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RADIOSS Strain Life Fatigue Process Manager

A demonstration of the Process Manager for the new RADIOSS Strain Life Fatigue Analysis available in RADIOSS 10.0.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Partner Spotlight: ECS/Magna - FEMFAT

Axel Werkhausen, Manager of Sales & Support at ECS, discusses durability analysis software, FEMFAT, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.

Durability Director

This is a recording of the live webinar that took place on December 17, 2009.<br><br> Durability analysis is a very complex and time consuming process. Typically engineers encounter many problems that can arise from inefficient data exchange, differing processes and utilizing many different tools throughout the simulation process. Durability Director is a newly released product within the HyperWorks suite. Durability Director is a tailored, yet configurable, environment for efficiently managing the entire durability simulation process.<br><br> Run time: 34 min

nCode DesignLife Showcase Video

2 minute video introduction to fatigue and durability software nCode DesignLife by HBM-nCode.

Vehicle Durability Workshop

This was a training presentation given by Keshav Sundaresh at the 2012 Americas HTC. This presentation covers how industries are currently applying CAE to analyze vehicle durability, how different groups coordinate their efforts to assess the fatigue life of components, and how Altair HyperWorks can help you with virtual durability analysis.

Introduction to CAEfatigue VIBRATION: Random Response + Fatigue in the Frequency Domain

Frequency domain analysis is the method of choice for dynamic analysts and CAEfatigue VIBRATION will act like a turbo charger for such methods. This makes it a valuable new tool for durability estimates on large automotive systems and fatigue life calculations for aerospace systems where mixed random and deterministic loads are specified.

Basic Intro to FEMFAT - Webinar Slides

Basic introductory slides to durability and fatigue software, FEMFAT.

CAEfatigue SAE Paper

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

OptiStruct Fatigue Optimization

A demonstration of the new Fatigue Optimization capabilities within OptiStruct 10.0.

Full Speed Ahead on Welding Analysis

Simulation enables shipbuilders to automate welding procedures – saving time and money.

LG Electronics Success Story

LG Electronics Performs Smartphone Drop-Test Simulation in Less than 24 Hours with New Automated Approach

Simulation Manager Brochure

Altair's Simulation Manager allows users to manage the life cycle of simulation projects through an intuitive web based portal.

PBS Professional at The Scripps Research Institute

The campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) overlooks the Pacific near San Diego. Its proximity to the famed (but unrelated) Scripps Oceanographic Institute occasionally causes confusion of identities. But TSRI is prestigious in a totally different way. TSRI uses Altair’s PBS Professional software to provide a consistent workload management infrastructure for its users across all three computing environments.

Partner Spotlight: HBM-nCode

Mr. Chris Lewis, Global Partner Manager at HBM-nCode, discusses durability and fatigue software, DesignLife, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blank Fit Manager

Blank Fit Manager offers accurate feasibility analysis, efficient cost analysis, an automated and flexible process and seamless forming data mapping.

Parametric Optimization of Fluid Dynamic Simulations using StarCD

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

Use Casting Simulation to Optimize Product Design, Quality and Material Strength in the Production of Castings

Hakan Fransson, from NovaCast Systems expands upon how casting simulation can help optimize designs for production.

ATCx - A Structural Stress Method for Weld Fatigue in both Shell and Solid Finite Element Models

Presentation on "A Structural Stress Method for Weld Fatigue in both Shell and Solid Finite Element Models." This was presented by Jeff Mentley, DesignLife Specialist, HBM-nCode, at ATCx West on June 18, 2014

nCode DesignLife Top Use Cases

Presentation introducing a few of the top use cases for the durability software, nCode DesignLife.

Introduction to HyperCrash

HyperCrash is a robust pre-processing environment specifically designed to automate the creation of high-fidelity models for crash analysis and safety evaluation. Developed in cooperation with the industry's leading manufacturers, HyperCrash increases departmental efficiency and results accuracy through process driven workflows and automated model checking and correction.

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.

Stanley Black & Decker Case Study

Stanley Black & Decker chose Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited to optimize their CAE processes for power tool design, enabling them to explore concepts more deeply, reduce cycle times and make better decisions faster.

Mahindra Two Wheelers Success Story

Two-Wheeler Designer-Manufacturer Cuts New Component Time to Market and Optimizes Component Design with the Altair Partner Alliance

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.

AlphaCell for Aerospace: Design, Optimize and Understand Your NVH Treatment

For optimizing the sound packages in project early stages, the Transfer Matrix Method (TMM) as implemented in AlphaCell is a reliable method.

Specialized Wins at Le Tour de France with Altair HyperWorks

Learn how Specialized analyzed and improved the aerodynamic performance as well as optimized the weight and structural efficiency of the new S-Works Venge frame.

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

Driving Performance with Optimization

Engineering enthusiasts and software tee-off to optimize club driver performance while ensuring conformance to the Rules of Golf.

Biogemma Uses Improved Memory Sharing to Minimize Research Time

Written by SGI, this case study discusses how Biogemma, a plant biotechnology research firm, used PBS Professional to optimize the analysis pipeline, reducing runtimes by over 60%.

HBPO GmbH Achieves Flexibility and Cost Efficiency in Automotive Development By Leveraging the APA

HBPO GmbH optimizes their design process by utilizing multiple products, such as Moldex3D, Total Materia and MADYMO, alongside HyperWorks products for the development of their front end modules.

Altair Products and Partners Offering Assist Commercial Vehicles Seat Manufacturer to Enhance its Development Process

Isringhausen applies DesignLife, Moldex3D, and Total Materia alongside RADIOSS, OptiStruct and other HyperWorks tools to optimize weight and durability of their customized seats while still meeting safety standards.

Composites Analysis and Optimization

This webinar explores and demonstrates the comprehensive capabilities of HyperWorks to analyze, design, and optimize composite laminated composite structures.

Crash Cad Calculate User Manual: Version 2.0

Extensive documentation, instructions and features of Crash Cad Calculate.

Fast Tracking Rail Vehicle Design

Bombardier Transportation UK offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse rail vehicle portfolios in the world. The strategy is one of continuous development that provides the most effective and cost-efficient rail solutions for today and the future. A key ingredient is the use of Altair HyperWorks enterprise computer aided engineering (CAE) solution. Altair's technology is now present at every stage of the design process and has increased the efficiency of the product development process. The paper details how Altair tools have been used to generate Finite Element (FE) models of carbodies, bogies and secondary structures in reduced time scales. Significant weight and cost savings are achieved through structural optimisation of components such as large steel castings, aluminium extrusions and steel fabricated structures which are subjected to linear static, fatigue and abuse loading. Automated post processing facilitates the interpretation of results and the writing of detailed official reports.

Improving the Accuracy of Weather Prediction

This brochure covers the Cray-Altair Solution for Optimized HPC Resource and Workload Management – Using a Cray supercomputer with Altair’s PBS Professional scheduler provides weather prediction centers with a rich solution for optimized forecasting.

Multibody Analysis of a Vending Machine

This was a 2013 European ATC presentation given by Dr. Marco Morone from Altran. It was performed a MB analysis of a vending machine. The aim of analysis was to analyze and optimize a cam in order to reduce the friction a acceleration peaks. A rigid MB model in Motion view was generated with contacts. From model results were optimized the cam profile was improved.

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.

Rolo Bikes

Rolo Bikes approached Altair ProductDesign due to its familiarity with the HyperWorks suite and expertise in the application of CAE techniques to optimize carbon fiber structures. The objective of the program was to optimize a new bike frame to achieve world leading performance for weight, stiffness and comfort. In addition, the team was also tasked with developing an efficient and cost effective virtual testing process to analyze the performance of future bike frames from Rolo and other partner companies.

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.

A True Full Vehicle Simulation Solution that Enables Engineers to Develop Better Products, Faster

NVH Director is a fully integrated, user-friendly, and customizable solution for optimizing product design and performance. This is achieved by automating complex NVH modeling tasks while reducing solution and problem diagnosis times.<br><br> <i>This is the recorded webinar held on February 29, 2012.</i>

Programmable, Open-Architecture HyperWorks Helps Toshiba Design Smaller Hard Disk Drives to Meet Market Demand

Toshiba Digital Network Company, faced with increasing global competition in the hard disk drive (HDD) marketplace, set out to create an advantage through the redesign of their existing HDD product(s). To support this effort, Toshiba partnered with Altair Engineering to automate its design process. This was accomplished by leveraging HyperWorks powerful modeling, visualization and optimization software applications with Toshiba’s proprietary solver for fluid dynamics. The specific goal was to optimize the air bearing surface (ABS) of the HDD’s magnetic head slider. This unique product development process resulted in minimizing the flying height as much as possible while considering its stability. This, in turn, reduced the overall size of the HDD and increased its recording density. In addition, the new design was brought to market in significantly less time than with Toshiba’s traditional design process.

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.

The Use of System Modelling Techniques to Filter Test Measurements and Drive a Physical Vehicle NVH Simulator

Bentley Motors sought to understand whether real-life physical NVH testing with alternative powertrains could be accurately correlated in a simulation environment to reduce development cost and time of future luxury vehicles.<br></br>

Random Response & Fatigue Optimization in the Frequency Domain

This webinar will show the workflow of frequency based methods for random response and fatigue between MotionSolve, OptiStruct, CAEfatigue VIBRATION, HyperStudy and HyperView. Please note: You will need to login to Altair Connect to view this recording.

The Art & Science Behind Manufacturing

Do you ever think about all the work that lies behind developing almost everything in the world around us? This article reflects on the tremendous effect the manufacturing process has on everything we use in our daily lives.

How does a playing field get into the stadium? DSHplus, solidThinking Activate and FMI help!

As in real life with hardware, models of hydraulics and control can be delivered by different suppliers, and have to be put together for a system simulation. This webinar illustrates coupling, through the FMI standard, between hydraulics system simulation in DSHplus and control system design & simulation in solidThinking Activate. Please note: You will need to login to Altair Connect to view this recording.

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.

PBS Professional at GE's Oil & Gas business: Putting An Engineering Cluster to Work

Next time you stop to fill your fuel tank, reflect on the fact that a company on the sunny slopes of Tuscany may have helped to make it possible. Nuovo Pignone, now a key technological component of GE's Oil & Gas business, began life 100 years ago as a foundry. Today more than 20,000 machines – turbomachinery, compressors, pumps, valves, and metering and fuel distribution equipment – manufactured by this GE business are operated worldwide by major companies to keep petroleum products moving from oil rigs to storage facilities to refineries to distribution points.

HyperMesh and HyperView customization for thermal analysis of engine systems

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Emil Chouinard from GE Aviation. GE Aircraft Engines has many NPI (new product initiative) programs that rely on accurate and timely thermal analysis, as temperatures are critical to accurate estimates of hardware life. HyperMesh and HyperView have been customized as the pre and post processing tools, respectively, for thermal analysis of engine systems. The single database with relational data management greatly reduces modeling errors and results in Engineers being able to focus on the physics of the problem instead of data management.

Engineering Trade-off between Performance Enhancement and Weight Reduction For Gear Housing Using Mathematical Optimization

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Bruce Hansen from Sikorsky. The rotorcraft industry today faces a growing challenge of finding the right trade-offs between weight/cost savings and performance enhancement. In order to meet this challenge, designers and analysts are increasingly applying innovative mathematical structural optimization techniques for designing different categories of rotorcraft components and systems. This presentation will show how real-life trade-off challenges were navigated with assistance from optimization methods available in OptiStruct.

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.

Improving the Design of Subsea Riser Systems A Cray-Altair Solution for Improved Oil & Gas Component Engineering

With Cray and Altair, engineers have the computational systems they need to perform advanced subsea computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis with better speed, scalability and accuracy. With Altair’s AcuSolve CFD solver running on Cray® XC30™ supercomputer systems, operators and engineers responsible for riser system design and analysis can increase component life, reduce uncertainty and improve the overall safety of their ultra-deep-water systems while still meeting their demanding development schedule.

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.

CAEfatigue VIBRATION Showcase Video

Short introductory video highlighting strengths and benefits of using CAEfatigue VIBRATION.

Multiphysics Powertrain Cooling, Fatigue and Durability Analysis



Webinar: Simplify it! 5 Ways to Enhance your PBS Implementation with Compute Manager

In this webinar, our expert presents the top 5 top reasons to deploy Compute Manager within your PBS installation. See a walk-through of using Compute Manager with PBS Professional and HPC applications, understand how exactly Compute Manager makes life easier, and get tips and tricks for using it.

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

Altair, Click2Cast, HBM nCode, and voxeljet present a technology demonstration that stands out with dramatic performance improvements and the solid potential for serial manufacturing and mass production. 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.

Van-Rob Expands the Scope of Its Projects, Saves Time and Money, Using Altair Partner Alliance Software in Designing Automotive Assemblies

Van-Rob, a tier-one automotive supplier headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, designs and manufactures metal stampings, modular welded assemblies, structural welded assemblies, and mechanical assemblies. Van-Rob needed upgraded its durability and fatigue technology to satisfy customer demand, but infrequent use made it difficult to justify cost. Altair’s APA licensing model allowed Van-Rob to use nCode DesignLife for durability analysis without needing to spend resources on additional licensing.

Development of a Global Detailed Commercial Aircraft Finite Element Model

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Vikas Yadav from NIAR. This presentation discusses how Hypermesh was used to automate the process of generating aircraft FE models that can be used for various types of analyses.

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.

HyperWorks Process Manager Delivers Productivity and Quality Gains to Chassis Design Process

Using Altair HyperWorks Process Manager, M&M was able to implement best practices through standardization of CAE processes and minimize CAE analysis set-up time. Automated post-processing enabled through Process Manager facilitated a 40% reduction in time when compared with the manual practice of post-processing.

HyperWorks Tailors CAE Processes to Reduce Cell Phone Development Time at Motorola

Using HyperWorks, Motorola significantly reduced CAE cycle time by automating the process of input deck generation and results evaluation. By deploying HyperWorks’ process automation engine, analysts created a customized solution to simulate cell phone models more quickly.

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.

Introduction to HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel

Altair’s HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel is a new solution designed to provide better wind tunnel simulation technology and user experience. With a highly automated and streamlined workflow process and high quality CFD technology, Altair’s HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel is able to more accurately and quickly predict an automobile’s aerodynamic performance.

From Incremental Change to Full Design/Validation Leap: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimize Safety and Crash Performance

Heavy-duty mining trucks at Hitachi are designed to meet ISO ROPS and FOPS safety requirements, while structures must be as lightweight as possible. The presentation will discuss Hitachi’s design and simulation approach, which consists of an integrated multidisciplinary analysis process. Dynamic analyses, multibody dynamics simulations, including flexible bodies and dynamic simulations are methods applied to optimize performance and vehicle safety. The author will present examples such as the optimization of a trolley support structure, a kinematics model of a 100-ton truck and the analysis of a trailing arm. Finally, the author will share his thoughts on the important subject of how simulation can better impact the design.

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.

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 automotive weatherstrip seal

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Prasanna RamSagar from Cooper Standard. Automotive weatherstrip seals play a major role in determining door closing efforts, wind-noise and water management. Manufacturing variation in the seals or the environment in which they work plays a big role in seals performance. Because of this optimizing automotive weatherstrip seal’s performance involves lot of man power, computational time and engineer’s expertise. The methodology described in this paper uses Altair’s Hyperstudy to include the size and shape variation and uncertainty into evaluation of seals performance. This technique has been illustrated by optimizing a seal gripper design.

Extending Extrusion Die Life Using HyperXtrude

Altair HyperXtrude is used to predict die performance and run virtual die tryouts. Using these capabilities, die designs can be modified and tested to improve the die life and reduce the number of die trials.

Simulation Manager - Manage the Life Cycle of Simulation Projects



Maple Improves Quality of Life for People with Limited Upper-Body Mobility

Kinova’s Robotic Algorithms and Control Team faced a key challenge in the design of the controller for their robotic arm, JACO. In order to safely operate the robotic arm, they needed to design advanced algorithms involving large matrix equations to calculate the kinematics and applied forces through the arm.

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.

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.

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.

Balancing Manufacturability and Optimal Structural Performance for Laminate Composites through a Genetic Algorithm

This paper details the application of a specialised genetic algorithm to reduce the mass of a laminated composite wing rib. The genetic algorithm has been customised specifically to optimise the performance of polymer-laminated composites. The technology allows the mass to be minimized by the removal or addition of plies of various discrete orientations whilst satisfying the structural intent of the component. For the rib structure assessed, the structural constraints consist of limits placed on the displacement, stress (i.e. ply failure index) and buckling behaviour.

Transmission Modeling and Simulation with MapleSim

Maplesoft has developed a MapleSim library of components, transmission sub-assemblies, and complete powertrain examples that show the use of these components in driveline applications. Built with guidance from several transmission manufacturers, this MapleSim library allows you to mix the best of physical models and empirical data to maximize model fidelity, optimize your designs, and improve overall vehicle fuel-efficiency.

Integration between Moldex3D and HyperStudy Improving Part Quality for Injection Molding in the Automotive Industry

In this webinar, we will present step-by-step about how to integrate Moldex3D with HyperStudy to perform the DOE analysis to optimize the injection molding process. Industrial cases will be presented to showcase the advantages of the integrate analysis.

HyperWorks Helps Midea Design and Optimize Millions of AC Units

HyperWorks Helps Midea Design and Optimize Millions of AC Units. Using an air conditioner, for example, with HyperMesh, it takes Midea Design one week to mesh the whole model, setup loads and constraints, run the analysis, and extract the result.

Reducing Weight and Maximising Fuel Efficiency of a Formula Student Car with OptiStruct

Durham University Electric Motorsport (DUEM), are a UK-based team of students who design, build and race electric vehicles. In this project, DUEM wanted to demonstrate how they have applied the latest weight saving technology to achieve a faster, more efficient car by optimising an upright design for multiple load cases. As existing users of the Altair HyperWorks simulation suite, the DUEM team looked to OptiStruct to help meet this challenge.

Powertrain Mount Optimisation Webinar

Many engineers and designers in the automotive industry would like to determine a reasonable powertrain mounting system which meets a list of static and dynamic performance requirements, the design of which is limited by many factors. One of the approaches is to adopt a decoupling arrangement between powertrain rigid-body modes and to control frequencies in the main vibration directions of the powertrain so they fall within a desirable range. This is done by optimising stiffness, location and orientation of mounts.

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

PBS Works: Improving the Accuracy of Weather Forecasts

Running HPC systems and clusters with Altair’s PBS Professional® scheduler provides weather forecast centers with a rich solution for optimized forecasting. The solution ensures high-performance computing (HPC) resources are more efficiently scheduled to increase system utilization, improve application performance and throughput, and enhance quality of service.

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.

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.

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.

Effect of underbody deformations of HTT Plethore LC750 supercar under aerodynamic loads using AcuSolve PFSI and RADIOSS

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Geneviève Dutil of Lx R&D. The use of Hyperworks in conjunction with AcuSolve has allowed Lx R&D to use a practical fluid structure interaction (PFSI) to determine the effects of deformation under aerodynamic forces of a high performance supercar underbody. This presentation will show how this approach led us to optimize the initial underbody to achieve optimal performances at high speed.

Improving Heating Boiler Acoustics at Viessmann: OptiStruct for Bead Pattern Optimization

Altair OptiStruct can be used to generate and optimize bead patterns for the effective design of sheet metal components. By using OptiStruct’s topography and shape optimization methods, sheet thicknesses can be reduced significantly, leading to both reduced material and a lower overall cost.

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.

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.

MAHLE's Switch to HyperWorks

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Scott Janowiak from Mahle. Recently in the auto industry, there has been a high demand for smaller, lighter, and more efficient engines. The piston and connecting rod have a major impact on the performance of an engine; therefore optimizing these parts is essential. With the help of HyperMesh, advantages for meshing were noticed immediately. HyperMesh allowed Mahle to increase the mesh quality by using tools which helped increase mesh speed and efficiency.

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