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Composites Capabilities Expanded at Altair with CEDREM Partnership

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KTEX Family analyzes the effects of the manufacturing process on composite weaves and is available through the Altair Partner Alliance

TROY, Mich. – Oct. 14, 2015Altair today announced that Centre d'Expertise en Dynamique Rapide, Explosion et Multiphysique, SAS (CEDREM) has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA). The partnership adds CEDREM’s KTEX Family of integrated numeric tools for composites to the APA.

"CEDREM is specialized in finite element simulations representing high speed phenomena (such as impacts, ballistics, explosion or blast) and composite behavior,” said Karine Thoral Pierre, CEO at CEDREM. “To improve our models, tools representing the composite materials at the mesoscale and taking into account the manufacturing processes were needed. The
KTex Family meets this need. We improved our material laws and cut down the gap between simulations and reality. We are pleased to share those tools with the Altair community."

KTEX Family is a suite of numerical tools that analyze the behavior of composite materials during the manufacturing process. It is comprised of four modules: KTEX Pattern, KTEX Layup, KTEX Winding and KTEX Woven Property, all of which work at the scale of composite yarns, or the meso scale, and address specialized parts of the optimization and manufacturing process. KTEX Pattern models the exact geometry of any given weave while KTEX Layup simulates the behavior of that weave during the layup process. KTEX Winding visualizes the weave during the winding process and KTEX Woven Property calculates the homogenized mechanical properties for any given weave.

“KTEX Family offers complete analyzation and optimization of composite weaves and the effects that the manufacturing process has on them,” said Shan Nageswaran, Senior Director, HyperWorks at Altair. “Looking at materials on the meso scale allows engineers to achieve a completely new perspective, especially in relation to ballistics, that Altair customers will find especially valuable. We are really looking forward to further collaboration with the CEDREM team.”

Integrated completely with HyperMesh, users are able to model weaves in any dimension (1D, 2D, 3D) using all fiber and matrix materials available. Highlights of the software capabilities include representation of customized weaves with bespoke fiber and matrix materials and prediction of the impacts of the manufacturing process on the final part. Users are also able to optimize the weaving pattern as well as the manufacturing processes necessary to produce it. While composites modeling is necessary and applicable in many industries, KTEX Family is especially suited for those in automotive and performing ballistics.

To learn more about CEDREM and KTEX Family, register for the introductory webinar on Oct. 29, 2015 at 9 a.m. EDT and 1 p.m. EDT, or visit the CEDREM solution page.

About the Altair Partner Alliance
Altair’s HyperWorks platform applies a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model in which customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed, as well as third-party, software applications on demand. The Altair Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from more than 20 internally developed solutions to upwards of 60 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 Altair Partner Alliance, visit www.altairalliance.com.

About Centre d'Expertise en Dynamique Rapide, Explosion et Multiphysique, SAS (CEDREM)
CEDREM is a product performance enhancer working hand in hand with its customers. This ground breaking company is a team of multidisciplinary engineers and researchers specialized in complex systems analysis under dynamic loadings such as shocks, impacts, ballistics or explosions... Its dynamism and creativity in developing new numerical tools and new composite materials lead to a service at the cutting edge of innovation and new technologies to drive the shaping of new protection products (vehicles, structures, airborne systems, buildings, ships, soldiers...). To learn more, visit www.cedrem.fr.

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 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 45 offices throughout 24 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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