Altair HyperMesh™

High-fidelity Finite Element Modeling

Altair HyperWorks Defense Brochure

HyperWorks is a wide-ranging set of engineering analysis and optimization tools that is used throughout every major industry. See how HyperWorks is used for Defense in this brochure.

Brochures

E-motor Design using Multiphysics Optimization

Today, an e-motor cannot be developed just by looking at the motor as an isolated unit; tight requirements concerning the integration into both the complete electric or hybrid drivetrain system and perceived quality must be met. Multi-disciplinary and multiphysics optimization methodologies make it possible to design an e-motor for multiple, completely different design requirements simultaneously, thus avoiding a serial development strategy, where a larger number of design iterations are necessary to fulfill all requirements and unfavorable design compromises need to be accepted.

The project described in this paper is focused on multiphysics design of an e-motor for Porsche AG. Altair’s simulation-driven approach supports the development of e-motors using a series of optimization intensive phases building on each other. This technical paper offers insights on how the advanced drivetrain development team at Porsche AG, together with Altair, has approached the challenge of improving the total design balance in e-motor development.

Customer Stories, Technical Papers

Automating Structural Analysis of Satellites at OHB System AG

Mariana Mendes Leal, Structural Engineer at OHB System AG, talks about how they are able to automate their FE analysis workflow utilizing the Altair HyperWorks suite and tools like Altair’s Automated Report Director.

Customer Testimonials

QSD® Top Use Cases

Presentation introducing a few of the top use cases for the design optimization software, QSD.

Use Cases

Duratec

Czech company Duratec Ltd. develops handmade bike frames using both aluminium and composite materials. For a recent project at Duratec presenting the latest approach in development of carbon fiber optimization of the bike frame, Altair HyperWorks was used for model creation in Altair HyperMesh, optimized via the Altair OptiStruct code and evaluated in Altair HyperView in the development and optimization of a lightweight composite racing bike frame.

Customer Stories

Griiip

Israeli motorsport company Griiip has designed a new, fast and professional race car that combines efficiency in racing with a competitive purchase price and low running costs, to make it more affordable. By harnessing the power of data, Griiip has created the first smart connected race car – the G1 – and with it, an entirely new racing series. Accessing the software via Altair's new Startup Program, Griiip engineers employ several products from the Altair HyperWorks™ suite, among these Altair Radioss™ for crash simulation, Altair OptiStruct™ for structural optimization, general FE analysis as well as Altair HyperMesh™ and Altair HyperView™ for pre- and post-processing tasks in the development of race cars.

Customer Stories

HyperWorks for Aerospace Applications v2017

The HyperWorks for Aerospace self-paced course covers the critical processes used in the creation of FEA models in the Aerospace industry. This course contains 12 modules covering aspects from model setup to post processing. Each module contains background information on the tools used and practical exercises with recorded demonstrations to help you get familiar with the tools and processes. Note: This course requires a login to Connect to view.

eLearning

HyperMesh Quickstart v2017

The purpose of this self paced course is to introduce HyperMesh to new users of the software. 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 exercise covered in the section. Try It allows you to go through an interactive video which will guide you through performing the exercise. 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. Note: This course requires a Connect login to view.

eLearning

Introduction to OptiStruct for Structural Optimization

The purpose of this self paced course is to cover the basics of OptiStruct Optimization. The course contains modules introducing the basic optimization types and giving an over of each. Many exercises are available in the modules that use the See It, Try It methodology. See It allows you to watch a video demonstration of the exercise covered in the section, while Try It gives you a pdf and model to try it in the software on your own. Note: This course requires a login to Connect to view.

eLearning

Altair HyperWorks Brochure

Altair HyperWorks is the most comprehensive, open architecture CAE simulation platform in the industry, offering the best technologies to design and optimize high performance, weight efficient and innovative products.

Brochures

HyperWorks for Aerospace Applications v13

The HyperWorks for Aerospace self paced course covers the critical processes used in the creation of FEA models in the Aerospace industry. This course contains 12 modules covering aspects from model setup to post processing. Each module contains background information on the tools used and practical exercises with recorded demonstrations to help you get familiar with the tools and processes. Note: This course requires a Connect login to view.

eLearning

Imperial Auto has Successfully Validated the Contact Pressure for O-Ring by Contact Analysis using Altair OptiStruct™ Solution

Established in the year 1969, Imperial Auto is one of the biggest integrated manufacturers of ‘Fluid Transmission Products (FTPs) in the world. The company has eight dedicated manufacturing and assembly plants in India. The grand vision of the company’s top management can be easily gauged from the strategic and technical alliances that Imperial has formed with major international players in their industry.

Customer Stories

INTECH DMLS Achieves 27% Weight Reduction in 3D Printed Satellite Component using Altair Inspire™ and OptiStruct™

INTECH DMLS is playing the visionary role in the field of metal-based DMLS 3D printing in India since its inception in 2012. The company with this rich expertise in metallurgy and machining, established themselves rapidly as the leader of the Metal Additive Manufacturing industry in India. Sinteneering Innovations®, the company’s tagline signifies its commitment to innovation in manufacturing and marks the beginning of a new era in metal manufacturing.

Customer Stories

Pranav Vikas Achieves 17% Material Savings with Light Weight and Optimised Product Designs using Altair HyperWorks™ Solutions

With over 2 decades of experience in manufacturing Aluminum Heat-exchangers such as Condensers, Evaporators, Heaters, Radiators, Oil Coolers, IHX and Roof AC units, Pranav Vikas (India) Private Limited (PVL) today is one of the largest and most diversified Heat-exchanger manufacturers in India. The company currently is the only fully integrated Condenser manufacturer in India with their own state-of-the-art Micro-tube facility at Ranjangaon, Pune. PVL serves leading global and Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the Passenger, Commercial, and Off-road vehicle segments.

Customer Stories

Sharda Motors – Usage of Altair CAE Solution for Durability Analysis

Sharda Motor Industries Limited (SMIL) is the market leader in the country in the manufacturing of exhaust systems, catalytic converters, independent suspension systems, seat frames, seat covers (two and four wheelers), soft top canopies, and stamped part for white goods products. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities help them to continuously focus on new products, innovation, technology upgradation, and research & development. The facility seamlessly caters to various emission norms ranging from BS4, BS6, and Tier 4.

Customer Stories

Lushan Primary School

Tucked away in a remote location in the mountains, designed by ZHA, the Lushan primary school, when complete, will be an educational institute located 160 kilometers North-West of Nanchang, the capital of China’s Jiangxi province.

Customer Stories

Providing Designers Easy Access to Powerful Simulation Tools

Brompton Bicycle discuss the benefits they have seen from moving away from simulation in their CAD system to a more powerful and flexible system from Altair.

Customer Testimonials

Integrated Design and Engineering Solutions

Melbourne-based Integrated Design and Engineering Solutions (IDES) provides full “systems-life-cycle” tailored engineering solutions to fulfill demanding defence requirements. For the LAND 121 Phase 3A project involving the procurement of Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon light trucks for the Australian Army, the IDES team had to design a protective module for a G-Wagon variant intended for surveillance and reconnaissance (S&R). Altair HyperWorks was instrumental in enabling the quick, efficient and accurate development of an optimum design for the vehicle rollover protection structure (ROPS), saving valuable time while revising and significantly improving the structures’ strength and safety.

Customer Stories

SOGECLAIR aerospace

SOGECLAIR aerospace, part of the SOGECLAIR S.A. group, is a major engineering partner and prime contractor for the aerospace industry. For the design of an aircraft access door, to leverage the full potential of the combined methods of additive manufacturing and casting, SOGECLAIR used the Altair HyperWorks software suite for the design and optimization of the door.

Customer Stories, Customer Testimonials

Webinar: Lay-up Simulations to Choose the Best Fabric Pattern for an Aeronautic Radome

This webinar is about simulating the draping of the radome with different fabric pattern and choose the best. The choice of the best pattern will be based on the draping results, the fabric aspect, the fiber orientation, and if possible, on electromagnetic performance. The webinar will be based on Altair’s Aero Wing concept, and will present KTex Family of tools created by CEDREM.

Webinars

Composites Driving Innovation: Development of a Sit-Ski as an Advanced Technology Demonstrator

The National Composites Centre (NCC), in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and University of Warwick (WMG) worked on a collaborative project to develop a Cross-Catapult technology demonstrator; the Mono-Ski or Sit-ski, a device for sports that uses adaptive equipment on mountain slopes, designed for individuals with lower extremity limitations. Composites were used extensively in the new Sit-ski design with the Altair HyperWorks™ suite being utilized throughout the development process.

Customer Stories

Single Model Multi-Attribute Analysis & Optimization

On September 27th, OptiStruct users presented the latest capabilities and advancements in simulation-driven design methods for noise and vibration, durability and fatigue solutions. In addition, Altair experts showcased the unique OptiStruct development workflow which allows a baseline model to be analyzed and optimized for various criteria within one solver, in one format, with just one license. Presentation recorded in Troy, MI during ATCx OptiStruct 2018 on September 27th, 2018.

Battlecard

DSA uses HyperWorks to Streamline its Marine Hydrodynamics Analysis with ProteusDS and ShipMo3D

APA Partner, DSA, uses Altair HyperMesh, AcuSolve, and Virtual Wind Tunnel to create high-quality hydrodynamic mesh and models for ship and marine structures.

Customer Stories

Optimisation of a Collapsible Economic Container “COLLAPSECON"

At the forefront of innovation at CEC Systems is the world’s first semi-automated Collapsible-Economic-Container. Achieving a 4:1 ratio, COLLAPSECON® enables 4 empty containers to be collapsed and combined to form a single container, improving operational efficiency, enhancing return on investment and reducing the impact on the environment. For the design for mass production and optimal operational use, the Altair HyperWorks Suite was leveraged to find solutions for weight reduction without increasing manufacturing costs. The newly engineered container is potentially 30% lighter than the original design, whilst reducing material requirements, increasing manufacturing efficiency, and reducing cost.

Customer Stories

Museum of the 20th Century

For a competition launched for the Museum of the 20th Century, Zaha Hadid Architects re-invented a similarly radical approach by applying new advances in technology to generate structural and architectural expression. With Altair’s assistance, they created a plug-in for their design tool, enabling topology optimization. Altair HyperMesh was used for finite element preprocessing mesh generation, with Altair HyperView providing post-processing and visualization solutions. Structural analysis solver Altair OptiStruct provided advanced analysis and optimization algorithms.

Customer Stories

Novum: University of Michigan Participates in Solar Car Challenges Around the World

See how Altair's Software is used to get University of Michigan's solar car, Novum, to the next level to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia and the American Solar Challenge - crossing an entire continent in both cases just on the power of the sun alone.

Customer Stories, Video Testimonials

Non-Linear Optimization of Suspension Link for Optimal Performance using Altair’s OptiStruct and HyperWorks

In recent times there is a high demand for lightweight automotive components which will reduce oil consumption and emissions. The components that are under non-linear load conditions would need optimization techniques that would yield a design which satisfies all performance targets and at the same time maintains the process efficiency with respect to time and cost. The use of CAE tools such as Altair’s OptiStruct and HyperWorks allows engineers to explore various design solutions starting from concept level to matured design that meets multiple requirements simultaneously with due consideration of manufacturing methods that allows engineers to arrive at an optimal design and process.

Technical Papers

Testing Aerial Ladders in FEA: Wind Load Standard Equation vs CFD Wind Tunnel Analysis

To design and build an aerial ladder for a firetruck, the engineer needs to accurately determine the working loads the ladder will encounter. Some of these can be easy to interpret such as the weight of the firefighter in the basket at the end of the ladder, or the weight of the water being supplied to the nozzle. Other loads can be a little harder to quantify, such as how wind affects the ladder. There are several different ways to determine this effect, and two of those will be explored in this paper: the standard equation (ASCE 7-10), and CFD.

Technical Papers

Random Vibration Procedure and Best Practices

In order to evaluate if a design is robust and meets design margins, engineers use a variety of analytical tools. Often a product’s duty cycle is not perfectly characterized but the statistics of a lifetime of excitation are known. These excitations can cause fatigue when system level dynamics are excited. It is very important to understand how a system responds to these excitations and how natural frequencies interact with each other. Power spectral density (PSD) analysis, more commonly known as random response analysis, is used to determine stresses and strains in a system that is subjected to random excitations.

Presentations

Snap-Fit Optimization for Achieving Desired Insertion and Retention Forces

Snap-fits are ubiquitous engineering features used to quickly and inexpensively assemble plastic parts. The geometric, material, and contact nonlinearities associated with snap-fit problems can present modeling challenges. Quasi-static solutions with explicit solvers are commonly used to analyze snapfits; however, OptiStruct’s nonlinear solver now possess the ability to solve these highly nonlinear problems implicitly. The first part of this study discusses an effective approach to using OptiStruct for the implicit finite element analysis of snap-fits. Once an accurate simulation model has been created, engineers typically make design changes in order to achieve desired insertion and retention forces. The second part of this study details how HyperMesh morphing and HyperStudy can be used to optimize the snap-fit design, resulting in desired insertion and retention forces while minimizing mass and ensuring structural integrity. The approach documented in this report can reduce the design time, material use, and failure rate of snap-fits used in industry.

Technical Papers

Pre and Post-Processing for Aerospace

This webinar gives an overview of HyperWorks’ aerospace solution for model-setup, composites modeling and efficient reporting. The popular matrix browser for easy data extraction and advanced post-processing is also covered.

Webinars

Webinar: Are You Using The ‘Best’ Materials in Your Simulations?

This webinar introduces the materials data, comparison and selection tools in CES Selector and demonstrate how they can be used to fill this missing materials piece of the product development workflow - by enabling users to quickly confirm or identify the ‘best’ materials for their application and provide confidence that their simulation work starts with the best material options.

Videos, Webinars

Alpla Develops Innovative Packaging Solutions with HyperWorks

Alpla develops and produces packaging solutions for consumer goods. Christoph Plankel, Head of Modeling and Simulation Department at Alphla, discusses how they have used simulation to produce lighter packaging without compromising on performance.

Customer Stories, Video Testimonials

An Efficient Workflow for Composite Design & Analysis Using LAP, CoDA & Laminate Tools with HyperMesh

The task is to define optimal composite material and laminate property data, using HyperMesh in combination with Anaglyph’s composites design and analysis software tools.

Technical Papers

Webinar: Global-Local Workflows and High-Fidelity Stress Analysis for a Wing Flap Hinge Fitting

In this webinar, we analyze a part from Altair’s Aero Wing concept, the flap hinge fitting, and perform a global-local case study to provide confidence in its optimized design. This global-local workflow process may then be repeated for any other component of interest within the Aero Wing structural assembly.

Webinars

Flux Webinar: Accelerate your Design Process with Flux - Dealing with Complex 3D CAD Models

Flux is now fully part of HyperWorks and thanks to our flexible HyperWorks Units, users are now able to access even more tools that will help you to save time in your designs and enable powerful simulations. Flux embeds its own pre-preprocessing tools but designers sometimes need to deal with complex 3D geometries generated by their CAD team.

Webinars

Manufacturing Chain Modeling with Virfac® Using HyperMesh

Running simulations before production is often a credo for many industries using manufacturing processes like welding, machining, heat treatment, etc. Virfac®, which stands for Virtual Factory, is the perfect tool to predict, anticipate and optimize the thermal & mechanical behavior of the workpiece along the entire manufacturing chain. Please see hereafter a three-step chaining process, using a HyperMesh mesh, starting with a “T-joint” welding, followed by a machining process, and finally ends with a heat treatment.

Technical Papers

The Three-Click Workflow of nanoFluidX, HyperMesh, and SimLab

The webinar will begin by presenting FluiDyna GmbH and by giving a short introduction to the nanoFluidX (nFX) code. After that the attendees will get a more detailed description of the work flow, emphasizing the ultra-simple pre-processing capabilities of the HyperMesh 14.0.110 and upcoming SimLab 14.2, which allow particle generation with literally three clicks per element. Some details about the solver will also be presented, particularly pointing out the speed up the customer potentially gains in turn-around time for oiling simulations by using nFX on GPU’s. We shall also present the new ParaView 5.0.1 with special SPH features, as well as FieldView version (which should show up by the webinar). Finally, summary and licensing details will be provided for nFX.

Getting Started, Webinars

Originating a safe Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV)

The challenge in the development of Arcimoto’s SRK Generation 8; an all-electric, multi-purpose/utility commuter vehicle, included creation of an optimized platform that offers 3-wheeled stability, a space frame enclosure for protection, and a rear swing arm that handles the load requirements and also follows the visual design of the vehicle. HyperMesh® provided an environment for rapid model generation allowing Arcimoto to answer queries by helping them perform the analysis in OptiStruct® in an easy, time efficient manner. Using RADIOSS® for the physics helped them achieve repeatable and accurate results, reduce simulation cycle times and allow for evaluating multiple design scenarios thus enabling better decisions.

Customer Stories

Workflow Integration of Total Materia in the HyperWorks Environment

This webinar presents a detailed look at how Total Materia can be used to decrease risk and increase efficiency as an integrated tool within the Altair environment. Focusing on two main integration and connection possibilities, the webinar will show primarily how to find materials and then import directly into HyperWorks using the Integrated HyperMesh Edition of Total Materia. In addition, the webinar will also focus on how to export data from the Total Materia Premium edition using a range of OptiStruct and Radioss export formats.

Webinars

Sujan CooperStandard Achieves Lightweighting and Performance Targets with Altair

Sujan CooperStandard manufactures (anti-vibration) NVH products for leading automotive companies. Currently, the automotive industry is under extreme pressure because of environmental norms and has to adhere to stringent government policies related to pollution control and one of the simplest ways to address these is to optimize designs and reduce weight of products and components. They began using Altair HyperWorks on the on the recommendation of their joint venture partner CooperStandard. The team decided to improvise design of their Torsion Vibration Damper using Altair solutions like solidThinking Inspire to optimize designs of the brackets and OptiStruct for structural integrity of the designs. Altair solutions have helped Sujan CooperStandard get their product designs right the first time and consistently meet their time, cost and quality targets.

Customer Stories

Optimizing Strain Gauge Placement with LW Finder & HyperMesh

This white paper demonstrates how to find the optimal locations to place strain gauges on a casted bracket in order to accurately measure loads.

Technical Papers

Addressing Design Development Challenges Through Simulation Driven Platform

Automotive suppliers are facing many challenges in having in-house simulation capabilities compared to that of OEM’s. One of the ways to overcome these challenges is to invest in simulation technologies that require an affordable initial investment, the ownership cost of which is low, the codes are reliable & proven, and the suite of tools provide suppliers access to a broad range of solvers (a true multi-physics environment) helping them pick and choose the solvers as per their simulation requirements. In the early stage of in-house simulation implementation at Endurance Technologies, HyperWorks was being adopted primarily for pre and post processing due to its extraordinary FE modeling solutions. With constant support, Altair team has helped Endurance in exploring and implementing various HyperWorks solvers at Endurance Technologies.

Customer Stories

Webinar: Efficient Composite Design Workflow with Anaglyph Products & HyperWorks

Dr. George Kretsis, Managing Director of Anaglyph, a leader in composites solutions, will present their approach for defining optimal composite material and laminate property data. The webinar will present the workflow between HyperMesh and Anaglyph composites software for preliminary analysis and design: LAP, CoDA and Laminate Tools. It will be a very practical guide, with live software demo, starting from the laminates generation using LAP, testing with LAP and CoDA, stack creation with HyperMesh and completing the task with Laminate Tools for finer details.

Webinars

Altair Aerospace: FE Model Setup and Validation

This webinar will cover a brief overview of all simulations done on an Altair benchmark airplane wing. All steps from CAD to CAE are discussed, starting with the generation of the geometry, including midsurface generation to meshing and mapping CFD results. The presentation concludes with post-processing and automated report generation.

Webinars

HyperWorks & Anaglyph Laminate Tools Integration

This document provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Anaglyph Laminate Tools within HyperWorks.

Getting Started

More Efficient and Economic Injection Mold Tools thanks to Topology Optimization, CFD Simulation and 3D Printing

Toolmaking is usually characterized by cost-intensive, custom made, single-unit production. To create innovative tools, the industry increasingly relies on new manufacturing methods such as 3D printing. To meet market demand, PROTIQ GmbH, a spinoff from Phoenix Contact needed to increase productivity through more efficient injection mold tools. The Altair solution included development of optimized tools using simulation, optimization and additive manufacturing (model setup with HyperMesh, topology optimization and FE analysis with OptiStruct, CFD analysis with AcuSolve and refinement with solidThinking Evolve. The benefits included increased productivity due to shorter production cycles, weight reduction of 75%, shortened development time and production costs reduced by 25%.

Customer Stories

Efficient Injection Molding Tools through Optimization, CFD Simulation and 3D Printing

The company PROTIQ (www.protiq.com) worked with Altair and created a highly efficient molding tool. Optimization with OptiStruct was used to find the optimal design to guarantee the maximum tolerances of the generated products. The cooling process of the product was simulated with CFD (AcuSolve). As an overall result, the cycle time could be significantly decreased and the part quality also improved due to lower thermal deformations.

Videos

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