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Altair Engineering Launches Industry’s First Crash Environment To Be Integrated into CATIA V5

Diane Forbes
Altair Engineering, Inc.
+1.248.614.2400, ext. 464

HyperCrash/CATIA offers first effective crash workbench dedicated to automotive crash engineers

TROY, Mich., (August 20, 2007) – Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and decision-making, today announced the launch of HyperCrash/CATIA, the first crash environment integrated into CATIA V5. The new technology enables modeling of crash data and the capability to include nonlinear material properties in a dynamic database. HyperCrash/CATIA is part of the HyperWorks suite of advanced CAE solutions and provides a seamless interface for CATIA users. However, separate usage licensing is required.

Previously, engineers were required to leave CATIA to perform time-intensive critical crash analysis. Now, they can perform the complete task inside the CATIA environment and move directly into the RADIOSS solver. This makes HyperCrash/CATIA the first effective crash workbench specifically dedicated to automotive crash engineers.

“We are happy to be first on the market with this unique product,” said Altair Vice President of Product Technology Uwe Schramm, Ph.D. “HyperCrash/CATIA not only dramatically reduces cycle time between design and finite-element analysis. It also adds “associativity” between geometry and the crash model, and allows fast updates of crash analysis data whenever the geometry changes.”

Other benefits of HyperCrash/CATIA include advanced tools for crash analysis, such as those for contact resolution, model checker and connection management. In addition, HyperCrash/CATIA has a new, intuitive modeling system for spot welds that allows up to five sheets to be connected, compared to two sheets with CATIA alone.


RADIOSS is an industry-leading explicit and implicit finite-element solver technology that simulates mechanical, structural, fluid and fluid-structure interaction phenomena, taking into account nonlinear material, for quasi-static and dynamic loading events. RADIOSS is part of the Altair® HyperWorks® CAE technology suite. HyperWorks provides robust solver solutions for linear, nonlinear, fluid and fluid structure interaction, structural optimization and multi-body dynamics applications, while delivering best-in-class modeling, visualization and process automation solutions.

About Altair HyperWorks

Altair HyperWorks is an integrated CAE framework containing best-in-class solutions for the complete virtual product development process. HyperWorks not only contains powerful finite-element and multi-body simulation solutions, it also delivers an open, programmable platform that is easy to integrate into existing processes. From modeling and assembly, to visualization and reporting, to virtual manufacturing and robustness assessment, HyperWorks’ powerful interface system to all major CAD and CAE packages is the foundation for a truly integrated simulation-driven design process. It can also help bring highly engineered products to market faster.

About Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,200 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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