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Reducing Development Time with Non-Linear Analysis at Prodrive

Featuring Ryan Vann, Chief Engineer – Structures and Analysis at renowned engineering consultancy, Prodrive; this webinar will discuss why the company adopted OptiStruct ahead of its traditional non-linear solver and the advantages offered by an optimisation enabled solution. Ryan will showcase a range of typical applications, detailing how the technology is helping the team to reduce development time while optimising performance.

Webinars

How to Rapidly Identify and Resolve Vibration / Acoustic Issues

From industrial machinery to EVs, power tools to spacecraft, vibration and acoustic characteristics play a crucial role in the design process. This webinar will demonstrate how Altair OptiStruct can analyse and optimise vibration and acoustic behavior spanning a wide frequency spectrum; revealing how advanced diagnostic utilities can help you to identify and resolve root-causes in the shortest amount of time.

Webinars

How to Evaluate and Optimise Strength and Durability Simultaneously

Strength and durability play a crucial part in the consumers' perception of product quality. Optimising designs for such characteristics is increasingly important as engineering teams operate down-gauging strategies to save weight and explore alternative architectures to accommodate batteries and electric drives. This webinar will demonstrate how Altair OptiStruct improves process efficiency by integrating strength and durability analyses in the same model, eliminating the need for separate solver interfaces and formats.

Webinars

How Jaguar Land Rover Fuels Innovation with Altair OptiStruct

Featuring Tim Mumford, Senior Engineer Strength and Durability at Jaguar Land Rover, this webinar will reveal the recent advancements in the non-linear capability of OptiStruct; showing how the technology met the company's exacting simulation needs while providing an opportunity to reduce software spend.

Presentations, Webinars

HyperWorks for Aerospace v2021

In this course you will have the opportunity to learn about the tools available in HyperWorks for aerospace workflows. Modules contained within the course provide detailed descriptions of the tools and workflows for use in the aerospace industry. You will also have the opportunity to watch demonstrations and perform hands on exercises throughout the modules.

eLearning

Maximize Mining Equipment Performance with Altair Multiphysics solutions

The Mining industry faces a lot of challenges and remains under high pressure to control costs, improve operational efficiency as well as meeting stricter environmental regulations. Innovation and the use of technology play a key role in addressing these and in shaping the future of mining. This webinar will explore how simulation and advanced technologies such as digital twins, machine learning and Internet of things (IoT) can help mines increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety. You will hear from industry leaders and technical experts on how Altair’s solutions can be used for efficient development and operation.

Webinars

Digital Twins : IoT in Mining

The Mining industry faces a lot of challenges and remains under high pressure to control costs, improve operational efficiency as well as meeting stricter environmental regulations. Innovation and the use of technology play a key role in addressing these and in shaping the future of mining. This webinar will explore how simulation and advanced technologies such as digital twins, machine learning and Internet of things (IoT) can help mines increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety. You will hear from industry leaders and technical experts on how Altair’s solutions can be used for efficient development and operation.

Webinars

Transfer chute design and optimization using bulk material simulation

The Mining industry faces a lot of challenges and remains under high pressure to control costs, improve operational efficiency as well as meeting stricter environmental regulations. Innovation and the use of technology play a key role in addressing these and in shaping the future of mining. This webinar will explore how simulation and advanced technologies such as digital twins, machine learning and Internet of things (IoT) can help mines increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety. You will hear from industry leaders and technical experts on how Altair’s solutions can be used for efficient development and operation.

Webinars

Better Press Tools with Additive Manufacturing - Innovative Design, Less Material and Guaranteed Successful Manufacture

Etteplan offers engineering solutions to the world’s leading manufacturing companies for industrial equipment and plant engineering. Etteplan’s client Wärtsilä were looking to redesign their valve spring press tools used for mounting cylinder head valves. Altair OptiStruct™ and Altair Inspire™ were used to run topology optimization and finite element analyses to create design concepts, and Additive Works’ Amphyon software simulated the print process. This resulted in Etteplan’s additive manufacturing press tool design being ready to be printed within one week from when the project starting data was frozen.

Customer Stories

Less Weight, More Freight

TransAnt GmbH is an Austrian joint venture by ÖBB Rail Cargo Group and voestalpine Stahl GmbH with the aim to bring more efficient and effective transport alternatives on to the market and thus making rail freight transport more attractive and sustainable.

In this presentation the company talks about the development of their freight wagon “TransANT” - a revolutionary platform concept that reacts to the changing needs of their customers. Its 20% lighter underframe creates a payload advantage of up to 4 tonnes per wagon. Industry-specific wagon bodies and straightforward swapping make for ideal logistics solutions - adaptable to every type of logistical requirements. Using Altair software, the company is currently making TransANT assemblies ready for serial production.

Presented at the ATCx Heavy Equipment in May 2021.

Speakers: Anja Schmid, Key Account Manager & Andreas Tomschi, Development Engineer, TransAnt

Duration: 20 minutes

Presentations

Using FEA for train homologation - modeling bolted assemblies, composites parts, and topology optimization

In order to ensure the safety of passengers and on-board personnel, finite element calculation is used at SNCF as part of the acquisition, renovation / modernization projects of trains as a decision aid and preparation for testing approval of trains. This is the main case of the mechanical strength of bolted and screwed assemblies, and more and more of the integration of composite materials into rolling stock structures in order to make them more capacious and less energy intensive. To do this, SNCF is developing methodologies to make the modeling of bolted assemblies and composite parts more reliable, as well as topology optimization. The tools of the HyperWorks suite, and in particular, the OptiStruct solver, allow SNCF to represent its types of materials, as well as these phenomena (bolted assemblies + topology optimization).

Presented at the ATCx Heavy Equipment in May 2021.

Speakers: Patrick Jumin, Derik Joël Kengne Tapchom & Karim Slimani, SNCF

Duration: 20 minutes

Presentations

First Time Right Machine Design with CAE Simulation

G.S. Vidyaprakash presents how Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd. drives the design process with simulation. In his presentation First Time Right Machine Design with CAE Simulation, he discusses reliable simulation techniques to predict & prevent failure modes.

ATC Presentations, Customer Stories, Customer Testimonials, Presentations, Use Cases

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

Faster evaluation of real-world machines - Vibration Reduction with topology optimization

Daniel Jauss, Application Engineer CAE, gives a Demo Sessions on Altair Simulation Solutions for faster evaluation of real-world machines, explaining how to realize vibration reduction with topology optimization performing a modal analysis & Optimization of a machine portal, identifies economic manufacturing alternatives, and conducts a topology optimization for sheet metal constructions.

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

Simulation along product life cycle – The future is now From motivation to customer value

Industry expert Dennis Baum presents how Weber Maschinenbau applies simulation, how simulation can be used along product lifecycle and which benefits arise to customers and internal processes.

ATC Presentations

Simulation as a central element of Mayer & Cie’s digital development strategy More efficient machine generations thanks to virtual product development

Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG sets simulation as a central element of the digital development strategy and leverages virtual product development for more efficient machine generations. Marcel Wohlleb presents simulation applications and illustrates how customers of the world market leader in circular knitting benefit.

ATC Presentations

Economic CNC machine design through structural optimization

Mr. Vijay Zala and Mr. Pragnesh Zala present development methodologies for new economic machine generations and showcase why Jyoti CNC Automation Ltd. sets simulation at the core of the development strategy.

ATC Presentations

ATCx E-Powertrain - E-Motor Panel Discussion

A recording of the electric motor development panel discussion as part of the ATCx Electric Powertrain virtual event in March 2021. The panel features insight from Cleef Thackwell, Lead Motor Design Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover; Dr. Lars Fredriksson, VP Global Automotive at Altair; James Eves, Team Manager at Altair; Jonathan Stevens, Senior Development Engineer at Equipmake; Andy Jones, Innovation Program Manager at HiETA Technologies; Sergi Riba, Design Engineer at Safran Ventilation Systems; and Vincent Leconte, Senior Director of Global Business Development, Electromechanical Solutions at Altair.

Presentations

The Digital Approach to Industrial Machinery Design

The need to design more complex industrial machinery on shorter timelines means that companies ask engineers to do more with far less. Chad Jackson, CEO of Lifecycle Insights, describes the digital approach to industrial machinery design and explains strategies leveraging Simulation, Data Science and High-Performance Computing. He shows how companies creating equipment that increases cycle speed and improves yields in this technical report. The E-Book covers the following topics: - THE DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY - ADDRESSING STRUCTURAL STRESS AND STIFFNESS - ARCHITECTING AND VALIDATING SYSTEMS DESIGN - SELECTING THE RIGHT ACTUATION COMPONENTS - MITIGATING VIBRATION AND EXCITATION - PLANNING AND VALIDATING CONTROLS DESIGN - STREAMLINING COMMISSIONING - MONITORING THROUGH FIELD DATA - RECAP AND CONCLUSIONS

Articles, Brochures, Technical Papers, White Papers

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.

Presentations

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.

Presentations

Multi-Physics Design of e-Motors Using Optimization with Examples from Porsche and AMG

Dr. Lars Fredriksson, VP - Simulation Driven Innovation at Altair, presents the multi-physics design of e-motors with a particular focus on optimising performance including efforts to maximize torque and power under defined driving conditions while keeping rotor stresses, motor vibrations and motor temperature within certain limits. We’ll also see some specific examples of this process as applied to e-motor development at both Porsche and AMG.

Presentations

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.

Presentations

Delivering the Electric Revolution with Intelligent Simulation Technologies

Dr. Royston Jones, CTO and Dr. Anthony Hahnel, Technical Director, give their keynote presentation during the ATCx Driving Innovation in Electric Powertrain 2021.

Presentations

Accelerating Turbofan Structural Design with Altair HyperWorks

Ross Atherton is a Structural Systems Design Engineer in the Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace Future Programmes Engineering department. After a period of supporting Rolls-Royce’s growing large engine fleet, Ross turned to future products; and has since led a small team designing, assessing, and enhancing the conceptual product architecture of future market opportunities. Ross’ presentation will go into detail on how Rolls-Royce have deployed the Altair Hyperworks toolset to enhance the structural efficiency of their UltraFan engine, covering: rapid model and mesh creation; new insights from structural optimisation and robust design; integrated post-processing; and the resulting acceleration of the engineering design iteration cycle.

Presentations

OptiStruct for Linear Analysis v2021

The purpose of this self paced course is to cover the basic topics for OptiStruct Linear Analysis. The Setup sections will use the See It, Do It methodology to cover the concepts. See It allows you to watch a video demonstration of the exercise covered in the section.

eLearning

Efficient Engineering Based Modeling of Layered Composite Structures

This presentation is by Program Manager Rob Jopson. It’s a given that the simulation models we build are intended to capture and predict physical behavior, the data used to create them is not always representative of the manufacturing process used to build the physical part. For layered composite parts in particular, this mismatch can cause significant overhead in managing the simulation data as the model is created and evolves. To solve this problem, Altair’s ply-based modeling methodology strives to maintain a 1:1 relationship between the simulation data and the manufacturing process, independent of solver. The latest developments of this methodology will be presented as a workflow in the new Composite Browser, available in HyperWorks. The recording is about 18 minutes long and was originally presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

End-to-end Workflow for Modeling Layered Composites in HyperWorks

This workshop on end-to-end workflow for modeling layered composites in HyperWorks was conducted by Program Manager André Möenicke. The recording is about an hour and 37 minutes long, and and was first presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

Molding and Structural Simulation of Injection Molded Parts

This workshop on molding and structural simulation of injection molded parts was conducted by Frank Ehrhart, EMEA Technical Specialist - Material Engineering/Multiscale Designer. The recording is a little over an hour long, and and was first presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

VABS: Modeling Composite Beam-like Structures with 3D FEA Fidelity

Variational asymptotic beam section (VABS) is a unique technology continuously funded by the US Army since 1988 and it has become a tool of choice in the helicopter and wind turbine industries for modeling composite rotor blades. With analysis of a finite element meshed cross section, VABS can compute the best set of beam properties for 1D beam analysis and also accurately recover 3D stress/strain distribution over the cross section. VABS has been integrated with HyperWorks and OptiStruct for Altair users to take advantage of this powerful technology for better design and analysis of composite beam-like structures.  The recording of the presentation by Dr. Wenbin Yu, CTO of AnalySwift, is almost 20 minutes long, and was originally presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations, Webinars

End-to-end Workflow for Modeling Layered Composites in HyperWorks

This workshop on end-to-end workflow for modeling layered composites in HyperWorks was conducted by Program Manager Rob Jopson. The recording is about an hour and 32 minutes long, and and was first presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

Material Characterization / Virtual Testing

This workshop on material characterization/ virtual testing was conducted by Jeff Wollschlager, VP of Composites Technology. The recording is about an hour and 32 minutes long, and and was first presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

Outstanding Scalability at NIAR - Advanced crash analysis solution proves twice as fast as leading competitor

To support its goal of accelerating the development cycle, early in 2020 NIAR commissioned a study to assess the scalability of Altair Radioss™, Altair’s structural analysis solver for highly non-linear problems under dynamic loadings. Regular support from an Altair engineer ensured swift familiarization with Radioss. The study was performed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). OCI with its bare metal HPC shapes that use low latency RDMA interconnect provided highly scalable infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) for Radioss.

Customer Stories

Composites at Altair

This presentation is by Markku Palanterä, Director Composites Business Development, Altair The composites design and simulation suite by Altair is actively developed with a holistic view to cover all stages of the process from material modeling all the way to the certification of composite structures. On the material modeling side, the focus is on continuous further development of Altair’s multiscale modeling technology for continuous fiber composites and injection molded plastics, but not forgetting further application areas, such as additive manufacturing. The ply-based composite modeling in Altair HyperWorks has recently undergone a major update to achieve an improved, more efficient modeling workflow. This together with planned further developments tie the modeling even better with the manufacturing to create realistic models of composite components as built. Altair’s solver technology for implicit and explicit analyses can utilize multiscale material models to accurately describe composite material nonlinear behavior up to failure. Altair’s unique composites optimization technology is being enhanced with the repeat laminate concept that provides added efficiency and user control over lay-up design. To further complement the idea of an integrated system with all the necessary composites capabilities, the Composite Stress Toolbox has been introduced in HyperWorks to support design and certification. The recording is about 22 minutes long and was originally presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

Multiscale Methods: from Theory to Practice

In this presentation, Dr Jacob Fish, Professor, Columbia University, introduces some of the key concepts and approaches in multiscale modeling, highlights recent advances aimed at developing practical multiscale tools, and survey the current landscape in multiscale modeling ranging from linking atomistic-to-continuum and continuum-to-continuum scales, physics and data-driven multiscale approaches, and applications in automotive, aerospace and biomedical industries. The recording is about 41 minutes long and was originally presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

Improved Workflow with Integrated Composite Stress Toolbox and Certification

This presentation is by André Mönicke, Program Manager Classical composite analysis and certification methods continue to be used in a significant share of the composite design process. In particular, applying classical methods early in design, and integrating them with finite methods as soon as possible can allow faster decisions which will be rewarded when it comes time for certification. Altair’s latest developments to respond to those needs will be presented, covering the Integrated Composite Stress Toolbox and a Certification framework available in HyperWorks. The recording is about 20 minutes long and was originally presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

Increasing the Efficiency of Damage Modeling for Filament Wound Pressure Vessels through Multiscale Simulation​

This presentation is by Dávid Migács, R&D Engineer at CIKONI GmbH. A key design issue for new hydrogen-based vehicle drive systems is assuring safety of the start-of-the-art polymer lined, carbon fiber overwrapped vessels working at pressures over 700 bar. Cikoni will describe how a multiscale approach gives a better estimation of burst pressures and insight into damage mechanisms for different laminate layups, at both the macroscopic and micromechanical levels, to validate simulation models for structural optimization of layups, along with life predictions. The recording is about 28 minutes long and was originally presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

Guide to Consumer Electronics Design and Packaging

To get a beautifully designed electronic product safely delivered to your customer, the work must start at the product design phase. Leveraging simulation-driven design, manufacturers are gaining greater insight and control over the development of innovative products, consistent manufacturing processes, and cost-effective, sustainable packaging.

Brochures

Curing, Cracking and Distortions in Epoxy Composites. Simulating Manufacturing Processes using Finite Element Approach

This presentation is by Dr. Tomasz Garstka and Graham Barnes, LMAT Ltd. Manufacturing induced deformations and residual stresses are an unavoidable consequence of processing composites at elevated temperatures. A number of mechanisms have been identified causing residual stresses and distortions, including mismatch in the thermal expansion, cure shrinkage of the resin, consolidation and tool-part interaction. These mechanisms usually act collectively through the curing process and may lead to severe changes in the laminate characteristic. When cured and exposed to natural environment moisture swelling, as well as subsequent stress relaxation mechanisms lead to further geometrical changes. A novel cure simulation solver is demonstrated here with the application to typical aircraft components. The recording is about 10 minutes long and was originally presented at the 2020 ATCx Composites.

ATC Presentations

Boosting U.S. Army Vehicle Payloads - Altair enables dramatic reductions in component weight for the GVSC

Payload is a key performance measure for military vehicles, determining how many personnel and/or goods can be carried. Reflecting this, the US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) is engaged in a project to reduce the curb weight of vehicles, and thereby boost payloads, by redesigning and replacing existing components with lighter alternatives. Specifically, GVSC is combining topology optimization with additive manufacturing to realize significant weight savings, without compromising other critical requirements. Altair was contracted for external expertise to create new component designs. The results included achievement of 67% mass reduction for an alternator bracket, and cheaper costs than the current machined baseline.

Customer Stories

To what extent has the Taiwan Unmanned Vehicle System been on track from MIRDC's perspective

In this presentation, MIRDC’s Bionic Intelligent Automatic Guided Vehicle (BI-AGV) is introduced. This “collaborative handling module” has three characteristics of wireless intelligence, flexible use and flexible movement. Through the wireless intelligent collaborative handling system, it can control several automatic guided vehicles (AGVS) in real time, and several vehicles can conduct remote control and serial connection to carry out handling tasks. At the same time, the 360-degree mobile omni-directional wheel design framework is adopted. It has the advantages of flexible use in the area where the traditional unmanned vehicle cannot run smoothly in the indoor narrow space.

ATC Presentations

Hydraulic Systems Optimization for Heavy Machinery

Create detailed hydraulic circuits & actuation systems as part of your multi-disciplinary system simulations, especially for heavy machinery & agricultural equipment, in combination with multi-body systems (Altair MotionSolve®) and granular material systems (Altair EDEM®).

Videos

Sound and Simulation: Designing a Smart Speaker

Speaker design and analysis, especially for a more complex product, system, or component, often requires building multiple simulation models. The loudspeaker development process involves multi-physics and multiple sources in parallel, to multiple simulation runs for prototyping, testing, and validation. This results in separate models for nonlinear analysis of strength, thermal analysis and stiffness, noise, vibration, and acoustics. Even though each model isn’t always built from scratch, typically the use of different solvers for each attribute will require that models need to be converted from one solver format to another. This practice is not only time consuming but frequently error prone resulting in an inefficient use of engineering time.

Technical Papers

SIMULATION DRIVEN ANTENNA DESIGN TO MEET ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATIONS

In this paper, we illustrate a simulation-driven workflow process using Altair HyperWorks Suite for antennas to meet environmental specifications during the design process so time taken for test and certification can be minimized and thus, cost savings and faster product development cycles.

White Papers

Cool Runnings: E-Motor Design at DEF

The idea for its cooling technology for electric motor systems was born at high-tech start-up Dynamic E flow (DEF), when the founders first experienced an overheated engine of an electrical car. The existent development process at DEF used analytical methods and physical testing to confirm results. With increasing customization, that process was not flexible enough to handle various design possibilities. With the need for a simulative design approach, DEF employed Altair software to tackle its multi-physical design challenges, and to meet all the customer requirements for their unique motors, test hundreds of variants, and to check the feasibility of the customized product.

Customer Stories

Hitachi Lightweight Mining Haulers Optimized

Truck dynamics, control system, thermal, and fatigue analyses all need to be completed when designing a new truck design. Using Altair HyperWorks, Hitachi achieves a 10% weight reduction in the main frame and rigid body, while maintaining product quality.

Customer Stories