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Incorporating Variability in Simulation Models with RAMDO via the Altair Partner Alliance

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RAMDO Solutions
Nicholas Gaul

RAMDO by RAMDO Solutions is now available for use by APA enabled HyperWorks® customers

TROY, Mich. – February 2, 2018 – Altair Engineering Inc. (Nasdaq: ALTR) is pleased to announce the addition of RAMDO, software developed by RAMDO Solutions, to the Altair Partner Alliance (APA). RAMDO is an Uncertainty Quantification (UQ), reliability analysis, and Reliability-based Design Optimization (RBDO) software platform. As a complementary CAE software when used in conjunction with a design simulation package, RAMDO provides a more reliable product design. It allows the designer to take into account the variability of design inputs (materials, loads, operating conditions, etc.) and create an optimized solution. RAMDO uniquely performs this analysis with efficient use of computer resources, a user-friendly interface, and at a cost-effective license subscription.

“We are excited to be joining the Altair Partner Alliance,” said Nicholas Gaul, COO and Lead Developer at RAMDO Solutions. “RAMDO can be a great tool for HyperWorks users to explore design reliability improvements by the formal inclusion of variability (materials, loads, manufacturing, operational conditions, etc.) into simulations. Our software increases the reliability and robustness of designs at reduced total product lifecycle costs, thus ultimately creating better products and happier end customers.”

Companies using design simulation software can benefit from adding RAMDO to their workflows. In the aerospace industry, RAMDO can be of particular interest in the design of wings, engines, and interiors by taking into account the variability of materials, aerodynamic loads, electrical resistance, manufacturing, and operating conditions. In the architecture, engineering, & construction industry, RAMDO can help structural designers take into account variability of structural & wind loads, material properties for steel, concrete, soil, and fluid flows for thermal distribution and solar loading. The primary goal of this product is twofold. First, it provides users with a tool to help them understand how variability affects their application. Second, it guides designers into improving the reliability of their design for products and systems. An intermediate benefit of this tool is also a reduction of computational times for UQ, reliability analysis, and RBDO. The result for end consumers is a product that usually includes reduced weight, lower costs, less frequent maintenance, as well as improved safety.

“Structural optimization is used as part of many standard design processes to create better-performing products at lower costs. However, it is important to note that an optimized design could be at the edge of feasibility when considering potential variations due to manufacturing, operational environment, etc.,” explains Fatma Kocer, Altair’s VP of Business Development - Design Exploration. “When this risk is significant, a safety factors approach can be employed, but this approach can lead to overdesigned products. We are happy to have RAMDO in the APA program with solutions for complex problems of reliability and robustness-based design optimization.”

An introductory webinar for RAMDO will be held on February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. For more information about the software, please visit the product page for RAMDO.

About the Altair Partner Alliance
The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) provides access to a broad spectrum of complementary software products using customers’ existing HyperWorks Units which can be used to download and use partner product applications on-demand. This constantly growing portfolio extends their simulation and design capabilities to help create better products faster. Software products in the APA include technologies ranging from computational fluid dynamics and fatigue, to manufacturing process simulation and cost estimation, with applications specific to industry-verticals including marine, motorcycles, aerospace, chemicals, and architecture. The Altair Partner Alliance allows customers access to non-Altair software along with their existing HyperWorks Units, provides an opportunity to reduce infrastructure and administrative costs, and gives them the ability to quickly evaluate and deploy software on-demand. For more information about the APA, visit http://www.altairhyperworks.com/apa.

About RAMDO Solutions
RAMDO Solutions, LLC was established in fall 2013 to develop the commercial software Reliability Analysis & Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (RAMDO) to support academia, industry, and the Department of Defense. The research behind the reliability analysis methods in the RAMDO software first originated in 1995 under the supervision of Professor K.K. Choi at The University of Iowa in collaboration with the Automotive Research Center (ARC) funded by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC). RAMDO has been successfully applied by users in the areas of: noise, vibration and safety design of vehicles, durability, casting process design, ship hydrodynamics, fluid structure interaction, welding design, superconducting magnetic energy storage system, electro-thermal polysilicon actuator, map generation, etc.

About Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR)
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. With more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates 69 offices throughout 24 countries. Altair serves more than 5,000 customers across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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