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New Methods for Assesing the Durability of Adhesive Bonds Introduced in nCode DesignLife

Methods for assessing the durability of adhesive bonds in lightweight vehicle structures available in version 8 of 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.

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.

FEMFAT Multiaxial Webinar Presentation Slides

This presentation focuses on fatigue life prediction for multiaxial loaded components including both physical test bench and independent loadings over time (transient).

Porting, Optimization and Performance Analysis with OntoNet

Whitepaper highlighting work done with OntoNet for complexity management software.

Advanced Finite-Element Modeling Techniques

Getting the Most From HyperMesh

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.

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.

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.

CAEfatigue VIBRATION Showcase Video

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

Advanced Composite Material Calculations at eStress Using HyperWorks, LAP and CoDA

eStress' needed to develop a practical and generalized approach to assess the behavior of curved composite beams under corner unfolding loading for design sizing. This process shows how HyperWorks, LAP and CoDA worked together to achieve this.

nCode DesignLife Top Use Cases

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

Basic Intro to FEMFAT - Webinar Slides

Basic introductory slides to durability and fatigue software, FEMFAT.

RADIOSS 10.0 Overview for Structures, Vibrations, and Durability

A high level overview of the new features for RADIOSS 10.0 for Structures, Vibrations and Durability.

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.

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.

Correlating FE and Test Results with DesignLife

This webinar shows from start-to-finish how to setup Virtual Strain Gauges on your finite element model, and how to extract the strain results. It will also demonstrate the procedure for using load reconstruction to predict the input loads on a component during operation.

From Injection Molding to Mechanical Simulation - Added Value for FEA Through Integrated Solutions with CONVERSE

In this webinar, learn how CONVERSE can be used effectively for electronics and consumer goods made of plastics. FEA is frequently applied, as often these products undergo high mechanical as well as thermal loads a proper strength assessment is decisive.

What's New in Inspire 2015: G Loads

Apply G Loads in an existing or new load case to create more realistic outputs.

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.

Race Face

Race Face utilized Inspire to design and manufacture a bicycle crank with increased stiffness and strength targets, yet the same weight as the current part.

Luxon Engineering Applies Optimization-driven Design to Motocross Components

The motorcycles used in motocross racing demand light weight and high strength components in order to gain a performance advantage over the competition. In this video testimonial Billy Wight, President of Luxon Engineering, presents a case study of applying Altair HyperWorks optimization techniques in the design of a motocross triple clamp assembly and rear suspension linkage.

Luxon Engineering Applies Optimization-driven Design to Motocross Components

The motorcycles used in motocross racing demand light weight and high strength components in order to gain a performance advantage over the competition. In this video testimonial Billy Wight, President of Luxon Engineering, presents a case study of applying Altair HyperWorks optimization techniques in the design of a motocross triple clamp assembly and rear suspension linkage.

Development of a Wingbox Rib for a Passenger Jet Aircraft using Design Optimization and Constrained to Traditional Design and Manufacture Requirements

The application of optimization technology is becoming increasingly widespread throughout the aviation industry, exploiting the potential to design lighter aircraft. This paper details the application of optimization techniques to reduce the mass of an aircraft wing component when optimization is used at the design initiation stage of the process. Altair OptiStruct provides an optimization toolkit to determine the most efficient load path for various constraints, then allow the designers to size the components based on the enveloping load cases. Applying this optimization technology into Bombardier existing design process enabled a saving of approximately 10% on the mass of the component.

Seeing Steel in a New Light

Advanced high-strength steels have emerged as one of the most sophisticated materials available for highly engineered product design.

MCQ and A-B-Basis Allowables

A- and B-basis allowable strength values are essential for reducing risk in aircraft structural components made from fiber reinforced polymer composite materials. Risk reduction is achieved by lowering the probability of failure of critical aircraft structures through the use of A- and B-basis design values. Learn how MCQ can help achieve this.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Partner Spotlight: ECS/Magna - FEMFAT

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

Structural Component Design Optimization for Additive Manufacture

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

MotionSolve for Heavy Industry

MotionSolve by Altair delivers a multi-body, integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. MotionSolve enables accurate modeling of the challenging complexity of heavy machinery including large operating loads on structural components, controls with hydraulic actuation systems and detailed hydraulic circuit descriptions, tire behavior, tire-soil interaction, and driver behavior.

CAEfatigue SAE Paper

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

Mahindra Two Wheelers Success Story

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

Partner Spotlight: Sentient Science

Wesley Thomas, the Business Development Manager at Sentient Science, discusses DigitalClone Component for fatigue analysis of rotating components.

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.

Vehicle Airborne Noise Analysis Using the Energy Finite Element Method

EFEA is used to evaluate the exterior acoustic loading in a vehicle.

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.

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.

Global-Local Analysis using StressCheck, HyperMesh and OptiStruct

Global data, in the form of nodal loads generated during structural analyses may be output from Altair's HyperMesh or OptiStruct to represent cut section boundary conditions. This data can then be imported into StressCheck as Total Loads at Points (TLAPs) and applied to boundaries of highly detailed model for computation of local stresses, strains, stress intensity factors, buckling load factors and more.

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.

Getting the Right Design, Getting the Design Right

Conceptual design technologies impact product development.<br><br> By Alessandro Mazzardo<br> <i>Concept To Reality</i> Spring/Summer 2010

CoDA Product Datasheet

Component Design Analysis (CoDA) Datasheet from Anaglyph

Topology Optimisation of an Aerospace Part to be Produced by Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)

OptiStruct helped EADS achieve significant weight savings in the design of ALM (additive Layer Manufacturing) components.

Workshop22 - Modeling of Fan Component in AcuSolve

This tutorial shows how to use the fan component in AcuSolve

Concept Design Optimization of Automotive Components

ArvinMeritor succesfully applied topology and topography optimization to various automotive components.

CoDA Technical Demo

Short demo of CoDA for component and composite design analysis.

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.

Significant Weight Reduction by Using Topology Optimization in Volkswagen Design Development

Using Altair’s topology and topography optimization as an integrated part of their design process, Volkswagen is able to reduce mass of engine components by 20% and more

Patran to HyperMesh Conversion Self Paced Course

The purpose of this self paced course is to help Patran users in their conversion to HyperMesh. Included in the course are examples to help users get acquainted with HyperMesh and the way that it interacts with the models. Most sections will use the See It, Try It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts. See It allows you to watch a video demonstration of the new feature. Try It allows you to go through an interactive video which will guide you through using the new feature. Do It consists of a written exercise and model that can be opened in HyperMesh which allows you to perform the exercise on your own. Some sections will also contain interactive guides to provide a detailed description of the different options contained within a panel or browser. The sections can be completed in any order, or simply complete the ones that answer your questions.

HyperWorks 14.0 Webinar: Computational Fluid Dynamics

Whether you’re an analyst performing CFD modeling every day, or an engineer with a need to understand the impact a CFD analysis will have on a proposed design, HyperWorks offers a complete suite of tools for both the expert and novice users. From detailed component analysis to full systems performance, HyperWorks is your solution for problems ranging from 100,000 to 1,000,000,000 elements in size with parallel scalable solvers and robust pre and post processing software. In this webianr, you will learn about the new features available in Altair's flagship CFD solver, AcuSolve, as well as what's new in HyperWorks for CFD pre and post processing.

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.

Scania

Scania uses Inspire to speed up its design and development process to produce lighter and more efficient components.

Bird Strike Modeling Using RADIOSS

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Andrea Milanese from Politecnico di Milano. In this paper, pros and cons of various approaches to bird modeling are assessed. In particular, finite element and SPH bird models are validate against data available in the literature and evidence collected in tests carried out at the LaST Crash Lab using PermaGel projectiles.

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.

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.

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.

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

In this paper, part of an aircraft door surround model is optimized with respect to the objectives and constraints typical for this type of component using HyperStudy and ESAComp.

Optimizing Strain Gauge Placement with LW Finder and HyperMesh

In this webinar, you will learn about how to use LW Finder to optimize strain gauge placement. It will include a background on some of the challenges encountered when using strain gauges to measure structural loads. The webinar will include an example workflow for how to minimize measurement errors when measuring loads applied to a casted bracket. The workflow will use HyperMesh, OptiStruct, and LW Finder. Other pre-processor/Solver combinations will also be discussed.

HyperWorks Improves Development Processes in Automotive Industry

In 2008 PWO Germany (Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG) had to develop and produce a new steel made automotive cross car beam (CCB) for the dash board of a new car. PWO received the CAD model, the design space definition and other pre-defined standards of the component from the customer and developed and produced the fitting cross beam based on this information. PWO used the HyperWorks Suite to develop the component. HyperMesh was used to transfer the CAD model into a FEA model, which was then used to run dedicated analysis and simulation tasks. To fulfill the requirements for crash and modal analysis, the company used OptiStruct to optimize the component, RADIOSS and other external solver to run the calculations and HyperView for the post processing. HyperForm was used to check the production feasibility of the individual components and for metal forming simulation tasks. It was important for PWO to have a software suite available that could cover all simulation tasks within one graphical user interface and licensing system.

Influence of Metal Forming on the Material Properties and Correlation with Experimental Tests

This was an HTC 2011 presentation given by Fernando Tatsuo Samesima and Fabiano Maciel Passos from Aethra. The main purpose of this work is to use HyperForm to simulate the sheet metal forming and than export the physical and material properties to HyperMesh to simulate with explicit integration a crash using RADIOSS. The results using or not HyperForm will be shown to demonstrate the influence of the metal forming on high strength steels using the deformed bumpers simulated in RADIOSS and the deformed bumpers of the experimental test.

Altair Bushing Model: Enhance the Accuracy of Multibody Simulation

The Altair Bushing Model helps you fit bushing test data to empirical models and subsequently simulate multibody models with fitted bushings to produce simulation results with highly realistic behavior. High fidelity bushings let you accurately evaluate vehicle dynamics, durability, and ride and comfort characteristics for automobiles. Below are details about the workflow and components of the Altair Bushing Model.

ESAComp supporting the composite design process in the Automotive Industry

With the automotive industry more and more exploring the capabilities of composite materials, engineers face new challenges throughout the design process. For layered composite structures ESAComp is the right software to help you. This webinar will provide an overview on how to use ESAComp to efficiently tackle daily tasks concerning laminate design towards stiffness or strength criteria, structural elements (e.g. panels), data exchange with HyperWorks and integration into a workflow for optimization.

Hot Stamping Process Simulation Using Integrated using Structural & CFD Analysis

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

ESAComp for composite structures design and verification in the Aerospace Industry

This webinar provides an overview on how to use ESAComp to efficiently tackle daily tasks concerning laminate design (incl. handling different environments, strength sets, probabilistic laminate analysis), design of structural elements (e.g. panels), and design verification (application of selected failure criteria and computation of reserve factors or margins of safety).

Advanced Design, Analysis and Optimization of Composite Structures

With stricter requirements on performance and weight, in many cases, composite materials are now becoming the natural choice of designers and engineers given their desirable characteristics such as low weight and high strength. Material properties can be tuned so they are directional – stiffer in one direction while compliant in another for example.

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.

HyperWorks provides flexibility and agility to development processes of Engineering Services Provider Beta Epsilon

Beta Epsilon designs racing cars and offers engineering. Beta Epsilon offers component and vehicle meshing, FEA analysis of metal and composite components, crash test simulation, optimization, and CFD simulation. Beta Epsilon uses HyperMesh, OptiStruct, HyperCrash, RADIOSS, AcuSolve, HyperView, and Virtual Wind Tunnel. With HyperWorks, Beta Epsilon could improve the quality of its products and extend its range of services.

A hybrid finite element formulation for a beam-plate system

Appropriate damping elements are introduced in the connections between stiff and flexible members in order to capture the presence of the flexible members during the analyses of the stiff ones. The component mode synthesis method is combined with analytical solutions for determining the driving point conductance at joints between stiff and flexible members and for defining the properties of the damping elements which represent the flexible members when analyzing the stiff components. Once the vibration of the stiff members and the amount of power dissipated at the damping elements has been identified, an EFEA analysis is performed in order to determine the amount of vibrational energy in the flexible members.

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.

OptiStruct Cuts Development Time to Design a Light Weight and More Durable Window Regulator Lift Plate at ArvinMeritor

Using Altair OptiStruct, ArvinMeritor was able to design a lighter weight window regulator lift plate which eased assembly. The new snap-fit design reduced the material compared to original design, without sacrificing performance and durability.

Ford Motor Company: Building an Efficient HPC Infrastructure

The cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that roll off Ford Motor Company assembly lines are safer, quieter, and more comfortable than ever. Many of the intangibles that contribute to Ford quality flow from the innovative use of high performance computing (HPC) techniques. At Ford's Numerically Intensive Computing Department (NIC) in Dearborn, Michigan, engineers run simulations in codes such as NASTRAN and LS-DYNA for predictive analysis of cylinder cooling, wind noise, vibration, ride quality, crashworthiness, durability, and other characteristics that contribute to industry-leading automotive design.

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>

Altair Bushing Models for the Automotive Industry

The Altair Bushing Model is a high level concept solution that can be used for all your vehicle applications. It has a library of sophisticated, frequency- and amplitude- dependent bushing models that you can use for accurate vehicle dynamics, durability and NVH simulations. The tool has been validated by BMW and Honda for robustly fitting measured data to analytical models and accurately simulating models.

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.

Euro-Pro Embraces Simulation-Driven Design with Altair HyperWorks

Euro-Pro, maker of Ninja blenders and Shark vacuums, has embraced simulation-driven design to reduce physical tests and improve product performance and durability. HyperWorks solvers (OptiStruct, RADIOSS and AcuSolve) are used across the board via Altair’s HPC cloud infrastructure

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.

Applications of OptiStruct Optimisation on Body in White Design

The application of topology and size and shape optimization for the design of efficient automotive components in terms of mass and stiffness has developed into a well practiced discipline. Subjecting a vehicle body structure to this type of development enables the analyst to optimise the size, shape and placement of load bearing members. By defining the most efficient topology, structural targets can be achieved with fewer design iterations, therefore, leading to reduced cycle times and lower development costs. The Altair OptiStruct software suite provides the analyst with an optimization environment which realises this method by providing a ‘right first time’ approach to body design. This paper presents an insight into the development of an efficient body structure subjected to various load cases. Based upon the topology of the load paths, which OptiStruct defines, the paper then details the development of the concept through to a detailed design.

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.

Delivering Innovation and Intelligence in Product Design

Packaging designers must constantly inject innovations to attract consumers in a constantly evolving and highly competitive market. Keeping ahead of the competition by bringing new and exciting products to market faster whilst maintaining quality, presents a major engineering challenge. A new packaging development process is described, which introduces advanced automated simulation and optimization technology right from the concept development phase. Detailed predictions of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging performance are made possible through use of advanced simulation technology. Design optimization is then employed using the modelling as a virtual testing ground for design variants. The approach provides clear design direction, an opportunity for wider experimentation, helps to improve performance and reduces uncertainty in the development process.

Migration ADAMS - HyperWorks

This was a 2010 Americas HTC Presentation given by Magnus Olofsson from NAVISTAR. NAVISTAR has been working with Altair Engineering to evaluate HyperWorks as an alternative to ADAMS/Car. NAVISTAR has been evaluating the HyperWorks user interface as well as the performance of Altair MotionSolve. NAVISTAR has been benchmarking Altair MotionSolve against ADAMS/Car on several key attributes such as Accuracy, Functionality/Compatibility, Robustness and Performance. In this presentation, NAVISTAR talks about the migration effort and some of the benchmark results.

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.

CAEfatigue VIBRATION for Aerospace

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

RUAG Space

Weight reduction is a decisive factor in the space industry, since the lighter a satellite is, the less it costs to send it into space. Since 2013, RUAG Space has been conducting intensive research and development work to investigate how to ‘print’ its components using an Additive Manufacturing (AM) process. The goal of the engineers was to take full advantage of the design freedom AM offers and to create an aluminum component that would be significantly stiffer while at the same time lighter than the original design. In addition, RUAG’s engineers also wanted to cut down design and development time to get results and the final component faster.

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

ATCx - Inspire 2014 Overview

Presentation of "Inspire 2014 Overview." This was given by Russell Vernon, Application Engineer, solidThinking, at ATCx West on June 18, 2014.

Multiphysics Powertrain Cooling, Fatigue and Durability Analysis



Customer Initiated Developments in FEMFAT

Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co KG has a very long tradition in helping automotive OEMs in developing parts for their passenger cars, trucks, farm tractors, railways, and even some aeronautic vehicles. This article highlights some of these projects which have led to innovation and have become unique to FEMFAT.

Improving Rudder Shock Loading Following a Nearby Blast Event Using RADIOSS

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

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

Presentation by Andrew Blows, Jaguar Land Rover

Virtual Durability Process: Bringing Together MBD, FE and Fatigue

Simulation is indispensable within any product development organization. We at Altair believe this outright and you see that in the vision statement from our CEO, to radically change the way organizations design products and make decisions. Simulation driven design is applied at different stages of development, from concept stage to the final design tuning and validation. Optimization is an integral part of it, so your starting point is an optimal design.

Introduction to LW Finder by LW Engineering

LW Finder takes the guesswork out of strain gauge placement. LW Finder provides accuracy and control when using strain gauges to measure structural loads. It finds the best locations to place strain gauges and predicts measurement error.

Getting Started with Click2Cast

Quick start guide with tips and brief explanations of Click2Cast's features and capabilities.

Partner Spotlight: Quantech

Mr. Martin Solina, Business Unit Manager at Quantech ATZ, discusses casting simulation software, Click2Cast, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.

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.

StressCheck Getting Started Guide

User guide for StressCheck 9.2 for Windows operating system

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