Data Discipline: Managing Engineering Data from AI-powered Design

The advancements in the fields of AI and ML, combined with the increased availability of robust simulation, testing, and field data sets has made engineering data science a critical component of the modern product development lifecycle, but in order to extract maximum value from these exciting tools, companies need a plan to store, manage, and utilize their data efficiently. They need data discipline

Technical Papers

Applying Machine Learning Augmented Simulation to Heavy Equipment

Simulation-driven design changed heavy equipment product development forever, enabling engineers to reduce design iterations and prototype testing. Increasing scientific computing power expanded the opportunity to apply analysis, making large design studies possible within the timing constraints of a program. Now engineering data science is transforming product development again. Augmented simulation features inside Altair® HyperWorks® are accelerating the design decision process with machine learning (ML). The power of ML-based AI-powered design combined with physics-based simulation-driven design leveraging the latest in high-performance computing is just being realized.

Technical Papers

AI-Powered Product Design

What makes artificial intelligence a game changer is not what movies depict with the loud destructive powers of artificially intelligent robots. It’s the opposite, it is the silent creative destruction that it brings as apps in our phones or features in the tools that we use such as spam filters, fraud detectors, and recommendation engines. When combined, these tools make our lives more enjoyable, safe, and productive. In a similar spirit, at Altair, we have been working on powering product design and development with AI to make your work lives more enjoyable, and productive. Our focus has been improving processes and outcomes by reducing repetitive, labor-intensive, non-value-added tasks as well as emulating experts and enriching performance predictions with real-time field predictions. What makes these offerings unique is their no-code integration to the tools that you are already familiar with and hence not requiring you to have to leave your own working environment. In this presentation, examples of such AI-Powered product design processes will be demonstrated. The presentation by Dr. Fatma Kocer, VP of Engineering Data Science at Altair, aired at Future.AI in June 2021, and is almost 30 minutes long. Ready to see how your company can drive innovation with AI-powered design? Contact our solutions experts today. View all Future.AI 2021 Presentations

ATC Presentations

AI Powered Product Design

Dr. Fatma Kocer VP, Engineering Data Science at Altair showcases the impact of AI in development environments. In particular on how CAE tools will evolve and Design Exploration is taken to the next level.

ATC Presentations, Presentations

Failing Fast is not an option! Develop world's first robotic car storage service with accurate virtual prototypes

Benoit Pelourdeau presents how Stanley Robotics SAS drives the design process with simulation, to develop the world's first robotic car storage service. Learn from him how the interdisciplinary mechatronic product development team succeeds with accurate virtual prototypes.

ATC Presentations

Faster evaluation of real-world machines - Improve the Design with Studies and Design Exploration

Simon Zwingert, Technical Consultant, gives a Demo Sessions on Altair Simulation Solutions for faster evaluation of real-world machines, explaining how, to improve the design with studies and the design exploration on the complete assembly to perform weld line optimization.

ATC Presentations, Tutorials

From CNC Jobshop to the largest manufacturer of CNC Rotary tables

Indradev Babu, Managing Director, UCAM PVT LTD, explains how he developed a CNC Jobshop to the largest manufacturer of CNC Rotary tables—presenting different development examples, he explains how Simulation Driven Design helps him to differentiate and what simulation Strategies he implements in the customer-centric development for the following generation Machine Tools at UCAM.

ATC Presentations

Battery Part 1: Developing Predictive Electro Thermal Cell Models for Pack Level Deployment

Martin Kemp, Regional Manager at Altair, Dr. Denis Cumming, a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sheffield, John Milios, CEO at Sendyne, Dr. Gregory Offer, Reader at Imperial College London and finally Professor Jun Xu, Director of Vehicle Energy & Safety Laboratory at The University of North Carolina, present - Developing Predictive Electro Thermal Cell Models for Pack Level Deployment. This presentation will focus on the simulation of the battery cell to represent its complex thermal and mechanical behaviour. The thermal behaviour requires the simulation of the electric behaviour within the cell which leads to the generation of heat. Managing the thermal behaviour is fundamental to the long term health of the battery. The talk provides an overview of the technologies used to simulate battery behaviour, commencing with the understanding of the battery structure including the simulation of electrode manufacture. Both electrochemical and equivalent circuit models will be discussed with the advantages and disadvantages of both methods presented. Finally, machine learning technology is used to create an intelligent cell model which retains accuracy whilst delivering computational efficiency which can be used in Part 2.


Battery Part 3: Simulation Technology Facilitating Battery Pack Range Optimization

Dr. Richard Boyd, Technical Specialist at Altair take us through his presentation, Simulation Technology Facilitating Battery Pack Range Optimization. Richard will take the battery module presented in Part 2 and create a full 3D model of the module - the duty cycle, event and optimization is repeated in this environment. This is performed efficiently in a Finite Element environment. In addition, a link to a 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics solver is highlighted if additional verification is required.


Creating the World’s Most Power Dense Electric Motor

James Eves, Team Manager at Altair, Jonathan Stevens, Senior Development Engineer at Equipmake and Andy Jones, Innovation Program Manager at HiETA Technologies, discuss AMPERE, a joint project to produce an extremely lightweight, efficient but low-cost electric motor with an extremely high continuous power density. The consortium will present some of the engineering challenges that designing such a high performance motor has posed, and how these challenges have been overcome through advanced manufacturing technology and simulation driven design.


Streamline your e-Motor Design with Multiphysics Optimization at Early Concept Level

Altair FluxMotor™ is a software dedicated to the design of e-Motor concepts. It enables designers to build machines within minutes, quickly run multiphysics tests to assess machine performance, and select most promising concepts. Coupled with Altair HyperStudy™, more design exploration and optimization can be accomplished. Using these tools confidence can be established in meeting requirements, even at this early design stage.


Rapid Modelling of Chopped Fibre and Recycled Composites

Matt Kedgley from Engenuity introduces us to FiRMA, an analysis method that tackles the difficult task of predicting the structural performance of randomly oriented fibre composite components. This method has been developed and made possible using a customisation of Hypermesh. The Finite Element (FE) models are pre-processed into the FiRMA format before being submitted for analysis solve through HyperStudy.


Optimizing Medical Stents with Machine Learning

Medical stents are a lifeline for patients with cardiovascular illness and disease. Altair's solutions can speed up development time by satisfying the testing of variables virtually, allowing engineers to truly optimize the design and performance of medical stents.

Technical Papers

Altair for Fluids and Thermal Applications

From detailed component analysis to full systems performance, Altair provides a range of scalable solvers and robust pre- and post-processing software for CFD.


Altair HyperWorks - Design Explorer

Altair HyperWorks' Design Explorer is an end-to-end workflow for real time performance prediction and evaluation.

Use Cases

Training - Design of Experiments Using HyperStudy

Design of Experiments Using HyperStudy


CAD Based Hydraulic Pump Optimization

Many engineering projects start with CAD geometries. In order to perform design exploration studies and optimization on CAD-based FE models, an automated process is required including CAD, Preprocessor, Solver and Design exploration tools. This example presents a solution to implement CAD tools into an automated simulation-driven design exploration and optimization process.

Use Cases

Shear Wall Layout Optimization

Due to the large scale nature of Architectural, Engineering & Construction projects, frequent change orders, and on-time delivery pressure, more often than not the ability to use traditional simulation methods for design guidance and validation is simply time and resource prohibitive.

Use Cases

Simulation in the Field of Implantable Cardiovascular Devices

Steven Ford, Principal Engineer at Edwards Lifesciences does a high-level walk through on how simulation has evolved in the cardiovascular device space over the last two decades. An example of how Altair HyperStudy has been an exceptional tool for deeper learning with respect to device performance will also be highlighted as a step along this journey. The recording is about 15 minutes long and was originally presented at the Altair Technology Conference 2020.

ATC Presentations

Altair HyperStudy™ - General Working Process

Altair HyperStudy is a multi-disciplinary design exploration software helping engineers to improve their designs. This video presents the general working process.


Improving Performance Using FEKO and HyperStudy at Northrop Grumman

Scott Burnside, Senior Antenna & RF Engineer at Northrop Grumman, explains how Altair Feko and HyperStudy can be combined to design and optimize antennas for land vehicles, helicopters, and aircrafts.

Video Testimonials

Improving Speed and Precision of a CNC Milling Machine with Holistic System Simulation

The presentation outlines a solution strategy for how a digital twin of a milling machine is solving mechatronic challenges. To improve cycle times, accuracy, and addressing vibration problems a holistic system simulation serves as the basis for optimization. The efficient modeling of the real system behavior with flexibilities, contacts, gaps, friction, nonlinearities in the drives (incl. saturation effects of motors), power electronics in combination with the control system is the basis for efficient controller design and optimization of the control parameters. The dynamic interaction of multiple system components combining 3D finite elements analysis multi-body dynamics and control system helps avoiding Tracking-, drag-, positioning errors rebound, and accumulation effects.  

Use Cases

Optimize Medical Stents with Machine Learning

Medical stents are a lifeline for patients with cardiovascular illness and disease. Device manufacturers are required to dedicate large amounts of time and expense to clinical tests to validate safety and performance claims. Simulation can speed up these trials by satisfying the testing of variables virtually. This webinar presents Altair’s process for fast and intelligent stent optimization by coupling simulation, Design of Experiments (DOE) and machine learning algorithm to generate an analytical model.


Solving the Design Paradox

Full evaluation of a design concept requires the definition of many complex details. However, complex geometric details constrain design flexibility.


Optimization-enabled Structural and Multiphysics Analysis

Simulation-driven design powered by topology optimization was created by OptiStruct over two decades ago. Its success has changed the CAE/CAD industry as today all vendors have embraced this trend.


Multiphysics Simulation of Electrical Rotating Machines and Next Gen Design - Rotating Machinery

This workshop will showcase a process-oriented multidisciplinary simulation environment to accurately analyse the performance of complex rotating machines. The participants would learn about multiple physics analysis of motors; including electromagnetics, structural, thermal, and fluid dynamics using highly automated modelling tasks, helping to drastically reduce the time spent creating finite element models and interpreting results. Unique solution by Altair for rotating machinery process takes setup to a solution, time from hours to minutes which allows engineer to try multiple design iterations in a short time and create a performance curve in the automated environment.


Altair for Multiphysics Applications

Altair provides an industry-leading portfolio of multiphysics-enabled software to simulate a wide range of interacting physical models including fluid-structure interaction (FSI), flexible bodies, aeroacoustics, and thermomechanical simulation.


SimLab St & HyperStudy - CAD Based Parametric Optimisation

CAD Based Parametric Optimisation Using SimLab St & HyperStudy

Training Materials, Webinars

Using HyperStudy with a remote HPC infraestructure via Altair Access.

Altair HyperStudy is a design exploration tool that manages simulation model variability, run submission and extracts simulation responses. HyperStudy allows to seamlessly perform Design of experiments, generate metamodels and perform optimizations and reliability studies. However, some simulations are computationally expensive to run in local machines. Altair Access can assist to submit the jobs to a remote HPC server seamlessly, with the reduced simulation time and increased compliance with IT policies.

Tips & Tricks

Infographic: The Impact of Multiphysics Optimization on e-Motor Development

Simulation helps you validate at the end of a product design cycle, but deployed early and throughout a development process, it can actually allow you to explore more potential solutions, collaborate more effectively and optimize the design for cost, performance, weight, and other important criteria. This infographic provides a framework for developing and implementing your own simulation-driven process to help you produce more efficient e-motors and shorten development times. 

Brochures, Images

Electric Motors Multidisciplinary Optimization Platform

The design of a high-performance e-Motor is a complex undertaking. Engineers have conflicting constraints to consider including efficiency, temperature, weight, size and cost. To explore more ideas, better understand their designs and improve performance, Altair HyperWorks™ has a workflow to guide motor designers through an efficient process of Simulation-Driven Design. This analysis and optimization solution supports multi-disciplinary teamwork and reduces design times.

Use Cases

HyperStudy – New Definition Concept

Every approach now contains a unique definition of the models, variables, and responses for that approach. These “Definitions” streamline the process of making modifications between approaches. This new framework provides more freedom to explore diverse and multi-disciplinary studies in a single session.

Tips & Tricks

HyperStudy – Measure the Difference Between Curves

Area is a new data source tool that defines a metric to measure the difference between two curves. By minimizing this metric in an optimization, it is simple to tune simulation models to match targets.

Tips & Tricks

HyperStudy – Submit Simulations to Altair PBS Works

HyperStudy has new infrastructure to seamlessly interact with the Altair Access high performance computing platform. This connection handles the upload, submission, and download of the simulation files. Easy access to scalable computing enables design exploration for larger problems.

Tips & Tricks

HyperStudy – Compare Fit and Solver Results

Compare fit and solver results in HyperStudy. Verification - This approach compares two data sets in a side by side comparison.

Tips & Tricks

HyperStudy – Extract Responses from Spreadsheets

Spreadsheet is a new data source tool that can be used identify data in a spreadsheet (*xls or *xlsx) by specifying the sheet name and cell ranges. It is now simple to extract results from software that produces output spreadsheets.

Tips & Tricks

Altair HyperStudy Product Overview

HyperStudy is a multi-disciplinary design exploration software helping engineers to improve their designs. By using an automatic processes combining state-of-the-art mathematical methods, predictive modeling and datamining, HyperStudy explores the design space smartly and efficiently.

Product Overview Videos

Design Exploration and Optimization of an Aluminum Profile

Faraone Srl - a company leader in designing and manufacturing "transparent architectures" - as been working with Altair to develop an optimization and design exploration workflow for their aluminum profiles. Profiles initially designed with Altair Inspire, are then passed to the new Design Explorer tool - included in Altair HyperWorks X - to further evaluate and refine the design.


An Efficient and Automated Design Strategy for Multi-physics E-Motor Development

This presentation introduces an application of a unique, highly automatic, multi-physics design strategy for E-motors, based on a current program at Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The strategy considers essential development requirements including electromagnetics and thermal requirements, NVH, stress and durability. It accommodates for DOE, multi-objective optimization and design exploration methods to be used to explore and find feasible motor designs. The presentation will show how the strategy adds efficiency to the E-motor development process and how it impacts the total costs of development.

ATC Presentations

Using Machine Learning and Optimization to Develop e-Motor

The Altair Multiphysics platform provides a broad portfolio of solvers and tools to help engineers develop e-motor design requirements by using simulation and optimization methods. This presentation provides examples, using Altair Machine Learning and optimization solutions, of the e-motor requirements by leveraging in data available, which is key for e-motor designers to reduce time-to-market.

ATC Presentations

Expert Emulation in Crash Optimization using Machine Learning

In optimization it is sometimes desirable, but not possible to define constraints that fully reflects an expert’s requirements. This may lead to a design that does not function as intended. Machine Learning enables the user to set up subjective constraints, ensuring a design that has been trained to replicate the expert’s opinion. In this presentation machine learning is used to ensure axial crush for an automotive front crash event.

ATC Presentations

Conceptual Design and optimization of an Electric Motor

Presentation by Koby Ingram, Gevasol BV. Conceptual Design and optimization of an Electric Motor using Altair Flux and HyperStudy. The customized electric machine with high level demands and efficiency is a challenging topic requiring top level of expertise and best in class simulation tools. This work focuses on the usage of Flux and Hyperstudy as tools for bettering the design and design process of e-motors. Presentation at the ATCx in Israel, Netanya on October 30, 2019.

ATC Presentations

From MBD to FSI Complete firearm development

Presentation by Konstantin Arhiptsov & by Eitan Maler, Simulation Dept. IWI Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) at the ATCx in Israel, Netanya on October 30, 2019. These days, in IWI, complete multi physics simulation is an integrated tool in the development of any new product. The motivation is to completely simulate one or two firing cycles as close to reality. First step is the Multi Body Dynamics simulation to check all mechanism are synchronized and work properly. Second is the explicit simulations - calibrating the mechanical properties of the pistol, in that the springs, contacts, materials and gun powder properties based on one firing cycle. The following is to calibrate the Non Rigid Boundary conditions (NRBC’s). This calibration of boundary conditions which are not completely fixed is crucial to understanding the actual strains and stresses on the parts. One of the approaches was to use known data of the stiffness of arm and wrist, implementing this data into a HyperStudy model to compare and calibrate the results based on a slow motion capturing of a real firing. The results are promising, with high accuracy of the behavior compared to a real capturing of the shooting, up to the point of slider getting to the end of its move – where most of the kinetic energy transform into loads on the frame. The following steps will be to calibrate, using the same method, the return of the slider to it’s original position and perform more than one firing cycle.

ATC Presentations

e-Motor Concept Optimization Coupling with Altair FluxMotor and Altair HyperStudy

By coupling Altair FluxMotor for e-Motor concept design with Altair HyperStudy, more design exploration and optimization can be accomplished, while considering duty cycles. Further information are available on Altair connect.


Integrated Systems Simulation from Requirements

Ed Wettlaufer, Technical Manager Mechatronics Group, Altair [on behalf of NAVAIR]

Government solicitations for proposals, or RFPs, for aircraft and airborne systems require preliminary designs with enough fidelity to accurately predict performance, in order to prove the design's ability to meet the Governments performance requirements. Modern high-performance computing provides the leverage to execute previously expensive analyses in areas such as computational fluid dynamics. The results of these high order analyses can be used to populate parameters in 1D systems models which can be easily coupled to medium order models from other disciplines. These capabilities allow the design engineer to rapidly iterate to levels of model maturity and accuracy not achievable years ago, resulting in high levels of confidence in the designs performance predictions in unprecedented time. Moving forward, Altair engineers will employ Multiphysics and co-simulation to execute the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase (EMD) for one subsystem of the preliminary design developed in the afore mentioned pre-acquisition phase.

ATC Presentations, Videos

eBook: Introduction into Fit Approximations with Altair HyperStudy

A first eBook on DOE with HyperStudy has been released in the beginning of 2017. We hope you have appreciated it and learned useful knowledge helping you to improve your studies.

eBooks, Training Materials

eBook: Design of Experiments with HyperStudy – A Study Guide

The objective of this eBook is to demonstrate how to use Altair HyperStudy to perform Design of Experiments (DOE), i.e. how to identify critical design variables and their contribution to the design performance.

eBooks, Training Materials

e-Motor Concept Optimization Coupling with Altair FluxMotor and Altair HyperStudy

Designers starting with a blank page face an unlimited number of configurations and need to quickly select machines types. By coupling Altair FluxMotor to Altair HyperStudy design exploration and optimization solution, Altair offers designers a unique process to optimize their motor concept at an early design stage, defining their constraints and their objectives. A typical objective is to reach maximum global efficiency across a given duty cycle. Then, designers can select and focus on the topologies that fulfill the main specifications before going further in their design.

Tutorials, Videos