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Ford's John Viera Gives His Thoughts on the Positive Relationship with Altair for Lightweighting Initiatives

John Viera, Global Director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford Motor Company, gives his thoughts on the relationship with Altair and its importance as the company continues to drive down vehicle weight.

Safety Comes First – Development of a Maxi-Cosi Child Seat Using a CAE-Driven Design Process

When developing a new child seat, safety is
paramount. Dorel Juvenile, market leader in
child safety in cars, was confronted with the
task to develop a new child seat - the
Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl. To investigate
and analyze the best feasible design,
considering the occurring forces during an
accident, Dorel Juvenile turned to Code
Product Solutions, an engineering service
provider that supports their customers
in the development and optimization of
products, using computer-aided engineering
(CAE) tools. Within the development process,
Code Product Solutions engineers employed
the Altair HyperWorks CAE suite utilizing
RADIOSS® for crash simulation, OptiStruct®
for the layout of highly loaded plastic
parts that comprise the reclining system,
HyperMesh® for pre-processing tasks,
and HyperCrash® and HyperView® during
post-processing.

Improving Rudder Shock Loading Following a Nearby Blast Event Using RADIOSS

Engineers in the Marine, Shipbuilding,
and Offshore industries face many
design challenges including physical
space constraints, extreme weather
conditions, deep water and remote
locations. These constraints create an
extreme environment for the engineer
to develop a sound, reliable and safe
operating platform.

Seat Design for Crash in the Cloud - NAFEMS World Congress 2015

The benefit of design exploration and optimization is understood and accepted by engineers but the required intensive computational resources have been a challenge for their adoption into the design process. The HyperWorks Unlimited (HWUL) appliance provides an effective solution to these challenges as it seamlessly connects all the necessary tools together in the cloud. The aim of this study is to showcase the benefits of HWUL on an optimization driven design of a complex system. For this purpose an automotive seat design for
crash loadcases is selected.

FIAT Customer Story

FIAT chose Altair ProductDesign as a partner to perform a pilot project to investigate squeak and rattle. The project focused on studying issues on the FIAT UNO, a vehicle made exclusively for the South American market. Altair ProductDesign suggested that FIAT implement Altair’s ‘Squeak and Rattle Director’ (SNRD), a comprehensive set of services and software automations that rapidly identify and analyze design alternatives to eliminate the root causes of squeak and rattle in assemblies. With customization from the Altair ProductDesign team, the solution provides a semi-automated approach to determine relative component displacements in the time domain that can lead to undesired noise. A dedicated four day workshop facilitated a fast ramp-up of the NVH team’s knowledge of the SNRD and helped Altair to identify FIAT’s specific design process that the solution could be tailored to.

Baker Hughes Drills 60% off Product Development Time With HyperWorks-Driven Simulation

One of the world’s leading suppliers
of oilfield services, products, technology
and systems, Baker Hughes operates globally
with nearly 59,000 employees. The company,
headquartered in Houston, Texas, recently
recorded $21.4 billion in annual revenue
from sales of both services and highly
innovative products for the world’s oil
and natural gas industry.

Fluid - Structure Interaction Analysis and Optimization of an Automotive Component

This paper discusses the behavior of a flexible flap at the rear end of a generic car model under
aerodynamic loads. A strong bidirectional coupling between the flap’s deflection and the flow
field exists which requires this system to be simulated in a coupled fluid-structure manner.

Tanker Truck Sloshing Simulation Using Bi-directionally Coupled CFD and Multi-Body Dynamics Solvers

In this work, the multi-disciplinary problem arising from fluid sloshing within a partially filled
tanker truck undergoing lateral acceleration is investigated through the use of multiphysics
coupling between a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver and a multi-body dynamics
(MBD) solver. This application represents a challenging test case for simulation technology
within the design of commercial vehicles and is intended to demonstrate a novel approach
in the field of computer aided engineering.

Advanced Features for External Automotive Aerodynamics Using AcuSolve

Watch this 45-minute webinar to learn more on the use of advanced features for solving “on road” external automotive aerodynamics with Altair’s CFD solver AcuSolve. The webinar will focus on the analysis of external aerodynamics for passenger and racing vehicles while performing turning maneuvers. AcuSolve’s mesh motion capabilities, along with real time cosimulation with Altair’s multi-body dynamics solver, MotionSolve give engineers the ability to better simulate actual road conditions.

Application of HyperWorks for Collaborative/Global Computer-Aided Engineering And Design Instruction at Brigham Young University

For a recent ME 471 class, a team of five students re-engineered the chassis/suspension platform for a 1969 Chevrolet Camero. At the conclusion of the project, the team presented a comprehensive review of their re-design vehicle to a panel of PACE program representatives and partners. Key to arriving at an efficient design was the early application of Altair topology optimization to the chassis, suspension, and wheel design of the vehicle. Altair HyperMesh was applied to generate finite element models that formed the basis for the topology optimization studies. The team results showed that 

The chassis mass was reduced by 34% through the application of topology optimization. The suspension control arm mass was reduced by 28%. The team was able to apply the Altair HyperWorks simulation tools in a seamless manner with the Catia-based CAD data that was generated for the vehicle re-design.

UK ATC 2015: How Analysis & Optimisation Help Meet the Time Consstraints in F1

Presentation by Simon Gardner, Sahara Force India


UK ATC 2015: Automated Post Processing of Multimodel Optimisation Data

Presentation by Markus Schemat, BMW Group


UK ATC 2015: Optimisation Driven Design and Additive Manufacturing Applied for ESA Sentinel-1 Antenna

Presentation by Alejandro Cervantes Herrera, Altair


UK ATC 2015: Optimised Rear Twist Beam Design

Presentation by Andrew Charlesworth, Gestamp


UK ATC 2015: A Systematic Approach to Weight Saving of Trailer Towing Systems at Jaguar Land Rover

Presentation by Andrew Blows, Jaguar Land Rover


UK ATC 2015: Enhancing Drop Testing Simulation for Luxury Smartphones

Presentation by Alexandre Michat & Paul Sharp


UK ATC 2015: Dynamic Explicit Analysis & Assessment of a Ships Steering Gear

Presentation by David Hunt, Assystem


UK ATC 2015: CFD - A Practical Tool for Large Passenger Carrying Vehicles

Presentation by Laurence Wood, Plaxton


Indian Engineering Institute CoEP Establishes CAE Optimization Center Employing Altair HyperWorks

This success story illustrates how a reputed engineering institute of national acclaim has set-up a CAE - Optimization Lab, equipped with Altair HyperWorks CAE tools, to expose their students to the latest technologies in product design, analysis, and optimization.
Within the range of the CAE - Optimization Lab, CoEP has launched various courses to impart knowledge on Altair HyperWorks. This CoEP initiative bridges the gap between industry expectations and needs and the knowledge that graduating students possess. Being trained on advanced and contemporary technologies such as the HyperWorks
suite has opened new opportunities for students to embark their career, has improved the national ranking of the college due to investing in a modern and robust infrastructure, and also has benefitted the industry by creating a talent pool of well-trained manpower, available to work on breakthrough engineering initiatives.

OptiStruct for Linear Analysis

The purpose of this self paced course is to cover the basic topics for OptiStruct Linear Analysis. The Setup sections will use the See It, Try It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts. See It allows you to watch a video demonstration of the exercise covered in the section.


Collaboration Tools Introduction

The purpose of this self paced course is to introduce the Collaboration Tools environment built within HyperWorks Desktop. Most sections will use the See It, Try It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts.


Efficient Design and Analysis of Airborne Radomes



FEKO Webinar Recording: Radar Cross Section & Antenna Design

Due to the size and complexity of a Navy ship at sea, proper calculation of radar cross section and of antenna coverage has long been elusive.

This webinar will show how, with hybrid numerical methods available today, this has become possible.

The practical pros and cons of various methods will be introduced, after which results for a broad frequency range will be shown, up to many GHz for a realistic large Navy frigate.

Fatigue Life from Sine-on-Random Excitation

Fatigue life prediction of structures whose natural frequencies lie near the frequencies of the input loading requires the stress results from dynamic analyses. These analyses can be performed in either the time or the frequency domains depending on the nature or the loading. This presentation will outline the approaches available for fatigue life prediction using Altair OptiStruct and APA product, nCode DesignLife for both time and frequency based dynamic analyses. The strengths, weaknesses and assumptions of each approach will be presented, along with typical applications enabling the user to select the proper technique for their particular use case.

FEKO Webinar Recording: EM Design in the Electronics Industry

This webinar covers FEKO’s role in the design and optimization cycle’s typical to the electronics industry. These include early stage antenna selection, automated optimization, tolerance analysis and what-if trade-off investigations. Antenna integration, matching and performance for various conditions are also discussed.

F.tech R&D North America

F.tech R&D North America utilizes HyperView to investigate test results, using the data to inform decisions on methods to improve designs. This data will often be used to create reports and presentations during the development process, using images and animations generated by HyperView to illustrate particular areas of a component where additional work may be required. However, exporting these assets is a highly manual process of loading in results, positioning the model and taking screenshots. To allow its engineers to concentrate efforts on exploring and interpreting the results, F.tech R&D North America wanted a way of automating this process.

Renishaw presents the first 3D printed metal bike based on solidThinking Inspire results

Renishaw's Product Marketing Engineer David Ewing is talking about the use of solidThinking Inspire for the first bike ever built with additive manufacturing and how optimization technology is essential to additive manufacturing.


Design of a Fuel Cell Race Car for the Annual Shell Eco-Marathon with Altair Products

The student team of the university of applied sciences in Munich participates in the annual Shell Eco-Marathon. The team has to develop a very light and highly efficient race car within less than a year. As there is no time for prototyping, simulation is mandatory. Altair provided the race team with the necessary software. The team secured 3rd place in the 2015 edition of the race!


Ford Research Center - Interview with Dr. Niels Pasligh

Niels Pasligh from Ford Research Center Aachen, Germany, is talking about his team's challenges and how they work with Altair products to tackle these.

Haier Redesigns Air Conditioners and Packaging with Altair HyperWorks to Eliminate Drop Damage

Haier Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances and consumer electronics. The company is the leader of its industry in China, where it is headquartered.



Haier ships its products all across the globe and in more than 100 countries, so well designed product packaging is crucial to the company’s ability to deliver products without damage to even the farthest destinations.



Download the Case study to see how Altair was able to reduce costs of physical testing and eliminate drop damage using simulated drop testing with HyperWorks.

FEKO Webinar: EM Field Considerations in Healthcare

This webinar covers several case studies highlighting how electromagnetics simulation is applied to develop technology for the healthcare industry.

Time v Frequency Domain Analysis For Large Automotive Systems

It has been recognised since the 1960’s that the frequency domain method for structural analysis offers superior qualitative information about structural response; But computational and technological issues have held back the implementation for fatigue calculation until now. Recent technological developments have now enabled the practical implementation of the frequency domain approach and this paper will demonstrate this, with particular reference to the technology limitations that have been overcome, the resultant performance advantages, and accuracy. These techniques are of relevance to all the large automotive OEM’s as well as aerospace T1 suppliers and example case studies from these companies will be included.

Re-Loc

Re-Loc is a UK based company that developed a new product to help to accelerate the process of positioning metal reinforcement bars inside concrete bricks. The Re-Loc product is a clip that fits tightly inside the brick’s cavity and attaches to the bar, holding it securely in place as the cavity is fillled with concrete. The team had already developed a rough design and proved that it could perform its intended job, but problems arose when it came to the high manufacturing cost of the product. Re-Loc approached Altair ProductDesign to explore ways of reducing material use and cost from the part and to bring the design to a production level.

Establishing Simulation-Driven Design at Scania

Mikael Thellner from Scania Trucks talks about improved design processes thanks to solidThinking Inspire. Designers can evaluate their products in earlier stages due to the ability to do analyses themselves.

Hot Stamping Process Simulation Using Integrated using Structural & CFD Analysis

Hot stamped steel parts are being increasingly used in automotive structures for their higher strength to meet safety standards while reducing vehicle weight to improve fuel consumption. However, manufacturing of sheet metal parts by hot stamping to achieve desired properties is extremely challenging as it involves complex interaction of plastic deformation, metallurgical change, thermal distribution, and fluid flow.

Automated Reporting Director

F.tech R&D North America Inc. started in 2003 at the Troy Ohio location. Today F.tech R&D North America features offices in Troy Michigan and Düsseldorf Germany. F.tech has full R&D capabilities from design and CAE, to prototyping and test. Products include subframes, suspension components, and pedals.

Ensuring Extrusion Product Quality at Die Design Stage

Extrusion of metals is a commercially important mass production process and extruded part are used in a wide variety of applications in in aerospace, automotive, railway, medical, electronics, consumer products and nuclear industries. The key to successful extrusion is the die design and it affects the entire gamut of production process from feasibility to product quality. A die designer faces a complex challenge of delivering a working die and often, problem dies are returned for rework. This directly affect the cost and profitability. Hence, it is critical for a die designer to ensure that the die designed produces the desired profile within acceptable quality and in addition, die is strong enough to withstand multiple extrusion cycles.

Design Optimization of Axles using Inspire and OptiStruct

Use Inspire to form optimization from the packaging space, performance loading and manufacturing constraints to design an axle close to production ready design. The model setup requires careful setting of axle internal component design and oil flow consideration. Since Inspire does not provide weighting for different load cases, the author was able to gain from trial run to determine the balanced load application, mass target and meshing size requirement to obtain realistic design.

High Performance Catamaran Design & Optimisation with HyperWorks

Team Rafale is regrouping aerospace engineers, as well as faculty members and students from ETS (Ecole de Technologie Superieure, in Montreal, Canada), who have taken on the ambitious challenge to design, build and race a C-Class catamaran in The Little Cup. This event, considered as the C-Class World Championship, will see the team face some of the toughest competition around, including contenders for the next America’s Cup such as Franck Cammas (current champion) and designers for current America’s Cup teams.

Development of Reliability Analysis and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (RAMDO) Software

In manufacturing industry and DoD, developing and producing optimized and reliable
products is the primary goal for success of business, reduction of warranty cost, and success of
military operations. As the CAD and CAE tools are advancing, the simulation-based design
process is often used to obtain an optimum design, prior to prototype development, to reduce the
product development cost. However, a design that is deterministically optimized without
inclusion of input uncertainty will be most likely only 50% reliable.

Electromagnetic Interference in Automotive and Aerospace

Both the automotive and aerospace industries face ever-increasing Electromagnetic Interference challenges. In the automotive case, new problems arise due to proliferation of electric and hybrid cars, which carry high-voltage systems, and of wireless infotainment and safety systems, which use high frequencies. The aerospace industry’s challenges are exacerbated by the use of composite materials and by the need to protect against lightning strikes.
This presentation will discuss many of the challenges and explain how they can be met with simulation. A few practical examples involving cable harnesses will be analyzed in more depth.


Topology Optimization of Nose and Forward Fuselage

The aeronautical sector is facing many concurrent challenges since OEMs have to ensure their commitments in terms of delivery, whereas eco-responsibility, eco-efficiency and sustainable development are becoming more and more significant requirements. In this environment, competition between all players of the sector increase with new comers, offering low cost capabilities and strong investments.

Performance Evaluation, Scalability Analysis, and Optimization Tuning of Altair HyperWorks on a Modern HPC Compute Cluster

Engineers from wide ranges of industries face ever increasing needs for complex, realistic models to analyze the most challenging industrial problems; AcuSolve is designed to tackle these finite element-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations with superior robustness, speed, and accuracy. AcuSolve simulations are designed to carry out on large-scale computational systems effectively. The breakthrough in HPC parallel computing that allows such complex analyses to be performed that generate the high-quality results, while reducing simulation time from days to just hours. Behind this type of computational improvement that makes AcuSolve perform, it involves complex calculations and data exchanges among computational systems. The more complex simulations are being performed, the higher demands from the cluster performance are. In this analysis, the HPC Advisory Council has performed a deep investigation and profiling for the AcuSolve CFD solver to evaluate its performance and scaling capabilities and to explore potential optimizations. This study presents the optimization techniques and networking profiling results to further understand AcuSolve dependencies on the CPUs, communication networks, IO subsystems and the underlying hardware. The paper will review the effects by comparing various hardware using different simulation models.


Structural Component Design Optimization for Additive Manufacture

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology enables the possibility of realizing highly efficient, optimized structural components with configurations not achievable using conventional manufacturing methods. The Altair and Solid Thinking toolsets provide advanced capabilities to design structural topologies to minimize weight and maximize other performance criteria. However, conventional manufacturing processes require application of design constraints, such as directional access for machining, in the optimization that limit the structural efficiency of the resulting design. AM can remove many of these constraints to allow for more efficient configurations under the applied loading conditions. Case studies show the potential to reduce weight up to 30% for components with applied bending and torsional loads by allowing increased complexity configurations that could only be manufactured additively.

Teaching Aerospace Design Optimization

Engineers develop design and analysis skills through application of principles, methods, and tools to the solution of complex, often ill-defined problems. Engineering training that focuses on simple, focused component-level applications teaches some portion of the skills needed to execute real world problems but is incomplete. Altair has experience both deep and broad in applying optimization technologies and has developed a training curriculum aiming to teach engineers more comprehensive design optimization skills and knowledge in aerospace applications. The Altair Aerospace Optimization Academy has been developed as a series of online modules to develop deep design and optimization knowledge and skills in engineers that have basic structural analysis and finite element experience. The training curriculum leads students through complete design cycles using Altair’s advanced optimization technologies and explores the different approaches that engineers can use to develop aerospace designs for a variety of metallic and composite components and configurations.

Accurate Simulation of Short-Fiber-Reinforced Automotive Parts

For fiber reinforced automotive parts the consideration of anisotropic material behavior is required to receive reliable results. In the scope of this fact a procedure is described how to consider these effects in terms of process-structure interaction and how to achieve possible benefits such as weight reduction and shorter development cycles. The procedure is outlined with practical applications from company Valeo Ligthing Systems and another industrial partner project that is currently still in progress.

Lead Time Reduction using Automatic Reporting Director (ARD) for MAHLE

Mahle is one of the top automotive suppliers and one of the top 3 piston suppliers worldwide. With the recent advancements in numerical simulation and computing power, the FEA process has become a major tool to look at the reliability of different design variants. With these advancements, the reporting aspect remained a relatively unchanged process of manually creating pictures and tables with all of the different results. This presentation will look at the collaboration work between Mahle and the Altair Product Development (PD) team to customize the Automatic Reporting Director (ARD) for Mahle's requirements. The goal was to use to better utilize the engineers time by automatically generating a report with standard formats, pictures, and tables. By using the ARD tool, Mahle was able to reduce the lead time for a report from over 4 hours down to less than 1 hour.

Forming Simulation of Woven Composite Fibers and Its Influence on Crash Performance

The automotive industry, in its constant quest for weight reduction, is increasingly considering composite materials as a substitute for sheet metal components to meet future fuel consumption standards. However, composite forming processes are expensive and difficult to control because of the complexity of the material behavior with fiber and matrix layers or plies and its dependency on many parameters, such as non-linearity of tensile stiffness, effect of shear rate, temperature and friction. Hence, numerical simulation could be a viable approach to predict material behavior during composite forming. The objective of this study is to highlight capabilities of RADIOSS™ to simulate forming simulation of composite plies made from woven fibers, each ply modeled as a layer of woven fibers along two directions of anisotropy, warp and weft. For validation the well-known double dome model published in NUMISHEET’05 proceedings is used. The compared result is the shear angle after stamping that is, the final angle between warp and weft fibers, at several prescribed points on the ply. The variation of this angle has a strong impact on material characteristics which severely deteriorates when a critical value is reached. Hence, a study on crash simulations is performed, after mapping fibers angles from stamping simulation.

Meshing the Human Lumbar Spine

HyperWorks customer Jeff Harris from NuVasive has used HyperMesh to solid hybrid mesh consecutive human vertebrae and discs from a patient bone scan. The meshing, set up in Hypermesh, is simulated using Ansys for motion limits, stiffness, and disc material correlation. Once a model is correlated, disc implants are modeled and simulated with the goal of replacing degenerate discs.

Advances in EM Simulations

This paper introduces some of the recent extensions to the computational electromagnetics code FEKO as released in Suite 7.0. The FDTD (Finite Difference Time Domain) method was added to the selection of available solvers. MLFMM (Multilevel Fast Multipole Method) and PO (Physical Optics) were hybridized for electrically large applications. The RL-GO (Ray-Launching Geometrical Optics) solver was extended and improved in terms of speed and accuracy, and a new interface to import measured near-field antenna data from MVG/Starlab will be presented.

An Automated Head Impact Process Setup for Automobile Instrument Panel (IP) Application

FMVSS 201 procedure originally rolled out in 1968 by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration to protect the automobile occupants from fatal injury during the crash. Since the beginning of the law, the automobile interior safety has become considerably more challenging for manufacturer to meet FMVSS 201 standard criteria. During the course of instrument panels (IP) development, engineers are heavily relied on computer simulation to optimize the design for a more robust design. Based on FMVSS 201, there are an infinite number of target points on the instrument panels that must be tested for head impact performance. Therefore, this becomes not only costly but it is impossible for the manufacturer to test all possible target points using the current conventional process.

The Use of Suimulation (FEKO) to Investigate Antenna Performance on Mobile Platforms

Wireless technologies have proliferated onto automotive platforms as part of infotainment, telematics and active safety initiatives. These wireless solutions present engineers design challenges in the area of applied electromagnetics in terms of antenna design, antenna placement, electromagnetic compatibility and wave propagation. The Applied EMAG and Wireless Lab at Oakland University possesses an outdoor vehicle-level antenna range (80 MHz - 6,000 MHz) and full-wave electromagnetic field solvers with high end computers to solve these issues. This presentation will highlight some of the past and recent research projects conducted in my lab that relied on a full-wave electromagnetic field solver to investigate the issue and subsequently be validated with measurements.

Motivations, Opportunities and Challenges of Additive Manufacturing for Space Application

Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have progressed rapidly in the last years. Supported by the recent developments of design optimisation tools and manufacturing capabilities, components and parts produced using AM are emerging more and more into the focus of space industry.
The aim of this presentation is to show why AM can be seen a promising manufacturing technique for space industry and in particular for satellite application?
Opportunities and challenges that have to be faced to make 3D printed components “flying” on spacecraft are presented and discussed.
The re-engineering and qualification approach of the already existing Antenna Support Bracket, that is part of the Sentinel-1 spacecraft, is discussed as a case study to bring this topic into the more tangible context of an industrial project.


A Multifunctional Aerospace Smart Skin Emerges from Computational Models and Physical Experiments

The capability to assess the current or future state of the health of an aircraft to improve safety, availability, and reliability while reducing maintenance costs has been a continuous goal for decades. Many companies, government agencies, and academic institutions have become interested in Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) and a growing effort of research into “smart” vehicle sensing systems has emerged. Methods to detect damage to aircraft materials and structures have historically relied on visual inspection during pre-flight or post-flight operations by flight and ground crews. More quantitative non-destructive investigations with various instruments and sensors have traditionally been performed when the aircraft is out of operational service during major scheduled maintenance. Through the use of reliable sensors coupled with data monitoring, data mining, and data analysis techniques, the health state of a vehicle can be detected in-situ.

Pure Michigan. We run on Brainpower

A presentation on Michigan’s automotive industry. An overview of the automotive strategy that was developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporations automotive office and the continued work in the area of talent development including the new “We run on brainpower” campaign.

Pure Michigan. We run on Brainpower

A presentation on Michigan’s automotive industry. An overview of the automotive strategy that was developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporations automotive office and the continued work in the area of talent development including the new “We run on brainpower” campaign.

S1 AM Bracket - Rupture Test Time Lapse

Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have progressed rapidly in the last years. Supported by the recent developments of design optimisation tools and manufacturing capabilities, components and parts produced using AM are emerging more and more into the focus of space industry.
The aim of this presentation is to show why AM can be seen a promising manufacturing technique for space industry and in particular for satellite application?
Opportunities and challenges that have to be faced to make 3D printed components “flying” on spacecraft are presented and discussed.
The re-engineering and qualification approach of the already existing Antenna Support Bracket, that is part of the Sentinel-1 spacecraft, is discussed as a case study to bring this topic into the more tangible context of an industrial project.


FEKO Webinar Recording: The CMA Advantage

In this webinar we cover some of the theory of CMA, as well as present several new case studies highlighting the CMA design advantage. These include optimum feeding and placement of antennas on platforms and decoupling of antenna elements in a MIMO configuration.

Steve McGugan Industrial Design

Award winning industrial designer Steve McGugan uses Altair Evolve to design and model a range of unique products.

Altair NVH Solutions - Americas ATC 2015 Workshop

This Workshop Presentation on NVH was conducted by Jianmin Guan at the Americas ATC on May 5, 2015. This workshop introduced Altair full frequency and multi-physics solutions for solving the most pressing problems in the NVH field. It provided an overview of Altair’s solutions designed to facilitate the best in class NVH design process at automotive OEMs, coupled with real-time demonstrations of key product features. The focus of the workshop is on effective NVH problem resolution.


FEKO for Automotive

FEKO is Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software suite extensively used by OEMs and
their suppliers for the analysis and design of antennas and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) problems
in the automotive industry.

FEKO for Defense and Aerospace

FEKO is Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software suite, used extensively to design
communication and radar antennas for aircrafts, ships, vehicles, satellites, missiles and other platforms.

FEKO for Electronics

FEKO, Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software suite, is ideal for antenna virtual
prototyping and simulation driven design for electronics. This includes antenna design for a wide set of
products such as mobile phones, tablets, cameras, laptops and TVs.

FEKO for Healthcare

FEKO, Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software suite, is ideal for the simulation of field
interactions of antennas near or inside anatomical loads. Applications vary from magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) coil design and implant telemetry, through to surgical tools such as biopsy needle antennas.

Amcor Rigid Plastics

In today’s remarkably competitive markets, the packaging industry needs to be highly responsive to the rapidly changing industry they operate in. New products are being produced all the time, and packaging professionals must maintain a fine balance between packaging performance, environmental impact and shelf appeal while keeping costs to a minimum. Amcor wanted to explore ways that it could accelerate the engineering and analysis tasks associated with the development of new packaging products. Altair ProductDesign’s Enterprise Solutions Group worked with Amcor’s simulation specialists to identify where time and eventually costs could be saved within the design process. Following an investigation into current design practices, the ESG suggested that Amcor could take advantage of the Impact Simulation Director (ISD).

Electromagnetic and Mechanical Analysis Using the Coupling between Flux and Vibro-acoustics

The purpose of this presentation is to show the different steps of the vibro‐acoustic study of a rotating machines with the new coupling between Flux 2D/3D and ANSYS

FEKO: Characteristic Mode Analysis for Antenna Placement

FEKO’s Characteristic Mode Analysis capability is instrumental in HF antenna placement and
pattern synthesis.

FEKO: Characteristic Mode Analysis for Ultra-Wideband Antenna Design

FEKO’s Characteristic Mode Analysis capability is used to improve an ultra-wideband antenna.

FEKO: Combined Electromagnetic Field and Cable Coupling Solutions

Many problems of electromagnetic compatibility and interference involve cables. FEKO offers engineers tools to solve combined electromagnetic field / cable problems

FEKO and Optenni Lab: Designing an Impedance Matched Antenna

Optenni Lab is a fast and easy-to-use matching circuit generation and
antenna analysis tool tailored for antenna designers.

FEKO: Electromagnetic and Thermal Analysis of a Human-Body Model with Implant in MRI

Image quality in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) depends on good
radio-frequency (RF) coil design. Such coils can be designed efficiently in
FEKO thanks to the simulation methods the tool offers.

FEKO: Electromagnetic Environmental Effects on Aircraft with Composite Materials

FEKO is well-suited for simulations involving
anisotropic multi-layer carbon-fiber-reinforced
composite materials.

FEKO for High Performance Computing

A key feature of FEKO is its wide spectrum of numerical methods and
hybridisations. Each method or hybridisation is suitable for a specific range
of applications and model sizes

FEKO for Integrated Windscreen Antenna Analysis

Antennas for AM and FM radio, television, GPS
navigation, GSM communication and automated tolling are becoming
standard on vehicles. To find a combination of antenna topologies and
locations that is both functional and aesthetically acceptable, is a challenging
task.

FEKO : Intelligent Design with Characteristic Mode Analysis

The theory of characteristic mode analysis (CMA)is a well-known
method that allows for the analysis of arbitrary structures. CMA gives
insight into the resonating behavior of structures such as antennas.

FEKO: Microstrip Antennas and Circuits

Explosive growth in commercial and military applications for microstrip
antennas has resulted in a highly active field for microstrip antenna
research and development.

FEKO for Radiation Hazard / Human Exposure Modelling

Protection against the dangers of excessively high levels of radiation is an
important part of any system design process that involves radio frequency
(RF) transmitters.

FEKO: RF Design and Safety for Biotechnology

Systems for the healthcare industry are at the forefront of technology
development. These drive the growing trend of ubiquitous computing
- where computers are embedded and an invisible part of our lives.
Applications include remote patient monitoring, drug delivery and
sophisticated imaging systems like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

FEKO: RF Design and Safety of MRI Systems

Electromagnetic simulation software has become an indispensable tool
in the development and analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
systems.

FEKO: Scattering and Radar Cross Section

The scattering properties of an object is the spatial distribution of
scattered energy when the object is exposed to incident electromagnetic
fields.

FEKO: Simulating Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers

A growing concern in the electronics industry is the increased
pollution in the form of electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio
frequency interference (RFI) and spurious signals caused by electronic
devices and radiating cables.

FEKO: Waveguide Applications

Waveguides have been widely used since the first space communications.
Driven by its use in the defence, aerospace, marine and communications
industries, the technology is continuously evolving.

FEKO: Wireless Antenna Design and Compliance

With the roll-out of fourth generation (4G) networks across the world,
compatible smartphones and tablets are becoming the norm. The design
and integration of wireless antennas are increasingly receiving attention
in a competitive industry.

FEKO Webinar Recording : An Introduction to FEKO

This webinar is aimed primarily at new users of FEKO. Topics include the user interface,
model set-up, solver selection,
tips and tricks and demonstrations.

FEKO Webinar Recording : Radomes with Frequency Selective Surfaces

In this webinar we present a complete solution for the design and analysis of radomes. We also discuss in detail the challenges and the solutions to the design and analysis of Frequency Selective Surface (FSS) radomes.

Materials Property Data for Simulation Webinar - release of GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway™

Watch this 45-minutes webinar recording to find out how the new MI:Materials Gateway for HyperMesh application provides access to validated CAE materials models from directly within HyperMesh. See how to get the data you need, fast and error-free. Understand how and why leading engineering enterprises manage their materials information to ensure delivery of traceable, high quality information for simulation. GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway both provides access to this managed proprietary data and to a unique, comprehensive library of reference data on metals, plastics, composites, compiled over the 21 years since Granta’s spin-out from the University of Cambridge.

HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance Data Sheet

Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance provides users with the CAE applications and HPC resources they need for design work—ready in minutes—through nothing but a browser

Webinar: Altair’s Solutions for Full-Vehicle NVH Analysis

An important factor in improving vehicle quality and perception is guided by how vehicles are designed for noise, vibration and harshness, making NVH an important domain for the automotive industry. Altair and its Alliance Partners offer a complete solution for automotive NVH applications.

In this 45-minute webinar, we will give an overview of problems faced in the automotive industry for NVH analysis and how HyperWorks and Altair’s Partner technologies help address these issues, providing a complete solution that spans from modeling and assembly to analysis, diagnostic and optimization.


Presenters:
Jianmin Guan, Director, Vibration and Acoustics Solutions, Altair
Vijay Ambarisha, Senior Project Engineer, ANSOL
Jerry Manning, President, Cambridge Collaborative
Francois-Xavier Becot, Co-manager, Matelys

NASA Develops Wireless Sensors to Detect Lightning Strike Damage to Composite Aircraft

Computational electromagnetic software enables a team of researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center to develop wireless resonant sensors that can measure and mitigate lightning strike
damage to composite aircraft.


By Beverly A. Beckert
Concept To Reality Winter/ Spring 2015
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Simulation Powers Development of Professional Power Tools

CAE is a core element in developing high-end, long-lasting professional power tools at DeWalt, a Stanley Black & Decker brand.


By Evelyn Gebhardt
Concept To Reality Winter/ Spring 2015
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Chiller Unit Keeps Joint Strike Fighter Pilots Cool

A model-based embedded development system enables AMETEK to design, simulate, create firmware for and validate a chiller unit control system.


By Beverly A. Beckert
Concept To Reality Winter/ Spring 2015
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Optimization Technology: Leveraging a Solid Foundation to Innovate Better Products

Steady improvements in the OptiStruct solver platform over 20 years have enabled users to tackle increasingly complex design challenges. Now, OptiStruct in combination with 3D printing helps to achieve more efficient structural designs.


By Uwe Schramm
Concept To Reality Winter/ Spring 2015
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Designing Composite Components for Automotive

Watch this 45-minute webinar recording to learn the latest advancements in composites design and optimization of carbon fiber composites and mixed material structures in the automotive industry.

Capabilities included in Altair HyperWorks as well as third party products available through the Altair Partner Alliance will be illustrated, showing real life examples of application.

FEKO for EMC / EMI Applications

Broadband antennas such as biconical antennas, log period antennas, loop antennas and horns are typically used in EMC test set ups.

Development Time Reduction at Stadler Rail

Dr. Alois Starlinger is talking about how Altair products made an impact in shortening development time at Stadler Rail.

Anadolu Isuzu Increases Truck Safety with HyperWorks Products

Safety Engineer Caner Kara is talking about their usage of Altair products in the design process of trucks and buses at Anadolu Isuzu.


OptiStruct Plays a Key Role in the Air Wing Design for a Multi-Disciplinary, Collaborative University Capstone Design Project

The Georgia Tech Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) took the lead in collaborating with five Universities to develop a senior-level capstone design course that would give engineering students collaborative design experience using state-of the art computational tools. The multi-disciplinary course was completed over two semesters. Students, under the direction of University professors and industrial mentors, completed a fixed-wing aircraft design.


Powertrain NVH and Durability Analysis with HyperWorks Webinar Recording

Altair OptiStruct is used by thousands of companies worldwide to analyze and optimize structures for their strength, durability and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics.



In this complimentary 45-minute webinar you will learn some of the most recent features introduced in OptiStruct for powertrain NVH and durability analysis, with particular emphasis on the creation of flexible bodies for engine dynamics analysis. Altair OptiStruct has recently became the first FEA solver that can directly connect to AVL EXCITE to produce a ‘body property’ input data file (.exb) without the generation of intermediate files requiring translation.



Specific case studies will be shown to demonstrate how these new capabilities lead to significant improvements in turnaround time and robustness of the engine dynamics analyses.

Altair OptiStruct Revolutionizes Lattice Structures for 3D Printing

Altair recently announced new solver capabilities for OptiStruct that extend its topology and sizing optimization technology to support the design and optimization of parts manufactured by additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.



A unique capability of 3D printing lies in its ability to manufacture hollow shapes with complex internal geometry using repetitive cells of varying density known as lattice structures. OptiStruct now extends topology and sizing optimization to assist in the efficient blending of solid-lattice structures with smooth transitional material volume. This new technology satisfies an unmet need, since no tools previously existed for lattice structure design with optimal and structurally efficient material distribution.



In this 45-minute complimentary webinar you will learn more about optimization technology for lattice structures from the voice of Altair’s optimization leaders. OptiStruct’s two-phase lattice optimization process will be explained and real models will be shown to illustrate possible applications of the technology.


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