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Stanley Black & Decker Case Study
Stanley Black & Decker chose Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited to optimize their CAE processes for power tool design, enabling them to explore concepts more deeply, reduce cycle times and make better decisions faster.

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.

Applying Optimization Technology to Drive Design of a 100-Meter Composite Wind Turbine Blade
This presentation demonstrates how numerical optimization can be applied using OptiStruct to aid in the design development of a 100-meter composite wind turbine blade.

The huge capacity of a pickup comes at the expense of storage. The loading area is often a simple box with no ability to store smaller items safely or secure them from theft. After spotting an opportunity in the marketplace, entrepreneur, Lance Meller, started work on a well-built alternative. Lance founded DECKED with his business partner, Jake Peters, with a shared determination to create an innovative, robust and useful storage solution for both commercial users and private owners alike. The system had to be able to withstand a load of 2,000 lbs, fit it into a wide range of pickup models including those from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan and be manufactured for a compelling retail target price. DECKED selected Altair ProductDesign as it needed a partner that was able to deliver conceptual design work along with advanced engineering and prototyping services.

Aeroelastic Investigation of the Sandia 100m Blade Using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Recent trends in wind power technology are focusing on increasing power output through an increase in rotor diameter. As the rotor diameter increases, aeroelastic effects become increasingly important in the design of an efficient blade.

Combining topology optimization with laser additive manufacturing reveals new potential for lightweight structures
Challenge: Development of design and optimization methods to improve components made with laser additive manufacturing methods.

Altair Solution: HyperWorks, OptiStruct, Simulation Driven Design Process

Benefits: increased material efficiency, lighter and stiffer structures, less user training required, flexible and adaptable manufacturing process

Applications of Acusolve and Optistruct in the High-Temperature Reformation of Biomass
Applications of Acusolve and Optistruct in the High-Temperature Reformation of Biomass presentation given by Tim Laska of sundrop fuels at ATCx Energy.

CAE Simulation driven Product Development of Expandable Liner Hanger
CAE Simulation driven Product Development of
Expandable Liner Hanger presentation given by Ganesh Nanaware of Baker Hughes at ATCx Energy 2014.

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

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

Increasing Robustness and Reliability of a Race Car Engine with AcuSolve
This study is part of Prodrive’s implementation of AcuSolve to enhance its CFD capability after many years of outsourcing these simulations.

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.

Rolo Bikes
Rolo Bikes approached Altair ProductDesign due to its familiarity with the HyperWorks suite and expertise in the application of CAE techniques to optimize carbon fiber structures. The objective of the program was to optimize a new bike frame to achieve world leading performance for weight, stiffness and comfort. In addition, the team was also tasked with developing an efficient and cost effective virtual testing process to analyze the performance of future bike frames from Rolo and other partner companies.

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.

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.

HyperWorks helps ACENTISS in the development of Elias, a new electrically powered ultra-lightweight airplane
Recently, ACENTISS has developed the all-electric technology demonstrator ELIAS (Electric Aircraft IABG ACENTISS) based on the one-seater UL aircraft ELECTRA ONE from PC-AERO GmbH.
To perform all the needed engineering and development work of the project ACENTISS applied Altair’s HyperWorks suite.

Tesla Optimizes CAE - Desktop Engineering Reprint
Automating CAE connectors creation in HyperMesh and utilizing HyperStudy for pedestrian impact simulation helped optimize Tesla’s design cycle and get better crash and safety performance.

Luxon Engineering Applies Optimization-driven Design to Motocross Components
The motorcycles used in motocross racing demand light weight and high strength components in order to gain a performance advantage over the competition. In this video testimonial Billy Wight, President of Luxon Engineering, presents a case study of applying Altair HyperWorks optimization techniques in the design of a motocross triple clamp assembly and rear suspension linkage.

Intel Solution Brief: Maximize Performance and Scalability of Radioss on Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family-Based Platforms
This paper summarizes the findings of a benchmark study with Radioss and Intel® Xeon® processors. In the study, Altair benchmarked Radioss using a modified crash simulation model on a single-node platform -- Radioss was able to easily take advantage of all 60 cores, running the workload 2.75X faster than on a comparable 24-core platform.

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.

HyperWorks provides flexibility and agility to development processes of Engineering Services Provider Beta Epsilon
Beta Epsilon designs racing cars and offers engineering. Beta Epsilon offers component and vehicle meshing, FEA analysis of metal and composite components, crash test simulation, optimization, and CFD simulation. Beta Epsilon uses HyperMesh, OptiStruct, HyperCrash, RADIOSS, AcuSolve, HyperView, and Virtual Wind Tunnel. With HyperWorks, Beta Epsilon could improve the quality of its products and extend its range of services.

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

Aircraft Carrier Alliance
Creating a Structurally Efficient Design for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier

When making key decisions at the concept and preliminary design phases of a naval ship project, the designer is often obliged to work with limited data on the major structural design drivers for the vessel. This can lead to a largely subjective design approach which can result in inefficiency and even structural problems being locked-in from the start. To solve any issues, increased material use, weight and unnecessary complexity, as well as high design and manufacture costs can be introduced to the end product. To evaluate the potential of simulation-driven design under the unique requirements of naval ship design, the ACA partnered with Altair ProductDesign.

Northwestern University Success Story
Using HyperWorks for Teaching Computational Optimization Methods in Engineering Design at Northwestern University

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

When Engineering Intuition is Not Enough
A new technology helps design engineers quickly create dramatically lighter structures — and better understand the effects of material placement in whatever they’re developing.

Using Analysis to Innovate with New Materials
Analysis and optimization tools enable Samsung engineers to reduce
the cost of appliances without sacrificing performance.

By Beverly A. Beckert

Concept to Reality Winter 2013 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

Aerodynamic Development of a Road Cycling Helmet with AcuSolve - LX Sim
LX Sim uses HyperWorks Suite and select Partner Alliance programs from Altair to help build an aerodynamic cycling helmet.

DeWalt Optimizes Power Tools with HyperWorks
The development of modern electric power tools requires special attention to be simultaneously paid to both the efficiency and user comfort of the tool, as well as the robustness and durability of the devices. For the fulfillment of these two groups of attributes, computer-aided simulations using HyperWorks has become central to the development process of Stanley Black & Decker Deutschland GmbH.

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

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

  • Saving development time and costs

  • Use a new approach in the design leveraging optimization

  • Reduce product weight through structural optimization of composite components

Success Story: M.TEC
M.TEC Engineering Continues to Benefit and Yield New Business Due to Advantages of the Altair Partner Alliance (APA)

Carmakers the world over are investing heavily in the development of lighter vehicles and more economical engines that can go further on less fuel. Renault’s powertrain division wanted to further decrease the weight and increase the performance of existing and in-devolopment engines by redesigning key components to use a minimum amount of material. As an existing user of Altair’s simulation solutions, Renault approached Altair ProductDesign to assist in the development of the required optimization design methods and processes for use
at component and sub-system levels.

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.

Creactive Design
Using Optimization to Improve the Design of a Classroom

Product design consultancy and structural engineering partner, Creactive Design, wanted to explore the possibility of utilizing optimization technologies to improve the design of a cross-functional roof for an innovative new classroom environment. The classrooms, under development at architecture firm, Future Systems, would be prefabricated in glass reinforced plastic (GRP) to a high standard, making them energy efficient, durable and eminently replicable. The ambitious project was called the “World Classroom”. Creactive approached Altair ProductDesign, to assist in this explorative project due to Altair’s reputation for developing the market leading optimization software solution, OptiStruct.

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.”

HyperWorks, especially OptiStruct is one of the central tools supporting the CAE efforts of BASF Engineering Plastics
Mathematical optimisation methods can provide significant support in virtual CAE part development. In the early phases of the project topology optimisation affords valuable clues to the design of the geometry of the part.

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.

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.

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.

Intel AcuSolve Case Study: Analyzing Complex Designs Faster
Working in collaboration with Intel’s technical support team and utilizing key Intel® software development tools, Altair was able to improve performance, scalability, and time-to-results for AcuSolve, Altair’s leading CFD flow solver.

Extending Extrusion Die Life Using HyperXtrude
Altair HyperXtrude is used to predict die
performance and run virtual die tryouts.
Using these capabilities, die designs can be
modified and tested to improve the die life
and reduce the number of die trials.

CFD Advances Racing Bike Performance
Highly automated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) workflows enable the discovery of flow behaviors, improving wheel aerodynamics.

Mathew N. Godo, Ph.D. and David Corson, Ph.D.

Concept To Reality Summer / Fall 2012 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

The Art of Packaging to Protect Cultural Assets
Simulation tools isolate the cause of
undesirable shipping loads on museum’s
cultural treasures.

Simulation: The Connection between Speed and Safety in Racing
Chassis manufacturer relies on simulation
and optimization to develop the fastest
– and safest – race cars on today’s circuits.

By Luca Pignacca

Concept To Reality Summer / Fall 2012 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

[AB]structures Relies on HyperWorks in Developing Three Record Breaking Round the World Racing Yachts
[AB]structures, an Italian structural design and engineering company, used the CAE suite HyperWorks first for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2006 to design the yacht for the ABN AMRO White team and has used it since then successfully for several other Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup yachts.

This year [AB]structures used HyperWorks to structurally design and optimize three VO70 Round The World Racing Yachts for the 2011 – 2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. This included the yacht Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas, which claimed victory on July 9, 2012 in Galway, Ireland, after 9 months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions.

Nippon Sharyo Uses AcuSolve Simulation to Make Japan’s Bullet Trains Safer, More Comfortable

Mabe - Improved Protection of White Goods through Packaging Optimization
For white goods manufacturer Mabe, the quality of the design and engineering of their home appliances is paramount. The products need to be highly robust as well as visually appealing but must also arrive with the customer in perfect condition. The appliances’ packaging must be equally well designed to protect from drops, impacts and other disruption events, but over-protecting the goods can result in significantly higher costs. The objectives of this project were to use the HyperWorks suite to simulate the effect of the distribution environment events to a washer and dryer product and perform optimization to improve product protection while reducing material costs and weight.

HyperWorks improves development processes at PSA Peugeot Citroën
Challenge: Define new process that includes accurate component data

Altair Solution: Use HyperForm and RADIOSS in development process

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

AcuSolve & Radioss Solution on FSI Model
This benchmark demonstrates the ability of AcuSolve to capture the effect of impulse load on a profile submerged in channel flow. A P-FSI simulations is performed using the structural output from Radioss.

AcuSolve Validation - NACA0012 Airfoil
This benchmark validates AcuSolve for external aerodynamic applications. NACA0012 has been studied in depth both numerically and experimentally. AcuSolve results are compared with other CFD software results and with available test data

Formidable Challenges in Formula Student Racing
Industry: University

Challenge: Remove weight and improve performance from vehicles

Altair Solution: Optimization with HyperWorks tools

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

Altair BUSolutions
Developing the World’s First Series Hydraulic Hybrid Bus

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires modern transit bus systems to provide more efficient services across America. Currently, U.S. public bus transit authorities are subsidized to meet operating budgets with State and local subsidies exceeding $19 billion per year and Federal subsidies exceed $7 billion per year. The goal of the BUSolutions project is to design and manufacturer a new bus with improved fuel economy, lower emissions and a lower life cycle cost than today’s buses.

Bird Strike Simulation Takes Flight
The increasing number of bird-plane impacts gives rise to new CAE methods to address aircraft safety.

By Robert Yancey

Concept To Reality Summer/Fall 2011

Simulation Streamlines Aircraft Door Development
The Eurocopter Group leverages analysis to cut design time and automate the process of developing safe aircraft closures.

By Michele Macchioni

Concept To Reality Summer/Fall 2011

Structural Optimization Helps Launch Space Payloads
Aerospace company employs simulation software to reduce weight in the Launch Abort Manifold for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

By Blaine E. Phipps, Michael H. Young and
Nathan G. Christensen

Concept To Reality Summer/Fall 2011

Assystem Used HyperWorks CAE Simulation to Design, Simulate and Test Nuclear Encapsulation Vessels
Assystem is an international engineering and innovation consultancy group with a presence in 14 countries and 8500 employees.

HyperMesh, RADIOSS and HyperStudy were used to design the safest possible nuclear encapsulation vessel for securely containing nuclear material. The designs not only achieved pressure vessel code PD5500 standards, but also helped Assystem gain external accreditation for the pressure vessel’s compliance to code.

Download the Assystem Case Study

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.

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.

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.

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.

WJH Engineering Uses Altair HyperMesh™ to Cut Physical Testing Costs of Medical Devices by 95%
WJH Engineering Consultants provides finite-element analysis and design for many of America’s largest developers of medical devices. Company President, Jim Harrison, works directly with engineers at companies producing medical devices and with doctors to understand the clinical application of these products, including any anatomical loads or displacements that should be incorporated into their design.

Improving Efficiency and Accuracy at Eaton Aerospace with HyperWorks
The Hydraulic Systems Division of
Eaton’s Aerospace Group designs hydraulic
components and systems on many of the
world’s military and commercial aircraft
in the skies today. Eaton uses Altair HyperWorks within it's simulation processes to improve solution efficiency and accuracy.

Innovative Design Analysis Solutions to Handle the Complexity of Modern Structures
This is a press article published by CAD User Magazine in June 2009.

"The signature buildings that architects love to put up these days might be designed to enhance the architect’s reputation along with the skyline of the client city, but their increasing complexities of shape pose significant challenges for the builders. In the first instance such large projects are never single sourced. They rely on close integration between a number of partners, each addressing significant issues. Secondly,
they come with demands for shorter development times with increased pressure to reduce engineering costs (engineering, because of the complexity of the projects, being a major cost element)."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Simulation Links Welding Data to Structural Analysis Models
A robust modeling process greatly aids the design of lower cost and higher quality welded structures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parametric Optimization of Fluid Dynamic Simulations using StarCD
HyperStudy's design optimization was combined with CFD simulation in order to optimize fluid flow.

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.

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%.

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

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.

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.

Transformative Flight Transportation
Advances in energy storage, motor efficiency, and flight control systems have us on the potential cusp of a revolution in air mobility. This comes at a time when many traditional transportation infrastructures are saturated and new modes of mobility are desperately needed.

Terrafugia highlights recent developments in urban- and extended-air-mobility, and the hurdles that must be overcome, not only technical obstacles but also challenges in regulations, societal acceptance, and business.

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