair ElectroFlo Datasheet
Altair ElectroFlo is a CFD-based thermal package to simulate challenging electronics cooling and other EDA thermal
management applications. Easy to use even for non-CFD experts, it is capable of solving complex problems involving conduction, natural and forced convection, radiation and conjugate heat transfer.

Industry 4.0 – How Digitalization Makes Weight & Balance Process More Agile and Connected
Kai Thräne, Manager Weight & Balance Research & Development at Airbus Helicopter presents at the 2017 European ATC.

In the context of Industry 4.0, most enterprise processes must become more digitized. A key element will be the evolution of the traditional product development toward a connected and highly efficient ecosystem, where humans, machines and resources communicate with each other and work collaboratively.

Airbus: When Simulation Turns into Reality
Dominique Moreau, Head of Airframe Technical Authority, Airbus presents at the 2017 European ATC.

This presentation will present the today’s state-of-the-art numerical simulation and the very latest progress Airbus did on the topic. The presentation will go through what remains to develop in the future so to make numerical simulation much more effective in the design process of an aircraft.

The Secret Lives of Models
Gael Salles, Director of Computer Aided Product Engineering Technology at Schneider Electric presents at the 2017 European ATC.

After a brief introduction of the changes in the Energy Landscape, an analysis of the life of models will be presented from the viewpoint of system engineering. Along with the paradigm shift in the use of models, the power of the multidisciplinary use of models will be approached such as for Design Space Exploration, Verification-Validation for cyber-Physical offer or maintenance purposes.

Vehicle Concept and Structure of the New Opel Ampera-e
Dr. Hennig Holzmann and Dr. Boris Künkler of Adam Opel present at the 2017 European ATC.

The new Opel Ampera-e offers the customer a great car with the optimum balance regarding performance, package, mass and cost.

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

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

To the Moon with Additive Manufacturing - Optimization, Space and Everything in Between
Yoram Malka, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at Israel Aerospace Industry presents at the 2017 European ATC.

Increasing the performance of a system is a constant challenge engineers in all application areas face. This challenge specifically important in the aerospace world where weight reduction is one of the key factors defining the success of a project.

Artemis Racing’s use of Simulation Driven Design Technology in Pursuit of the 2017 America’s Cup
Peter Bentley, Design Team Member at Artemis Racing presents at the 2017 European ATC.

The increase in velocity enabled by advanced structural composites and on-board control systems has been a true game changer, and the future of sailing will be increasing dependent on simulation driven design.

Altair ESAComp: A Powerful Toolbox for Classical Composite Analysis
Find out how Altair ESAComp enhances the capabilities of the Altair HyperWorks platform by providing classical analyses of structures made of layered composites. Altair ESAComp is used from preliminary and detailed design phases to advanced analyses for the final design verification. Thanks to its ability to interface with widely-used finite element software packages, Altair ESAComp fits seamlessly into design processes.

This webinar gives an overview of Altair ESAComp capabilities including new features like delamination analysis.

Altair FEKO for Marine EMC Applications
Altair FEKO is a leading comprehensive electromagnetic analysis software package, which is widely used in many industries and built on state of the art computational electromagnetic techniques to provide users with solutions to a wide range of electromagnetic problems. FEKO has been applied extensively in both commercial marine and naval applications to solve a wide range of EMC problems including antenna coupling and co-site interference analysis, cable coupling and radiation analysis and radiation hazard (RADHAZ) zone analysis.

Altair Inspire Datasheet
Altair Inspire enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. Inspire uses the industry leading Altair OptiStruct™ technology to generate and analyze design concepts. The software is easy to learn and works with existing CAD tools to help design
structural parts right the first time, reducing costs, development time, material consumption, and product weight.

Mabe
Mabe is a Mexico-based international appliance company designing, producing and distributing a wide spectrum of home appliances such as washing machines, dryers, cooking ranges, refrigerators, air-conditioners, microwaves, etc. Altair technology has enabled Mabe to increase the capacity of their washing machines by 35%, and the spin speed by 24% while reducing the cost per cubic foot by 10%.

What are the Concept Challenges?
See how the C123 process helps you to find concept challenges.

Introducing the Next Generation Manufacturing Simulation Solutions on Altair Inspire™ Platform
Altair manufacturing simulation tools have received an extensive amount of development efforts to expand their simulation capabilities.

Solving Your Most Difficult Modeling Problems with Altair SimLab™
Altair SimLab is a process-oriented modeling software with the features and flexibility to address the complex needs of simulation teams. This webinar covers how Altair SimLab 2018's streamlined workflows and feature capabilities can address common pre-processing challenges in highly complex models, enabling your team to focus on analyzing results rather than cleaning up mesh.

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.

Museum of the 20th Century
For a competition launched for the Museum of the 20th Century, Zaha Hadid Architects re-invented a similarly radical approach by applying new advances in technology to generate structural and architectural expression. With Altair’s assistance, they created a plug-in for their design tool, enabling topology optimization. Altair HyperMesh was used for finite element preprocessing mesh generation, with Altair HyperView providing post-processing and visualization solutions. Structural analysis solver Altair OptiStruct provided advanced analysis and optimization algorithms.

Altair Inspire Extrude Datasheet
Altair Inspire Extrude is a simulation environment designed to help extrusion companies meet the ever increasing demands to produce complex profiles with tight tolerances, quality surface finishes, and high strength properties at reduced cost. Inspire Extrude is a virtual press where users can visualize material flow and temperature inside a die during extrusion and make necessary changes to ensure balanced flow, while identifying and eliminating product defects.

Altair Inspire Extrude Polymer Brochure
This brochure highlights the features, benefits and the steps that are involved in the polymer extrusion simulation under Altair Inspire Extrude.

Designing Flexible Composite Solutions in HyperWorks
This 16-minute long presentation from Simpact provides insight into how the company is utilising simulation technologies and processes to create highly innovative, flexible composite structures that are both lightweight and high performance.

Accelerate Your Product to Market with Simulated Testing
This webinar will address many aspects of the Altair Startup Program including Altair's services, IoT and connected products, the Altair solution portfolio, and customer success stories.

This webinar was recorded on August 2nd, 2018.

Novum: University of Michigan Participates in Solar Car Challenges Around the World
See how Altair's Software is used to get University of Michigan's solar car, Novum, to the next level to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia and the American Solar Challenge - crossing an entire continent in both cases just on the power of the sun alone.

Ultra-Fast High-Fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics on GPUs for Automotive Aerodynamics
In this white paper, we present the innovative commercial GPU-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver Altair ultraFluidX. This work features simulations of the DrivAer model, a generic, publicly available vehicle geometry that was developed by the Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich and which is widely used for testing and validation purposes.

The DrivAer model features rear end, underbody designs, and underhood flow. This model was then used to perform both wind tunnel tests and numerical simulations of the 40% scale open cooling geometry using perforated aluminum sheets with different opening ratios to mimic different radiator properties. Within, we will compare some of the results from these wind tunnel tests with numerical results obtained with Altair ultraFluidX.

Altair Inspire Cast Datasheet
Altair Inspire Cast was developed with its end users in mind. We strive to make casting simulation as easy as possible by using ‘foundryman’s language’ in our software. Every word in the interface comes from the casting process world. Not only is the software incredibly easy to use, it is also highly accurate and powerful. Get started with Inspire Cast today to further investigate and explore your casting process with just a few clicks.


Altair Inspire Form Datasheet
Altair Inspire Form enables users to better design products while reducing lead time by enabling early consideration of formability, process parameters, material utilization, and cost.


Improving Composite Design and Simulation Efficiency with Multiscale Designer
Dr. Jan-Philipp Fuhr - Managing Partner, Cikoni talks about developing a methodology to analyze and predict composite matrix and fiber failure using Altair OptiStruct and Multiscale Designer resulting in improved accuracy and simulation efficiency of their simulations.

Motorcycle Crankshaft Modeling with SimLab at BMW Motorrad
Learn about the semi-automated motorcycle crankshaft modeling process developed at BMW Motorrad based on Altair's pre- and post-processor SimLab. The scripts developed take the FE model generation time down from 2 weeks of manual work to half a day.

SimLab for CFD and Multiphysics Webinar
This webinar shows Altair's streamlined thermal fluid-structure interaction workflow for powertrain components.

Leveraging Altair's CFD and structural analysis solvers, SimLab now offers a streamlined workflow that enables pre-, solver, and post-processing for thermal FSI within a single interface. The webinar will cover extraction of fluid surfaces to build CFD domains from solid bodies, defining loads and constraints, solver setting for conjugate heat transfer (CHT) and computing deflections and thermal stresses and post-processing structural and thermal-flow results.

Model-Based Development of Mechatronic Products
Learn how next generation math and system design products can be applied right from concept studies, control design, multi-domain system performance optimization to controller implementation & testing.

Design Lightweight and Efficient Stamping Dies with Topology Optmization
Ford Otosan in Turkey designs big stamping dies with the help of topology optimization using OptiStruct. Weight savings of 20% were possible on their first attempt to try optimization on a new stamping part.

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.

Testing Aerial Ladders in FEA: Wind Load Standard Equation vs CFD Wind Tunnel Analysis
To design and build an aerial ladder for a firetruck, the engineer needs to accurately determine the working loads the ladder will encounter. Some of these can be easy to interpret such as the weight of the firefighter in the basket at the end of the ladder, or the weight of the water being supplied to the nozzle. Other loads can be a little harder to quantify, such as how wind affects the ladder. There are several different ways to determine this effect, and two of those will be explored in this paper: the standard equation (ASCE 7-10), and CFD.

Fully Polarimetric Analysis of Wireless Connectivity for Smart Home and IoT Applications
This white paper presents a study of wireless connectivity of electronic devices in the Wi-Fi band. For accuracy, the analysis will use the full polarimetric information for each device’s antenna pattern. The study focuses on wireless connectivity between lamps and light switches in an indoor environment, with the goal to set guidelines for spacing between transmitters and receivers: wall-mounted switch boxes and ceiling-mounted lamps, as well as pairs of lamps. In general, the work flow would be similar for any type of wireless connectivity in environments such as a smart home, an industrial site, as well as streets and intersections (vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-infrastructure communication).

Multiphysics Design Optimization Using an Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis
Optimal design methods involving the coupling of fluid and structural solutions are a topic
of active research; particularly for aerospace applications. The paper presents a coupled fluid and structure approach to topology optimization using two commercial finite element solutions; AcuSolve and OptiStruct. A gradient based method is used to minimize the compliance of a structure subject to thermal loading. The optimal material distribution to minimize compliance is computed using the Solid-Isotropic Material with Penalty (SIMP) method available in OptiStruct. A volume fraction constraint is imposed in order to iteratively reduce the parts mass. Draw constraints are used to ensure manufacturability. The thermal loading is computed iteratively using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution from AcuSolve. The optimization produces an innovative design which increases the heat rejection rate of the part while reducing the mass.

Random Vibration Procedure and Best Practices
In order to evaluate if a design is robust and meets design margins, engineers use a variety of analytical tools. Often a product’s duty cycle is not perfectly characterized but the statistics of a lifetime of excitation are known.
These excitations can cause fatigue when system level dynamics are excited. It is very important to understand how a system responds to these excitations and how natural frequencies interact with each other.
Power spectral density (PSD) analysis, more commonly known as random response analysis, is used to determine stresses and strains in a system that is subjected to random excitations.

Seat Design for Crash in the Cloud
The benefit of design exploration and optimization is understood and accepted by engineers but the required intensive computational resources have been a challenge for their adoption into the design process. The HyperWorks Unlimited (HWUL) appliance provides an effective solution to these challenges as it seamlessly connects all the necessary tools together in the cloud. The aim of this study is to showcase the benefits of HWUL on an optimization driven design of a
complex system. For this purpose an automotive seat design for crash loadcases is selected.

Magnet Weight Minimization of Electric Traction Interior Permanent Magnet Motor Over Multiple Operating Points
This paper describes the process of using Altair tools such as Flux for synchronous permanent magnet motor EM FEA analysis and HyperStudy to minimize the weight of the NdFeB magnets of a typical IPM motor for electric traction application such as the IPM motor of the Toyota Prius 2010.

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.

Antenna Placement Optimization for Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology has the potential to significantly enhance driver safety. The type, placement, and orientation of V2V antennas all affect the performance of the communication system. Simulation software for high frequency electromagnetics can be used to analyze the farfield effects of various vehicle antenna configurations without the need to perform physical testing. We present a simulation-based method for optimizing the placement and orientation of a monopole antenna on a vehicle using a Global Response Surface Method (GRSM).

MIMO System Simulation in WinProp
This white paper presents and discusses practical examples of communication simulations involving Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology. Two workflows exist for MIMO simulations in WinProp; this note discusses the workflows, and presents an example with relevant results for each.

Topology Optimization and Casting Feasibility of a Robot Arm
Oftentimes, in the design of a casting, suboptimal structural concepts are developed which at the same time are not castable, requiring multiple and time-consuming design iterations. This paper describes a process to generate both structurally efficient and also castable parts, while reducing the overall design cycle time. The optimal structure is determined by topology optimization, reducing component mass while maintaining performance requirements. This step is followed by a design smoothing operation and then by a casting simulation to check for casting defects. To demonstrate this software driven product design and process validation, solidThinking Inspire® is used to develop the concept design and Click2Cast® for casting process validation.

Design Optimization for Additive Manufacturing in OptiStruct with consideration of Overhang Angle in Topology Optimization
This paper gives a technical review and guidelines for positioning the current capabilities. Note that the following uses OptiStruct version v2018. There have been some changes to the discussed algorithms compared to previous versions. Generally, version 2017.2.3 can be used to reproduce all the presented results.

Snap-Fit Optimization for Achieving Desired Insertion and Retention Forces
Snap-fits are ubiquitous engineering features used to quickly and inexpensively assemble plastic parts. The geometric, material, and contact nonlinearities associated with snap-fit problems can present modeling challenges. Quasi-static solutions with explicit solvers are commonly used to analyze snapfits; however, OptiStruct’s nonlinear solver now possess the ability to solve these highly nonlinear problems implicitly. The first part of this study discusses an effective approach to using OptiStruct for the implicit finite element analysis of snap-fits. Once an accurate simulation model has been created, engineers typically make design changes in order to achieve desired insertion and retention forces. The second part of this study details how HyperMesh morphing and HyperStudy can be used to optimize the snap-fit design, resulting in desired insertion and retention forces while minimizing mass and ensuring structural integrity. The approach documented in this report can reduce the design time, material use, and failure rate of snap-fits used in industry.

Schneider Electric uses Flux to Design IoT Actuators
Schneider Electric is a world leader in electrical distribution equipment. Remy Orban, Mechatronic Engineer at Schneider Electric discusses a low voltage circuit breaker actuator design using Flux

Multiscale Designer Product Video
Multiscale Designer can help achieving more accurate and cost saving results by looking into the individual constituent of composite materials. The tool is well suited for woven, short and long chopped fiber composites and integrates with Altair's solvers OptiStruct and RADIOSS, as well as other commercial codes.

Engineering Design Using a Small Autonomous Robot for Student Education
As part of educational programs for students to acquire practical skills and knowledge, Aichi University Technology (AUT) participated in a demonstration test competition aiming for future Mars exploration. A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites (ARLISS), is a competitive event for the evaluation of autonomous robots – conducting tests relating to their autonomous descent back to the ground after being launched 400m above the ground using a small rocket. For the final designed robot, HyperWorks was used for structural analysis to understand whether or not the robot meets requirements, and MotionSolve was extremely useful for practical industrial education that is linked to CAD design.

Sunshine School Bus Design Story - Industrial Design for Automotive
Sathiya Seeland, Head of Styling for Product Design at Ashok Leyland, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Design for High Performance Recreational Products
Pankaj Dubey, Country Head and Managing Director at Polaris India, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Pre and Post-Processing for Aerospace
This webinar gives an overview of HyperWorks’ aerospace solution for model-setup, composites modeling and efficient reporting. The popular matrix browser for easy data extraction and advanced post-processing is also covered.

FEKO Webinar: Design of a Two Port Dual-Polarized Trefoil Torus Knot Antenna using Characteristic Mode Analysis
r S Vinoth Kumar from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur received an honorable mention in the 2017 Competition for his entry.

Knots find interesting applications in various field of electromagnetics. In Mr Kumar’s work a dual-polarized knot antenna is designed and optimized completely using features of FEKO. The proposed structure is fabricated and its performances are compared with the simulation results obtained from FEKO.

FEKO Webinar: Wideband MIMO Handset Antennas Based on Theory of Characteristic Modes
Ms Ke Li from Xidian University, China received the prestigious title of winner in the 2017 competition.

This winning entry covers a dual multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) antenna design for a smart phone operating in the LTE 13, GSM850 and GSM900 bands.

Designing Optimized Aluminum Castings with Fatigue Life Considerations
Andras Tanos, R&D Engineer at FemAlk ZRT, talks about how they have used Altair solutions for topology optimization of an engine part.

Innovate Philippines' AEC Landscape with Inspire
Tony Pimentel from Pimentel & Associates is innovating the Philippines Architecture, Engineering and Construction landscape with Inspire.

Innovative Use of Composites for Organic Architecture
In this interview recorded at JEC World 2018, Atanas Zhelev, Chief Architect and co-founder at Digital Architects Ltd., talks about the innovative use of composites for organic architecture.

Composites offer designers the ability to create a material and engineer its properties to resist particular load cases and environments. Such infinite possibilities can be daunting and a big step away from the more conventional way of working with a material having a known set of characteristics.

It is here that architects and structural engineers can be aided by Altair’s software, such as ESAComp, now available as a standalone product in Altair HyperWorks advanced simulation and optimization software suite, to produce efficient, stable and durable composite structures.

Alpla Develops Innovative Packaging Solutions with HyperWorks
Alpla develops and produces packaging solutions for consumer goods. Christoph Plankel, Head of Modeling and Simulation Department at Alphla, discusses how they have used simulation to produce lighter packaging without compromising on performance.

Optimization of Photovoltaic (PV) Mounting Structures – Savings on Material and Cost
Photovoltaic specialist Thesan, a subsidiary of global manufacturer Savio S.p.A, manufactures, and distributes mounting structures, consisting of a so-called Purlin, a Rafter, and a Pole (and Hat), designed to withstand potentially occurring loads from wind and snow, as well as dead loads. Drawing on the Savio Group’s competence in the design of steel and aluminum structures and thanks to a team of over 40 engineers, they are to satisfy every construction requirement of photovoltaic power plants at all altitude and climatic conditions, using any specific fixation requirements. For a recent project requiring optimization of a mounting structure of a medium sized PV field with a power of 5 MW, engineers used HyperWorks. The benefits included reduced material usage, reduced manufacturing and transportation costs and improved competitiveness for Thesan.

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

ESAComp for Architecture
Composites offer designers the ability to create a material and engineer its properties to resist particular load cases and environments. Such infinite possibilities can be daunting and a big step away from the more conventional way of working with a material having a known set of characteristics. It is here that architects and designers can be aided by Altair’s software such as ESAComp to produce efficient, stable and durable composite structures.

Increase Profit Margins Through Simulation Driven Design
In this webinar we will show how computer simulation is being used to help packaging companies predict design behavior and response, and prevent product failure when subjected to various conditions. Many companies typically think they do not have the time, resources, or funds to implement simulation into their product development. On the contrary, the well-documented ROI secured from implementing successful simulation strategies can help drastically increase profit margins.

This webinar was recorded on April 26, 2018.

Altair SimLab Datasheet
Altair SimLab is a process oriented, feature based finite element modeling software that allows you to quickly and accurately simulate engineering behavior of complex assemblies. SimLab automates simulation-modeling tasks to reduce human errors and time spent manually creating finite element models and interpreting results. SimLab is not a traditional off-the-shelf pre- and post-processing software, but a vertical application development platform for capturing and automating simulation processes.

Altair Flux Datasheet
Capitalizing on thirty-five years of innovation in the global context of design optimization and time-to-market reduction, Flux finite element software provides solutions to low-frequency electromagnetic and thermal simulation problems. Flux includes an open and user-friendly interface that is easily coupled with other Altair software to address multiphysics problems for a variety of systems in 2D, 3D and Skew modeling situations.

Electric Field Simulation with Flux
Electric Field Simulation Application Sheet

Altair FluxMotor Datasheet
Altair FluxMotor is a flexible open software tool dedicated to the pre-design of electric rotating machines. It enables the user to build a machine from standard or customized parts, add windings and materials to run a selection of tests and compare results. Based on modern technology, the standalone platform offers fast and accurate computations. When necessary, connection with Altair Flux™ finite element software enables more advanced studies, taking into account more complex phenomenon.

Electromagnetic Compatibility
To meet time-to-market requirements and comply with product specifications, the virtual prototyping of EMC phenomena is widely performed in the early design stages. Altair provides complete simulation
solutions to address these challenges for low and middle frequencies.

Power Cables and Busbars
Power cables, power bars and busbars are used to distribute and
transmit electrical energy through the grid. Their design must comply
with several electromagnetic and thermal constraints to guarantee high
performance, safety and efficiency. Altair offers the innovative Flux
software to answer these challenges.

Flux Webinar : Designing Efficient and Sustainable Energy Generation Equipment Thanks to Simulation
From conventional to renewable energy and large-scale power plants to in-house systems, energy generation has to be efficient and sustainable to supply the grid and support different needs.



Flux Webinar : Designing Reliable MV & HV Power Grid Equipment
Aging transmission infrastructure has to be modernized to deliver electricity more reliably and efficiently. Asset owners of the ecosystem such as manufacturers, service providers, and government offices have to consider the multiple challenges around energy transmission.



Flux Webinar : Safe and Flexible Distribution : Smart Grid Equipment Design
From power plants that regulate their power output, to the coordination of centralized and decentralized energy supplies and fluctuations in power needs - Smart Grid is gaining importance and is expected to provide on-demand management.



FEKO Webinar : New Features in FEKO 2018, including WinProp
In this webinar we will be presenting the exciting features in the new FEKO 2018 release.

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