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Leading OEM’s and Tier 1’s Showcase How Altair’s HyperWorks CAE Suite Helps to Develop Advanced Composite Structures

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Engineers and designers from across the composites industry see Airbus, AgustaWestland and GKN Aerospace present latest advances in composite design

LEAMINGTON SPA, Warwickshire, May 20th, 2014 – Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services empowering client innovation and decision-making, today announced that Altair UK’s 3rd Composites Design Seminar (www.altairhyperworks.co.uk/ukcomposites) attracted engineers and simulation experts across many industries to see leading aerospace OEM’s and Tier 1’s showcase examples of composite structures, designed and optimised using Altair’s leading innovative technology.

Airbus, AgustaWestland and GKN Aerospace showcased their successful application of Altair’s technology on composite structures, and demonstrated how this technology significantly reduced the development time. Jack Yan from Airbus presented “A Story of Tool Collaboration”, illustrating how collaborating with Altair greatly impacted their work by significantly reducing the cost of modelling. David Bowhay from AgustaWestland demonstrated how their selection of HyperMesh as the primary CAE tool enabled them to successfully carry out a blade model construction, and Alexandra Rush from GKN Aerospace explained how HyperWorks helped reduce overall project time from initial analysis to final design.

The event also brought together thought leaders within the UK composite industry to showcase the latest innovations in composites and how it is used within the UK. Tom Hitchings from the National Composites Centre presented the future for composites in the UK, and Will Searle from Axillium spoke about developing the UK composites supply chain.

“It was a very interesting conference. There seems to be a lot of development in the right direction”, said Declan Nolan from B/E Aerospace. “I enjoyed the customer presentations as a window into how our peers approach similar problems to our own”, added Owen Carless from Red Bull Racing.

“This event demonstrated a step change in the composites CAE modelling process. Significant time savings are now achievable, resulting in greater product innovation. Altair’s collaboration with leading OEM’s and Tier 1’s was a key enabler for the technology shown as this event”, said Hakan Ekman, Managing Director, Altair UK. “Our seminars are being increasingly recognised as the leading platform for engineers from across the CAE industry to demonstrate their work using Altair’s simulation-driven design methods. It was encouraging to learn that most attendees would recommend the conference to their colleagues as a great networking forum, and that most rated the quality of the papers as either excellent or very good.” added Mr Ekman.

The event was held at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, in the Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS) facility. The venue is located in the south west of England which is the center of the aerospace and composites design region, making it the ideal location for an event such as this.

Sponsors of the event included Applied Computing & Engineering, Anaglyph, Composites UK, Develop 3D, Fujitsu and National Composites Centre.

For more information on the UK Altair Composites Design Seminar please visit http://www.altairhyperworks.co.uk/ukcomposites.

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 45 offices throughout 21 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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