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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.

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.

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.

AcuSolve Tutorial Book

The AcuSolve installation now comes equipped with tutorials that provide detailed instructions for getting started (with a code) and working with some of the commonly used features.

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.

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.

What's New in Inspire 2015: G Loads

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Load Model

A demonstration covering the ways to load a geometry file into HyperXtude 2015.

Extract Flow Volume

This demonstration will show how to extract the flow volume from the geometry loaded into HyperXtrude.

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.

Mubea Relies on HyperWorks Unlimited™ for Automotive Component Design and Production

In performing lightweighting projects for large OEMs, Mubea is the only provider worldwide who delivers innovations of tailor-rolled blanks (TRB) which are ideal for not only vehicle body structural but also for suspension components that encounter different loads across their length. The Mubea team has worked collaboratively with Altair for over 6 years. With HWUL-PA, they are able to optimize their TRB applications more efficiently than ever before, including expanded capabilities for unlimited design exploration, reduced lead time and major cost savings over traditional hardware/software purchase

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.

Analyze Design and Control Aspects of Linear Machines Using Co-simulation

This research work describes the permanent magnet linear machines, their characteristics, control and applications. It aims to develop a linear machine model in finite element based software, Flux2D. The Finte Element Method (FEM) model consists of 8 poles and 9 slots where periodicity of poles is used to simulate inifinite travel length. The no-load and nominal load conditions are also simulated to validate the performance of the model. At no-load, the cogging force is simulated and is found to be 1.1N

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.

Buckling Analysis

See a demonstration on how to analyze your model for buckling modes which are used to predict when a part will bend or collapse under load.

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.

CoDA Product Datasheet

Component Design Analysis (CoDA) Datasheet from Anaglyph

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Flexible Reports- Best Match

This feature allows searching for the best curve channel match based on the Type, Request, and Component names when curve channels are not available in the selected result files.

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.

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.

An Interview with Ben Farmer of Robot Bike Co. Discussing the Development of their R160 Bike with Altair

Robot Bike Company (RBC) is a new startup established in the UK by aerospace engineers and mountain biking enthusiasts who identified the potential of combining additive manufacturing technologies with carbon fiber to, in their own words, “create the best bike frames possible”. To deliver a customizable, lightweight, high strength bike, RBC’s frame was intended to be created from carbon fiber, a material very common in the industry. The carbon fiber tubes, as well as the bike’s other components and systems were to be joined by additively manufactured titanium ‘nodes’, manufactured based on the specification of individual riders. Altair ProductDesign’s engineering team was tasked with optimizing these joints, which included the head tube, seat post and chain stay lugs, to ensure they were as lightweight as possible and still able to withstand the forces of downhill mountain bike riding, all while being fit for the AM process.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Auburn University applies HyperWorks to Optimize the Design of Composite Suspension Components and Monocoque for a SAE Formula Student Racecar

To optimize the car performance, the Auburn University SAE Racing Team focused on selected components that were most promising in terms of mass reduction with equal or increased stiffness. HyperWorks enabled them to reduce component mass-to-stiffness ratio, thereby improving car performance, speed up development time, as well as grow in knowledge of composite material design and optimization

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.

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.

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.

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).

Adam Wais of Rolo Bikes Discusses the Working Relationship with Altair

During the development of a new carbon fiber bicycle, the design team at Sweden based Rolo Bikes, wanted to develop a frame which exhibited world leading strength and stiffness attributes while keeping weight to an absolute minimum. The team required an efficient process to design the frame and test it in a virtual world against the industry’s safety and performance standards.

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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>

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.

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.

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.

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

Multiphysics Powertrain Cooling, Fatigue and Durability Analysis



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.

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.

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.

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.

Temperature Loads

See a demonstration on the new Temperature tool that allows users to simulate the effects of temperature change on your model.

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.

Getting Started with Click2Cast

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

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.

DECKED

The huge capacity of a pickup comes at the expense of storage. The loading area is often a simple box with no ability to store smaller items safely or secure them from theft. After spotting an opportunity in the marketplace, entrepreneur, Lance Meller, started work on a well-built alternative. Lance founded DECKED with his business partner, Jake Peters, with a shared determination to create an innovative, robust and useful storage solution for both commercial users and private owners alike. The system had to be able to withstand a load of 2,000 lbs, fit it into a wide range of pickup models including those from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan and be manufactured for a compelling retail target price. DECKED selected Altair ProductDesign as it needed a partner that was able to deliver conceptual design work along with advanced engineering and prototyping services.

Rapid Design Exploration to Determine Feasible FPSO and Spar Systems

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

Targeting Composite Wing Performance – Optimum Location of Laminate Boundaries

This paper investigates the application of newly available optimization functionality available in OptiStruct to provide design guidance to generate innovative laminate composite solutions. Due to the flexibility of laminate composites, it has great potential to exhibit displacement characteristics that could significantly increase the aerodynamic performance. Free element sizing technology is used to determine concept lay-up solutions. These solutions determine the laminate make-up, thickness and the various laminate boundaries of an aircraft wing covers under multiple loading conditions which meet the required displacement targets whilst also minimising mass. These preliminary studies demonstrate that the technology can successfully achieve displacement targets for multiple load cases. Each analysis study can be completed within minutes and consequently can be utilised as a valuable concept design tool.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator

ThyssenKrupp Elevator wanted to explore ways to ensure that an innovative, ropeless elevator system design was as lightweight as possible in order to maximize the loading capacity of the cabins. Altair ProductDesign was selected to explore methods and materials that could help to minimize the weight of the design due to the company’s experience in removing mass from products in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

Powertrain NVH and Durability Analysis with HyperWorks Webinar Recording

Altair OptiStruct is used by thousands of companies worldwide to analyze and optimize structures for their strength, durability and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) characteristics.<br><br> In this complimentary 45-minute webinar you will learn some of the most recent features introduced in OptiStruct for powertrain NVH and durability analysis, with particular emphasis on the creation of flexible bodies for engine dynamics analysis. Altair OptiStruct has recently became the first FEA solver that can directly connect to AVL EXCITE to produce a ‘body property’ input data file (.exb) without the generation of intermediate files requiring translation. <br><br> Specific case studies will be shown to demonstrate how these new capabilities lead to significant improvements in turnaround time and robustness of the engine dynamics analyses.

Accurate Simulation Modelling of Sports Impact Scenarios using HyperWorks

One of the key research activities within the institute is concerned with the development of enhanced human surrogate models for sports personal protective equipment (PPE) research. Impact surrogates are used to provide a representation of a living human which can then be impacted under injurious loading conditions such as a ball impacting the thigh to understand the response behaviour.

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.

Cutting physical testing costs by 95% with HyperWorks

WJH Engineering Consultants provides finite-element analysis and design for many of America’s largest developers of medical devices. Company President, Jim Harrison, works directly with engineers at companies producing medical devices and with doctors to understand the clinical application of these products, including any anatomical loads or displacements that should be incorporated into their design.

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.

StressCheck Getting Started Guide

User guide for StressCheck 9.2 for Windows operating system

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Monash Motorsport takes advantage of optimization and additive manufacturing technologies and wins again!

Since their first Australian SAE Student Racing competition in 2000, the Monash Motorsport team has steadily improved the performance of their race car. Recently the students discovered the benefits of combining Altair‘s OptiStruct optimization technology and 3D printing. Based on an initial prototype rear hub design from the 2013 car, the team proceeded to pursue titanium front hubs and uprights to decrease the car’s unsprung mass. This was a tough challenge, since the former design was already made of lightweight aluminum. To tackle this, Monash Motorsport employed Altair’s optimization technology OptiStruct to design and optimize a titanium upright, which was then produced using additive manufacturing technology from CSIRO. As a result, the students were able to reduce the component’s weight by a further 30 percent whilst maintaining the component stiffness and reducing the development time and costs.

MAHLE

Analysis of MAHLE's automotive components and systems creates a huge amount of simulation data which is used to generate project reports. This reporting process can be a slow, manual process that ties up a great deal of the engineering team’s time that could be better spent investigating the results. The company wanted to explore ways of streamlining its simulation results reporting process when developing new pistons and connecting rods.

Development of Tools to Streamline the Analysis of Turbo-Machinery

This was a 2012 Americas HTC Presentation given by Tom Lincoln from Cooper Standard. Cooper Standard partnered with Altair to create a tool in AcuSolve to speed the set-up of centrifugal pump CFD analyses. This tool steps the engineer through the selection of the components to the pump and then automatically identifies and meshes the surfaces in the model.

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.

ATCx - Structural Optimization of Turbine Engine Components for a Competitive Advantage

Presentation on Structural Optimization of Turbine Engine Components for a CompetitiveAdvantage by Don Holcomb, Staff Engineer, at Honeywell. This was presented at ATCx West on June 18, 2014

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.

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.

Integrated Durability Analysis

Durability analysis in vehicle design usually consists of multiple simulation disciplines, such as simple linear stress, fatigue or nonlinear deformation simulations. Many development organizations use a number of different tools to understand the overall system response. This session will demonstrate how the entire durability simulation process can be integrated and accelerated using HyperWorks modeling, visualization and process automation solutions. <br><br> The view this recording you must have the WebEx Player installed. To download the Player <a href="http://www.altair.com/html/en-US/webex_player/atrecply.msi" target="_blank">click here</a>.

Body Durability, NVH and Safety CAE Process Automation

By applying HyperWorks' process automation to the automotive body simulation process, Ford was able to save as much as 60 percent of time per analysis.<br><br><i><b>Download available to registered Clients only</i></b>

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.

Composite Optimisation of a Formula One Front Wing

This paper will show the application of a 3-stage approach to designing the optimum composite structure for a front wing on a Formula One car using Altair OptiStruct 9.0 Continual development of aerodynamic components is normal practice in the world of Formula One and the time taken to respond is paramount if a team is to be competitive.

HyperWorks Cuts Design and Prototyping Costs for Truck Cabin Development and Testing

Using HyperWorks, Eicher Motors was able to significantly reduce the number of physical tests during the development process of their truck cabins. The numerical simulation helped in predicting the failure mode and estimating the stress level in the individual components in elastic as well as plastic zone prior to the first physical test.

HyperForm Sheet Metal Forming Solution Provides Yield Improvement of Wheel Housing and Wheel Arch

Using Altair HyperForm, Mark Auto was able to significantly improve the material utilization for their existing production dies. Mark Auto re-designed two existing dies for wheel arch an wheel housing and was able to dramatically reduce material scrap with minimum rework in their tools while not compromising on component quality.

OptiStruct Technology Application in Early Concept Design Stage Enables Weight Reduction of Cast and Forged Parts

Using Altair OptiStruct, India based Ashok Leyland was able to reduce cost and improve reliability of the components in their stride towards design an development of innovative, optimal and robust design solutions. Leveraging OptiStruct's technology was able to take quick and reliable design directions on the track rod lever.

Advanced NVH Simulation Techniques

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

Performance Improvement of Recently Updated RADIOSS FE Dummy Models

This was a 2012 Americas HTC Presentation given by Nishant Balwan from Humanetics. With both versions of full FE dummy model and simplified “express” dummy model being introduced to vehicle design applications, the need to improve dummy models predictability is sought by taking into account of accuracy, cpu cost, and efficiency. The Hybrid-III family dummy models have been updated according to users input and application needs. This paper presents the latest modifications and performance improvement of H305 and H350 dummy models on component level as well as full dummy assembly level.

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