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Altair Acquires Multiscale Design Systems for Microstructural Optimization

Enables tighter solver integration for composite material modeling, fatigue, and multiphysics TROY, Mich., April 2, 2015 – Altair today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Multiscale Design Systems, LLC, developer of MDS, a family of products focused on micromechanics, microstructural optimization, and life prediction of complex materials. The company’s breakthrough technology integrates modeling, simulation, testing, uncertainty quantification, and optimization of composite materials and structures at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Known for its mathematical rigor and versatility, MDS will bring important new composites expertise to the Altair HyperWorks® suite, including multiscale analysis, stochastic design, fatigue analysis, and multiphysics simulation. A member of the Altair Partner Alliance since last year, MDS is already available to HyperWorks users, along with a number of other cutting-edge technologies related to composite materials analysis and simulation. A much tighter integration with Altair solvers RADIOSS® and OptiStruct® is expected in future.

“We will continue to develop, enhance, and invest in MDS as part of HyperWorks while retaining an open architecture approach with respect to other 3rd party solvers,” said Uwe Schramm, Chief Technical Officer at Altair. “Altair is committed to creating good interfaces and continuing to build partnerships to excel in the domain of composite materials.”

Since 2008, Multiscale Design Systems, LLC has won numerous Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I and Phase II awards. Focus areas include environmental degradation of high-temperature polymer and ceramic matrix composites subjected to thermal oxidation, thermal fatigue, moisture ingression, physics-based life prediction capabilities, modeling of concrete failure under blast and fragment loading, 3D nondestructive imaging techniques for mesoscale damage analysis of composite materials, and mechanical loading.

“We have partnered with a number of significant original equipment manufacturers to analyze state-of-the-art materials for automotive, aerospace, and defense,” said Dr. Jacob Fish, co-founder of Multiscale Design Systems. “Altair’s deep expertise in CAE, coupled with its significant footprint across a variety of industries, will help to extend the reach of our technology and increase its application.”

For more information, please visit www.multiscale.biz and www.altairhyperworks.com.

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA, and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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