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CEVT Discuss Multi-Disciplinary Optimization for Vehicle Development

China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) discuss the application of Multi-disciplinary Optimization (MDO) during the development of new automotive vehicle architectures.

Multi-physics with MotionSolve

This was a 2012 Americas HTC Presentation given by Keshav Sundaresh & Rajiv Rampalli from Altair. Due to its system level focus, multi-body simulation is a natural environment for integrating the different technologies together. MotionSolve is an Industry proven multi-body simulation tool that provides a logical environment to integrate different technologies and solve the combined problem. This presentation discusses three topics: (a) The need for multi-disciplinary simulations and strategies for combining models; (b) Simulating real world phenomena using MotionSolve; (c) Case studies illustrating how customers have successfully used MotionSolve to solve multi-physics problems.

HyperWorks 13.0 System Performance Multiphysics

Altair is the industry leader in multiphysics with comprehensive and in depth solution coverage across a wide range of applications. HyperWorks 13.0 enables system performance optimization and provides many tools for multi-disciplinary applications. Join this webinar session to learn more about the Altair multiphysics technology, particularly in the area of multi-body dynamics analysis coupled with CFD (MotionSolve’s co-simulation with AcuSolve), as well as the many enhancement and new features included in MotionSolve for system performance analysis and optimization.

Optimal Design Exploration Using Global Response Surface Method: Rail Crush

As design exploration and optimization methods have become commonly accepted across a range of industries, such as aerospace, automotive or oil and gas, they are frequently utilized as standard practice to efficiently produce designs and aid critical engineering decisions. This paper present an overview of the practical usage of Altair HyperStudy's GRSM optimization algorithm, followed by application problems of rail crush design optimization for a single and multi-objective formulation.

Workshop28 - Coupling AcuSolve and HyperStudy

This tutorial demonstrates how to provide a DOE study using AcuSolve and HyperStudy

HyperWorks 13.0 Design Exploration Optimization

HyperWorks 13.0 enables product innovation with design exploration and optimization tools like HyperStudy and OptiStruct. Watch this webinar to learn more about new features and enhancements such as new response types and multi-model optimization (MMO) in OptiStruct, integration with MS Excel available in both HyperStudy and OptiStruct for easier tradeoff studies and response calculation, and many others.

AcuSolve Solver Setup in HyperMesh

Discrete or continous parameters can be defined and assigned to AcuSolve solver variables once the AcuSolve case is setup. The HyperStudy Job Launcher is used to transfer the relevant data to HyperStudy.

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. <br><br>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.

Radiator Test-Rig Multi-body Simulation - A Benchmark Study

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Girish Mantri from Modine. Modine has been working with Altair Engineering to evaluate Altair Multi-Body Dynamics suite. A Flexible Multi-Body Simulation of a Radiator single axis test rig is carried out to identify the von-mises stresses at critical parts in the assembly. The forces coming onto the connectors (bushings) and the stresses are compared between 2 solvers to check consistency in results. In this presentation, Modine discusses the overall efforts and result correlation between Altair MotionSolve and ADAMS solver.

COUSTYX Fast Multipole Acoustics

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Rajendra Gunda from ANSOL. Traditional Boundary Element Methods (BEM) for acoustic analysis have difficulty with large models and are thus limited to analysis of small bodies at low frequencies. Integration of the Fast Multipole Method (FMM) with BEM formulations in Coustyx results in vastly superior performance. In this presentation as a HyperWorks Alliance Partner, several automotive applications will highlight the computational speed and accuracy of Coustyx predictions.

Composites Material Properties

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Roger Assaker from eXstream. This presentation highlights Multi-Scale Modeling of Reinforced Plastic Parts with Digimat to RADIOSS.

Multi Body Dynamics Simulation and Test Correlation of a Glove Box Mechanism using Motion Solve

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Arun Chickmenahalli from International Automotive Components Group. This presentation describes how IAC with the use of multi-body dynamic (MBD) simulations using MotionSolve software has made it possible to study the system and assess feasibility. At IAC, MotionSolve has been implemented and incorporated into the product development cycle to enhance the design efficiency, reduce cost and lead time.

The Use of MBD Modelling Techniques in the Design and Development of a Suspension System

This paper describes the use of Multi-body Dynamics (MBD) modelling techniques in the design and development of a suspension system for a novel autonomous vehicle. The general approach and philosophy is described, whereby MBD techniques are used in conjunction with an independent (parametric) whole vehicle handling simulation. This is supplemented with examples, showing how MotionSolve was used (in tandem with CarSim) to develop the suspension elasto-kinematic geometric properties to meet specific cascaded targets, to optimise a weighing strategy, to predict forces under a variety of quasi-static and dynamic loads, and to estimate response to track inputs.

Integration & Automation of MBS & FEA for Durability Simulation and Post-Processing

DaimlerChrysler increased productivity in suspension simulation by more than 80 percent by integrating multi-body dynamics (MBD) and durability analyses with Altair HyperWorks.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

AcuSolve & RADIOSS Solution on FSI Model

This benchmark demonstrates the ability of AcuSolve to capture the effect of impulse load on a profile submerged in channel flow. A P-FSI simulations is performed using the structural output from RADIOSS.

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.

HyperView 14.0 - Multi Model Results Overlay

This enhancement allows users to plot and view results for multiple overlaid models in a single window without having to switch between the models (In previous releases, result plots could only be viewed on current model).

HyperWorks for Crash: Simulation with RADIOSS

Erwan Mestres (Business Development Director) is presenting a comprehensive overview of Altair's crash solution RADIOSS, touching on basics, model setup, safety models (such as dummies and barriers), and also analysis speed-up with e.g. scaling or sub-modelling.

mmWave Substrate Lens Antenna for Wire Communications

Wu et. al. [1] proposed designs for both single and multi-beam mmWave circularly polarized substrate lens antennas in 2001. This white paper demonstrates these designs via FEKO modeling.

HyperWorks 14.0: Multibody Simulation

The 14.0 release of Altair’s Multi-body solution contains three major capabilities that span across modeling, analysis, post-processing and optimization: - 3D contact - Geometric and material nonlinear finite elements - Advanced Driver and Road For Vehicle Simulation Additionally, the ability to create complex, nonlinear systems to evaluate the dynamic behavior of systems, study vibration isolation, and design control systems, has now been expanded. The next generation of model-based development products (solidThinking Compose, Activate and Embed) will be previewed in this session, explaining how to lead product design with system modeling.

Brake Noise Prediction Using Altair Multi-body Simulation

The level of noise transmitted to the passengers of a vehicle can drastically impact a passenger’s comfort. Brake noise will give the customer an impression of poor product quality and can thus damage the quality image of the company. Within the automotive industry, the study of mode coupling instability by the use of FEM and modal complex analysis is widespread to reduce this phenomenon.

Global Appliance Manufacturer Mabe Analyzes Spin Cycle with HyperWorks to Improve Washing Machines and Bring Them to Market Faster

Typically when engineers consider the most complex problems involving multi-body dynamics, hydrodynamics, and noise-vibration-harshness, they are focusing on the complexities of automobiles or aircraft. Design issues that can be just as challenging, however, impact every household’s laundry room. For companies like consumer goods manufacturer Mabe, simulation has helped them better solve product issues such as balance ring distortion, move products to market faster and reduce cost.

Using RADIOSS, HyperStudy and MultiMech for Improved Composite Design

The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate how you can use the composite microstructure analysis tools of MultiMech to enhance the existing functionality of RADIOSS , specifically when dealing with the simulation of complex composite parts.

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.

HyperView 14.0 - Video Overlay Enhancements

Significant improvements have been made to Video Overlay. A clean overlay of a Model and Video/Image can be achieved by providing the properties of the camera used to capture the image or by a multi-point alignment method.

Advanced Weld Modeling for Clean Energy Technologies

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Wei Zhang from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This presentation gives a research overview of integrated multi-physics weld modeling at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. High-quality hexagonal elements are desirable in weld modeling which is highly nonlinear. Example applications of Altair HyperMesh for high-quality meshing of complex geometries containing welds are illustrated.

HyperWorks 11.0 Rollout Webinar Series - Sheet Metal Forming (HyperForm®)

Significant enhancements have been made to HyperForm functionality, usability and performance. Under HyperForm Die Module, an object oriented and browser driven process has been introduced and additional powerful features have been added to make the draw die development process simpler and more intuitive. Major improvements in the multi-stage stamping process setup have been accomplished by integrating it within the User Process browser.

CFD and More with Acusolve and HyperWorks

This was a training presentation given at the 2012 Americas HTC. This presentation focuses on the use of HyperWorks tools for CFD applications. Basic topics involve the meshing and set-up of a simple fluid flow application. Advanced topics focus on the set-up, simulation, and post-processing of multi-physics applications.

Composite Modeling with FiberSim

This was a 2012 Americas HTC Composites training presentation given by Shan Nageswaran. This presentation focuses on Zone-based vs. Ply-based HyperWorks composite modeling approach, CATIA - CPD based composite modeling, Fibersim Interface, Conventional shell vs. Continuum shell / solid composite modeling, and optimization and future HyperWorks enhancements. HyperWorks tips for Ply based-PCOMPP and Zone based (PCOMP/PCOMPG) modeling for Multi laminate structures are also covered.

Workshop25 - Riser VIV

This tutorial shows how to set up a Practical FSI simulation. A flexible Riser is modeled

Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulation with AcuSolve

In this webinar, attendees will be exposed to the fluid-structure interaction (FSI) simulation capabilities of AcuSolve, Altair's finite element based CFD solver. Attendees will learn about the different types of FSI simulations that are supported by AcuSolve and how these technologies work in conjunction with other HyperWorks tools to provide a powerful solution for multiphysics applications.<br><br> <i>This is a recording of the webinar that took place on August 8, 2012 </i>

Introduction to HyperView

Altair HyperView is a complete post-processing and visualization environment for finite element analysis, multi-body system simulation, digital video, and engineering data. HyperView combines advanced animation and XY plotting features with window synching to enhance results visualization.

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes at Automotive Consultancy

csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH, a leading engineering service provider for the automotive industry has enhanced its simulation power with Altair‘s HyperWorks Suite. The company consolidated its CAE tools and now uses the large scale of HyperWorks, which offers a solution for almost every application needed in modern product development. csi will apply OptiStruct for optimization tasks, MotionView and MotionSolve for multi-body applications, and HyperMesh for pre-processing tasks. Additionally HyperShape/CATIA will be used for CAD integrated optimization and weight reduction.

Structural Innovation Takes Shape

Structural optimization plays a key role enabling Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP to create buildings with unique shapes and aesthetic values.<br><br> This article was featured in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of <i>Concept to Reality</i>. To subscribe to our <b>free</b> magazine, please <a href="http://www.altairhyperworks.com/MagazineFreeSubscription.aspx">click here</a>.

Automotive Closures Webinar

Automotive closures are a focus for innovation and vehicle weight reduction. Effectively utilizing simulation enables companies to reduce costs, improve efficiency and reduce risk while addressing these challenges. This webinar will discuss how CAE can assist engineers in finding solutions for closure design issues.

Partner Spotlight: JSOL Corporation

Yusaku Suzuki, the Marketing Manager of the JMAG Division at JSOL Corporation, discusses the electromechanical design and analysis tool, JMAG.

Using HyperWorks to Generate Electrically Large Surface Meshes for Radar Cross Section or Antenna Placement Simulation

Radar Cross Section (RCS) and installed antenna placement are important parameters for aircraft designs. RCS is a measure of how detectable an object, such as an aircraft, is with radar. A large RCS indicates that an object, such as a jet aircraft, is easily detected.<br><br> SELEX Galileo used HyperWorks to generate arbitrarily large surface meshes, with defined electrical properties at the element level, for use with electromagnetic (EM) solvers to calculate either RCS of an aircraft or to determine where to place an antenna for optimum performance.<br><br> For this case study a fast-jet aircraft with approximately 100 million mesh elements was assessed for radar tracking and avoidance capabilities.

Automotive Radars - Antenna Design, Integration & Channel Modeling

One of the key enabling technologies in the development of autonomous vehicles is driving aid radar systems. We will highlight some of the typical challenges experienced during the design and integration of automotive radars, as well as the applicable numerical solutions that FEKO offers. Radar channel modelling with WinProp is also presented.

Design Loop with CSC and CCC from Impact Design

Cross Section Creator enriches the functionalities and capabilities of Crash Cad Calculate, provides the possibility of fast and easy extraction of Cross Sections from a mesh model and consequently closes the optimization and design loop. This short tutorial explains how.

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.

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.

3D Printing for Innovative Mold Making Combined with Simulation Driven Design Inspiration Push the Limits for High Performance Castings

Bringing design optimization, fatigue analysis, casting, and 3D printing together addresses the challenges of lightweight design and enables the creation of an innovative design and manufacturing process that enhances performance and efficiency.

Topology Optimization of PMH Structures

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Vasant Pednekar from Lanxess Corporation. Design time, a major component of product design, is vastly reduced by application of computational FEA. However, optimizing a product for light weight design while conforming to its structural requirements in shortest possible time is always a Herculean task. This presentation highlights how the application of Optistruct methods in different stages of product design yields unorthodox design patterns pertaining to load cases analyzed leading to efficient design in lesser time.

HyperWorks 12.0 Rollout Webinar Series Multi-body Solutions MotionSolve

Optimization Assisted Design of Military Transport Aircraft Structures

EADS Military Aircraft implemented an optimization assisted structural design process and applied it to the A400M rear fuselage design.

A Holistic Virtual Design Process Applied to the Development of an Innovative Child Seat Concept

There is a need to minimise product development costs and provide efficient design solutions to maintain competitiveness, so increasingly companies in the Child Restraint System (CRS) industry are turning to Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) to enhance the design and development for their products. Graco has worked with Altair Engineering to develop a group 1 CRS using an advanced CAE driven design process. The design process introduces a number of key phases in the design cycle each of which are positioned to maximize the efficiency of the structure and reduce or remove the cost involved in a traditional, iterative ‘test it and see’ approach.

Optimisation Techniques Leading the Development of a Steering Wheel

The early application of structural optimisation in the design of automotive components streamlines the design process and at the same time significantly increases the potential of the final design achieving maximum performance. This paper details the use of optimisation techniques during the development of a steering wheel, to generate an optimised design for cross attribute performance. This was completed in the Altair HyperWorks environment as Altair HyperMesh combined with Altair OptiStruct enables the creation of a parametric model with a multitude of design variables (i.e. size, shape, displacement, stress and frequency) in order to satisfy NVH, manufacturability, durability and crash targets.

Design Optimization Applied to the Development of an Oilfield Bistable Expandable Sand Screen

This paper will cover the design, development, and testing of an expandable sand screen using bistable cell technology. In addition, the design and development of the proprietary expandable connection will be presented. The testing presented covers a wide range of structural integrity, expansion, sand retention, mudflow, and geomechanical tests performed on the screen, base pipe, and connection.

Topology Optimization of Aircraft Wing Box Ribs

This paper considers the application of conventional energy based topology optimization methods for design of aircraft wing box ribs. Compared to standard topology optimization work undertaken at Airbus, the topology optimization of wing box ribs posed several additional challenges, mainly due to the wing box ribs being embedded in a redundant wing box structure. Several approaches to solving this problem have been investigated and are being reported as part of this paper, including a global analysis/optimization approach and two local analysis/optimization approaches.

Rapid Design Exploration to Determine Feasible FPSO and Spar Systems

The riser design process is well established and uses verified simulation tools to predict response to environmental loading. Design optimization is an established technology which has been widely used in other industry sectors including aerospace and automotive. Riser systems show inherently non-linear sensitivity to applied loading and parametric changes. For this reason response surface methods are required for optimization. The paper discusses two example riser configuration design problems and describes integration of Altair HyperWorks design optimization technology with the existing design process. The optimization proved to be efficient and repeatable. The designs produced for each configuration proved to be strong improvements over the baseline starting points and the wealth of information on sensitivity provided deeper understanding of the factors influencing design performance.

Shape Optimization of a Cylinderhead Gasket using HyperMorph

A mesh model of the water jacket of a certain engine is to be optimized by modifying the shape and topology of the gasket holes that connect the head and block parts

Brushing Up on Product Functionality

Simulation and innovative product development go hand-in-hand at the Lion Corporation.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Structural Component Optimization

Lockeed Martin uses OptiStruct to meet the aggressive weight targets on the Joint Strike fighter project. High potential parts for mass savings include compact fittings and planar webs.

Advanced NVH Simulation Techniques

From overall vehicle refinement to individual component development, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) can differentiate a vehicle in the market and shape a customer's perception of the brand. This webinar will look at improving NVH characteristics throughout the product development process with the latest methods and tools creates a competitive advantage.

Superior Industries Accelerates its Design Process With HyperWorks

Superior Industries was looking to identify a solution to aid in shortening the overall product design cycle through simulation. Altair HyperWorks, proved instrumental in automating some of the most tedious of tasks and dramatically impacted the design process.

Improving NASA Altair Lunar Lander Design: Optimization Reduces Weight and Meets Design Requirements

Altair® OptiStruct® was used to provide conceptual design ideas necessary to reduce the Altair Lunar Lander Descent Module weight and meet specified design requirements not achieved in the baseline design.

A Comprehensive Process for Composite Design Optimisation

Composite structures offer unmatched design potential as laminate material properties can be tailored almost continuously throughout the structure. Moreover, composite laminate can be manufactured to fit the ideal shape of a structure for aerodynamic and other performances. However, this increased design freedom also brings new challenges for the design process and software. It is shown in this paper that optimization technology is well suited to exploit the potentials that composite materials offer.

Altair® HyperWorks® and Product Design Consultation at Force Protection

At Force Protection Inc. Altair HyperWorks and Product Design work together to increase CAE throughput and improve survivability prediction in a new class of military vehicles built for unconventional warfare.

HyperWorks at B/E Aerospace: Lighter, Safer Seats for Airline Passengers

When you settle in for a flight on a major airline, you are probably in a seat and surrounded by equipment designed and built by B/E Aerospace. With design and manufacturing facilities across the globe, B/E Aerospace is the leading manufacturer of cabin interior products for commercial and private passenger aircraft. One of B/E Aerospace’s leading products is its line of commercial and business airline seats. These seats are engineered and tested at its Commercial Airplane Products Group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

HyperForm Improves Accuracy and Robustness of Tool Design and Manufacturing Process at Summit Auto Body (SAB)

HyperForm Improves Accuracy and Robustness of Tool Design and Manufacturing Process at Summit Auto Body (SAB) Leveraging HyperForm’s sheet metal forming solution, SAB designed the validation process and press tool design covering the vital areas of virtual prototyping/testing, which, in turn, reduced the time-consuming manual process drastically.

Extrusion Simulation with HyperXtrude

This webinar focuses on how HyperXtrude is used in metal extrusion industry. Increasing manufacturing costs and stiff completion coupled with low profit margins are posing tremendous challenges to extrusion companies. One way the leading companies stay ahead of the competition is by reducing the product development time and production costs through virtual testing. Design engineers and analysts use CAE software to analyze and validate die designs and thereby reduce/eliminate costly die trials. Extrusion simulation module in HyperWorks provides an easy to use CAE environment to validate extrusion die designs, optimize process conditions, identify potential issues and correct them before becoming critical problems.

Applications of Advanced Composite Simulation and Design Optimization

Usage of fiber reinforced composite material entered an new era when leading aircraft OEMs took an unprecedented step to design and manufacture essentially full composite airframe for commercial airliners. Composite structures offer unmatched design potential as the laminate material properties can be tailored almost continuously throughout the structure. However, this increased design freedom also brings new challenges for the design process and software. Moreover, as a relatively new material, composite behaviors are more complex and less fully understood by design engineers. Therefore, reliable simulation for highly complex events like bird strike and ditching can play an important role in shortening the product design cycle. This paper showcases two area of CAE tools for composite applications. On advanced simulation, bird strike simulation with Altair RADIOSS [1] is demonstrated on an aircraft underbelly fairing. On design optimization, an airplane wing structure is designed using an innovative composite optimization process implemented in Altair OptiStruct [1-3]. OptiStruct has seen increasing adoption among aerospace OEMs, as demonstrated in the Bombardier application process described in this paper.

CoDA Product Datasheet

Component Design Analysis (CoDA) Datasheet from Anaglyph

AcuNexus Brochure

Short overview of AcuNexus, highlighting benefits and capabilities of the NVH software.

Intro to AcuNexus Presentation

Introduction to CFD software, AcuNexus, and its use of abstract modeling.

Geometry Preparation in AcuNexus

Guide to preparing geometry for use in AcuNexus.

MADYMO Top Use Cases

Presentation introducing a few of the top use cases for the crash and safety software, MADYMO.

Global-Local Analysis Using StressCheck, HyperMesh, HyperView and OptiStruct

This whitepaper describes the workflow for combining global and local analysis in structural development using StressCheck in combination with HyperWorks.

HyperWorks 14.0 Webinar: An Overview on Simulation-driven Design

Simulation-driven innovation is at the heart of HyperWorks 14.0. With over 2,100 new features and convenient licensing that gives instant access to leading technologies from Altair and the Altair Partner Alliance, users are enabled to develop great products faster than ever.

Leveraging Geometric Shape Complexity, in Optimal Design for Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology enables the possibility of realizing highly efficient, optimized structural components with configurations not achievable using conventional manufacturing methods.

Optimized Design for 3D Printed Valve Block Sheds Weight, Size and Gains Improved Performance

Not every component or product is suitable for 3D printing, depending on its size, form and design as well as the quantity needed. A valve block is very suitable for 3D printing and has a high potential for improvement in weight, performance, and design freedom when additively manufactured.

Climbing the Winner’s Podium with HyperWorks

HyperWorks allows for the option to increase the stiffness of the wheel shell through the use of OptiStruct. By applying HyperWorks to their composite design and development process the team was able to increase the stiffness of the chosen components by 10 percent while learning how to do a structural layout of carbon fiber composites.

Implementing CAE into the Design Process for Composite Tennis Racquets at Wilson Sporting Goods

Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson Sporting Goods, leveraged OptiStruct and Altair ProductDesign for composites finite element analysis to reduce design cycle time and enhance product value.

FEKO Webinar: Automotive Radar Design & Integration at 76 - 77 GHz

This webinar covers several techniques and approaches which highlight how FEKO can be applied for efficient and accurate simulation of the radar antenna design as well as the integration aspects, including radome and bumper effects.

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 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: 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crash Cad Calculate Showcase Video

Brief introduction to Crash Cad Calculate, a thin-walled cross section optimization tool, from Impact Design Europe. **Note: This video does not contain sound.

CAEfatigue SAE Paper

Technical paper discussing advances relating to fatigue calculations for combined random and deterministic loads.

CAEfatigue VIBRATION for Aerospace

One page flyer pointing out CAEfatigue VIBRATION's specific features, workflows and examples for the aerospace industry.

Partner Spotlight: CAEfatigue

Dr. Neil Bishop, Chief Executive Officer at CAEfatigue Limited, discusses Random Response Durability Analysis software, CAEfatigue VIBRATION, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.

Crash Cad Calculate for design and optimization of cross sections in a vehicle structure

This webinar will showcase several use cases illustrating the potential of Crash Cad Calculate (CCC) software in design and optimization of cross sections used in various assemblies of a vehicle structure with specific focus on design and optimization routines as well as import – export procedures.

Aircraft Carrier Alliance

<b>Creating a Structurally Efficient Design for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier</b><br><br>When making key decisions at the concept and preliminary design phases of a naval ship project, the designer is often obliged to work with limited data on the major structural design drivers for the vessel. This can lead to a largely subjective design approach which can result in inefficiency and even structural problems being locked-in from the start. To solve any issues, increased material use, weight and unnecessary complexity, as well as high design and manufacture costs can be introduced to the end product. To evaluate the potential of simulation-driven design under the unique requirements of naval ship design, the ACA partnered with Altair ProductDesign.

Topology Optimization of Racecar Suspension Uprights

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Billy Wight of Luxon Engineering. This presentation is a case study of applying Altair HyperWorks topology optimization techniques to the design and analysis of racecar suspension uprights. Utilizing manufacturing constraints, stress constraints, and multiple loadcases, topology optimization revealed an optimum material distribution in an efficient manner minimizing development time while maximizing design goals. This optimized design increases stiffness by 225% and reduces mass by 40% versus the original design while meeting stress constraints.

Topology Optimisation Used to Achieve Frequency Targets of an Engine Bracket

Topology optimisation technology is becoming increasingly used in the design process of automotive components. This technology can be applied very effectively to simultaneously achieve static compliance and frequency targets for structural designs. The paper provides an industry perspective on how this technology is applied to a production bracket and the important role the designer and engineer play in converting the optimised material layout into a component which can be manufactured. It is demonstrated that the combination of topology optimisation and design knowledge can provide a design solution which could not otherwise have been achieved.

Evolutionary Design in Chassis Technology

This paper details the use of the Thyssenkrupp eDICT process for the design of sheet metal chassis components. eDICT (evolutionary design in chassis technology) is an innovative structured process flow for the design of optimal structures. eDICT uses the optimisation capability of Optistruct with a set of custom tools to guide and translate a design into a production feasible sheet metal solution. Fundamentally it reverses the usual design loop of CAD first then CAE assessment. The function is used to determine the design and the form follows. On recent projects eDICT has produced 25% mass reductions compared to the current series design. eDICT is also able to reduce development times and resource with an efficient solution production right from the outset.

Targeting Composite Wing Performance – Optimising the Composite Lay-Up Design

This paper shows how Altair OptiStruct, part of the HyperWorks suite, is used to provide a complete solution when designing with laminated composites, taking the design through concept stages to producing the final ply lay-up sequence. The technology is applied to the design of a laminated wing cover to produce a mass optimised design which meets the requested structural targets.

ESAComp Datasheet

ESAComp Software for composites design data sheet.

Crash Cad Calculate Datasheet

Datasheet to accompany Crash Cad Calculate from Impact Design.

Why Use Casting Simulation?

Examples of how and when casting simulation can improve designs.

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