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HyperStudy 2017 Brochure

HyperStudy is a multi-disciplinary design exploration, study, and optimization software for engineers and designers. Using design-of-experiments, metamodeling, and optimization methods, HyperStudy creates intelligent design variants, manages runs, and collects data. Users are guided to understand data trends, perform trade-off studies, and optimize design performance and reliability. HyperStudy’s intuitive user interface combined with its seamless integration to HyperWorks makes design exploration technology accessible to non-experts.

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-disciplinary Optimization of Aero-structures

Learn about how HyperWorks can be used to perform multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization involving structural, thermal, dynamic, and fluid analysis.

HyperWorks 12.0 Rollout Webinar Series HyperStudy for Multi-Disciplinary Design Exploration and Optimization (NEW!)

System Modeling and Optimization of Multi-Disciplinary Systems in Activate 2017

Activate 2017 enables product creators, system simulation and control engineers to model, simulate and optimize multi-disciplinary systems to ensure that all design requirements are successfully met while also identifying system level problems early in the design process. By attending this webinar, you will learn about hybrid dynamical systems (systems containing continuous-time and discrete-time dynamics) and how they can be modeled rigorously in Activate 2017.

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.

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.

HyperWorks 2017: Optimization Driven Design

Design optimization manifests itself in all levels of Altair’s offerings; software, product design and packaged solutions. This is all carefully planned and implemented so that the engineers and analysts can benefit from these functionalities without leaving their native environments.

solidThinking Activate 2017 Brochure

solidThinking Activate enables product creators, system simulation and control engineers to model, simulate and optimize multi-disciplinary systems. By leveraging model based development Activate’s users can ensure that all design requirements are successfully met while also identifying system level problems early in the design process. Activate’s intuitive block diagram environment empowers users to rapidly build demonstrations of how real world systems function and easily experiment with new ideas without any need to build prototypes.

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. The widespread acceptance of these methods coupled with the power of modern computing has led to applications across a range of design problems and ever-increasing complexity. The size and scope of this expansion continually pushes the boundaries of existing exploration and optimization methods. Furthermore, a complete exploration of the optimal design space includes computationally intensive features such as multi-objective optimization, to understand the trade-off between competing objectives, and global optimization, to avoid local extrema.

Parametric Optimization of Fluid Dynamic Simulations using StarCD

HyperStudy's design optimization was combined with CFD simulation in order to optimize fluid flow.

Benchmark of HyperStudy Optimization Algorithms

The objective of this paper is to assess several optimization algorithms in HyperStudy for their effectiveness and efficiency. The following sections of this paper present an overview of the optimization algorithms frequently used in HyperStudy. This is followed by benchmarking of both single objective and multi-objective optimization problems, respectively.

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.

Tesla Optimizes CAE - Desktop Engineering Reprint

Automating CAE connectors creation in HyperMesh and utilizing HyperStudy for pedestrian impact simulation helped optimize Tesla’s design cycle and get better crash and safety performance.

The Automatic Calibration and Robustness Assessment of a Complex Engineering Component: Airbag Inflation

This paper describes the application of new technology to achieve automatic calibration and assess the robustness of an airbag inflation model. Calibration of the kinematic response of the airbag is achieved by defining the activity as an optimisation problem. The objective is to minimise the error between the experimental test and numerical simulation curves. Once calibration has been achieved, a unique robustness assessment is performed, which utilises the optimisation technology used in the calibration exercise.

Optimization Driven Design of CFD Applications

The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation environment is advancing rapidly and reducing many of the typical barriers for using advanced optimization techniques for design of CFD applications. In this webinar learn how the Altair HyperWorks suite of CAE tools can provide an unmatched solution that enables engineers and companies to overcome the challenges of optimization driven design of CFD applications.

Minimising Mass and Increasing Durability of a Vehicle Suspension System Using OptiStruct

Gestamp selected Altair to develop a set of custom tools within HyperWorks, eliminating the need for an initial 'trial and error' design loop while reducing mass and increasing durability of a rear twist beam suspension system. The company achieved a reduction in lead time while producing competitive low cost, low mass RTB designs.

FEKO Webinar: Design Optimization with FEKO & HyperStudy

Solving complex design problems with an approach based on intuition can be challenging, especially when multiple design parameters interact with one another and several design goals are targeted. Join us for this webinar in which we will present a brief summary of different optimization methods, together with workflow demonstrations to set up a design.

HyperStudy 14.0 Overview

Watch the video to see an overview of the new features in HyperStudy for 14.0.

Workshop28 - Coupling AcuSolve and HyperStudy

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

Northwestern University Success Story

Using HyperWorks for Teaching Computational Optimization Methods in Engineering Design at Northwestern University

Risk Analysis of Tubing Design: Integrating DOE and Stochastic Study into Design Optimization

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Guijun Deng from Baker Hughes. In this presentation, a new design approach is presented: risk analysis of tubing design through integrating design of experiment (DOE) and stochastic study into design optimization. Application of the new approach using Altair HyperStudy will be illustrated by a design example involving a tubing design for a high pressure/ high temperature well, where both material properties and geometry are treated as randomized design variables. This process avoids over-conservative design and, therefore, excessive cost.

The Complete Package: Applying Altair's Technology Process to Reusable Packaging Design

This paper demonstrates the flexibility that Altair technology provides throughout the design process with tools applicable to all stages. An overview of the LINPAC design process incorporating Altair's technology is given together with examples of how and which tools are being implemented. The limitations of the traditional LINPAC approach and the use of Altair's tools is demonstrated through the use of a detailed example; without the use of Altair technology, more iterations in expensive tool modifications would have been required to achieve a satisfactory design without introducing unacceptable costs.

Step Change in Design: Exploring Sixty Stent Design Variations Over Night

Traditionally, computer analysis has been used to verify the structural performance of a proposed stent design. The stent deployment process consists of multiple stages (e.g. crimping, springback, expansion etc.) which is highly non-linear inducing material plasticity and load transfer via component contact. A single structural verification assessment would require a couple of days to compute on a PC. This paper investigates how recent developments in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and computer hardware combine to facilitate the rapid exploration of many stent design variations. It is demonstrated that by utilising these technologies, over sixty stent design variables can be assessed overnight provides valuable design sensitivity information and an optimum stent geometry configuration. On an example baseline geometry considered the radial stiffness was significantly enhanced with an improvement in structural performance. This represents a step change in the CAE assessment of a stent design.

Design-Optimization of a Curved Layered Composite Panel Using Efficient Laminate Parameterization

In this paper, presented at the 2016 SAMPE Long Beach Conference, an aircraft door surround model is optimized with respect to the objectives and constraints typical for this type of component using HyperStudy and ESAComp.

ESAComp for Aerospace

One page flyer showcasing how ESAComp can be applied for design optimization in the aerospace industry.

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.

HyperWorks 14.0 Webinar: Integration of FEKO into HyperWorks 14.0 - Features & Benefits

FEKO, the leading electromagnetic simulation software for antenna design and placement, EMC, RCS and other applications is fully merged into HyperWorks 14.0, the new release of Altair’s CAE simulation software platform. Through examples and demonstrations, this webinar will present the new extensions and features in FEKO 14.0, including the addition of curvilinear wire meshes to reduce computational requirements while keeping accuracy. Extensions have been added to the time domain solver and to the cable modeling tool. Users will also benefit from CAD handling, scripting and automation improvements. Active RCS calculations are now possible, among other features that will be presented. Thanks to being part of HyperWorks, FEKO now includes integration with HyperStudy, the multi-disciplinary design exploration, optimization and stochastic analysis tool. This will be shown during the webinar, together with the integration with other Altair products FEKO users will benefit from, like HyperMesh (high-performance finite element pre-processor), PBS Works (HPC workload management software) and Altair’s cloud solutions. The advantages of FEKO’s new licensing scheme as part of HyperWorks will be discussed as well.

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.

ExoMars Rover Airbag Design and Reliability Optimization

Astrium used HyperStudy with LS-Dyna to not only optimize the landing behavior of the ExoMars lander but also to investigate the probability of failure using HyperStudy’s stochastic engine. HyperWorks’ process automation engine helped to quickly create design variations.

MotionView 2017 Brochure

Altair MotionView is a user-friendly and intuitive multi-body systems modeling environment. Its built-in parametric modeling capability and hierarchical modeling language allows users to quickly build, analyze, and improve mechanical system designs even before physical prototypes are available. In conjunction with MotionSolve, MotionView provides the perfect solution for your multi-body dynamics simulation needs.

FEKO Model Type

HyperStudy 14.0 offers a new FEKO Model Type along with a guided wizard to extract responses from the model.

Automated Parameter Tuning for Optimized Vehicle Dynamics

This paper, which was presented at the 2015 Americas ATC, demonstrates a workflow between HyperStudy, CarSim and solidThinking Compose.

Co-Simulation: DSHplus + MotionSolve

Presentation outlining the multiphysics workflow between DSHplus and MotionSolve.

Multi-Objective Optimization Study of LED Light using SC/Tetra and HyperStudy

2014 presentation by Software Cradle at the European ATC demonstrating how SC/Tetra worked with HyperStudy in the optimization of an LED light.

Optimization in Designs

When you hear simulation driven design, what benefits come to your mind? Hopefully one of them optimization. Among the biggest benefits of simulation driven design is that you have a chance to optimize the designs before they are finalized. Without simulation, it is nearly impossible to consider optimization in product development. Optimization as a design philosophy is ingrained in Altair’s DNA. This article reflects on HyperStudy working with APA products as they apply to optimization.

High Fidelity Vehicle Simulations Using MotionSolve-FTire and ChassisSim

Learn more about how you can leverage two of our leading multi-body simulation partners: cosin scientific software and ChassisSim Technologies for accurately performing vehicle simulations.

Automated Parameter Tuning for Optimized Vehicle Dynamics Using CarSim and HyperStudy Webinar

New vehicle suspensions need to be optimized early in the development process to position vehicle programs to meet performance and quality targets in an efficient, low-cost manner. Through the use of Altair HyperStudy, solidThinking Compose and Mechanical Simulation’s CarSim, 1D models are built and quickly tuned to achieve desired kinematic characteristics. A case of tuning a vehicle for a slowly increasing steer event to improve vehicle targets is also discussed.

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. <br><br> By Evelyn Gebhardt<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Winter/ Spring 2015 <br> <a href="http://www.altair.com/MagazineFreeSubscription.aspx" target="_blank">Subscribe to C2R Magazine</a><br><br>

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.

A New Approach to Optimizing the Clean Side Air Duct Using CFD Techniques

An integrated approach to CFD design optimization is proposed. It consists of taking an initial CAD design, meshing it using HyperMesh, analysing it using Star-CD, parameterising its key features using HyperMorph, and then shape optimizing it using HyperStudy. This approach has been applied here to the shape optimization of the compressor inlet duct of a turbo system.

Optimising Vehicle Dynamics for Student Racing with Altair University

You will learn how to use multi-body dynamics (MBD) simulation tools from the Altair HyperWorks CAE suite to improve the design and performance of your student race car. By using Altair’s academic vehicle library, you can adapt suspension models to represent your existing half or full vehicle and make virtual changes to the design in order to improve stability and manoeuvrability.

MotionSolve for Automotive

MotionSolve – Altair’s multi-body solution is an integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the automotive industry, MotionSolve is used to design and evaluate new suspension systems, optimize the ride and handling characteristics of vehicles, assess system durability, simulate for low frequency vibration avoidance, design and optimize steering systems, and validate Mechatronics components.

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.

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.

ChassisSim Showcase Video

2 minute video introduction to ChassisSim for multibody dynamics analysis.

Compose 2017: A Multi-Language Math Environment

Compose 2017 is a high level, interactive programming environment which enables engineers, scientists & product creators to efficiently perform numerical computations, develop algorithms, analyze & visualize various types of data. Compose 2017 supports multiple languages such as Tcl or Python and offers OML (Open Matrix Language) a matrix-based numerical computing language for all types of math from solving matrix analysis, differential equations to performing signal analysis and control design.

CAE Simulation driven Product Development of Expandable Liner Hanger

CAE Simulation driven Product Development of Expandable Liner Hanger presentation given by Ganesh Nanaware of Baker Hughes at ATCx Energy 2014.

MotionSolve for Aerospace

MotionSolve – Altair delivers a multibody integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the aerospace industry, MotionSolve is used to simulate dynamic systems including ground aircraft operation (taxi, takeoff, landing, braking and rejected take-off), landing gear retraction and evaluation of gear forces, flap mechanism, flight control and dynamics, door opening mechanisms, helicopter design, satellite control and packaging study of seats.

MotionSolve for Wind Power

MotionSolve – Altair’s multi-body solution is an integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the energy industry, MotionSolve is used to simulate wind turbine dynamics systems. An accurate virtual wind turbine can be constructed by considering high-fidelity components, such as aerodynamic loads, wind loads, detailed structural sub-systems and co-simulation with control systems. MotionSolve can be used to predict the loads coming on to the structure, simulate extreme events (such as emergency stop), offshore wind turbine dynamics and extract stress/strain for further durability studies.

Using HyperStudy and MultiMech for Advanced Composite Material Design

The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate how sensitivity analysis can be used to uncover the “important” features of a composite system, so that material designers can intelligently work to extract (and improve on) the relevant properties. In this webinar we will be using the design exploration techniques found in Altair HyperStudy to perform a multiscale sensitivity analysis on the non-linear behavior of a chopped-fiber composite microstructure (Global Scale) with an embedded nano-silica matrix (Local Scale).

CFD Automation with AcuConsole and AcuSolve

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Ravi Lanka from Acusim. While showcasing the key features of AcuSolve and AcuConsole, the presentation will focus on AcuConsole’s automation capabilities with industrial applications. The automation procedure is a perfect option for the users to perform design optimization using HyperStudy.

Design of Experiments based optimization and reliability prediction of an Expandable Liner Hanger using HyperStudy

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Ganesh Nanaware from Baker Hughes. Development of an expandable liner hanger to meet the demand of higher liner hanging capacity represents an engineering challenge. This presentation summarizes the application of HyperStudy to optimize the liner hanger design to meet a desired hanging capacity and reliability prediction.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Integrating antennas in windscreens has become popular due to the enhanced aesthetics and the increased antenna surface area that enables improved reception. However, the design of such antennas is a complex procedure. Antenna systems contain different antennas with mutual coupling, making it very inefficient and time consuming to optimize the FM-, DAB-, RKE- and TV antennas independently. Wanting to make the optimization process of its multi-port antenna more efficient, Daimler turned to Altair for assistance.

Flux Webinar: Green Taxiing Application

Understand FEM design concepts behind building a Green Taxiing System and other similar electromechanical devices to help airlines save on fuel costs and cut C02 emissions.

Flux Webinar: Starter Motor Design - Generator

Watch this recorded webinar to learn how Flux can help with designing Starter Motors.

HyperView 2017 Brochure

Altair HyperView is a complete post-processing and visualization environment for finite-element analysis (FEA), multi-body system simulation, digital video and engineering data. Amazingly fast 3D graphics, open architecture design and unparalleled functionality set a new standard for speed and integration of CAE results post-processing. Coupling these features with HyperView’s advanced process automation tools dramatically improves visualization, correlation, and reporting results.

Contact Modeling in Complex Mechanisms: Altair’s Multibody Solutions

This webinar discusses the contact modeling capabilities of MotionSolve. What are the different contact modeling approaches and when is one more capable than another? The webinar will also talk about the modeling environment and the tools that permit useful post processing.

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.

MBD Series: Why and How With Altair's Technology

First out of 6 multi-body dynamics webinars presented by Rajiv Rampalli. He is giving an overview over Altairs solutions and provides many examples and talks about how customers are using Altair solutions for their MBD needs.

OptiStruct is 17x faster with the latest Dell Precision Workstation

The reduction of run times up to 17X is a direct result of more powerful hardware and the more advanced algorithms in Altair’s latest software releases.

solidThinking Activate and XLDyn Integration

XLSE’s easy to use interface and project view capability is ideal for managers and teams to keep abreast of project status.

Lightweight and Durable Design of Automotive Components

This webinar covers how advanced optimization techniques helped FCA Engineering India Pvt. explore the lightweight component design of a vehicle suspension system. For this purpose, the development process of a track bar bracket will be shown, highlighting how a lightweight and durable component design was achieved.

A Minimization of Forming Loads in the Gear Driver Forging Process Using AFDEX and HyperStudy

In the webinar, there will be a presentation of the most efficient ways to optimize those process parameters encountered in metal forming processes, which are based on AFDEX, general purpose metal forming simulator and HyperStudy, Altair’s optimization tool.

Achieving Superior Crash Performance for the Souest DX7

Analysis and optimization to improve crash performance while reducing reliance on physical tests.

MBD Series: Lightweight Design

Tony Norton - Executive Vice President Product Design at Altair Engineering - talks about MBD being an essential tool in finding accurate loads for a subsequent optimization. He also introduces Inspire Motion and explains the Sub-Space Response Surface MDO Solution developed by his Product Development team.

Random Response & Fatigue Optimization in the Frequency Domain

In this paper, application of frequency based methods for random response and fatigue optimization is demonstrated on an automotive full body system. The process followed uses MotionSolve generated body loads and OptiStruct stress results as input to a CAEfatigue VIBRATION analysis. This process is executed from HyperStudy for optimization and the results produced are then post processed in HyperView. Using the process outlined, it is feasible to achieve considerable weight reduction while maintaining desired fatigue life.

Optimization Drive Design - A Desktop Engineering Sponsored Report

Optimize every stage of product development with an integrated workflow that democratizes simulation and analysis. In this Desktop Engineering sponsored report Altair's vision for product optimization is analyzed

UK ATC 2015: Automated Post Processing of Multimodel Optimisation Data

Presentation by Markus Schemat, BMW Group

Moldex3D, Structural Analysis, and HyperStudy Integrated in HyperWorks Platform

This was a 2012 Americas HTC Presentation given by Dr. Anthony Yang from CoreTech Systems. In recent years, with the increasing variety, complexity, and precision requirement on plastic products, CAE tools have been widely used for solving product design and manufacturing issues. The structural designs or molding process parameters for products can be optimized efficiently through CAE analyses. However, sometimes it is not efficient to find an optimized set of parameters through traditional CAE analyses. A novel integration between Moldex3D and HyperStudy allows for more quick and efficient parameter optimization which will save time, increase product quality, and increase productivity.

Optimization of a Family of Supporting Frames Under Multiple Analysis Constraints Using HyperStudy

This was a 2012 Americas HTC Presentation given by Dr. Yimin Zhan from Van-Rob Kirchhoff Automotive. Numerous valuable engineering experiences have been gained at Van-Rob Kirchhoff to improve the design of automotive structures during the product development process. Conventional design activities need constant information exchange between FEA and design activities, through an iterative process, which leads to increased time and manpower consumption. Efforts to enhance the efficiency of such a process and to reduce the product development cycle become a challenge. This presentation will demonstrate the significant role of HyperStudy that Van-Rob Kirchhoff used in the optimization design of a family of supporting frame assemblies under multiple analysis constraints.

Modeling and Analysis of the Battery Packs and Modules in A123 Systems

This was a 2012 Americas HTC Presentation given by Shawn Zhang & Binshan Ye from A123 Systems. In A123 Systems, CAE/FEA tools are widely used to improve the efficiency of the design on battery packs and modules. A123 engineers utilize Altair’s HyperWork Suite for structural FEA including linear and nonlinear statics analysis, modal frequency and random vibration analysis, as well as nonlinear dynamic analysis such as mechanical shock and drop test analysis.

Model Calibration using Altair HyperStudy

This was an Optimization training presentation given by Fatma Kocer at the 2012 Americas HTC. This presentation focuses on Model Calibration using Altair HyperStudy.

DeWalt Optimizes Power Tools with HyperWorks

The development of modern electric power tools requires special attention to be simultaneously paid to both the efficiency and user comfort of the tool, as well as the robustness and durability of the devices. For the fulfillment of these two groups of attributes, computer-aided simulations using HyperWorks has become central to the development process of Stanley Black & Decker Deutschland GmbH.

Optimizing Cooling Passages in Turbine Blades

Turbine blades have internal passages that provide cooling during operation in a high temperature engine. The design of the cooling passages is critical to achieve near uniform temperature of the blade during operation. The temperature of the blade is dependent on the thermal properties of the blade material as well as the fluid dynamics of the air circulating in the cooling passages. Computational optimization methods have successfully been applied to design lighter and more efficient structures for many aerospace structures. An extension of these techniques is now applied to guiding the thermal design of a turbine blade by designing the optimal cooling passage layout. Optimization methods will be applied to determine the optimum pattern of the cooling passages and then to optimize the size of the individual cooling passages. The goal is to produce a more thermally efficient turbine blade design that will produce blades with longer lives and better performance.

ATCx - Multi-objective Optimization of a Heat Sink for a LED Device using SC/Tetra and HyperStudy

Presentation from Yuya Ando that was given at ATCx West on June 18, 2014

Weld Distortion Optimisation using HyperStudy

Distortion induced in parts due to the cooling of welds complicates automated manufacturing lines in the automotive industry. The resulting deformation leads to additional investment such as end of line machining to correct affected assemblies. Utilising optimisation software a welding pattern can be found which retains the intended performance of a part while reducing the distortion induced from welding. Weld locations may be optimised alongside welding sequence to allow process requirements to be considered within the early design stage. This leads to high performance, low distortion assemblies which can ultimately be manufactured at the lowest possible cost.

Reducing Weld Distortion by 93% with HyperStudy

Gestamp Tallent Ltd is a world class designer, developer and manufacturer of cutting edge, chassis structural and suspension products, body in white structures, modules and systems for the automotive industry. Gestamp used the BMW MINI front subframe tower to demonstrate the weld distortion optimisation approach. The tower is particularly susceptible to distortion due to its tall and thin dimensions. The objective of this optimisation was to minimise the distortion of the tower measured by the displacement of the top of the tower as the weld sections cool. In order to further investigate weld removal optimisation they chose HyperStudy.

Simultaneous Robust and Design Optimization of a Knee Bolster

This paper introduces a practical process to simultaneously optimize the robustness of a design and its performance i.e. finds the plateau rather than the peak. The process is applied to two examples, firstly to a composite cantilever beam and then to the design of an automotive knee bolster system whereby the design is optimized to account for different sized occupants, impact locations, material variation and manufacturing variation.

Delivering World Class Chassis Design

This paper details the extensive use of CAE optimisation technology at ThyssenKrupp Automotive Tallent Chassis Ltd (TKA). There are a number of trends in the automotive business that are presenting great challenges, these include severe cost pressures from OEM’s, platform commonisation and reduced vehicle development cycle time. The use of optimisation is critical for TKA to maintain its competitiveness, this paper deals with more advanced concepts of optimisation by extending into the severely non-linear region of analysis types.

Simulating the Suspension Response of a High Performance Sports Car

The use of CAE software tools as part of the design process for mechanical systems in the automotive industry is now commonplace. This paper highlights the use of Altair HyperWorks to assess and then optimize the performance of a McLaren Automotive front suspension system. The tools MotionView and MotionSolve are used to build the model and then carry out initial assessments of kinematics and compliance characteristics. Altair HyperStudy is then used to optimize the position of the geometric hard points and compliant bush rates in order to meet desired suspension targets. The application of this technology to front suspension design enables McLaren Automotive to dramatically reduce development time.

HUMOS - An FE Model for Advanced Safety and Comfort Assessments

Biomechanics modelling is becoming increasingly accepted as a tool for enhance assessment of vehicle safety, in particular in the field of injury assessment and virtual testing. Firstly, a generic RADIOSS model for safety applications (HUMOS2) is presented and applications are demonstrated. Important tools associated with the scaling, and positioning of the model is also described. Secondly, an innovative model for scaling of human organs (individualization) is presented. The method which employs optimization techniques, identifies critical (optimal) anatomical control points which allow for a best scaled model of the HUMOS2 representing an individual. Finally, some remaining challenges for future human models are discussed and solution paths are described.

Automotive Modal Testing Support and CAE Correlation Using Altair HyperWorks

To derive the natural frequencies and mode shapes of a given structure, the test Engineer has to decide on excitation positions that will efficiently excite all the modes of the structure in the frequency range of interest. Excitation positions are usually decided upon from experience or trial and error methods which can be time consuming and still not capture all of the modes in the selected frequency range. Using Altair HyperStudy and Radioss (bulk), Pre-test CAE analysis has been carried out to identify effective excitation positions before the commencement of modal testing, thereby significantly reducing pre-test lab time.

The Application of Process Automation and Optimisation in the Rapid Development of New Passenger Vehicles at SAIC Motor

As a relatively young automotive company, SAIC Motor has drawn on the expertise of its UK Technical Centre to help in its objective to bring a new range of vehicles to market in an aggressive time frame. CAE has formed an integral part in doing this and the UK technical centre has worked closely with Altair Product Design amongst others to utilise its Engineers’ skills as well as the Hyperworks suite of software. The paper aims to showcase what has been achieved to date, on the Roewe 550 medium car programme - currently on sale in China - and on another current vehicle programme, where processes have been developed further. Several interesting optimisation examples are highlighted in the development of the body structure as well as some key process improvement methodologies which have been jointly developed between SAIC and Altair to streamline the design process.

Increasing the Customer Value of Structural Designs Using HyperStudy and Topology Optimization While Considering Manufacturing Constraints

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Steve Reagan from L&L Products. In the demanding environment seen in today's markets, continual innovations driving increasing levels of customer value are key. The use of topology optimization with the inclusion of manufacturing constraints was critical to the achievement seen in this project and was made possible through the close product/process integration available through the HyperWorks tool suite. In this presentation, Dr. Reagan shows how HPC, RADIOSS, HyperStudy, and OptiStruct were employed to drive material cost down while maintaining product performance.

Chassis structure optimization for improvement of roll rate characteristics of a heavy truck

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Greg Kiselis from Volvo Truck. Bending and twisting of the chassis structure of a heavy truck can degrade the roll performance of the vehicle as a whole. Various suspension types can load the chassis structure in different manners thus effecting the contribution of chassis stiffness to the overall roll characteristics of the vehicle. In this presentation you will see how a study was performed with MotionView, MotionSolve and HyperStudy to understand the effects of key variables of the chassis structure as affected by different suspension types.

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