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StressCheck, the Newest HyperWorks Partner Alliance Application, Expands Altair’s FEA Capabilities

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Altair Engineering
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Jennifer Korail
Airfoil Public Relations for HyperWorks Partner Alliance

Brent Lancaster
ESRD, Inc.

HyperWorks customers can access StressCheck by ESRD through the flexible and cost-effective HyperWorks licensing model

TROY, Mich. – Dec. 7, 2011 – Altair, developer of the popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software, today announced the official release of StressCheck by Engineering Software Research & Development, Inc. (ESRD) in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. StressCheck complements Altair’s finite element analysis (FEA) solver, RADIOSS, supporting detailed structural and strength analyses including multi-body contact and computation of fracture mechanics parameters for metallic and composite parts. ESRD is renowned in the aerospace industry, but increasing requirements for detailed FEA and stress analysis in mechanical and structural engineering of all types make StressCheck a strategic addition to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). HyperWorks users will be able to access StressCheck from the HWPA website at www.hyperworksalliance.com.

“ESRD is pleased to join the HyperWorks Partner Alliance and enter into new markets through Altair’s global sales and marketing efforts,” said Dr. Anil K Mehta, senior vice president of business development at ESRD, Inc. “StressCheck is well known for its advanced technical capabilities in the aerospace industry. HyperWorks customers, especially in the automotive and turbo-machinery industries, will benefit from its verified stress analysis capabilities, as well as its unique functionalities in laminated composites, fatigue and damage tolerance analyses. StressCheck provides a framework for standardization of simulation practices in a scalable electronic handbook in support of the accumulation and management of expert-designed solutions."

HyperWorks customers can access StressCheck through the HWPA, a suite of third-party partner applications that can be accessed with the same units used to invoke Altair HyperWorks software. The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units empowers users to deploy the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available at no incremental cost or long-term commitment.

“ESRD's StressCheck is a strategic addition to our HyperWorks Partner Alliance,” said Robert Yancey, executive director – global aerospace at Altair. “Detailed stress and fracture analysis, especially for composite structures, is very important in the Aerospace sector. Coupled with Altair’s optimization technology, ESRD's StressCheck will provide a broader set of options to our customers when optimizing the design of metallic and composite structures. ”

The HWPA strives to provide the most comprehensive offering of software applications across multiple relevant domains related to computer-aided engineering. The addition of ESRD further enhances the flexibility of the HyperWorks Units and the overall value of Altair HyperWorks.

About Engineering Software Research and Development, Inc.
Engineering Software Research and Development, Inc. (ESRD), founded in 1989, develops advanced engineering software products and offers professional services in this area. ESRD's flagship software product is StressCheck, an advanced FEA tool based on the p-version finite element analysis method. StressCheck is a leader among p-FEA structural and strength analysis software and is the only FEA product in existence that was designed to meet the technical requirements of simulation governance. For more information about ESRD, visit www.esrd.com.

About Altair Engineering, Inc.
Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the value of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,500 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 26-year-plus track record for product design and development, engineering software, advanced computing technologies and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com and www.simulatetoinnovate.com.

About the HyperWorks Partner Alliance
Altair’s HyperWorks platform for enterprise analytics employs a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model where customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed and third-party software applications on-demand. The HyperWorks Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from 28 internally developed solutions to more than 50 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI. For more information about the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, visit www.hyperworksalliance.com.

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