Altair will host its 9th European Altair Technology Conference from June 26 - 28, 2017 at the Congressforum Frankenthal in the Rhine/Neckar area, Germany. Spanning the entire spectrum of Altair offerings, from the application of simulation and optimization technologies, to partner solutions as well as high-performance and cloud computing, the three-day event will be packed with valuable information from technical experts and thought leaders, offering innovative content and product development techniques.

This year for the first time, extending the scope beyond Altair customers, the conference will include a day, dedicated especially to those interested in simulation, design, and HPC solutions and the development of innovative products via a Simulation-driven Innovation approach.

“I’m very much looking forward to our 9th E-ATC next year in June in Germany,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “Last year more than 650 engineers and simulation experts joined us in Paris, showing tremendous interest, not only in our tools but also in our methods and product development philosophy. The 2017 agenda will reflect how Simulation-driven Innovation is leveraging simulation, optimization, high performance computing and cloud technologies to design disruptive future products. These topics will meet the needs of all kinds of product creators and will cover all types of industries - from architecture to industrial design, automotive and aerospace to general machinery and manufacturing."

Divided in solution focused parallel sessions, day one will target an audience with a general design and engineering background in order to familiarize them with Altair’s solutions. The program will offer high level insights into product development methods, simulation solutions and will provide general information on the use of simulation in various industries. In addition, day one will also host a session for academic users.

Day two will be dedicated to keynote presentations from all industries, delivering inspiring insights into Simulation-driven Innovation techniques from high level Altair customers, the Altair executive team and industry thought leaders. This day is a must for executives, engineers and product creators looking for insights from leading industries. The third and last day of the conference will provide in-depth technical presentations given by experienced users of the Altair solutions, in parallel sessions.

Presenting at the European ATC will provide a unique opportunity to reach out to a large engineering audience and discuss innovative work with one's peers. Customers interested in speaking at the conference are invited to submit their abstracts to the organizational team.

A technical showcase, presenting software and service solutions of Altair and its partners will complement the event.

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Altair offers new leading technologies to design and optimize high-performance, weight-efficient, and innovative products with its release of HyperWorks® 14.0. The latest release of Altair’s HyperWorks® open architecture CAE simulation platform includes several new products, feature enhancements, updated functionalities, and licensing methods to help users:

  • Get to the right design: Expanded optimization and nonlinear solver capabilities.
  • Save time in the process: Accelerated meshing, assembly, and graphics.
  • Access the latest technologies: New tools added, and new products in the Altair Partner Alliance.


Key highlights offered by the release:

  • OptiStruct’s capabilities have been elevated to include more nonlinear analyses, new contact and optimization algorithms, and numerous improvements in solution speed. A breakthrough solution for the design and optimization of lattice structures has been developed to support additive manufacturing. “With OptiStruct 14.0, it is now possible to run larger, full vehicle NVH models for more accuracy without the errors generated by our existing NVH solver on the same computer," says Tae-Won Park of SsangYong Motors.

  • HyperMesh has a new part and assembly workflow which promotes flow of data directly from Product Data Management (PDM) data structures. Combined with the new high-velocity graphics engine tuned to handle even the largest models, HyperMesh 14.0’s performance is up to 15x faster for large FE models with solid elements and up to 60x faster for geometry models, while using less hardware memory. “With this release of HyperWorks we’ve introduced parts and assemblies in HyperMesh that directly correspond to those in the CAD and PDM world,” said James P. Dagg, Chief Technical Officer, User Experience at Altair. “The new assemblies are extremely flexible, allowing for modular modeling where entire subsystems can be replaced or updated automatically, keeping your CAE model synchronized with design."

  • Multiscale Designer, a practical tool for the seamless integration of modeling, simulation, testing and optimization of engineered products using complex materials, is now part of the HyperWorks suite.

  • FEKO, the best-in-class software for electromagnetic simulation related to antenna design and placement, electromagnetic compatibility, radar cross-section, and other applications is now fully merged into HyperWorks with added features to reduce modeling and computation time. An integration with HyperStudy has been added for advanced optimization.

  • MotionSolve now provides an improved 3D rigid-to-rigid contact and advanced co-simulation capabilities, and the automotive multi-body simulation library has been expanded for full vehicle simulations.

  • HyperWorks Unlimited Solver Node is an alternate solver licensing scheme offering unprecedented enterprise-scale value.

  • Click2Cast offers the easiest casting process simulation on the market, requiring neither special training nor an extensive technical user background. It is a very effective and powerful design tool, and provides high value at the critical intersection of manufacturing and product design.


The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) continues its portfolio expansion of third-party technology with applications from over 45 strategic partners, directly accessible using HyperWorks Units in domains including: durability and fatigue, noise-vibration-harshness, 1D systems simulation, injection molding simulation, composite modeling, stress analysis, material libraries, thermal analysis, and rapid prototyping.

For more information, visit: www.altairhyperworks.com/hw14

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Altair announced it is now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Altair Enlighten Award. The 2016 award program brings with it new categories allowing nominees to submit entries for lightweighting achievements in two distinct categories: full vehicles and modules. This change has been made to give full and proper recognition to both the vehicle manufacturers and the suppliers who help them to meet their increasingly aggressive weight targets, separately.

The 2016 Altair Enlighten Award will recognize achievements in weight reduction across the entire automotive industry, from motorcycles to passenger cars, light trucks to commercial vehicles and buses. Now entering its fourth year, the annual award will be presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at the 51st annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, August 1-4, 2016.

“After three years, the Enlighten award and the automotive lightweighting industry have outgrown the original, single award program,” stated Richard Yen, Vice President, Automotive at Altair. “Making the decision to add a second category to the award was the obvious and natural next step. The supplier base now contributes hugely to the vehicle lightweighting effort. It is therefore our pleasure to give suppliers of vehicle modules and systems their own, dedicated category and invite them to join the award and attract the recognition they deserve.”

The Enlighten Award gives companies involved in automotive design and manufacturing the chance to be recognized as a leader in the development of lightweight solutions. The 2015 award was won by Ford Motor Company for its use of various lightweight materials to minimize the weight of the 2015 Ford F-150. Ford’s engineers took a holistic approach to weight reduction by incorporating advanced materials into the entire design of the vehicle, including the frame, body, powertrain, battery, and interior features such as the seats. In addition to the grand prize, two runners-up were named in 2015.

General Motors was awarded first runner-up for developing and using innovative computer-aided engineering (CAE) methods to achieve a 163 pounds (74kg) weight reduction on the Alpha architecture of the 2012 Cadillac ATS/CTS. Faurecia, together with Automotive Performance Materials, took home the second runner-up award for its NAFILean (Natural Fibers for Lean Injection Design) solution. This innovation brought sustainable design to instrument panels, center consoles and door panels of the 2013 Peugeot 308 by integrating a natural, hemp-based fiber with polypropylene, which allows for complex shapes and architectures along with a weight savings of 20-25 percent.

“Over the past few years we’ve received dozens of terrific nominations demonstrating the determination of automakers and suppliers alike to meet the challenges of continued mass reduction.  As pressure continues to increase on the industry approaching the 2016-2018 mid-term review, we expect to see significant new innovations to be showcased in this year’s competition,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President & CEO at Center for Automotive Research. “We look forward to the 2016 nominations highlighting exciting new approaches to automotive engineering and design contributing to further reductions in weight, fuel consumption, and emissions for light-duty vehicles.”

Manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination are able to access additional information about the nomination process on the Altair Enlighten website. To allow sharing of innovation to further this goal, while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, designs submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2013 and August 2016, with no geographical restrictions.

Applications for the 2016 Altair Enlighten Award must be received on or before Friday, May 20, 2016 to be eligible. Winners will be announced in August 2016. The judging panel will include industry experts and academic leaders, as well as CAR and Altair representatives.

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Altair announced that Fieldscale has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) with its electromagnetic simulation software, Charge. The software specializes in electrostatic simulations, also known as electric field simulations.

"We are very proud to join the Altair Partner Alliance,” said Yiorgos Bontzios, CEO of Fieldscale. “Fieldscale's next generation simulation software will empower engineers to design more efficient products in less time, becoming a necessary tool for any result-driven electric hardware company. Altair will be a powerful ally in this direction and together, we will enable engineers to run impossible simulations.”

Charge enables engineers to analyze the electric field of an entire model without compromising to unrealistic simplifications, allowing them to simulate problems that were previously unsolvable. Based on the reliable Boundary Element Method, Charge accurately computes the electric potential and field distribution for complex structures. It breaks down the simulation process to five steps within a simple-to-use environment, leading to increased productivity and efficiency. Its parallelized algorithms deliver the results of an overnight process in minutes.

“We welcome Charge from Fieldscale into the APA,” said Dr. Ulrich Jakobus, Vice President – Electromagnetic Solutions of Altair. “This tool is as an accurate, efficient and highly-parallelized solver for electrostatic applications, complementing Altair’s high frequency electromagnetic offering FEKO.”

In the energy industry, Charge enables engineers to design high-voltage equipment including electrodes, switchgears, bushings and insulators. It also satisfies safety standards by testing electrical breakdown and spark-over, preventing damage to equipment. In addition, Charge helps engineers design better and more efficient Lightning Protection Systems to protect buildings, aircrafts, wind turbine farms and more.

For more information, visit: www.altairalliance.com/PartnersSolution.aspx?partner_id=70

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Altair announced that the 8th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), which took place from September 29th - October 1st, 2015 at the "Cité de la Musique", in Paris, France brought together 650 engineers and simulation experts to discuss trends and news on simulation and development topics. With more than 100 presentations, an extensive exhibition and dedicated product updates on Altair, its products, and partners, the conference offered a perfect platform to network, learn and share experience.

Kicking off with several workshops, a symposium on system simulation and Altair's European Academic Day, the conference was off to a good start for engineers from all industries, who are interested in learning more about innovative product development, using cloud offerings for engineering applications, design, simulation, optimization, and high performance computing.

Day two staged Altair's CEO James Scapa, who announced the acquisition of Click2Cast, a Spain based casting simulation provider, and talked about Altair's strategic business plans for the next year. His talk was followed by presentations on Altair’s vision in design, simulation and HPC, given by Dr. Uwe Schramm and James Dagg, both CTOs at Altair. The remaining morning and part of the afternoon was dedicated to high level customer presentations from Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai, Alstom, Rolo Bikes, CEVT, Airbus Helicopters, Arup and Thyssen Krupp Elevators, as well as HP and Intel as platinum sponsors of the event. The keynote presenters highlighted the importance of implementing simulation tools and methods as well optimization for the development of truly innovative products.

In the later afternoon of September 30th, the conference program split up into 5 parallel sessions, presented as symposiums, including introductory presentations by Altair, customer presentations and time for group discussions with the entire audience. The structure of these symposiums was very well received since they addressed cross industry topics such as additive manufacturing, lead time reduction and high frequency electromagnetics, as well as industry specific subjects for branches such as the railway and automotive industry. The day's conference program concluded with a demonstration session of the upcoming new HyperWorks version 14.0, to be released in the coming months, followed by a networking event.

Day three saw additional keynote presentations, by Altair and its customers, such as Ford, STELIA Aerospace, Plastic Omnium, PSA Peugeot Citroën, RUAG Space, Renault Nissan, and Volvo Car as well as by Amazon Web Services (AWS), a gold sponsor of the event, talking about opportunities for CAE applications in the cloud. The afternoon was dedicated to break out sessions again; covering topics such as aerospace, composites, architecture, NVH, CFD, durability, powertrain simulation, and multiphysics.

"We have enjoyed our participation at the European ATC in Paris, both as an exhibitor and presenter, very much," said Karine Thoral Pierre, CEO at CEDREM. "The European ATC is a very good platform for us to meet fellow simulation experts, customers and prospects; to share ideas and to discuss problems, solutions and trends in various industries. We found the audience of the conference very interested in our solutions and to be very skilled in their fields of expertise. Hence we are looking forward to also participate in future Altair Technology events."

Over the last years, the event has grown from a traditional user conference to a cross-topic and industry technology conference. Attendees rated the technical content and quality of this year's presentations very high and more than 96 percent of the attendees would recommend the event to their colleagues.                

“I'm very happy with the outcome of the conference,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “The feedback I received from partners and attendees alike was very positive and I was very pleased with the content our presenters from Altair, partners and customers offered to our audience. The technology showcase was also well received. It was great to see what our partners offer and the innovative products, including the largest 3D printed product for space applications by RUAG Space, a 3D printed aeronautic structure from Sogeclair, a composites bike from Rolo Bikes, and many more, which were also exposed in the exhibition area were outstanding.”

The conference’s platinum sponsors were HP and Intel, other ATC exhibitors and sponsors include HBM nCode, Amazon Web Services, AlphaStar , Airbus Defence&Space, AVL, CAEfatigue, CEDREM, Componeering, Cray, FEMFAT, FluiDyna, FLUIDON, GeonX, Granta Design, Loge, Matelys, Materialise, MapleSoft, MRFC, NAFEMS, NovaCast, Part Engineering, PowersSys, PDTec, Sandbox, Sidact, Software Cradle, and Thermo Analytics.

For more information, visit: www.altairatc.com/EventHome.aspx?event_id=37

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Altair announced that Centre d'Expertise en Dynamique Rapide, Explosion et Multiphysique, SAS (CEDREM) has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA). The partnership adds CEDREM’s KTEX Family of integrated numeric tools for composites to the APA.

"CEDREM is specialized in finite element simulations representing high speed phenomena (such as impacts, ballistics, explosion or blast) and composite behavior,” said Karine Thoral Pierre, CEO at CEDREM. “To improve our models, tools representing the composite materials at the mesoscale and taking into account the manufacturing processes were needed. The KTex Family meets this need. We improved our material laws and cut down the gap between simulations and reality. We are pleased to share those tools with the Altair community."

KTEX Family is a suite of numerical tools that analyze the behavior of composite materials during the manufacturing process. It is comprised of four modules: KTEX Pattern, KTEX Layup, KTEX Winding and KTEX Woven Property, all of which work at the scale of composite yarns, or the meso scale, and address specialized parts of the optimization and manufacturing process. KTEX Pattern models the exact geometry of any given weave while KTEX Layup simulates the behavior of that weave during the layup process. KTEX Winding visualizes the weave during the winding process and KTEX Woven Property calculates the homogenized mechanical properties for any given weave.

“KTEX Family offers complete analyzation and optimization of composite weaves and the effects that the manufacturing process has on them,” said Shan Nageswaran, Senior Director, HyperWorks at Altair. “Looking at materials on the meso scale allows engineers to achieve a completely new perspective, especially in relation to ballistics, that Altair customers will find especially valuable. We are really looking forward to further collaboration with the CEDREM team.”

Integrated completely with HyperMesh, users are able to model weaves in any dimension (1D, 2D, 3D) using all fiber and matrix materials available. Highlights of the software capabilities include representation of customized weaves with bespoke fiber and matrix materials and prediction of the impacts of the manufacturing process on the final part. Users are also able to optimize the weaving pattern as well as the manufacturing processes necessary to produce it. While composites modeling is necessary and applicable in many industries, KTEX Family is especially suited for those in automotive and performing ballistics.

Altair’s HyperWorks platform applies a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model in which customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed, as well as third-party, software applications on demand. The Altair Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from more than 20 internally developed solutions to upwards of 60 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI.

For more information, visit: www.altairalliance.com/PartnersSolution.aspx?partner_id=68

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Altair announced the acquisition of Click2Cast, to which Altair will acquire 100 percent of Click2Cast’s technology and employees. Altair will also now hold an office in Barcelona, Spain where Click2Cast is based. The addition of Click2Cast technology adds simple and quick casting simulation technology to the Altair suite of products. Having practical applications in both design and engineering, Click2Cast software will be made available through Altair’s solidThinking and HyperWorks business lines. The technology has been available through the Altair Partner Alliance to HyperWorks users since 2013.

Click2Cast offers the easiest casting process simulation on the market, within an innovative and user-friendly interface. The software requires no special training and does not require the user to have an extensive technical background. It is a very effective and powerful design tool, with possible applications in a wide variety of industries.

“We are very excited to further our relationship and make Click2Cast part of Altair’s software offering,” said Martin Solina, general manager of Click2Cast. “This new agreement will allow us to provide even more powerful technological advantages and capabilities in one solution for our end users focused on the design and production of verified casted parts. We look forward to integrating Click2Cast with Altair’s world-class software portfolio.”

“We are excited to bring this dynamic team of individuals and best-in-class software [for casting] simulation into Altair. We plan to leverage their expertise and technology to develop new solutions for synthesizing innovative structures optimized for both performance and manufacturing feasibility,” says James R. Scapa, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Altair.

For more information, visit: www.click2cast.com

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Altair announced that Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA), bringing its noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) software, Insight+, to HyperWorks customers. Insight+ creates the ability to efficiently consider test and computer-aided engineering (CAE) data together to assist engineers in better understanding NVH contributions early in the design process.

"We are very excited about our partnership with Altair,” said Alun Crewe, Vice President, Strategic Marketing at Brüel & Kjær. “The combination of Altair’s simulation tools and the capabilities in Brüel & Kjær’s solutions creates an effective environment for subjective evaluation of vehicle NVH early in the vehicle design process. CAE analysts, NVH Evaluation teams and other decision makers, who may not be NVH experts, will be able to evaluate NVH design proposals at virtual prototype stage in the context of driving the final product. This enables improved, value-based decision-making, reduces the number of physical prototypes, ensures ‘right first time’ engineering and reduces time to market."

Insight+ allows users to test and evaluate source strengths and transfer functions and contributions on a system level, taking into account an entire vehicle’s interactions with its environment. The software makes it possible to listen to and analyze proposed engineering changes in the appropriate context in order to evaluate and rank design alternatives to assist NVH test and CAE engineers in sharing and developing ideas.

“Altair is thrilled to be adding Brüel & Kjær’s software to its NVH portfolio,” said David Mason, Vice President, Global Automotive at Altair. “The powerful capability of Insight+ to evaluate NVH testing and simulation data together, especially listening to the result, will enhance our customers’ ability to make critical decisions earlier in the design process.”

While mostly applicable in the automotive industry, Insight+ can help anticipate inadequate NVH conditions during the design process of any vehicle, resulting in quiet and comfortable experiences for all passengers and drivers.

For more information, visit: www.altairalliance.com/PartnersSolution.aspx?partner_id=67

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Altair announced that the 8th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), planned for September 29th - October 1st, 2015 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris, France will be relocated to the "Cité de la Musique", due to a fire related, temporary shutdown of the originally planned conference facility until the middle of October. The new location is situated in the same area of Paris, La Villette and just a 10 minute walk from the original venue.

The planning of the conference continues as scheduled and all planned events/sessions listed in the agenda, including the exhibition, are expected to take place on the previously planned dates and times from September 29th throughout October 1st, 2015. As the main event location the Cité de la Musique will host keynote sessions, the exhibition, the social events and some of the breakout sessions as well as the conference's on site registration desk. In addition to that, further breakout sessions and technical seminars will take place at the Hotel Mercure La Villette, just across the street from Cité de la Musique and the Pavilion Paul Delouvrier, another venue in the vicinity.

“It was not easy to react to such a challenge only three weeks prior to the conference, but now we are very happy that we could find and announce a new suitable location in such a short time frame. I would like to thank our conference organizational team, who helped tremendously to make this happen,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “The new conference locations are equally well adapted to the needs of our conference and we are still within schedule for everything. The Cité de la Musique venue will guarantee an event to be remembered. This year’s conference will expose an even broader technology portfolio and deeper insight into our solutions through focused technical seminars, inspiring keynote sessions, symposiums, and end-user technical sessions. This agenda structure affords us the opportunity to dive even deeper into special subjects while still covering industry topics of client importance such as multi-disciplinary optimization, Model Based Development, design for 3D printing, lead time reduction, automotive concept design, and high frequency electromagnetics.”

The full agenda and speaker lineup for the 8th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC) are now available online. The European ATC 2015 is free to attend and requires an advanced complimentary registration. In addition to keynote presentations from Airbus, Alstom, Ford, Hyundai-Kia Motor, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Nissan, RUAG, STELIA Aerospace, and Volkswagen, the conference will feature more than 100 technical presentations.

A broad technical showcase, featuring Altair solutions as well as those from the company's software and hardware partners, will run from the evening of September 29th throughout the remainder of the conference.  The exhibition area will feature partner exhibits and products highlight from Altair customers, including the largest 3D printed product for space applications by RUAG Space, a 3D printed aeronautic structure from Sogeclair, a bike from Rolo Bikes, and many more. All products were developed using Altair solutions.

In addition to the conference’s platinum sponsors HP and Intel, confirmed ATC exhibitors and sponsors include HBM nCode, Amazon Web Services, AlphaStar , Airbus Defence&Space, AVL, CAEfatigue, CEDREM, Componeering, Cray, FEMFAT, FluiDyna, FLUIDON, GeonX, Granta Design, Loge, Matelys, Materialise, MapleSoft, NAFEMS, NovaCast, Part Engineering, PowersSys, PDTec, Sandbox, Sidact, Software Cradle, and Thermo Analytics.

For more information, visit: www.altairatc.com/EventHome.aspx?event_id=37

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Altair announced a new High-Performance Computing (HPC) Cloud Challenge utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel technologies to demonstrate the benefits of leveraging the cloud for large-scale design exploration in the area of computer-aided engineering (CAE).

The Challenge asks CAE users to submit project ideas to a team of Altair, AWS and Intel representatives who then select qualified projects to accept into the program. Altair will supply accepted participants with software, computing resources, and product support for the duration of the program.

The Challenge aims to democratize the usage of cutting-edge CAE tools by reducing barriers for highly complex engineering tasks. Together, Altair, AWS and Intel bring performance, flexibility, scalability and affordability to CAE, triggering simulation-driven innovation.

Participants may choose from among six different configurations of Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited™ (HWUL) Virtual Appliance, a turnkey software solution for high-performance computing in the cloud, in minutes.  Access is free of charge, and participants may use the Virtual Appliance for seven or more days to complete engineering tasks for their Challenge project. The lowest configuration starts with 32 cores and the highest can go up to 128 cores or more on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 product family. The free use of Altair’s HWUL Virtual Appliance is supplemented through free credits from AWS.

“Getting a system ready in less than 15 minutes, with unlimited licensing of Altair’s industry-leading HyperWorks® application software and seamless integration with PBS Works™ middleware and Altair’s HyperStudy® for design of experiments and numerical optimization, paves the path for infinite design exploration. Making this completely turnkey for the engineer is our number one job,” said Ravi Kunju, Altair’s Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.

“This Cloud Challenge is a great opportunity for the engineering community to experience the power of scalable CAE capabilities on the AWS Cloud,” said Hugo Saleh, Director of Technical Computing Segment Marketing and Industry Development, Enterprise and HPC Platforms Group at Intel. “The collaboration with Altair and AWS brings the best of software, infrastructure, and hardware based on leading Intel E5 Xeon Processors, together to enable broader use of advanced simulation and modeling techniques.”

“AWS is committed to providing a seamless platform for the engineering community that has historically been challenged to do more with less while dealing with reduced product release cycles,” said Terry Wise, Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Through collaboration with Altair and Intel, the High-Performance Computing Cloud Challenge marks a significant opportunity for engineers to get hands-on experience with the AWS Cloud and transform their experience with CAE’s rich toolset.”

Proposals will be accepted through September 30, 2015.

For more information, visit: www.altair.com/hpc-challenge

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Altair announced the keynote presentations for the 8th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), which is being held at the Cité des Sciences in Paris, France, from September 29th - October 1st, 2015. The 2015 conference agenda will feature keynote presentations from Airbus, Alstom, Ford, Hyundai Kia Motor, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Nissan, RUAG, STELIA Aerospace, and Volkswagen, who will address advancements in electromagnetic simulation, multi-disciplinary optimization, design for additive manufacturing, topology optimization in the automotive and aerospace industries, and many others.

The conference will kick off on September 29th with several technical seminars on optimization, NVH, composite design, multi domain optimization, system simulation, CFD, and modeling & visualization as well as the Academic User Day 2015. This year's Academic User Day will feature 12 presentations from students and professors from all over Europe and will present an extensive poster presentation with further academic use cases.

Keynote presentations are scheduled for the mornings of September 30th and October 1st. In addition to customer presentations, Altair executives will share keynote insights on market trends and the company’s technology roadmap for its solutions. Multiple concurrent technical track sessions and symposiums tracks during the afternoons of both days will cover topics such as automotive comfort and NVH, additive manufacturing, lead time reduction, light weight design, electromagnetics, crash & safety, CFD, simulation in the rail industry, systems simulation, architecture, and many more.

A broad technical showcase, featuring Altair solutions as well as the company's software and hardware partner solutions, running from the evening of September 29th, throughout the entire following days, complete the informative program of the event.

“I’m very much looking forward to this year's European ATC,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “This year’s conference will offer a very good platform for a valuable information exchange between our customers and Altair which I’m sure will initiate some very fruitful discussions. The Congress Center of the Cité des Sciences is the perfect location in France to host our conference as it provides travel convenience and is an attractive venue, providing all the needed amenities for more than 600 conference attendees.”

Confirmed exhibitors and sponsors of this year’s event include HP and Intel, HBM nCode, Software Cradle, Materialise, Maple Soft, FEMFAT, GeonX, Thermo Analytics, Matelys, NAFEMS, AVL, Componeering, Novacast, Part Engineering, CAEfatigue, Airbus Defence&Space, FluiDyna, FLUIDON, PDTec, and Sidac.

The registration for the conference, including all sessions, technical seminars and on-site events is free of charge.

For more information, visit: www.altairatc.com/europe

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The application of simulation-driven design and optimization to vehicles on land, under the seas, in the air and orbiting the earth will provide the major focal point for keynote speakers at the 2015 Americas Altair Technology Conference (ATC) in Dearborn, Michigan, May 5-7. The conference is an annual gathering of engineering professionals and thought leaders in the areas of product design, advanced manufacturing, applied physics, and high-performance computing.

Hundreds of researchers and engineers from across North America, as well as presenters and attendees from Mexico and Brazil, will participate in three days of presentations and workshops at the Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center. On Tuesday, May 5, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops on such topics as powertrain, lightweight design, vehicle dynamics, automotive safety, additive manufacturing, multiphysics, noise/vibration/harshness (NVH), system-level design and simulation of electromagnetic systems. Highlights of the conference on May 6 and 7 will include keynote presentations from two automotive industry and public sector leaders:

  • Mike Whitens, Director, Vehicle and Enterprise Science, Research, Ford Motor Company
  • Kevin Kerrigan, Senior Vice President, Automotive Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Their insights will be amplified by featured speakers from the aerospace and defense industries:

  • Franck Mouriaux, General Manager, Structures, RUAG Space
  • Ken Dudley, Senior Researcher, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Stewart (Denny) Moore, Principal Engineer, Applied Mechanics, General Dynamics/Electric Boat

In addition, Altair Chairman and CEO James R. Scapa will provide an overview of Altair’s plans and innovations for continuing to advance the use of simulation in the design of products, packaging, and systems in virtually every sector of global business.

“The ATC is where the next generation of innovation begins for transportation, aerospace, home appliances, electronics, architecture, scientific research, consumer goods and scores of other products and processes that can benefit from simulation-driven design, optimization and data analytics,” Scapa said. “This is the one place where many of the most successful scientists and designers in North America meet to acquaint each other with new methods and applications for using simulation to improve our world.”

Highly anticipated presentations from technology leadership will feature insights on emerging trends and the company’s future vision. Numerous breakout sessions will showcase the application of CAE tools in such areas as performance optimization, lead-time reduction, composite design, lightweight design, process automation and more.

The ATC global series collectively draws thousands of professionals from a wide range of disciplines around the world, who share best practices using computer-aided engineering (CAE) methods to develop light-weight, durable, and efficient products. Solutions to some of the most complex problems in engineering, sciences and business analytics are discussed. These conferences and seminars showcase hundreds of user-led case studies that illustrate innovative ways to employ simulation for better design.

One of the most compelling reasons to attend an ATC is the opportunity for participants to network and exchange views on industry issues. Networking events at the Americas ATC will include the welcome reception on May 5 and an after-hours social gathering on May 6.

For more information or to register, visit: www.altairatc.com/EventHome.aspx?event_id=29

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Altair announced that it will host the 9th UK Technology Conference on June 16, 2015 at Stratford Manor in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The conference will feature high profile keynote speakers, discussing current business challenges the UK industry is facing today, sharing their vision for the future of engineering, and highlighting the importance of technology in enabling innovation. In addition, the agenda will be packed with high quality technical presentations from world leading companies who will demonstrate how they are using virtual design and simulation technologies to develop a competitive edge, successfully meeting engineering and business challenges in the current market environment.

Technical experts from multiple industries including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and more will showcase examples of how they have deployed Altair’s latest cutting edge software solutions including design for additive manufacturing, next generation computational fluid dynamics and engineering on the cloud, among other contemporary industry topics. Also covered will be the newest additions to the HyperWorks suite including the fastest and easiest to use dynamic simulation and model based system development software, a sophisticated frequency domain response and fatigue solution, and a comprehensive electromagnetic simulation solver. This year’s technical speakers come from Airbus, BMW, Gestamp, Jaguar Land Rover, Plaxton, Vertu and more.

In addition the conference provides an excellent platform to network and exchange experiences with others from the UK engineering community. “It’s the event of the year in the UK for networking”, said Ray Long of Tata Steel Automotive. “Excellent presentations and very well attended”, added Tayeb Zeguer, Jaguar Land Rover.

In a technical showcase Altair and its partners will be exhibiting software, hardware, and services solutions that support customers to change their way products are developed.

"This year, we are very excited to be celebrating 30 years of innovation at Altair. With the UK Technology Conference series running for over twelve years the event has gained a reputation for presenting highly innovative and successful simulation applications that demonstrate real business benefits," explains Håkan Ekman, Managing Director, Altair Engineering Ltd. "The conference creates an exciting forum for discussion among leading thinkers and practitioners within the UK and Ireland’s engineering community. With over three hundred attendees at our last conference in 2013, we are confident that this year will be even more successful. We will provide delegates with great value during the day and will make sure they leave with lots of interesting, valuable, and new knowledge about simulation technologies.”

For more information or to register, visit: www.altairatc.com/EventHome.aspx?event_id=33

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Altair announced that it will host the 2015 European Altair Technology Conference from Sept. 29 - Oct.1, 2015 at Cité Des Sciences & de l’Industrie in Paris, France. The 8th European ATC will cover the complete spectrum of Altair offerings and customer presentations, from the application of simulation and optimization technology to partner solutions and high-performance and cloud computing, highlighting the latest trends and developments in these domain areas.

Altair customers and subject matter experts will showcase cutting-edge methods, applications, and examples spanning multiple industries. Presenting at the European ATC provides a unique opportunity to talk to a large engineering audience and discuss innovative work with one's peers. Customers interested in speaking at the conference are invited to submit their abstracts to the organizational team, with a submission deadline of May 18, 2015.

The three-day event will be packed with highlights and technical information. On day one, Altair will offer workshops on different simulation related topics and host the second European Altair roundtable discussion "The Next Big Idea", which will, after this year's success, again provide a platform for industry experts, thought leaders and the press to discuss contemporary industry topics. The following days will be dedicated to the traditional conference program with several renowned keynote presenters and in-depth technical presentations.

Altair will again offer an “Academic & Industry CAE Collaboration Day”, a session dedicated to education, research, and collaboration between universities and industry. The capstone of the event will be an informative and valuable exhibition in which Altair's technology partners will present their solutions.

“I’m very pleased to return to Paris for the 2015 edition of the European ATC,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “Paris is the logical location for all of our French and many of our European customers. I'm confident that this event will attract a broad and international audience from all over Europe and beyond. After our successful 2014 conference in Munich, Germany, with close to 100 customer presentations and over 600 attendees from many different industries, I look forward to another inspiring agenda next year.”

For more information, visit: www.altairatc.com/EATC2015

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Altair announced a new release of HyperWorks®, the most comprehensive version to date of its computer-aided engineering (CAE) software platform, which has set the global standard for enabling its users to create more durable and efficient products.

HyperWorks 13.0 increases engineering productivity in four distinct areas:

  • Performance optimization. Through a wide array of solvers and multiphysics solutions, engineers are able to quickly predict and optimize product performance.
  • Lightweight design. Tailored simulation and optimization tools help reduce weight while meeting design goals through the use of effective geometries, new materials, and advanced manufacturing methods.
  • Lead-time reduction. Process automation, efficient modeling algorithms and advanced visualization capabilities help to dramatically increase simulation throughput to help bring products to market faster.
  • Access to new technologies. Simulation accessibility has been extended to new categories of users for design and optimization, including open access to specialized third party software from members of the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) and HPC, cloud-based products.

“This release of HyperWorks advances the most current trends in product design,” said James Dagg, Chief Technical Officer of Altair. “With an even sharper focus on tools for the analysis and design of composite structures, it facilitates processes for the mass customization of products. HyperWorks continues to offer a broad array of advanced solvers enabling engineers to simulate a wide range of physics, from the analysis of linear and nonlinear phenomena in structures to fluid flow, thermal, and electromagnetic behaviors.”

Performance optimization

OptiStruct® can now operate as a strong nonlinear solver, with major improvements that elevate its functionality to simulate large displacement analysis and hyper-elastic materials like rubber with an extremely efficient use of parallel computing to maximize speed. Its optimization capabilities have been enhanced to introduce new response types and multi-model optimization (MMO), allowing one efficient solution for components that are common across different structures.

AcuSolve® can now be coupled with MotionSolve® for a more accurate analysis of the flow of air or other fluids while the structural part is moving. An example would be simulating the effect of an adjustable rear wing on sport vehicle aerodynamic performance. This solver coupling represents one of the suite’s many multiphysics capabilities.

RADIOSS® furnishes more physics and even more accurate results for crack-propagation modeling through the extended finite element method (XFEM) and enhanced capabilities for airbag deployment. RADIOSS also offers improved parallelization for multi-domain methods and advanced mass scaling for better performance.

Both HyperStudy® and OptiStruct now offer integration with Excel. An engineer may export tradeoff studies to spreadsheets allowing to do post-processing independent of HyperStudy or, in OptiStruct, include Excel calculations as a response type in the optimization run.

Lightweight design

Altair is well-known for its expertise in designing composites structures. Pre-processing features in HyperWorks have been enhanced for improved usability. New, advanced methods of visualizing composite simulations in both the pre- and post-processing stages are now available, with the ability to visualize material, element and ply systems and overlay them with stresses. Additionally, new material laws and failure criteria for laminated composites and polymers are included.

HyperForm® now moves beyond metal forming to apply its capabilities to composite forming for sandwich and multilayered structures. The HyperMesh® drape estimator calculates thickness and angle variations that result from draping. These are very convenient accessories available to every HyperWorks user.

Lead time reduction

With the latest release of HyperWorks, engineers spend less time on the model build and get solutions more quickly. For instance, mass customization requires manufacturing many different versions of the same product. Altair has completely rewritten the part-replacement tool so that, if engineers are bringing in a new geometry, they can simply exchange the parts and all the connections are updated automatically. A new comparison tool can compare any combination of computer-aided design (CAD) and finite element geometry and highlight the differences. Enhanced direct modeling capabilities in HyperMesh allow users to quickly generate such geometries as reinforcement ribs without needing to go back to a CAD system.

Post-processing enhancements provide users with faster access to results and better ways to analyze them. Bidirectional communication between the HyperWorks desktop and PowerPoint is now possible. Results are now cached so that users may switch quickly between result sets when working on larger models.

HyperMesh, HyperView® and HyperGraph® each feature a new, unified Entity Editor to help modify all parameters of model or post-processing session entities faster. In the HyperMesh Entity Editor, new entities, components, properties and materials may be created much more efficiently. Solver documentation also is implemented into the Entity Editor via tool tips.

Interoperability between HyperWorks, CAD and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems allows engineers and designers to communicate easily and share product modifications in a truly collaborative environment. With HyperWorks 13.0, Altair has added bi-directional support for Windchill and Total Materia to the list of supported PLM systems and material databases.

Particular attention has been paid to the development of solutions for industry-specific use cases. HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel™, a complete solution for automotive external aerodynamics, is now part of the HyperWorks suite as is a new aerospace user profile. Other solutions for NVH, drop test simulation and more are now available as HyperWorks solutions via an innovative delivery and licensing system.

Access to new technologies

Altair’s optimization technology, which has been available for more than 20 years in OptiStruct, is now part of solidThinking Inspire®, an easy-to-use package designed to make finite element analysis (FEA) accessible to non-experts. SolidThinking Inspire allows for quick and easy creation and investigation of structurally efficient concepts and now includes analysis and geometry simplification capabilities. In addition, more than 50 third-party specialized solutions are available to HyperWorks users at no additional charge through the Altair Partner Alliance. Altair’s groundbreaking, token-based user model is evolving continuously to provide more value and enable customers to implement a simulation-driven design process.

For more information, visit: www.altairhyperworks.com/hw13

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Altair announced further agenda details for the 7th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), which is being held at the Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim in Munich, Germany, from June 24-26, 2014. The 2014 conference agenda will contain more than 100 keynote and technical presentations from various industries, highlighting topics such as Lightweight Design, Lead Time Reduction, Crash & Safety as well as Impact Simulation, Multiphysics & CFD, Design for Additive Manufacturing, System Simulation, Architectural Design, and Noise & Vibration.

The conference will kick off on June 24th with three technical seminars, a solidThinking Inspire® product training session, a panel discussion entitled “The Next Big Idea”, and the FEKO User Meeting 2014.

“The Next Big Idea” is a new event format for the European ATC, moderated by Boris Schmidt, Editor for automotive and technology topics at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The discussion will explore future demands and interesting opportunities to meet the challenges posed by disruptive technologies, emerging business models, climate change, and many other business and social transitions.

The following projects will be presented and discussed:

  • ACENTISS GmbH: “Electric Unmanned Reconnaissance Optionally Piloted Airborne System (EUROPAS)”
  • Altair: “Innovation Driven Design”
  • City Transformer: “City Transformer – the Foldable Car Concept that will Change the Face of Inner City Traffic”
  • EOS GmbH: “Industrial 3D Printing – A Driver for Sustainability”
  • Sensodrive: “Man-Machine Interface”
  • Jaguar Land Rover: “Lightweight Automotive Design”

The three technical seminars will cover the following topics:

  • Altair OptiStruct for Non-Linear Analysis and Optimization
  • Predicting Acoustic Behavior with Altair HyperWorks
  • Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) – Best Practices and Methods

Keynote presentations scheduled for the mornings of June 25th and 26th will come from Altair, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, Scania, Stadler Rail, GKN Aerospace, Valeo, Voith, Magna Steyer, and MAN Truck & Bus. Multiple concurrent tracks during the afternoons of both days will cover a wide variety of topics, including lightweight design, multiphysics and computational fluid dynamics, lead time reduction, additive layer manufacturing, system simulation, crash & safety, architecture, crash & impact, structures, and noise & vibrations. The 2nd annual Altair Academic & Industry Collaboration Day will occur on day three of the conference, bringing together academic researchers and industry practitioners to share best practices and lessons learned.

“I’m very excited about the great presentation proposals we have received from our customers and partners, and I am really looking forward to the event. We have received a lot of positive feedback regarding our choice of Munich as this year’s conference location, since it has the strongest economy of any German city and is also the home of the headquarters of many large companies,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “This year’s conference contains many new topics and events and I’m sure that we will initiate some very fruitful discussions, offer valuable technology transfer, and provide the opportunity for networking between our customers.”

Confirmed exhibitors and sponsors of this year’s event include HP/Intel, HBM nCode, AlphaSTAR, Componeering, Cedrem, Cray, FLUIDON, Ingenieurbüro Huß & Feickert GmbH, JSOL, Magna Powertrain Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co KG (FEMFAT), Nafems, NovaCast, Part Engineering, PDTec, Quantech, Renishaw, Software Cradle, TAI Thermo Analytics Inc., and Total Materia.

While registration for the conference itself is free of charge, attendance at the seminars will be charged at a fee of €200 per person plus VAT.

For more information or to register, visit: www.altairatc.com/europe

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Altair recently released the HyperWorks 12.0 Student Edition, making it the most comprehensive computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite available to aspiring structural and mechanical engineers.  The software is free, and extensive learning resources designed especially for students may be found on the Altair Academic Training Center.  In addition, Altair provides students on-demand interactive support through the moderated Academic Support Forum.

The addition of solidThinking Inspire for intuitive concept generation is an enabler for simulation-based design that incorporates topology optimization, while solidThinking Evolve offers classic industrial design sketching and modeling functionality for the exploration of design alternatives.

“We are thrilled to include solidThinking Inspire and solidThinking Evolve in the Altair HyperWorks 12.0 Student Edition. The concept generation included in the easy-to-use solidThinking Inspire software is perfectly suited for young engineers and will help them create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily.  Using Inspire, students can design products and parts lighter, stronger, and faster,” said Chad Zamler, marketing manager for solidThinking, Inc., an Altair company.

Multi-body dynamics has been included with the addition of MotionSolve.  RADIOSS is a premier crash and impact simulation solver, while AcuSolve is a leading general-purpose computational fluid dynamics solver based on the finite element method.  HyperStudy will enable students to run what-if scenarios, correlate test data, optimize difficult multi-disciplinary design problems, and assess design reliability and robustness.  Finally, HyperMath offers a powerful and flexible programming language with comprehensive math and utility libraries, while HyperCrash provides a robust pre-processing environment specifically designed to automate the creation of high-fidelity models for crash analysis and safety evaluation.

“The addition of multi-body dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, impact simulation, and optimization-based conceptual design is really exciting,” said Matthias Goelke, Director, Academic Markets at Altair.  “We wanted to build on the success of the previous student edition, which was immediately adopted by engineering students and faculty members all over the world,” he continues.  “This is proof that demand for simulation expertise is increasing in the marketplace, and whatever we can do to increase the availability and utility of our commercial products to students will help them succeed in their future engineering careers.”

The HyperWorks Student Edition also includes access to core HyperWorks commercial technologies that support the complete CAE workflow process for various solution types and applications. These include modeling/pre-processing, linear and non-linear analysis, topology optimization, composites simulation and optimization, results visualization/post-processing, data analysis and plotting, and collaboration tools.

“This program truly demonstrates Altair’s commitment to enhancing students’ learning experience outside the classroom so that they can reinforce their engineering knowledge and classroom instruction,” said Dr. Wei Chen, Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design at Northwestern University.

For more information, visit: www.altairuniversity.com/free-hyperworks-12-0-student-edition

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Altair announced further details about the three technical seminars the company will offer over the course of the European Altair Technology Conference 2014, being held at the Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim in Munich, Germany, from June 24-26, 2014. The 2014 conference seminars will cover topics around simulation driven product development. All seminars will have a high level of interaction. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss their own use cases with the Altair experts conducting the seminars. All three technical seminars will take place on Tuesday June 24th, 2014 and are intended for interested engineers and engineering managers, working in the respective development areas.

In detail, the seminars will cover the following topics:

Seminar 1: Altair OptiStruct for Non-Linear Analysis and Optimization

While small displacement analysis and Optimization has already been well established, the latest version of OptiStruct also provides fully integrated capabilities for large displacement analysis. The workshop, conducted by the lead development staff of OptiStruct for non-linear tasks, will explain the new options and functions in OptiStruct 13.0 for a broad set of non-linear analysis, the theoretical background, and how to use the new options most efficiently.

Seminar topics:

•    Overview of non-linear applications in OptiStruct
•    Available elements and materials for non-linear analysis
•    Contact formulations
•    Available analysis sequences
•    Solver setting and output options
•    Zooming and sub-modeling
•    Customization / process integration
•    Maximize the performance of OptiStruct, parallel computing
•    Optimization for non-linear analysis

Seminar 2: Predicting Acoustic Behavior with Altair HyperWorks

Predicting acoustic behavior is becoming increasingly important from a comfort as well as an environmental impact perspective. The seminar will highlight fundamentals of noise sources and the theoretical background of how to solve different phenomena. Additionally the seminar will discuss some real world applications and explain how to set them up within the HyperWorks environment in the most efficient way.

Seminar topics:

•    Theoretical background on noise and vibrations (structure and fluid)
•    How to select the most efficient method
•    Setting up real world problems
•    Coupled fluid and structural borne noise simulation
•    Possibilities to optimize the noise and vibrations behavior

Seminar 3: Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) – Best Practices and Methods

Industry is moving the deployment of multi-disciplinary optimization (MDO) from research to development. MDO provides a gateway to achieve optimized balanced design allowing trade-offs between mass, attribute performance and even cost. The seminar will showcase a dedicated MDO set-up tool (i.e. multi-model synchronization, design variable & responses specification), different MDO processes (i.e. i-MDO and a-MDO), efficient optimization strategies for large non-linear problems (e.g. multiple crash loadcases) and efficient post-processing. Examples of MDO’s applied to automotive (e.g. BIW) and aerospace (e.g. landing system) will be presented.

Seminar topics:

•    Overview of different MDO approaches (iMDO vs. aMDO)
•    Challenges to run MDO and new approaches to overcome challenges
•    Methods to set up MDO studies efficiently
•    Methods to post-process MDO studies
•    Optimization algorithms
•    Packaged Solutions Offerings from Altair

“Our ATC Technical Seminars have always been well attended and I expect them once again to deliver value to our customers this year. Thanks to the combination of theory, practical knowledge, product information, and use cases, all of our customers have profited from attending the seminars. In particular the opportunity to discuss current technical challenges and future software development directions directly with our products development staff has attracted many customers,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “Based on our experience I would like to encourage customers and other interested parties to register for the seminar of their choice as early as possible.”

While the attendance of the conference itself is free of charge, the seminars will be charged at a fee of 200€ p.p. plus VAT. Online registration for the conference itself, all related events and the Technical Seminars will start in March 2014.

Other events featured during the 7th European ATC are: The panel discussion: “The Next Big Idea”, FEKO User Group Meeting, Welcome Reception and exhibition opening (June 24), Conference Proceedings, RADIOSS, ALM, AEC, and System Simulation Symposiums (June 25-26) and the Academic & Industry Collaboration Day (June 26).

For more information or to register, visit: www.altairatc.com/europe

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Altair announced that it will host the 2014 European Altair Technology Conference from June 24th to 26th, 2014 at the Dolce Hotel Congress Center in Munich, Germany. Customers and industry experts are now invited to submit their presentation proposals to contribute to the success of the event.

The 7th European ATC will highlight the latest trends, developments and applications in the area of enterprise CAE, business intelligence, data management, grid computing, design, and engineering services. Altair’s experts and customers will showcase cutting-edge methods, applications and industry examples representative of all technology areas Altair covers with its innovative solutions. Customers of all industries interested in speaking at the conference now have the opportunity to submit their abstracts to the organizational team. The deadline for abstract submission is February 28th, 2014.

Altair is looking for presentation proposals for the following categories:

  • AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction)
  • Biomechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics / CFD
  • Design Optimization
  • DOE & Robust Design
  • Durability Analysis
  • Enterprise Analytics
  • Grid Computing and Workload Management
  • Manufacturing Simulations
  • Multibody Dynamics
  • Process Automation & Performance Data Management
  • Crash, Safety and impact Simulation
  • University Research & Teaching
  • Vibration, NVH, Acoustics

The three-day event will be packed with valuable technical information and be divided in two parts. On Tuesday, June 24th, Altair will host workshops on different simulation related topics, including concept design, non-linear analysis as well as acoustic and NVH analysis. On Tuesday afternoon Altair will also offer the first Altair Round Table discussion, which will provide a platform for industry experts, thought leaders and the press to discuss contemporary industry topics. Wednesday and Thursday will be dedicated to the traditional conference program with several renowned Keynote presenters and technical presentations. On Thursday 26th Altair will host its “Academic & Industry CAE Collaboration Day” as a separate session parallel to the other technical presentations.

Altair also plans to host Meet the Expert sessions again, which will highlight the capabilities of the latest version of its HyperWorks software suite and will give attendees access to Altair’s development experts. On the evening of day one and during the two conference days, the attendees will have the opportunity to visit the broad partner exhibition area, which will showcase partner solutions and interesting customer applications and products that have been developed with Altair solutions.

“I’m very pleased that we will be hosting our next conference in Munich,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “After our successful 2013 conference in Turin, which was attended by 600 industry experts and engineers, the event returns to Germany and I’m confident that we will again reach a very broad and international audience from all over Europe and beyond. I’m looking forward to hear about our customers’ latest applications, where they leveraged Altairs’ technologies and services to drive the development of their exciting products.”

For more information, visit: www.altairtc.com/europe

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Students from universities across the globe will recommend ways to improve the products consumers use every day—from sporting goods to automotive components—as they participate in the Altair International Simulation-Driven Design Challenge over the next four months. They will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and travel to any of several countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

Sponsored by Altair and employing HyperWorks, the competition asks students to re-design or re-engineer an everyday object of their choice to improve its ergonomics, weight, durability, functionality, manufacturability and/or sustainability. They will use HyperWorks simulation tools in seeking to develop designs that are better and more innovative than the original.

“Altair has conducted similar local contests in such regions as India, China and Korea, but this is Altair’s first worldwide competition of this type,” said Altair Business Development Director of Academic Markets Dr. Matthias Goelke. “Student winners and all others who have entered locally are eligible for the international challenge, as are students in countries like the U.S., U.K. and Germany where this competition is new. Students anywhere can submit a project they have developed in their classes, in a previous Altair competition or as part of an entirely different course of study. Our objective is ultimately to incorporate this competition into university curricula.”

The contest is open to college and university students globally who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Applicants may submit entries as individuals or as two-person teams, with an optional mentor. Entries must be received by Jan. 31, 2014 and may be submitted online.

Students are not expected to spend the four months between now and the deadline working on their projects. The redesign may take only a few weeks or a few days; the deadline has been set to allow students ample opportunity to work on projects in their spare time or as part of university coursework.

The winning individual or team will be invited to present their project at an Altair Technology Conference of their choice in the U.S., Europe, India, China, Malaysia, Korea or Japan. Altair will award the student(s) free admission to the conference, airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals. Additionally, each member of the winning team will receive a cash award of $2,000 USD.

Second prize is $2,000 USD, to be divided equally among team members, and third prize is $1,000 USD to be split by the team. Each of the top 20 entrants also will receive an e-book reader from Altair. The top three entries will be published in a special edition of Concept to Reality, Altair’s magazine for the engineering community. Entrants retain all rights to their work beyond allowing Altair to publicize their projects.

Students should complete the free registration, which requires a brief summary (up to 250 words) of the intended scope of work. Altair will review the proposed projects and provide accepted entrants with the ability to download the full commercial version of HyperWorks, giving them a three-month license for academic use. Submissions should include the digital design files, a case study summarizing the entrant’s work, a tutorial showing the methodology and reasoning used, and an optional video of up to five minutes explaining or demonstrating the project.

Judges will evaluate the projects on a number of criteria, including 1) innovation, creativity, sustainability, social impact and technical relevance of the study; 2) analysis, accuracy and methods in using HyperWorks; 3) case study content; and 4) effectiveness of the tutorial, including an online live presentation to the judges for the top 20 finalists. Winners will be announced on April 11, 2014.

For more information or to register, visit: www.altairuniversity.com/challenge

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Altair Engineering Ltd, has announced the keynote speakers for the 8th Altair Technology Conference on September 10th at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. They will discuss the current business challenges facing UK industry, show their vision for the future of engineering and demonstrate the development of innovation in their industries.

The keynote addresses will include:

  • Deyan Sudjic OBE, Director Design Museum, London
  • John Roberts, Chief Engineer A380, Airbus Operations Ltd

The biennial conference will bring together companies which have benefited significantly by integrating the Altair computer aided engineering (CAE) technology, HyperWorks, into their design processes. They will demonstrate how leading UK companies are using virtual design and simulation to develop a competitive edge, successfully meeting engineering and business challenges in the current market environment.

The event has also attracted an industry A-list of technical speakers from Airbus, BAE Systems, EADS, Gestamp, Jaguar Land Rover, Plaxton, SSTL, Supacat, and more.

The 2013 technical sessions will cover key engineering topics specifically designed to equip the audience with new ideas and techniques to use in their own companies, which will help drive innovation and productivity gains throughout the product design process. The sessions will cover solver technologies for accurate analysis, structural optimisation for optimum product performance, enterprise process management and revolutionary methods for designing with composite materials.

"I am pleased to say that once again our conference agenda has exceeded the high standard set in 2011. Our first Technology Conference was held over twelve years ago and the event has gone on to earn a reputation for presenting highly innovative and successful simulation applications that demonstrate real business benefits," explains Hakan Ekman, Managing Director, Altair Engineering Ltd. "The conference creates an exciting forum for discussion among leading thinkers and practitioners within the UK and Ireland engineering community. With over three hundred attendees at our last conference, we are confident that this year will be even more successful and provide delegates with great value during the day."

The free to attend event, open to all industries, takes place at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and is renowned as the ‘must attend’ conference within the UK engineering community thanks to its reputation for extremely high quality speakers and highly valuable technical content.

For more information or to register, visit: www.altairatc.com/uk

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Altair announced that it will host a technical session and a round table discussion about ALM (Additive Layer Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing) at the 6th European Altair Conference.

Presenters at the conference will include an Airbus endowed professor, EADS engineers, a speaker from EOS, and researchers from RWTH Aachen,  ILT Fraunhofer, as well as from the Technical University Hamburg. Each of these will present their works in the area of Additive Layer Manufacturing. After the presentation session, a round table discussion will address how to leverage the full potential of resource-friendly component design by applying simulation driven design methods. In addition, the discussion will also address the commercial aspects of ALM as well as further research and development needs in this area.

“Additive manufacturing methods and 3D printing are becoming increasingly popular,” said Dr. Pietro Cervellera, Aerospace Sales Director, Altair. “Some people even say that additive methods will lead to a revolution in how the industry will manufacture products in the future, and you can definitely assume that 3D printing marks a new era in individual manufacturing, since the flexibility of this method inspires the imagination of many product designers.”

One advantage of the ALM method that often fails to gain the attention it deserves is the potential to manufacture weight and mass efficient structures without the normal constraints of traditional processes. To leverage the full lightweight potential of ALM, an optimization driven development process has to be used for the structural layout of the components.

There is often a struggle in the design process between designing an ideal shape and then manufacturing a shape economically. With ALM this can be eliminated since with this method, one can produce arbitrary shapes at similar costs.

For more than 20 years, Altair has developed OptiStruct, a tool with which completely new shapes can be discovered by leveraging topology optimization. This technology inspires lightweight design and significantly contributes to saving thousands of tons of material usage and as a result contributes to reduced CO2 emissions.

Topology optimization is the best available design method for creating requirement- and load-specific structures, and for enabling the industry to tap the full lightweight potential offered by the use of ALM structures.

From Altair’s point of view this technology is more than just a series of two technologies used one after the other. On the one hand, it is a symbiotic connection with load-specific shape definition, and on the other it’s an almost unlimited potential for production.

Altair will present and discuss this topic in detail at the 6th European Altair Technology Conference from April 22-24, 2013 at the Lingotto Conference Center in Turin.

The following presentations from technology oriented companies, users and research institutes, will address this topic and present practical examples:

Martin Muir, EADS
Multidisciplinary Optimisation of Business Jet MED Hinge for Production by Additive Manufacturing

Wolfgang Machunze, EADS
Topology Design of a Metallic Load Introduction Bracket Manufactured by ALM

Vito Chinellato, EOS
Sustainability Approach by Design Optimization for Advanced Layer Manufacturing

Simon Merkt, RWTH Aachen/ILT Fraunhofer
Digital Photonic Production - Optimization Potentials by Laser Based Manufacturing

Jannis Kranz, TUHH
Structural Optimization and Laser Additive Manufacturing in Lightweight Design: Barriers and Chances

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vasily Ploshikhin, Airbus Endowed Professorship for Multiscale Materials Modelling and Engineering
Multi-Scale FEM Simulation of Selective Laser Melting Process

For more information, visit: www.altairatc.com/RegionalHome.aspx?region=europe

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Altair announced the release of HyperWorks 12.0, the most comprehensive computer-aided engineering platform in the PLM market. HyperWorks 12.0 offers new functionalities and end-user productivity advancements in product optimization, finite element modeling, multiphysics analysis, powertrain durability analysis, lightweight design and many others.

“HyperWorks 12.0 provides automated and easy-to-use features that save time, ensure accuracy and improve products by making them lighter and by offering the opportunity for much more design exploration,” said James Brancheau, Altair’s Chief Technical Officer.

“The very tight integration and interoperability of the open-platform HyperWorks suite allow engineers, designers and analysts to create and evaluate every aspect of their products with assurance that they have found the best design for their objectives.”

The advanced capabilities within HyperWorks 12.0 emphasize performance improvements and enhancements in:

  • Usability – aimed at time compression and providing easy access to CAE technology, including improvements to the model browsers, a new streamlined user profile for quick model setup (BasicFEA) and support for 3D visualization (HyperView).
  • Advanced meshing algorithms – various meshing functionalities for shell and solid meshing, such as a mid-plane mesh generator with automatic thickness mapping from complex solid CAD geometry and the addition of quality control mechanisms (HyperMesh).
  • Model Assembling – various sophisticated model assembly methods, including an automated connectors generation method, are available for faster assembly of complex models.
  • Interfacing – enhanced interoperability of CAD import and export, composites interfacing and collaborative simulation data management.
  • Powertrain Durability and large-scale NVH analysis and optimization – new and enhanced functionalities include one-step transfer path analysis (TPA) and a multi-level sub-structuring solver (AMSES) in OptiStruct.
  • Explicit and implicit finite-element analysis – several new material laws and failure models for accuracy (RADIOSS).
  • GPU support – the implicit solvers in RADIOSS, OptiStruct and AcuSolve add GPU support with a cost-effective licensing schema.
  • Automotive extensions – allow co-simulation with third-party components for multi-body analysis (MotionSolve).
  • Best-in-class optimization capabilities – speeds lightweighting of designs and now includes new manufacturing constraints for composite materials (OptiStruct).
  • Noise levels prediction – new Ffowcs-Williams-Hawkings acoustic solver accurately predicts noise levels at distant microphone locations (AcuSolve).
  • Smart Multiphysics simulation – novel multi-core licensing model cost-effectively leverages HyperWorks and Altair Partner Alliance solvers for high-end multiphysics problems.
  • Design exploration, study and optimization – an entirely redesigned release of HyperStudy accelerates design robustness and reliability studies.
  • Simulation-driven concept design tools – the most recent version of solidThinking Inspire allows designers to generate and explore structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process, and solidThinking Evolve delivers a NURBS-based 3D modeling and rendering environment to create manufacturable models and render CAE results with unsurpassed photorealism.

The advancements in HyperWorks 12.0 received positive reviews from customer beta users. For example, Jonathan Gabrys, Technical Fellow of The Boeing Company, said, “The new 3D capability creates a fully-immersive environment that improves our ability to support conceptual design and analysis efforts. Specifically, being able to interrogate complex analysis results, such as stress fields or deflections, using 3D visualization provides an enhanced level of understanding.”

In addition to the HyperWorks suite, Altair provides virtually limitless value and access to third party technology through the Altair Partner Alliance (APA).  Directly accessed using HyperWorks Units (HWUs), today HyperWorks clients have access to wide variety of specialized software applications developed by nearly 30 different strategic partners.

With the launch of HyperWorks 12.0, Altair continues to increase the value, flexibility and portability of the HyperWorks licenses. The suite remains available “in the cloud” via HyperWorks On-Demand (HWOD), a platform that uses Altair’s PBS Works suite for high performance computing (HPC) for work load management, job submission, monitoring and workload analytics. This allows easy access to cloud computing and subsequent accounting – all using HWUs, requiring minimal additional investment.

For more information, visit: www.altairhyperworks.com/hw12









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Altair announced the keynote presentations for the 6th European Altair Technology Conference, one of the premier product lifecycle management (PLM) technology events in the advanced manufacturing community. Eight keynote presentations from several industries including automotive, heavy machinery, shipbuilding, and aerospace, will give insights into development strategies, software tool harmonization, and enterprise simulation.

The expected keynote presenters are:

  • Kinya Ishibashi, ClassNK - Ship Structure Evaluation Tool Based on HyperWorks
  • Gennaro Monacelli, CNH - Product Development and Innovation Process Based on the Extensive Usage of CAE/PLM Technologies
  • Andrea Pontremoli, Dallara - Chasing the Excellence: Product Development and Innovation Through Advanced Engineering and Systems Simulations at Dallara Automobili
  • Nevio Di Giusto, FIAT/ATA – Managing Complexity through a Rigorous Flexibility: the New Expert's Role in the Automotive Industry
  • Dr. Ronaldo Fernandes Nunes, Daimler - Brakes don’t Simply Mean Brakes: Challenges in CAE
  • Christoph Gümbel, Porsche - Virtual Vehicle Development Under the Constraints of Changing Products and Processes
  • Anthony Hähnel, Renault - Optimization Driven Design at Renault – an Innovative Approach to Lighter and More Efficient Powertrain
  • Franck Mouriaux, Ruag Space - Engineering Process Improvement for S/C Structures at RUAG Space using HyperWorks

“We have changed the name of our conference from HyperWorks Technology Conference to Altair Technology Conference, to cover the whole bandwidth of Altair’s solutions and to address an even broader audience,” said Dr. Michael Hoffmann, Senior Vice President; European Operations, Altair Engineering. “This results in a wider topic range, which now also covers Cloud Computing, business analytics, product design, and more. This topic expansion is in line with new technology trends throughout industry and is also reflected in our keynote presentations and our technical sessions. I’m very much looking forward to this year’s presentations since they cover an even broader range of industries and Altair solutions than in previous years.”

Altair expects the 6th European ATC to bring together more than 500 European engineers and engineering managers from across industry. With more than 100 keynote and technical presentations, split between 3 keynote and 18 technical sessions, attendees will gain insight into a wide range of topics such as Cloud Computing, Business Analytics, structural analysis, optimization, CFD, lightweight design, product design, process automation, and more. Furthermore, attendees will have the opportunity to attend “Meet the Expert” sessions during which they will hear the latest news about all Altair solutions as well as Altair’s future product development plans.

The three-day event will kick-off on April 22nd with three technical seminars and the Academic Day, a user’s conference for the educational market. This year’s seminars will focus on HyperWorks applications in powertrain development, Multibody System Simulation with HyperWorks, and Automatic Report Generation. The conference will be completed by a technical showcase in which the following hardware, software and service partners will present their solutions: AlphaStar, ATA, Cassadian, E4, EOS, Eurotech, e-Xstream, FLUIDON, Key-to-metal, Multimech, Nafems, Part Engineering, Quantech, Scientific Computing World, SGI, Software Cradle/Flourem, and Thermo Analytics Inc.

For more information or to register, visit: www.altair.com/atc/europe

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Altair’s HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA) today announced a new partnership with local Michigan company, Dimensional Control Systems, Inc. (DCS). The company’s product, 3DCS Variation Analyst Multi-CAD (3DCS Multi-CAD), performs tolerance analysis, predicting the amount of variation inherent in designs and identifying the sources of that variation. While 3DCS is best known in the automotive industry, it is also applied in aerospace, defense, energy, medical device, consumer electronics and industrial equipment. Any company that manufactures a product and is interested in controlling quality can benefit from 3DCS Multi-CAD’s capabilities.

“We look forward to the new opportunities presented by being a part of the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, as well as the value this partnership will provide to both companies,” said DCS Product Manager Dave Johnson. “The addition of tolerance analysis will open new doors for dimensional engineering initiatives within companies through the easy access of the HWPA and allow users the opportunity to realize the value of 3DCS Multi-CAD with little risk.”

3DCS Multi-CAD adds capability to the HWPA in a discipline that was previously unavailable within the program, furthering Altair’s commitment to offering users a complete solution. The variation and tolerance analysis software creates a virtual prototype by simulating the assembly process and final product variation.  This determines the design’s ability to be manufactured before the first product is ever made. The result makes it possible for manufacturers to predict and solve problems before they arise, which in turn helps control costs by reducing the need for redesign and retooling and by avoiding future warranty claims.

In addition to 3DCS Multi-CAD, DCS is providing 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler (FEA CM) as an add-on solution to allow users to accurately model variation of compliant parts and assemblies. FEA CM incorporates variation from clamping, welding, springback and stresses on a vast array of materials and assembly methods into a 3DCS model. 3DCS Multi-CAD and 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler provide fast visualization of these deformations and predicted results, as well as targeted studies for evaluation of advanced design concepts.

“The addition of DCS to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance will help our customers increase their product quality,” said Tony Norton, Altair’s senior director for global automotive and off-highway vehicles. "The 3DCS Multi-CAD technology also will save HyperWorks customers money through reduced scrap rates. Obviously this is important not just to our automotive customers but also to those in many other industries."

For the past 12 years, Altair’s innovative and versatile unit-based licensing system has allowed HyperWorks users to access a growing portfolio of applications while optimizing their investment. Every license is composed of a pool of recyclable HyperWorks units (HWUs), which can be used to access any application within the HyperWorks family.

After seeing the success of the unit-based system, Altair decided to expand the model to third-party companies and allowed them to run their own applications under this unit-based system, a collaboration known as the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. The overall flexibility of these HWUs empowers users and allows them access to the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available. This licensing model makes the benefits to participating HyperWorks customers infinite, with their return on investment increasing each time a new application is added to the offering. They can access any of the partner programs using the same leased HWUs they are already using to run HyperWorks, all available at no incremental cost or long-term commitment.

To learn more about 3DCS Variation Analyst MultiCAD, attend one of the introductory webinars being held on December 14th at 9am ET and January 16th at 11am ET. Both will be hosted by Altair and presented by DCS.

For more information, visit: www.hyperworksalliance.com

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Altair today released version 7.0 of its HiQube simulation-driven business analytics and performance optimization platform.  HiQube works in concert with an organization’s existing IT business infrastructure to deliver self-driven, advanced analytics capabilities throughout the enterprise.  The latest version includes a powerful, new mobile app for iPad and iPhone users, an automated workflow that streamlines data-import-to-mobile-report publishing, multi-core processing to rapidly browse sparse and large data sets, SSL security and user-focused productivity advancements.
 
Business decision-makers will use the new mobile app—available for the iPhone and iPad—to enable remote access to powerful business analytics capabilities to further capitalize on the value of enterprise information. Executives working in the field, meeting off-site, conferring with prospects or evaluating performance at plant sites now can view all the relevant analytical data from multiple perspectives on their mobile devices through the new app.

“The mobile app is fast, easy to view and straightforward to navigate,” said Senior Vice President of HiQube Software Development Giuseppe Strafforello. “With our new app, on-the-go business executives can carry in their hand the same deep intelligence that they have at their fingertips on the desktop.”

The release of HiQube 7.0 includes many other new productivity enhancements, including the introduction of Data Modeler.  Data Modeler uses a wizard-driven approach to automate the entire workflow process to import data from any source, create interactive reports and dashboards, and publish on desktop and mobile devices for team collaboration.

Additional productivity and core technology advancements include:

  • Multi-core processing to accelerate the navigation of sparse and large data sets.  As the volume, variety and velocity of information continues to increase, this new functionality will allow business users and developers to more quickly explore and visualize large data sets and sparse data stores.  
  • New single and multi-objective optimization algorithms that expand HiQube’s library of optimization methods for advanced predictive and prescriptive analytics.
  • A sophisticated macro debugging tool that enables developers to easily find and correct errors in macro codes authored in HiQube. Developers will be able to trace the complete stack and track user-selected variables, thereby debugging their applications quickly.
  • Embedded SSL support, eliminating the need for third-party components to secure data. HiQube now offers a native embedded method to achieve https-type capabilities while interacting with the HiQube server.
  • An extended SAP connector that, using the latest software development kit from SAP, can support 32-bit and 64-bit architectures for both Windows and Linux systems. The upgrade improves access to a broader range of data sets from the SAP environment.
  • A new chart type added to HiQube’s visualization portfolio: the waterfall chart. It extends HiQube’s collection of 25 chart types, the broadest in the business intelligence market.
  • A capability to export and import model schemas so they can be used later or shared with colleagues.  This new feature lets developers bring back model schemas easily.

“Our development strategy is to continue to automate the exploration and analysis of business information to guide decision-making,” said Michael J. Kidder, Senior Vice President of Altair Business Analytics Marketing.  “The advancements in this release significantly reduce the support burden on IT staff while increasing availability of and access to analytics at all levels.  We look forward to supporting our clients and valued business partners in building powerful business solutions on the HiQube 7.0 analytics platform.”

For more information, visit: analytics.altair.com/HiQube7

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Altair’s HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA) today announced the expansion of its partnership with TES International (TES). TES has added its thermal and fluid flow analysis software, ThermoFlo, to the HWPA’s repertoire of computer aided engineering (CAE) applications. ThermoFlo, the counterpart to TES’s recent addition to the HWPA, ElectroFlo, also performs thermal analysis but for a variety of applications in addition to electronics. Unlike ElectroFlo, ThermoFlo uses 1-D models for component-based model analysis to simplify product development prototyping and testing.

“We have been very pleased with the HWPA partnership since we launched ElectroFlo in September, and we couldn’t be happier to be furthering this relationship with our neighboring software company,” said Dr. Jeff Lewis, president of TES International. “ThermoFlo brings a new level of versatility to the thermal analysis and CFD simulation tool set currently available within the HWPA, and we are eager to increase our presence within this program.”

ThermoFlo has capabilities to solve thermal and flow problems for many different applications pertaining to aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, defense electronics and emerging energy technologies. Its 1-D systems modeling approach allows for geometrical changes potentially to be made as easily as changing a single value in the model. This can dramatically speed up the prototyping and testing process for interchanging different components in a system, or for tweaking the properties of components. ThermoFlo also is able to incorporate 3-D models into the analysis for more detailed components, if so desired. ThermoFlo will complement ElectroFlo within the HWPA by extending its thermal analysis capabilities to other areas than specifically electronics, also including differentiating features such as a simple, easy to use drag-and-drop user interface, custom complex math expressions, pressure drop calculation, and customizable parts modeling, among others.

“We are very pleased with TES’ decision to expand its participation in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance,” said Antoine Poussier, Altair’s vice president of global partner programs. “The addition of ThermoFlo and its unique combination with ElectroFlo deepens the HWPA’s offering in thermal analysis and furthers the program’s mission of bringing the most comprehensive portofolio of technology to Altair customers.”

For the past 12 years, Altair’s innovative and versatile unit-based licensing system has allowed HyperWorks users to access a growing portfolio of applications while optimizing their investment. Each license is composed of a pool of recyclable HyperWorks units (HWUs), which can be used to access any application within the HyperWorks family.  Each software application requires a predetermined number of units to run. The necessary units are removed from the user’s total pool only while that given application is running and are returned for future use once the program has been closed.

Over the last four years, Altair has opened this model to third-party companies and allowed them to run their own applications under this unit-based system, a collaboration known as the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. The overall flexibility of these HWUs empowers users and allows them access to the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available. This makes the benefits to participating HyperWorks customers infinite, with their return on investment increasing each time a new application, such as ThermoFlo, is added to the offering. They can access any of the partner programs using the same leased HWUs they are already using to run HyperWorks, all available at no incremental cost or long-term commitment.

For more information, visit: www.tesint.com or www.hyperworksalliance.com

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Altair, a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, announced it has acquired Synopsis Consulting. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Turin, Italy, Synopsis Consulting is a leading expert in improving product development process efficiency through the implementation of business and engineering performance analytics solutions. The staff of Synopsis Consulting will be incorporated into Altair’s product development division, Altair ProductDesign, to augment the company’s Enterprise Solutions Group.

For over 25 years, Synopsis Consulting built its reputation by supplying Italian automotive, transportation, machinery and white goods manufacturers with high-quality business analytics solutions, tailored for its clients’ operational and organizational needs. Fiat Auto and Iveco are among the notable Synopsis customers. The company’s primary area of expertise involves the development of engineering analytics systems that help to connect a client’s cross-functional development teams, allowing the accurate tracking of costs, materials, product performance and weight targets throughout the development and manufacturing cycles.

“Before the acquisition, Synopsis was a close partner of Altair in providing our clients with cost and weight analytics solutions,” said Mike Heskitt, Chief Operating Officer of Altair ProductDesign. “With the growing awareness of the critical importance of light-weighting in both the automotive and aerospace markets, the weight analytics solutions we have developed combine with Altair’s core optimization technologies and expertise to furnish a complete solution for our customers. This is why the acquisition was a natural fit for both companies.”

Altair will capitalize on the Synopsis Consulting team’s business and engineering analytics domain knowledge and establish a center of excellence to work in conjunction with Altair ProductDesign’s Enterprise Solutions Group. The combined group will assist companies in solving engineering problems at the desktop, team and enterprise levels by identifying potential improvements in existing operations and help to increase efficiency through system integration, process automation, specialist dashboards and data management solutions.

“We are very excited to join the Altair family,” said Rocco Cappiello and Carlo Damiani, co-founders of Synopsis Consulting. “Altair’s global organization will provide Synopsis with the scale required to develop innovative new business and engineering solutions, and support Altair’s worldwide client base. Our team’s process experience will complement Altair’s product development expertise extremely well. We are looking forward to joining the Enterprise Solutions Group and will relish the opportunity to integrate our weight analytics solution into Altair’s Optimization Centers in operation throughout automotive and aerospace OEMs.”

For more information, visit: www.altair.com

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Altair invites its customers to participate in a beta testing program for HyperWorks 12.0, a new version of Altair’s globally acclaimed computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite. The beta program is designed to gain feedback from engineers, designers and others, who will test the upgraded version in real-life applications.

Each time beta testers submit their feedback to Altair via the HyperWorks website, they will be entered in a drawing for any of three prizes that will be awarded: a Kindle Fire HD tablet, a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader and a traditional Kindle e-reader. Submissions for the drawing, in the form of relevant comments for fine-tuning HyperWorks 12.0, will be accepted via the registration site until Thursday, November 15, 2012. Winners will be notified by January 25, 2013. Additional information, terms and conditions are available at altairhyperworks.com/hw12. To join the beta program and become eligible for the drawing, current customers should contact their local Altair representative for registration information.

The rollout of HyperWorks 12.0 is scheduled for early 2013, and users can subscribe for updates on the release, related training material and webinars at altairhyperworks.com/HW12. The latest version of HyperWorks will incorporate hundreds of new features to meet the changing needs of those engaged in finite-element analysis, simulation-driven design, product optimization and other CAE projects.

HyperWorks 12.0 will reflect additional advancements in the extensive capabilities of the CAE suite:

  • HyperWorks modeling and visualization tools, like HyperMesh and HyperView, consistently surpass users' expectations, as demonstrated by their clear supremacy in both automotive and aerospace markets.
  • HyperWorks 12.0 will further enable the optimization and analysis of innovative composite materials.
  • Through RADIOSS, AcuSolve and MotionSolve, HyperWorks 12.0 will offer extended solver capabilities and performance improvements, in particular for such analysis domains as powertrain durability, noise and vibrations, multibody dynamics, aerodynamics and multi-physics.
  • Optimization through OptiStruct and HyperStudy continues leading the way to efficient, lightweight products and design exploration.
  • Collaborative knowledge management is increasingly important in HyperWorks, easily connecting engineers to other enterprise tools.

“We strive to provide the best-quality technology to our customers for their current and emerging needs,” said Altair Chief Technology Officer James Brancheau, “so the more models on which HyperWorks 12.0 is tested during the beta phase, the more certain we will be that any potential issues are averted and that the quality of the release will meet the highest standards.”

Each beta tester will be furnished with a beta license and a link to download the beta version of the software. Feedback from the testers will be analyzed and introduced into Altair’s quality assurance system as part of the HyperWorks 12.0 release validation process.

For more information, visit: www.altairhyperworks.com

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Altair Engineering announced that it will host the 2013 European Altair Technology Conference from April 22nd to 24th, 2013 in Turin, Italy. The date of the European HTC conference, traditionally taking place in autumn, has been moved to spring to better meet the schedules of Altair’s customers and partners. The European version of the ATC conference series - now in its sixth year - has grown from a HyperWorks user conference into one of the major PLM technology events in Europe, with around 500 attendees from all over the world. As a result the name of the global conference series has been changed from HTC to Altair Technology Conference (ATC) to reflect the company’s growing technology portfolio.

The 6th European ATC will highlight the latest trends, developments and applications in the area of enterprise CAE, Business Intelligence, data management, grid computing, design, and engineering services. Altair’s experts and customers will showcase cutting-edge methods, applications and industry examples representative of all technology areas Altair covers with its innovative solutions. Customers of all industries interested in speaking at the conference have until November 19th, 2012 to submit their abstracts to the organizational team.

We are currently accepting presentation proposals for the following categories:

  • Biomechanics
  • CFD
  • Design Optimization
  • DOE & Robust Design
  • Durability
  • Enterprise Analytics
  • Grid Computing and Workload Management
  • Manufacturing Simulations
  • Multibody Dynamics
  • Process Automation & Performance Data Management
  • Safety
  • University Research & Teaching
  • Vibration/NVH

The three-day event will be packed with valuable technical information and be divided in two parts. On Monday, April 22nd, Altair will host three workshops on different simulation related topics and will also host the first European wide 2013 EDU (university and educational use of HyperWorks) user meeting. In the evening, Altair will officially open the conference with a reception in the exhibition area of the Lingotto Congress Center. Tuesday and Wednesday will be dedicated to the traditional conference proceedings, including a broad range of technical and keynote presentations from across industries. The meet the expert sessions will highlight the capabilities of the latest version of HyperWorks and will give attendees access to Altair’s development experts. In the evening of day one and during the two conference days the attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the large partner exhibition area.

“We have moved the conference dates to spring following customer and partner requests,” said Dr. Michael Hoffmann, Senior Vice President European Operations, Altair Engineering. “Due to this change of dates, which has led to a one and a half year break since the last European conference in 2011, we are now even more looking forward to our annual conference in spring 2013 in Turin, Italy. With Altair’s growing technology portfolio, we have also broadened the range of topics presented at the conference and so we are looking forward to receive proposals in areas such as Process Automation, Business Intelligence, Grid Computing, design, and many more.”

For more information, visit: www.altairtc.com/europe

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Altair today announced the release of Compute Manager 11.1, an enhanced version of its high-performance computing (HPC) portal that simplifies the set-up, monitoring and visualization of simulations. Upgrading the initial version released with Altair’s PBS Professional early in 2012, the new module adds capabilities to the Web-based Compute Manager’s exceptional efficiency in helping engineers run, monitor and manage simulation jobs.

Compute Manager 11.1 furnishes a number of advancements that will help change the nature of workload management in HPC.  Among these is its ability to offer built-in 3D and 2D visualization of jobs while they are running and after they are finished. This major enhancement enables users to see 3D animations in their Web browsers using a browser plug-in and to view 2D plots in the form of line graphs. No third-party applications are required to capitalize on these 3D and 2D capabilities. Users now can visualize and manipulate 2D plots and curves from job results data using a new Results Visualization Service. This also allows on-demand access to the latest results from a running job and provides advanced diagnostic capabilities for making informed decisions.  The 3D results can be animated and viewed with the in-browser HyperView Player plug-in.

“The enhanced Compute Manager 11.1 extends Altair’s commitment to creating extraordinarily intuitive and easy ways to organize, automate and manage the high-performance computing process,” said Altair Senior Vice President of Enterprise Products, Sam Mahalingam. “With Compute Manager, users now can see results faster and in new perspectives without additional software; rapidly share their best practices with colleagues; and enjoy a more fluid experience when submitting, running and viewing their jobs.”

Additionally, Compute Manager supports the viewing and management of job arrays. Users can submit jobs that contain sub-jobs, each acting independently of the others. Compute Manager allows easy access to each sub-job, with its individual properties and files, through a simple-to-navigate interface via the monitoring page.

The enhanced Compute Manager equips administrators with fine-grained access control over who has access to what portions of the application. A new Access Management Service provides a centralized configuration system for defining users and their groups, allowing users to share application profiles with other specified individuals and/or groups. Administrators can define certain rules and restrictions through the service, and applications and servers can be hidden or exposed, depending on the administrator’s policies.

Working with Compute Manager has become even easier with an overall enhanced user experience that results from a smoother flow of operations, requiring fewer clicks and less time.

These features complement Compute Manager’s well-established benefits, including:

  • Automation of job submissions and set-up on distributed resources with easily configurable applications definitions
  • Monitoring workloads on distributed resources both graphically and analytically
  • An easy-to-use Web interface to submit and monitor jobs in PBS Professional, enabling secure and immediate access to distributed resources from virtually any Internet-enabled device
  • Managing simulation jobs while visualizing data and results remotely
  • A consistent job-submission and monitoring interface
  • Automated staging of input and output files
  • Diagnosis of remote jobs without downloading huge results files
  • Enabling the user to browse and revise remote files with minimal effort required to write, modify and test complex application scripts


For more information, visit: www.pbsworks.com/Product.aspx?id=30

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Altair ProductDesign today announced that it is partnering with Edison2 to assist in the design of the new Very Light Car 4.0 (VLC 4.0), the next generation version of the innovative, light weight, fuel efficient vehicle entered in the Progressive Automotive XPRIZE in 2010. The original Edison2 vehicle, operating with a one-cylinder internal combustion engine, won the $5 million prize for the Mainstream Class.  The VLC 4.0 is an all-new vehicle that will achieve unmatched fuel economy results by retaining the same attributes of ultra-light weight and extremely low aerodynamic drag in a four-passenger vehicle.

During the program, Altair ProductDesign will conduct a three-phase engineering study targeting suspension sensitivity, vehicle impact strategy and structural optimization. To facilitate the vehicle’s development, Altair will provide computer-aided engineering optimization and crash-safety engineers, multi-body dynamics engineers, subject-matter experts and senior technical specialists. They will assist the Edison2 team in executing each of the study’s three phases and accelerating the development of the prototype for the VLC 4.0.

“Our engineers will focus on using optimization in the beginning of the design process to anticipate structural loading requirements with a minimum mass structure,” said Mike Heskitt, Chief Operating Officer of Altair ProductDesign. “We will be identifying the critical load paths in the design space, brainstorming concept design solutions and using detailed optimization to refine those solutions for a minimum mass footprint.”

Other aspects of Altair’s work with the Edison2 team will analyze ride and handling, steering sensitivity and noise-vibration-harshness (NVH).

“Altair’s HyperWorks simulation suite will be used to validate Edison2’s novel suspension concept for the type of performance expected on a passenger car,” said Heskitt. “Multiple attributes will be optimized for the tradeoffs typically encountered in suspension design.”

In the XPRIZE competition, the Edison2 VLC set numerous records, including 110 mpg for the Mainstream Class vehicle, the lowest drag ever recorded at the GM Aero Lab for a multi-passenger car and the competition’s lowest greenhouse gases emissions at 82.6 g of carbon dioxide.

“Our mission remains to pursue an era of global automobile efficiency focused on lightweight, safe, yet performance-centric vehicles. Altair ProductDesign, with our other high-tech partners, is helping us get there through its proven systems engineering approach, expertise and technology gained in the automotive industry and beyond,” said Oliver Kuttner, CEO of Edison2. “We recognize the value that Altair’s simulation-driven design method has brought to companies worldwide. By partnering with Altair engineers very early on in the design phase, we expect to uncover new approaches to a successful design for our next- generation Very Light Car.”

Edison2 won the top prize ($5 million) in the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize with the Very Light Car, an unprecedented combination of light weight and low aerodynamic drag. Weighing 830 lbs. and with a drag coefficient of 0.160 – lowest ever recorded at the GM Aero Lab – the VLC recorded 110 MPGe (EPA combined) at the X Prize, using a 250 cc internal combustion engine.  Edison2 then set a new record for electric car efficiency, with the four-passenger eVLC obtaining 245 MPGe on the EPA five-cycle test.  Underlying the achievements of the Very Light Car is a new automotive architecture. A patented in-wheel suspension enables superior aerodynamics, simplified connection points, better structural load paths and a design that is lightweight using conventional materials.  It also allows a lightweight car to be safe, through a chassis that deflects on impact and an architecture that provides additional crushable space.

Currently a stunning new version of the Very Light Car is being designed and built in Edison2’s Lynchburg, Virginia, facility. The next-generation VLC is a completely new vehicle, using the same architecture and virtues of efficiency that won Edison2 the X Prize. It is designed to meet regulatory requirements – integrating bumpers into the wheel fairings, for example – and will have production-car fit-and-finish, safety, comfort and handling.

For more information, visit: www.edison2.com

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Altair Engineering, Inc., announced today that its HyperWorks CAE platform has been used by [AB]structures, an Italian structural design and engineering company, to structurally design and optimize the winning yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama 4. The yacht, skippered by Franck Cammas, claimed victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on July 9 in Galway, Ireland, after nine months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions.

It has been a busy year for [AB]structures, taking on the structural design of three of the six yachts in the 2011-2012 edition of the race:

  • Groupama winning the overall title, scoring the highest points of the offshore long distance legs and short course inshore racing series combined.
  • The yacht of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, finished third overall and winning the overall inshore racing championships.
  • Team Telefonica followed in fourth-place overall, after initially winning the first three legs of the race.

With the naval architecture carried out by Juan Yacht Design, each of these teams required different solutions from [AB]structures and pushed the design envelope.

The [AB]structures engineers employed several HyperWorks tools in the development of the successful yachts. They used HyperMesh, the meshing tool of the suite, to create finite element models, OptiStruct for optimization, the RADIOSS solver for linear and non-linear analysis, and HyperView to post-process the results. The Engineers used the tools extensively to design and optimize the carbon structures of all three Volvo Open 70 yachts and to help again achieve fundamental structural improvements over the older-generation yachts that competed in the 2008 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The combination of continuously updated, cutting-edge CAE technology and the extensive hands-on experience of [AB]structures’ designers has enabled the engineering company to deliver the best design for lightweight structural projects in all regions of the world.

“We structurally designed our first VO70 for the ABN AMRO White team in 2006,” said Andrea Avaldi of [AB]structures. “When we were contracted to structurally design Ericsson 3 and 4 for the 2008 Volvo Ocean Race, we wanted to further improve the weight optimization aspect and extended our use of HyperWorks. Beyond the optimization aspect, HyperWorks also includes the capability of simulating complex carbon-composites laminate sequences, which is helpful in our projects, since the VO70 yachts are designed and built completely from carbon composite. For the 2011-2012 edition, with Groupama, Puma and Telefonica all wanting different things at pretty much the same time, we would not have been able to deliver this kind of result in the set time frame without the technology provided by Altair.”

“The open architecture of HyperWorks has allowed us to integrate several design processes into one portal, which has partly automated our calculations and allowed us to have more time for the design aspect of structural engineering,” added Fabio Bressan. “It enables us to handle most of the development tasks in structural design not only within one user interface but also under the same license agreement, which is very attractive for companies like us. We continuously push the software boundaries, and throughout the entire process we are very well supported by Altair’s technical team.”

[AB]structures intends to continue working with Altair and HyperWorks on current and future projects, such as the Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran and wings for the 34th America´s Cup 2013.

“We congratulate the Groupama Team and [AB]structures on their outstanding success and are happy to have had the opportunity to be part of such a remarkable project,” said Mauro Guglielminotti, director for Southern Europe and Africa at Altair Engineering. “HyperWorks is the best CAE suite that structural design companies like [AB]structures can use, since it provides the tools needed to drive an optimized design process; and, thanks to the unique licensing system, opens up a whole world of CAE tools, while engineers only pay for what they use.”

For more information, visit: www.altairhyperworks.com or www.volvooceanrace.org

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Altair, developer of the popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software suite, today announced the addition of Finnish-based Componeering Inc. to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). Componeering Inc.'s software ESAComp is a composite modeling tool that aids engineers in the design and structural analysis of composites.

HyperWorks customers can access ESAComp through the HWPA, a suite of third-party applications from HyperWorks partners that can be employed with the same units used to invoke HyperWorks software. The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units allow users to access the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available at no incremental cost and with no long-term commitment.

As a standalone software tool with the ability to interface with finite element software packages, ESAComp fits seamlessly and efficiently into any design process. The European Space Agency (ESA) initiated the development of ESAComp in the early 1990s. The goal was to create a standard tool to replace the various in-house codes used by the aerospace industry for the analysis and design of composite structures. Today, users of ESAComp come from all industries using high-performance composites.

"ESAComp software primarily addresses the conceptual and preliminary design phases – in other words, parts of the design cycle that are not well-addressed by finite element software packages alone," said Markku Palantera, CEO of Componeering. "Studies show that simulation brings real cost savings in product design when it is sufficiently applied in the early phases, which then reduces the number of required design iterations. Focusing on this area, ESAComp makes a perfect match with HyperWorks."

ESAComp is used from preliminary design to the more advanced analyses that are necessary for final design verification. Its comprehensive material database forms the basis for design studies. ESAComp has a vast set of analysis capabilities for laminates and sandwich constructions and it also includes micromechanical analyses. It further contains additional tools to address structural elements, including but not limited to cylinders, columns, and panels.

"It is very exciting for us to welcome Componeering into the HyperWorks Partner Alliance," said Antoine Poussier, Altair vice president of global partner programs. "The addition of a technology such as ESAComp helps deepen Altair's offering in composites modeling and analysis and exemplifies once again Altair's commitment to providing its users with the broadest range of CAE solutions."

The HWPA is committed to providing its users the industry's most comprehensive offering of software applications across multiple relevant domains related to computer-aided engineering. The addition of ESAComp further increases the flexibility of the HyperWorks Units and strengthens the overall value of Altair HyperWorks.

For more information, visit: www.esacomp.com or www.hyperworksalliance.com

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today released the first version of its popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software suite that is designed to run on Mac OS X. The Mac version offers the same high-performance CAE capabilities and intuitive user interface as the original Windows and Linux versions of HyperWorks, but it enables users to capitalize on the Mac’s advanced memory management system, robust platform and fast, Unix-based operating system.

While Windows-based systems have some tools available that can mimic a Unix-like environment, they often come with limitations to their capabilities, especially when working with large files. HyperWorks for Mac offers more flexibility to users, who now can use their platform of choice – whether Windows, Linux or Mac OS X – for their CAE analysis. Moreover, it opens the world of CAE to a broader range of industries and professions that traditionally work with Mac systems.

“With this platform, we extend the availability of HyperWorks to designers and other creative professionals,” noted Paolo Sansalvadore, senior vice president of modeling and visualization, “people who don’t primarily crunch numbers but who interact with the software to visualize their creations and can benefit from the HyperWorks user experience. Altair’s concept and industrial design products, solidThinking Evolve and Inspire, are already available on both Windows and Mac OS X.”

Scientists comprise another important user group that will be able to take advantage of HyperWorks running on the Mac, since much of their work is designed and executed on Mac computers. Last but not least, the new software version also makes CAE more accessible to a broader range of computer-aided design professionals conceiving products largely on Mac systems.

"Much of my work deals with being able to transform data from very large files into formats that allow further specialized analysis and visualization and having the capability to use the Mac OS operating system allows me to get my work done on one machine without having to deal with compatibility, transfer media issues, etc.," said Mary Leibolt, a structural acoustics analyst at the Naval Warfare Center, Carderock Division. "This is especially important for classified work, where data transfer between machines is cumbersome at best. It would be a great advantage to be able to create models on the same machine that I do most of my work – especially for classified applications as data transfer between machines in a secure environment can become quite complicated."

The extension of HyperWorks to the Mac OS is part of the evolution of Altair software to new devices and platforms. A cloud-based software-as-a-service, HyperWorks On-Demand, is now available through a modern service oriented architecture web-app for running, monitoring and managing simulation workloads and results (Altair Compute Manager). Altair will also offer enhanced mobility through several iOS apps currently under development.

HyperWorks, a platform for innovation, is a comprehensive simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. HyperWorks provides a tightly integrated suite of best-in-class tools for all facets of the simulation process: modeling, analysis, optimization, visualization, reporting and collaborative knowledge management. Leveraging a revolutionary pay-per-usage licensing model, HyperWorks delivers maximum value and flexibility for customers worldwide.

For more information, visit: www.altairhyperworks.com

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Altair, developer of the popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software suite, today announced the addition of C&R Technologies’ Sinaps® and SINDA/FLUINT thermal/fluid design software to the array of applications available through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA).  Sinaps combined with SINDA/FLUINT is a comprehensive finite-difference, lumped parameter tool for heat transfer design analysis and fluid flow analysis in complex systems. It is used by more than 500 companies globally spanning the aerospace, electronics, petrochemical, biomedical, and automotive industries. Sinaps provides flow modeling analysis allowing abstraction and simplification of complex systems.

Altair HyperWorks customers can access Sinaps and SINDA/FLUINT through the HWPA, a suite of third-party applications from HyperWorks partners that can be employed with the same units used to invoke HyperWorks software. The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units empowers users to deploy the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available at no incremental cost and with no long-term commitment.

“SINDA/FLUINT has provided users with reputable heat transfer and fluid flow design and analysis software, which has proven itself repeatedly for several decades. This extensible tool saves time and money by giving users the means to better understand complex systems,” said Brent Cullimore, president of C&R Technologies. “Sinaps and SINDA/FLUINT are used in a diverse number of industries, including electronics, automotive, petrochemical, and aerospace, for the analysis of transient two-phase flow, compressors and turbines, automated calibration to test data, and for space exploration applications. With Sinaps and SINDA/FLUINT’s addition to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, C&R Technologies has the opportunity to leverage Altair’s global customer base to reach and empower engineers in new markets.”

Sinaps provides advanced off-the-shelf thermohydraulic model systems while also providing an advanced design module for design optimization, test correlation, and reliability engineering.  Sinaps can also be used to analyze turbomachinery and rotating passages for secondary flows. The thermophysical property database manager supports temperature-dependent properties and the fluid property library contains over 100 working fluids, plus the option to add user-defined fluids.  Post-processing capabilities allow users to visualize results, and integration with Microsoft Excel allow for tabular data postprocessing and plotting. This software is useful for engines, spacecraft and launch vehicle thermal analysis, electronics, turbomachinery, oil and gas pipelines, and alternative energy systems.

“We are very pleased to welcome C&R in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance.  Adding leading solutions such as Sinaps and SINDA/FLUINT to our current technology lineup will deepen the thermal analysis offering available to our global user base,” said Antoine Poussier, vice president of global partner programs at Altair. “This new partnership demonstrates once again Altair’s commitment to bringing its customers the most comprehensive platform of on-demand CAE applications delivered through its innovative licensing model.”

The HWPA provides one of the most comprehensive offerings of software applications across multiple relevant domains related to computer-aided engineering. With the addition of C&R Technologies’ software, the flexibility of the HyperWorks Units extends even further and increases the overall value of HyperWorks to its customers.

Altair’s HyperWorks platform for enterprise analytics employs a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model where customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed and third-party software applications on-demand. The HyperWorks Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from 28 internally developed solutions to more than 50 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI.

For more information, visit: www.hyperworksalliance.com

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During the 2012 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC2012), Altair Engineering Inc. will bring aerospace to the forefront of its agenda and underscore the significant impact of technology on the evolution of the industry. Veteran astronaut T.K. Mattingly will deliver one of the event’s most anticipated keynote addresses, followed by several aerospace-focused sessions that will concentrate on industry-wide advanced technology application.

As one of the premier product lifecycle management (PLM) events for the advanced manufacturing community, HTC2012 will be held May 15-17 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is expected to draw more than 600 professionals, many from the aerospace industry’s leading manufacturers.

The conference will commence with insights from T.K. Mattingly, veteran Apollo program and shuttle astronaut, who will present the first keynote address and provide attendees a glimpse into the progress that advancements in simulation have sparked in aerospace.

“During my time in both the space program and in the private sector, I have witnessed firsthand the ways that the aerospace industry has adapted and advanced through the application of simulation technology and intelligence,” said Mattingly. “I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to share my experiences and insights during the HTC among some of the most knowledgeable engineers in the industry, who are leading this continued innovation.

”Several aerospace-focused presentations and case studies will be introduced at the conference by industry experts from Altair ProductDesign, AAI, ATK, Boeing, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who will discuss:

  • Concept design optimization, lightweighting and composites
  • Parts optimization for use in ambient and cryogenic conditions
  • Altair ProductDesign’s development of custom automation for rapid modeling
  • Benefits and best practices learned through the establishment of onsite optimization centers
  • Finite-element modeling and crash testing for performance and design insights
  • Energy-absorption design for reducing safety-device-related injuries in crash conditions

“The presentations slated for the HTC concentrate on many of the critical issues experienced now by manufacturers across the industry and the ways we are implementing advanced simulation to address them,” said Robert Yancey, Altair senior director of global aerospace and marine. “We expect these presentations will provide a valuable platform for aerospace executives to discuss and see firsthand how our customers are using HyperWorks to develop new designs and make the engineering and analysis process more efficient, driving innovation, efficiency and productivity.”  

As Altair strives to bring great technology forward with its design and domain expertise, the 2012 HTC will encompass simulation, predictive analytics, optimization, high-performance computing and cloud architectures to help users make better engineering and business decisions. The centerpiece attractions of HTC events worldwide are the customer experience stories describing the various real-life scenarios and successes of using HyperWorks, Altair's simulation software suite. HyperWorks includes tools for modeling, analysis, visualization and data management capabilities for linear and non-linear, structural optimization, fluid-structure interaction, computational fluid dynamics and multi-body dynamics applications.

HTC2012 is Altair’s premier annual event and is free for all attendees. For more information and to register, visit: www.altairhtc.com

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Altair Engineering announced the release of AcuSolve V1.8b, a powerful new version of its finite element based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software. The advanced analysis tool, which offers superior robustness, speed and accuracy for analyzing complex designs driven by multiphysics and multidisciplinary simulations, introduces many new features and improvements in its post-processing, solver and pre-processing capabilities while dramatically enhancing the user experience.

Post-processor: Managing more complex CFD data

AcuSolve V1.8b offers a new and improved version of AcuFieldView. This OEM version of Intelligent Light’s class-leading FieldView CFD post-processor furnishes the ability to manage large and complex CFD data visualization requirements.  It incorporates Intelligent Light’s most recent advancements in FieldView, including a new codebase that produces optimized graphics performance and a common graphical user interface (GUI) on all platforms.

The new AcuFieldView provides eight-way parallel operation instead of the standard four-way parallel FieldView base model. As a result, it is able to manage the largest AcuSolve results efficiently, with no model size limits or feature restrictions. With the addition of AcuFieldView to AcuSolve, users gain complete CFD capability, from pre-processing through solver solutions and post-processing, all within the AcuSolve solution environment. Customers will have access to these capabilities through their purchased pool of HyperWorks Units, the innovative token-based licensing model from Altair.

Solver: New turbulence models and viscoelastic material model

The AcuSolve V1.8b solver implements three new turbulence models:

•    SST (Menter’s Shear Stress Transport model)

•    SST-DES (SST-Detached Eddy Simulation model)

•    k-omega (2008 Variant of Wilcox’s k-ω model)

The addition of these new turbulence models provides a broader selection of turbulence modeling options within AcuSolve. Extensive work has been done to produce a robust implementation with an optimal convergence rate. These selections add to AcuSolve’s existing key turbulence models including LES (Large Eddy Simulation), DES (Detached Eddy Simulation), and other RANS models.

Pre-Processing: Edge-based surface mesh extrusions

AcuSolve V1.8b features full support for edge-based surface mesh extrusions through the AcuConsole GUI. With this powerful technique, users can mesh highly anisotropic (directionally dependent) features while retaining the simplicity and flexibility of automatic unstructured meshing on complex geometries.

Other features in the new release serve to increase performance and further improve the user experience. For example, compared to the previous AcuSolve version, improvements on domain decomposition for massively parallel applications allow V1.8b to deliver as much as a 15-times reduction in pre-processing time on large models with high core counts. This dramatic performance improvement comes at no expense in memory consumption.

“AcuSolve is highly valued for its speed, accuracy and robustness that make it the technology leader for CFD simulations,” said Farzin Shakib, vice president of CFD technology at Altair. “This release continues to build AcuSolve’s reputation for providing high-quality, fast, and robust solutions by introducing new physical models, techniques to reduce computation time, and a powerful post-processing solution.”

Registered Altair clients can download AcuSolve from the HyperWorks software downloads site and use it with their current HyperWorks license.

For more information, visit: www.altairhyperworks.com/Product,54,AcuSolve.aspx

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Altair, developer of the popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software suite, today announced the official addition of RadTherm to the array of applications available through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). RadTherm heat-transfer software is a professional thermal simulation tool for comprehensive CAE analysis of both steady-state and transient-heat transfer conditions. RadTherm is equipped with a complete temperature-distribution and heat-rates solver for radiation, conduction and convection, allowing users to evaluate engineering design tradeoffs in the early stages of development and then optimize and validate the final product designs.

Altair HyperWorks customers can access RadTherm through the HWPA, a suite of third-party applications from HyperWorks partners that can be employed with the same units used to invoke HyperWorks software. The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units empowers users to deploy the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available at no incremental cost and with no long-term commitment.

“In the automotive, aerospace, architectural and military communities, the RadTherm software package has become a popular thermal-management CAE tool for solving heat-transfer problems and producing comprehensive thermal-management solutions,” said Keith Johnson, CEO of ThermoAnalytics, Inc. “RadTherm’s Battery Thermal Electric module can perform coupled thermal-electrical analysis of a battery cell or pack for modeling  realistic, time-varying loads and charges to optimize performance and battery life of electric vehicles. Each industry presents unique thermal challenges that can drastically influence the performance of a product, and ThermoAnalytics software was built to meet these challenges with both speed and accuracy.”

RadTherm is a thermal modeling program that predicts the full heat-transfer solution for a component or full system. From the temperature or heat-rate results, users can modify the design and test the system's response to this change. RadTherm also includes the advanced modules 3D Solid Conduction, Battery Thermal Electric, and Human Thermal Comfort.

Automated integration with CFD allows the analyst to employ three-dimensional convection from all major CFD applications, while leveraging RadTherm's power for system-level transient analysis. RadTherm’s speed and flexibility makes it an ideal complement to CFD, both as a precursor in the early design stages and as a full transient analysis for a time-varying simulation scenario.

“With RadTherm as well as CFD products like AcuSolve, SC/Tetra, and STREAM all available through the HyperWorks platform, Altair customers are equipped with an all-inclusive toolset for thermal management,” said Antoine Poussier, vice president of Global Partner Programs at Altair. “It is this combination of broad simulation capabilities and on-demand accessibility that illustrates Altair’s distinct value proposition and sets us apart as a leader in the CAE marketplace.”

The HWPA strives to provide the most comprehensive offering of software applications across multiple relevant domains related to computer-aided engineering. The addition of RadTherm further enhances the flexibility of the HyperWorks Units and the overall value of Altair HyperWorks.

For more information, visit: www.thermoanalytics.com or www.hyperworksalliance.com

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Altair, developer of the popular HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software, today announced the official release of the KEY to METALS material database in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). KEY to METALS is the world's most comprehensive metals database, with more than 4.5 million property records spanning in excess of 175,000 materials. Using KEY to METALS international cross-reference tables, it is possible to find and compare materials from around the world and carry out essential comparison work for detailed material property information, such as chemical compositions, mechanical and physical properties, heat treatment diagrams and properties at elevated temperatures. In addition to the expansive KEY to METALS data set, the integrated Extended Range module works seamlessly with the database functionality to bring a unique resource of advanced properties to the user.

Altair HyperWorks customers can access KEY to METALS through the HWPA, a suite of third-party applications from HyperWorks partners that can be accessed with the same units used to invoke HyperWorks software. The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units empowers users to deploy the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available at no incremental cost or long-term commitment.

"The KEY to METALS database is an invaluable tool for engineers who require in-depth, accurate material property information without the need for time-consuming research through the masses of literature out there," said Dr. Viktor Pocajt, CEO of Key to Metals AG. "This comprehensive resource empowers users to make decisions in the design phase that can drastically improve accuracy of predictive material behavior under a range of conditions and therefore help secure the quality and reliability of the finished product. The HyperWorks Partner Alliance distribution model allows Altair customers the unique ability to access KEY to METALS and other partner applications on demand. The ease of deployment will help us expose new users to KEY to METALS and expand our market share globally."

The KEY to METALS Extended Range dataset in synergy with the standard KEY to METALS data provides users with an unparalleled material properties resource for advanced structural and thermal calculations and analysis. Providing stress-strain curves, fatigue data, fracture mechanics information and creep data for thousands of materials, Extended Range is designed to save time and money through intelligent search methods and enhance the depth and quality of information required for CAE and FEA analysis.

"KEY to METALS allows customers to compare and select the optimal materials for their product design," said Antoine Poussier, vice president of global partner programs at Altair.  "Access to detailed and accurate metal material properties is an important asset to manufacturers in nearly every domain, and combined with the innovative HyperWorks licensing system, the HWPA brings this powerful resource to customers in a cost-effective way."

The HWPA strives to provide the most comprehensive offering of software applications across multiple relevant domains related to computer-aided engineering. The addition of KEY to METALS further enhances the flexibility of the HyperWorks Units and the overall value of Altair HyperWorks.

Key to Metals AG is the developer of KEY to METALS, the world's most comprehensive metal materials database, and has provided the engineering community with its invaluable resource for over a decade. Now a truly multilingual platform, the only one of its kind, KEY to METALS supports global business by being available in 19 languages. Offering the most dynamic update policy on the market and certified data quality, KEY to METALS ensures its users are provided with the most up to date and accurate information available. The primary focus of Key to Metals AG is to provide the engineering world with the most complete and comprehensive material resource available while continually increasing its power and functionality to add vast amounts of value to businesses and activities we support.

Altair's HyperWorks platform for enterprise analytics employs a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model where customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed and third-party software applications on-demand. The HyperWorks Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from 28 internally developed solutions to more than 50 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI.

For more information, visit: www.keytometals.com or www.hyperworksalliance.com

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced the release of the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition, a personal academic version of the popular suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software used by manufacturers around the world. The Student Edition affordably offers opportunities for engineering and design students to gain experience in computer simulation with the same software that engineering professionals use to design and develop everything from aircraft and automobiles to computer chips and golf clubs. As part of the global roll-out the program, the first 200 students in each country to register at the Altair Online Store will receive the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition for free.

“Simulation is the fastest-growing market sector in the PLM market, from the earliest phases of conceptual design through to manufacturing the product, and demand is high for graduates with simulation experience,” said Dr. Matthias Goelke, business development director for academic markets at Altair Engineering. “Our goal with this program is to simply make our commercial tools and training materials more broadly available to students to expose and encourage careers in engineering and CAE.”

The HyperWorks Student Edition is immediately available for purchase through Altair’s Online Store (https://secure.altair.com/onlinestore) and includes access to core HyperWorks commercial technologies that support the complete CAE workflow process for various solution types and applications. These include:

Modeling (Pre-processing): HyperMesh®
Linear/Nonlinear Analysis: RADIOSS™
Topology/Topography Design Optimization: OptiStruct®
Composites Simulation and Optimization: RADIOSS™, OptiStruct®
Results Visualization (Post-processing): HyperView®
Data Analysis and Plotting: HyperGraph®
Personal Simulation Management: HyperWorks Collaboration Tools™

“It is exciting news that the student version of HyperWorks is now available,” says Dr. Wei Chen, Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design at Northwestern University.  “This program truly demonstrates Altair’s commitment to enhancing students’ learning experiences outside of the classroom so that they can reinforce their engineering knowledge and classroom instruction.”

The HyperWorks Student Edition program further extends and complements Altair’s ongoing academia support initiatives which include discounted university licensing programs, Altair’s University Fellowship program, and collegiate competitions like Formula SAE. A key differentiator of this program is that, for a nominal fee, students can now install HyperWorks locally on their personal hardware and access self-guided training materials for independent study outside of the university network infrastructure.

“The HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition is an important and highly appreciated add-on to the HyperWorks suite that I use for teaching. My students now can use a commercial CAE software package locally on their own hardware, which gives all of us a great deal of flexibility,” said Prof. Dr. Uwe Janoske, University of Wuppertal, Germany.

With the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition, students receive an extended set of e-learning tutorials and a complementary Starter Kit Manual – a HyperWorks best practice guide for beginners. The Student Edition also contains a simplified FEM process guide embedded within the software, which is especially valuable to students who do not have existing knowledge of the syntax of a finite-element solver or the HyperWorks philosophy. This highly automated process reduces the user interaction to a minimum and thus is an extremely helpful tool. Additional online training resources include Altair’s Academic Blog (www.altairuniversity.com), a HyperWorks knowledge repository that focuses specifically on the needs of students, teachers and researchers.

More details about the HyperWorks 11.0 Student Edition can be found at: www.altairhyperworks.com/student

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced the general availability of HyperWorks On-Demand (HWOD), a high-performance computing (HPC) solution for design innovation in the Cloud. HWOD leverages Altair’s patented licensing system, providing access to HyperWorks and a modern, scalable HPC infrastructure through a secure and efficient Web-based platform.

Customers can use their existing HyperWorks Units (HWUs) or purchase a pool of HWUs residing on HWOD to gain access to an extensive selection of Altair products and the HPC infrastructure required to run those applications. The Altair products currently available on HWOD include RADIOSS, a multi-disciplinary finite element solver for structural analysis; OptiStruct, a structural optimization solver; AcuSolve, a finite-element-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver; and Altair’s BatchMesher, a high-fidelity finite element mesher for large assemblies. Additional solutions, including solvers from the HyperWorks Partner Alliance and HyperWorks desktop applications, will be added soon.

“The fluctuating demand for computing resources is a reality that enterprises across all industries increasingly face in today’s product design environment,” said Martin Nichols, EVP Global Alliances and Operations for Altair Engineering. “For more than a decade Altair has provided customers flexibility and value through our unique HyperWorks ‘pay-per-usage’ license model; we are now extending the power of HWUs, providing access to a complete HPC environment. HWOD finally brings software, platform and infrastructure as a service – SaaS, PaaS and IaaS – to our customers within a single and intuitive solution.”

HWOD is the only HPC cloud offering that allows customers to simultaneously leverage the power of their existing software licenses (in this case, HyperWorks Units) to access HPC hardware and Altair’s best-in-class CAE products. It supports multi-tenancy where each customer (tenant) gains access to dedicated resources within a secure environment. HWOD utilizes the HyperWorks Enterprise infrastructure, which provides the users with an intuitive and powerful interface. Users first generate the model on their desktop, then upload their data to the Altair cloud and quickly obtain their results. Project workloads can be submitted, monitored and reviewed anytime, anywhere.

“Altair HyperWorks On-Demand is an excellent solution to Dorel's growing computational requirements,” said Altair customer Rajiv Menon, director of R&D, Advanced Technologies & CAE for Dorel Juvenile Group. “It provides immediate access to high-performance computing resources at an attractive rate. HyperWorks On-Demand and RADIOSS – Altair's solver for FE analysis – have become standard tools for product design and validation at Dorel.”

The HWOD platform uses the market-leading HPC workload management capability of Altair’s PBS Professional, as well as state-of-the-art job scheduling, monitoring and analytics tools for efficient resource utilization, access to the cloud for job submission and subsequent accounting.

Altair can also provide turnkey and configurable private cloud solutions, offering all the efficiency and flexibility of HWOD completely within the customer’s firewall.

For more information about HWOD, visit: www.hyperworksondemand.com

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced the release of HyperWorks 11.0, the latest version of the engineering industry’s most popular computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite. Highlights of HyperWorks 11.0 include the addition of two new software products to the HyperWorks suite; AcuSolve and solidThinking. It also offers a greatly extended breadth of solver solutions in RADIOSS, allowing engineers to efficiently address today’s complex design challenges.

HyperWorks 11.0 was officially unveiled today during Altair’s opening keynote address at the 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (#HTC2011) taking place June 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.

“With HyperWorks 11.0, we have achieved even more extensive integration and automation of functions, freeing engineers to use their creativity and talents to innovate, rather than focusing the majority of their time on data input and management,” said Altair HyperWorks Chief Technology Officer Dr. Uwe Schramm. “Our revolutionary ‘pay-for-use’ token-based business model allows engineers to try more types of software solutions and employ HyperWorks 11.0 for more tasks than ever before.”

Extending the value of HyperWorks with every release
Continuing the tradition of enriching the value of HyperWorks with every release, HyperWorks 11.0 adds two new software products to its portfolio: AcuSolve, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) flow and multi-physics solver, and solidThinking, a 3D conceptual modeling and visualization software. These additions increase the already impressive suite of solutions within the HyperWorks simulation platform. Further extending HyperWorks is the growing list of partner solutions within the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. The partner solutions are available to HyperWorks customers through their existing HyperWorks licenses.

Creating the most sophisticated multi-physics solver platform
Altair’s addition of AcuSolve expands the HyperWorks solver breadth into the CFD space, bringing a powerful CFD solution to designers and research engineers at all levels of expertise. AcuSolve enables engineers to quickly obtain quality solutions and solve the largest and most complex mission critical industrial problems, especially for transient flow and fluid-structure interaction.

The RADIOSS finite element solver in HyperWorks 11.0 can perform new analysis types, including response spectrum, complex eigenvalues and pre-stressed normal modes, as well as material and geometric non-linear implicit analysis. RADIOSS now provides a breakthrough in performance with an advanced mass-scaling technology and a new multi-domain implementation that increases the speed and accuracy of detailed explicit simulation.

Increasing productivity through improved usability and new HyperMesh capabilities
HyperWorks 11.0 modernizes the CAE modeling and visualization environment by integrating the power of two industry leaders, HyperMesh and HyperView, into one desktop framework solution. In addition, significant improvements to the look and feel help to create the most easy-to-use interface yet.

In HyperWorks 11.0, HyperMesh expands on its dominance in meshing technology, adding acoustic cavity meshing and extensions to mid-surface algorithms, as well as full 3D visualization of shell and beam models in the modeling environment.

Embedded collaboration tools new in HyperWorks
Altair HyperWorks now includes a new set of collaboration tools, providing out-of-the-box enterprise capabilities that transform the enterprise CAE data and process management into a natural and enjoyable experience. These capabilities, tightly integrated with the HyperWorks desktop applications, bring an intuitive user-centric experience for managing personal and team CAE data and processes without leaving the familiar HyperWorks environment.

Design and optimization improvements
Enhancements to OptiStruct advance the state-of-the art in design optimization—the key to simulation-driven innovation—for geometric and material non-linear problems. OptiStruct now adds multi-start point optimization to avoid becoming locked within a local solution.

Multi-body dynamics solution improvement
HyperWorks 11.0 supplies a customizable end-to-end multi-body solution across many use-cases and disciplines. For example, in automotive and mechanism design, a full vehicle wizard supports HTire and FTire applications in the HyperWorks MotionView and MotionSolve solutions. In MotionSolve, control systems capabilities are greatly improved.

Enhanced engineering and manufacturing solutions
The new release offers more knowledge capture capabilities for vertical processes in engineering and manufacturing. It provides new user profiles for CFD and for simulation of noise and vibration, crash testing and drop tests. Durability Director becomes available for solving durability tests from load assessment to life estimation.

Hundreds of other improvements and enhancements make 11.0 the most feature-rich HyperWorks release to date.

For additional detail and a complete listing of the new features, enhancements and improvements offered within HyperWorks 11.0, visit: www.altairhyperworks.com/hw11

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Montréal-based Bombardier Aerospace under which the aircraft manufacturer will expand its use of the HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering tools as a strategic solution for computer modeling of airframes and conducting finite-element analysis.

Since 2007, Altair has worked with Bombardier Aerospace to demonstrate time and cost savings gained from using HyperWorks. Now, Bombardier Aerospace has selected HyperWorks as a key option for its stress engineering groups, and as a result of the new agreement, will introduce the benefits of HyperWorks more widely throughout its Engineering teams.

“During the past four years, we have trained many Bombardier Aerospace stress engineers to use our modeling, visualization and optimization technology, and thanks to our pro-active technical support, these engineers now use HyperWorks as their standard analysis platform,” said Altair Canada President Jean Pierre Roux. “We are very pleased with this wider expansion of HyperWorks at Bombardier Aerospace. We look forward to increasing our cooperation, and I am confident that both parties will continue to benefit from this relationship.”

Bombardier Aerospace will expand the use of HyperMesh and HyperView, two technologies within the HyperWorks suite, for finite-element modeling of aircraft structures, from the component level to the full aircraft. In addition, Bombardier will join many other aerospace manufacturers who use Altair’s OptiStruct and HyperStudy to optimize aerospace structural designs for weight reduction, robust design and design efficiency.

“HyperWorks will offer Bombardier Aerospace a new level of productivity and efficiency,” said Altair Executive Director of Global Aerospace Bob Yancey. “The unique simulation, optimization and rapid modeling technologies within HyperWorks will aid Bombardier in developing more efficient designs while bringing its products to market more rapidly.”

“We consider Altair to be a strategic supplier for design and analysis tools and look forward to further strengthening our business relationship in the future,” said Guy Lambert, Director, Experimental, Design, Material and Processes and Standards, Bombardier Aerospace. “Through our new agreement with Altair, we will benefit from the efficiencies that HyperWorks offers in the design and development of our products.”

During the June 2011 HyperWorks Technology Conference in Orlando, Fla., Bombardier Aerospace is scheduled to present a paper focusing on its use of HyperWorks for computer modeling of aircraft.

Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 25-year track record for high-end software and consulting services for engineering, computing and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries.

For more information visit: www.altair.com and www.altairhtc.com

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that the staffing division of Altair ProductDesign, its product development business, has doubled its active engineering specialists onsite at manufacturers and suppliers throughout the U.S. during the last 12 months. This represents exceptional growth for the staffing business, which is currently looking to fill more than 1,000 open positions for skilled engineers and designers across the U.S. during 2011.

Altair ProductDesign's staffing business helps its customers to fulfill engineering and design resource requirements by accessing a qualified database of highly skilled workers, accurately matching the resource need with the skills of the candidates. Engineers are staffed rapidly to work under the direction of the client either onsite at customers' premises or offsite at one of Altair's own offices.

"With the world economic climate still in recovery, it is encouraging to see so many skilled engineering positions opening up across multiple industries," said Mike Heskitt, Chief Operating Officer of Altair ProductDesign. "Altair's staffing business has stepped up to the challenge of filling these critical positions with highly qualified staff."

With this landmark reached and ambitious growth predictions set for the coming year, Altair ProductDesign is planning to expand with the establishment of new services operations in both Italy and Spain during 2011. These new operations will increase the total number of global integrated offices to more than 40, allowing the company to supply its specialized product-development, process-automation and staffing services to meet the needs of clients in these growing regions.

From its origins as an automotive design and engineering services supplier, Altair ProductDesign has expanded its simulation-driven design practices into a wide range of industries, including aerospace, energy, packaging, consumer goods and rail. The company specializes in optimization and weight reduction by combining its engineering expertise with the experience of applying HyperWorks, Altair's own industry-leading computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite. This focus on designing products at optimum weight drives product-performance improvements and cost reductions for clients, while acting as both service provider and software developer gives Altair a unique level of engineering and technical expertise to fuel innovation in its client engagements.

"Although there are many engineering software companies around the world and even more engineering services companies, Altair is unique in the way it has maintained a strong interplay between the two business, benefiting businesses and ultimately, the customer," said Jeff Brennan, Chief Marketing Officer of Altair Engineering. "Altair is perhaps more widely known for its HyperWorks simulation software suite, but Altair's engineering services division has experienced continued growth since its establishment in 1985, with this year's revenues expected to increase by more than 15 percent compared to 2010."

Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 500 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering, Inc., this organization is best known for its leadership in combining its engineering expertise with computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation and automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (i.e., Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market faster.

For more information visit: www.altairproductdesign.com

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services empowering client innovation and decision-making, today announced that Altair’s 7th CAE Technology Conference attracted over 300 engineers and simulation experts from UK industry confirming the 7th CAE Technology Conference as one of the most important events in the UK engineering calendar.  

Ten high quality presentations represented a diverse range of industries including aerospace, automotive, defence, nuclear and water. Topics included optimisation, composites, NVH, safety, solver sessions for accurate structural analysis, multi-body dynamics, and more. Keynotes from Jaguar Land Rover and Airbus reviewed some of the challenges facing CAE simulation today. Mark Stanton, Group Chief Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover discussed the transition from physical testing to virtual testing and the use of Altair’s HyperWorks simulation tools to significantly reduce the design time and cost of producing quality vehicles. Tim Galsworthy, Head of Airframe Architecture, Airbus UK, discussed aircraft design integration requirements and their influence on component optimization for the A350 program.

One automotive technical presentation came from David Fothergill, SVT & Bentley Motors Ltd. His paper entitled “The Use of System Modelling Techniques to Filter Test Measurements and Drive a Physical NVH Simulator” demonstrated the application of HyperWorks to provide directional guidance in the design and development of luxury vehicles.

“The Conference was a great event,” said David Fothergill, who presented for SVT & Bentley Motors Ltd. “We were impressed not only by the number of attendees, but also by the cross-section of industries and interests. SVT attracted lot of interest in their desktop simulator and were kept quite busy demonstrating it. All in all, a great day!”

Another interesting paper from the water industry was presented by Tuan Ta, Research Scientist, Innovation, Thames Water. His paper “Free Surface Flow Simulation with Acusim in the Water Industry" showed the audience how AcuSolve, a leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver within the HyperWorks suite, was used to understand water surface flow and its free surface boundary when designing and optimising water systems including storage tanks.

Engineers from two formula one teams also presented at the conference: Jonathan Heal, Senior Stress Engineer, McLaren Racing, presented a paper titled “Optimisation Study of a Formula One Front Wing”. He described how using HyperMesh and OptiStruct helped them develop a composite laminate for the front wing of a formula one car to ensure maximum performance and minimum weight. Dave Mylett, Senior Structures Analyst, presented a paper for Force India F1. His paper titled “Principal Roll Structure Design Using Non-Linear Implicit Optimisation in Radioss” discussed how the team used RADIOSS to design and develop a principal roll structure to meet FIA safety regulations. Both teams relied on HyperWorks to ensure their cars could deliver the required performance targets while taking into account the strict safety standards set by the FIA.

"I am proud to say that this high level of attendance is an endorsement to how well the HyperWorks tools are respected in industry today. Our conferences present an excellent platform for engineers from across industry to communicate their work and interact with others to drive the CAE industry forward.” said David Mason, Managing Director, Altair Engineering UK. “It is encouraging to learn that most attendees would recommend the conference to their colleagues as a great networking forum, and that most rated the technical quality of the papers as either excellent or very good. All feedback from the conference will be used to improve our next conference for 2013,” added Mr Mason.

CRADLE was this year’s gold sponsors, and they were joined by other HyperWorks partners – Moldex3D, e-Xstream and FEMFAT Software. Other sponsors included Safe Technology, AMD and Applied Computing & Engineering. In addition to the sponsors, the following exhibitors presented their innovations: McLaren Racing (composite front wing of a F1 car), Force India F1 (roll hoop of a F1 car), SELEX Galileo (Ariel Towed Radar Decoy), SVT (desktop NVH Simulator), Airbus (Airbus A350 parts) and Jaguar Land Rover (Range Rover Evoque & Jaguar XKRS).

For more information on the UK CAE Technology Conference and for a list of papers presented visit: www.altairhyperworks.co.uk/technology

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Eight automotive original-equipment manufacturers and suppliers will discuss innovative ways they are using computer simulation in the design and testing of their latest initiatives when they participate in the 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC2011). The conference, hosted by Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., June 22-23.

Keynotes will be offered by John Viera, director of sustainability for Ford Motor Company, and Kent Day, engineering team technical director for Richard Childress Racing (RCR). Viera's presentation will focus on product sustainability efforts at Ford, including those related to electric and hydrogen vehicles as well as controlling carbon dioxide emissions. He also will outline the company's sustainable material strategies and the approaches and tools Ford leverages to deliver sustainability.

Day’s presentation will offer insights and experiences related to virtual engineering and discuss how a “virtual revolution” has significantly changed the auto industry and transformed NASCAR design. RCR employs a broad suite of simulation tools for racecar development and optimization, including Altair’s HyperWorks software for optimizing suspension component design.

“We needed a comprehensive solution to facilitate the racecar development and optimization process,” said Day. “The advanced meshing capabilities and optimization tools that HyperWorks offers are unparalleled in the industry, and we eagerly anticipate sharing our experiences with the advanced manufacturing community.”

Other presenters from the automotive sector will include executives from Aethra Automotive Systems of Brazil, Chrysler, Dana Corp., Honda R&D Americas, International Automotive Components (IAC) and Volvo Truck.

“Reports from federal agencies have made clear that autos are safer than they’ve been in many decades, thanks in part to an industry focus on designing safer structures and systems by using simulation tools like the HyperWorks suite,” said Tony Norton, Altair executive director of global automotive. “Now the auto industry is taking a similar approach to designing sustainability into powertrains, materials and components to better protect the environment and reduce dependence on foreign sources of oil. HyperWorks will continue to be a crucial innovation tool in these efforts.”

During the conference, Altair will introduce HyperWorks 11.0, the newest version of its suite of computer-aided engineering solutions. The software’s advanced features will be previewed at a pre-conference training session on Tuesday, June 21. Among the additions to HyperWorks 11.0 is the incorporation of recently acquired high-fidelity CFD solver AcuSolve™. AcuSolve integrates with Altair’s RADIOSS solver and its OptiStruct and HyperStudy optimization tools, increasing Altair’s offerings in CFD and multi-physics optimization.

HTC2011 is Altair’s premier annual event and is free for all attendees. The two-day conference will offer sessions on developments and trends in the areas of simulation-driven design practices, design optimization, data management, process automation and decision-support systems.

For more information and to register, visit: www.altairhtc.com

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As Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, prepares for its 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC2011), the company has announced that anticipated keynote speeches will focus on aerospace, sustainability and virtual engineering, while workshop agendas will address critical issues and technological developments influencing the advanced-manufacturing community.

To be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., June 22-23, HTC2011 will center on product lifecycle management (PLM) technology and its effects across a variety of advanced-manufacturing sectors, with particular focus on the aerospace industry. Robert Lightfoot, Jr., director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, will deliver the first keynote. He will address the challenges the Marshall Center faces and the ways it is seeking innovation to reposition itself for the future.

“The American aerospace industry is a leader in innovation, and it’s always been one of the economy’s strongest sectors,” said Lightfoot. “Given current domestic priorities and foreign competition, NASA and others in the industry are called upon to accept the challenge to adapt and change the way we do business.”

At HTC2011, members of the Altair executive team will lead several aerospace-focused workshops, sharing the company’s strides to inject innovative technology into the simulation, optimization and analysis of both commercial and military aircraft. Representatives from Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, the National Institute for Aviation Research, and Sikorsky also will be on hand to present insights on the results their organizations have achieved with PLM technology.

“The opportunity to gather aerospace professionals of this caliber under one roof for HTC2011 provides attendees with rare access to the latest in industry thought leadership,” said Robert Yancey, Altair executive director of global aerospace. “We are eagerly anticipating the knowledge sharing that will take place at the event.”

John Viera, Ford Motor Company director of sustainability, and Kent Day, engineering team technical director for Richard Childress Racing, also will present keynote speeches during the conference. Viera will discuss product sustainability from an automotive perspective, and Day will recount his experiences regarding implementation of virtual engineering in the NASCAR racing environment, which was aided by the use and integration of a broad suite of simulation tools, including Altair’s HyperWorks software.

At HTC2011, Altair also will introduce attendees to HyperWorks 11.0, the latest version of its suite of CAE solutions. A pre-conference training session, to be held on Tuesday, June 21, will focus on the software’s new features, including the incorporation of recently acquired high-fidelity CFD solver AcuSolve™. AcuSolve integrates with Altair’s RADIOSS solver and its OptiStruct and HyperStudy optimization tools, increasing Altair’s offerings in CFD and multi-physics optimization.

HTC2011 is Altair’s premier annual event and is free for all attendees. The two-day conference will offer sessions on advancements in the areas of simulation-driven design practices, design optimization, data management, process automation and decision-support systems.

For more information and to register, visit www.altairhtc.com

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empowers client innovation and decision-making, announced today that ABstructures, an Italian structural design company that develops sailboat structures for yachts that participate in the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, has extended its use of HyperWorks.

ABstructures has been using the HyperWorks suite since its foundation in 2008. The company initially employed OptiStruct, from the HyperWorks suite for topology optimization, along with HyperMesh, the HyperWorks meshing tool. In December 2010, the company extended its use of HyperWorks to RADIOSS, the product suite’s solver, to its development process for the analysis of the behavior of composite materials. Altair’s new agreement with ABstructures includes the rental of 20.000 Grid Works Units (GWUs) for 2011, providing the company with access to every product of the suite, including the use of HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA) products at no additional costs.

In the past, ABstructures applied the HyperWorks suite in the design of the winning Volvo Ocean Race yacht Ericsson 4 as well as the Ericsson 3 yacht. ABstructures is now using HyperWorks to design and optimize three yachts for the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race and is structurally designing for Artemis Racing, which will participate in the next America’s Cup in 2013 in San Francisco.

To design and optimize the carbon structures of the yachts, ABstructures is using HyperWorks together with other computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools to simulate composites and fluid-structure interactions. ABstructures has achieved fundamental structural improvements of all the yachts it has designed, compared to older-generation yachts. The combination of cutting-edge CAE technology and the extensive hands-on experience of ABstructures’ designers, as well as the close collaboration with Altair Engineering, have enabled the company to deliver the best design for lightweight structural projects.

“I began using HyperWorks in 2003 and have never stopped using it since then,” said Dr. Fabio Bressan, ABstructures. “When I first started to use HyperWorks, I was especially fond of its open platform and the ability to use it with any other available CAE or computer-aided design software. We also like the software suite because it enables us to handle most of the development tasks in structural design within one user interface and because it helps us to easily and quickly understand the challenges of our designs.”

“It immediately gives us the answers we need and therefore helps us drive new ideas and innovation,” adds Dr. Andrea Avaldi, ABstructures. “We particularly appreciate the morphing function within HyperMesh that allows us to change the geometry of our model and have it ready for another simulation run in 10 minutes; without HyperWorks, that would take us probably up to two or three days.”

“Last but not least, we appreciate the good collaboration between our engineers and Altair. The support is outstanding, and we are able to influence future software development by giving Altair our feedback on software enhancements and by testing them,” both designers agree.

“It is always a great pleasure to work with ABstructures,” said Cosimo Pannetta, country manager, Altair Italy. “The company is young and innovative, and the technical exchange between its team and ours is excellent and fruitful for both sides. We are glad ABstructures has decided to extend its use of HyperWorks and are confident that we have the right offering for the company’s needs. On the technical side, HyperWorks opens the possibility for ABstructures to do almost all of its simulation tasks in one software environment. Business-wise, Altair’s patented licensing system offers ABstructures a very flexible usage of all our products, including partner software, at a reasonable price. We are sure that this cooperation will last for many years.”

For more information visit: www.altairhyperworks.com or www.abstructures.com

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Altair Engineering Ltd, a leading global provider of technology and services that empowers client innovation and decision-making, have announced the world leading companies who will present visionary keynote addresses at Altair’s 7th CAE Technology Conference on the 10th May 2011 at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. They will discuss the current business challenges facing UK industry today, show their vision for the future of engineering and demonstrate the development of innovation in their industries. The keynote addresses will include:

•    Mark Stanton, Group Chief Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
•    Tim Galsworthy, Head of Airframe Architecture, Airbus

The biennial conference will bring together companies which have benefited significantly by integrating the Altair computer aided engineering (CAE) technology, HyperWorks, into their design processes. They will demonstrate how leading UK companies are using virtual design and simulation to develop a competitive edge, successfully meeting engineering and business challenges in the current market environment.

The event has also attracted an industry A-list of technical speakers from Airbus, Bentley Motors, EADS Innovation Works, McLaren Racing, Force India F1, Thames Water, SELEX GALILEO, and more.

The 2011 technical sessions will cover key engineering topics specifically designed to equip the audience with new ideas and techniques to use in their own companies, which will help drive innovation and productivity gains throughout the product design process. The sessions will cover solver technologies for accurate analysis, structural optimisation for optimum product performance, enterprise process management and revolutionary methods for designing with composite materials.

"I am pleased to say that once again our conference agenda has exceeded the high standard set in 2009. Our first Technology Conference was held over ten years ago and the event has gone on to earn a reputation for presenting highly innovative and successful simulation applications that demonstrate real business benefits," explains David Mason, Managing Director, Altair Engineering Ltd. "The conference creates an exciting forum for discussion among leading thinkers and practitioners within the UK and Ireland engineering community. With over three hundred attendees at our last conference, we are confident that this year will be even more successful and provide delegates with great value during the day."

The free to attend event, open to all industries, takes place at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and is renowned as the ‘must attend’ conference within the UK engineering community thanks to its reputation for extremely high quality speakers and highly valuable technical content.

Further information and free registration is available at: www.altairhyperworks.co.uk/technology

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empowers client innovation and decision-making, reported today that the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) team has employed the HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering tools in the development of its jet and rocket powered car. The futuristic speed machine is designed to reach mach 1.4 (approximately 1,050 mph) in its pursuit of the world land speed record.

While its chassis resembles an aircraft, the vehicle has wheels, suspension, steering and brakes, just like a normal race car. Aside from its jet and F1 engines, each component of the car is being custom designed, and Altair’s OptiStruct software, the structural optimization technology of the HyperWorks CAE software suite, is playing a crucial role in that design process.

The lean Bloodhound team, based in Bristol, England, relies on a range of technology to spark innovation, technology that includes OptiStruct, which was used for optimization of the rear chassis structure and to set up a wheel design using the least amount of material possible without compromising the wheels’ ability to manage anticipated forces of 50,000 G’s.

The rear chassis was designed using a steel structure. They placed the jet engine over the rocket and reconfigured the rear chassis. The vehicle has undergone 10 design iterations; to ensure the aerodynamic shape is correct at sub, trans and supersonic speeds. The team used OptiStruct, to determine the most efficient use of material. The software includes capabilities for topology, shape and size optimization, enabling engineers to quickly determine the main load paths in multiple design envelopes early in the conceptual design phase.

“We used Altair’s OptiStruct to develop a steel structure, because the team wanted to get the best strength-to-weight ratio,” said Chief Engineer Mark Chapman. “We built various models, putting in stringers and trusses. OptiStruct showed us where we needed to put the material. We ended up with an organic, geodesic shape – one that we would not have thought of.”

“The key to success with this project is to undertake extensive computer modeling to increase understanding and reduce risk,” added Project Director Richard Noble. “We need to prove our concepts by analysis and simulation before we enter the build phase of the Project.”

OptiStruct was also used to develop the wheels. Here the team’s goal was to use the least amount of material while ensuring functionality. By using a design-of-experiments (DOE) methodology, engineers optimized the design to reduce the loads sufficiently to allow the wheels to be made of aluminum instead of the more expensive titanium.

“OptiStruct showed us where to add and remove material from the parts,” Chapman explained. “For us, it was invaluable in turning around designs. We saw the effects of our changes, and the software guided us in terms of adding or subtracting material. We used OptiStruct as a tool to show us the way to design the most efficient structures; we then turned these into manufacturable concepts."

Much work still lies ahead for the Bloodhound engineering team. Detailed designs are soon to be finalized as the project enters the build phase. Hybrid rocket testing is scheduled to start in the UK later this summer. The actual car will then be ready for action in 2013.

“I’m very proud that OptiStruct was used in such an outstanding project,” said David Mason, managing director for Altair, UK. “Once more, OptiStruct is helping to drive innovation and to realize a project that seemed to be unthinkable only a few years ago. The team members’ reliance on technology is enabling them to push the limit on several fronts. Their efforts are expected to yield advances in metallurgy, low-level aerodynamics, high-vibration telemetry and low-level jet and rocket operation. This project has no precedent, and everything the Bloodhound team does is innovative. I’m looking forward to seeing the first real-time tests and the final run for the world speed record at the Hakskeen Pan in 2013.”

The engineering community will capitalize on the technology and experience gained from this iconic engineering adventure to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

To follow the development of the Bloodhound SSC on the Web, visit http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/, or read Beverly A. Beckert’s article in Altair’s magazine Concept to Reality at http://www.altair.com/c2r

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, will again bring innovation to life at its 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC2011), one of the premier events relating to product lifecycle management (PLM) technology for the advanced-manufacturing community.

This year’s Americas HTC will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., June 22 – 23, where Altair will roll-out the integration of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities as part of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation platform.

More than 300 professionals are expected to gather at HTC2011 for access to an extensive hardware and software exhibition and hear firsthand from experts about industry trends, challenges and ways that manufacturers are enabling innovation through simulation. HTC2011 also will feature presenters from a wide range of advanced-manufacturing industry verticals, including aerospace, automotive, consumer products, electronics, healthcare, heavy equipment, military, rail transit, ship building and white goods.

In addition to a rich agenda of workshops and presentations, HTC2011 will feature several compelling keynote speakers, including:

* James R. Scapa, chairman and CEO, Altair Engineering
* Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
* John Viera, director of sustainability, Ford Motor Company
* Kent Day, technical director, engineering team, Richard Childress Racing
* Dr. Uwe Schramm, chief technology officer, Altair HyperWorks
* Dr. Farzin Shakib, vice president CFD technology, Altair HyperWorks

“It is an exciting time in the engineering community, with access to new and better technologies that enable engineers to innovate and go beyond human constraints through computer simulation,” said Jeff Brennan, chief marketing officer for Altair. “HTC is a place where engineers can come to share hands-on information with each other and learn new ways to apply best-in-class technologies to their product design processes. We’re looking forward to facilitating this knowledge and technology transfer with our customers and partners. ”

At HTC2011, Altair will feature its newest addition to the HyperWorks suite of CAE tools, ACUSIM Software’s high-fidelity CFD solver technology. Altair recently announced the acquisition of ACUSIM, and will integrate its CFD solver, AcuSolve™, with Altair’s RADIOSS solver and optimization tools, OptiStruct and HyperStudy, to increase Altair’s offerings in CFD and multi-physics optimization.

HTC2011 is Altair’s premier annual event and is free for all attendees. The two-day conference will offer sessions on advancements in the areas of simulation-driven design practices, design optimization, data management, process automation, cloud computing and decision support systems.

For more information and to register, visit www.altairhtc.com. Connect with HyperWorks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for HTC2011 updates and information.


About Altair
Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 25-year track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empowers client innovation and decision-making, announced today that Surrey-based Gordon Murray Design chose the HyperWorks product suite to develop the T.25 City Car.

The 30-people strong team with over 500 years of combined automotive industry experience has produced a revolutionary city car that addresses congestion, carbon footprint and emissions. With aggressive targets, including a weight of 550kg, fuel consumption of less than half of the UK average and best in class CO2 emissions, the team turned to HyperWorks to help achieve their ambition.

“We decided to invest in HyperWorks because it offers the most integrated range of computer aided engineering applications,” said Frank Coppuck, Engineering Director of Gordon Murray Design.

The HyperWorks pre-processor HyperMesh was used to build and assemble the T.25 CAE model, which was subsequently analyzed for a variety of load cases and performance measures using the suite’s RADIOSS solver. The results were then post-processed and visualized in Altair HyperView. The combined use of the HyperWorks tools helped the engineering team design a lighter car in a significantly reduced timescale. The light weight will further enhance the city car’s road performance through less fuel consumption and, ultimately, lower CO2 emissions.

OptiStruct, Altair’s award winning optimization tool, will be used by Gordon Murray Design in the future to help further refine primary structures. In the meantime, RADIOSS is used to analyse the torsion stiffness, bending stiffness, frontal offset loading and normal mode characteristics of the vehicle.

“RADIOSS correlates really well with reality and has exceeded our expectations. The team needed the tests to be as close to reality as possible and achieved correlation within two percent for the torsion and bending stiffness load cases. Less than five percent is a good result, less than two percent is excellent,” said Simon Maher, Senior Stress and Materials Engineer responsible for CAE and test correlation at Gordon Murray Design.

“Another important benefit of choosing HyperWorks is the flexible licensing system,” said Simon Maher. “You can buy the software through tokens and that lets you bring new software into play as and when you need it, and that’s really an advantage for a small engineering firm like us. Furthermore, the Altair support team has and continues to provide an excellent level of assistance.”

“HyperWorks has proved to be invaluable to our engineers’ everyday life at Gordon Murray Design and has assisted our business in continuing to develop innovative vehicles,” says Gordon Murray, Engineering Director at Gordon Murray Design.

“We are delighted Gordon Murray Design chose to invest in HyperWorks to develop the T.25 city car,” said David Mason, Managing Director for Altair, UK. “The breadth and advanced capabilities of HyperWorks together with Altair’s value-based licensing system offers smaller high-tech engineering firms a complete MCAE platform to streamline the development of award winning products. We look forward to continuing to work with Gordon Murray Design to deeply embed optimization and CAE automation as part of their development process to help achieve their business objectives.”

To learn more about how HyperWorks, attend the Altair Technology Conference on May 10, 2011 at The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. To register for the free event, visit www.altairhyperworks.co.uk/Technology.

About Gordon Murray Design
Gordon Murray Design was established in 2007 to develop an innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology trademarked iStream® and the design and prototyping of the T.25 City Car was central to the validation and development of iStream®. The company has the complete in-house capability for design, prototyping and development of whole car programmes and is currently focussing on leading edge concepts and prototype automotive vehicles that are energy efficient and low cost. For more information please visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com.

The T.25 won two recent accolades for a car of its class in The Royal Automobile Club’s RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge Rally. It won Most Economic Small Passenger ICE Vehicle and Most Economic and Environment Friendly Small Passenger ICE Vehicle.

About HyperWorks
Built on a foundation of design optimization, performance data management and process automation, HyperWorks is an enterprise simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As the most comprehensive, open-architecture CAE solution in the industry, HyperWorks includes best-in-class modelling, analysis, visualization and data management solutions for linear and non-linear, structural optimization, fluid-structure interaction, and multi-body dynamics applications. For more information please visit www.altairhyperworks.com.

About Altair
Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimises the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 25-year-plus track record for enterprise analytics, product development and advanced computing, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, today announced it has acquired ACUSIM Software, Inc. (ACUSIM). Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., ACUSIM is a leading developer of massively scalable, high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver solutions. ACUSIM’s CFD technology and staff will be incorporated into Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software portfolio and operations.

ACUSIM’s AcuSolve™, a general purpose CFD solver, is a premier brand with customers worldwide, including many Fortune 500 companies, such as Bechtel, Chevron, John Deere, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Vestas, Visteon and Whirlpool. Unlike other commercial CFD applications, AcuSolve is finite-element based, allowing it to be tightly integrated with other FEA-based technologies to solve complex fluid-structure interaction and multi-physics problems – both of which are rapidly emerging trends in the global simulation market.

“The acquisition by Altair is a perfect complement to our CFD product offerings and vision,” said Dr. Farzin Shakib, founder and chief executive officer of ACUSIM Software. “Altair’s strength as a leader in pre- and post-processing, CAE solvers and optimization technologies opens new opportunities to apply AcuSolve to a broader class of problems and markets. For our valued customers, this acquisition also significantly deepens our development and support resources globally and allows our esteemed CFD technologists to be focused solely on advancing ACUSIM CFD technology.”

Altair will significantly ramp up technical and customer support for ACUSIM products throughout its global operations. In addition, Altair and ACUSIM have a number of mutual customers who will benefit from a higher level of technology integration and crossover software applications.

ACUSIM technologies will be made available through Altair’s HyperWorks simulation platform and patented units-based licensing system. As a result, customers will be able to immediately access all software titles offered by Altair, further increasing the value of their investment in HyperWorks and ACUSIM.

“With the addition of ACUSIM’s CFD technologies and their integration into the HyperWorks product lineup, Altair has the most complete high-end solution offering in the mechanical CAE market,” said James R. Scapa, chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering. “We extensively benchmarked many CFD technologies and found AcuSolve to be a best-in-class CFD solution, especially for transient flow and fluid-structure interaction. We are very enthusiastic about this acquisition and the CFD expertise and technology it brings to automate the CFD user experience and broaden the solution scope available to our mutual customers.”

Product development roadmaps are already underway to tightly integrate AcuSolve with Altair’s RADIOSS solver and optimization tools, OptiStruct and HyperStudy, to increase Altair’s leadership in CFD and multi-physics optimization.

ACUSIM will continue to operate from its California facility, while working closely with the HyperWorks development organization at Altair’s headquarters in Troy, Mich., on integration roadmaps.

ACUSIM’s technologies will be showcased at Altair’s 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla., on June 22-23.

To register to attend this free event, visit: www.altairhtc.com

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Altair (www.altair.com), a global provider of technology and services empowering client innovation and decision making, today announced the signing of an agreement with Mindjet® to offer its visual information mapping tool, MindManager, through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). This partnership embodies Altair’s commitment to offering a diverse suite of leading software both inside and outside the realm of traditional Computer-Aided Engineering. Planned for official release in the first quarter of 2011, the latest version of MindManager® will be available to HyperWorks users from the HWPA website at www.hyperworksalliance.com at no incremental cost using customers’ previously acquired HyperWorks Units.

MindManager software was created to conquer information overload, simplify project planning and communicate ideas more clearly for individual users, within teams, and across organizations. MindManager’s visual information maps start with a central theme and then add branches with ideas, notes, images, tasks, hyperlinks and attachments. Users can easily import from or export to a variety of applications including Microsoft Office®. MindManager maps are ideal for capturing and organizing information to quickly transform thoughts and ideas into fine-tuned documents, compelling presentations and winning strategies. MindManager has been adopted by more than 1.5 million professionals around the world and 44 of BusinessWeek's® 50 ‘World's Most Innovative Companies’.

“Fostering innovation and driving decision-making is core to what Mindjet’s products and services provide says Ken Hirschman, Mindjet Vice President of Business Development. “We view the HyperWorks licensing system as an ideal conduit to expand our business by leveraging Altair’s global user base to expose new audiences to MindManager.”

HyperWorks is a suite of enterprise analytic applications that includes statistical, database, visualization and simulation software to help companies make better business decisions. Its patented HyperWorks Units licensing technology allows users to transparently share software licenses globally across a broad suite of applications.

“The addition of MindManager to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance demonstrates Altair’s commitment to providing robust and comprehensive solutions,” explains Martin Nichols, Altair Executive Vice President of Global Alliances and Operations. “This is the first HWPA application that can be truly leveraged across an entire organization. Now everyone from engineers to management to purchasing departments can directly benefit from access to the HWPA, which adds compelling value to our software offering.”

Mindjet’s flagship software MindManager will be the latest addition to the growing portfolio of software applications available through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. These applications cover a variety of domains including CFD, durability, NVH, impact analysis, and injection molding simulation. Gaining access to tools like MindManager enables users to maximize their current investment by utilizing their previously acquired HyperWorks Units. To date, over 450 companies worldwide have joined the HyperWorks Partner Alliance.

About Mindjet®
Mindjet provides personal productivity and collaboration solutions that visually connect ideas, information and people to save time, improve business processes and drive innovation. Used by more than 1.5 million professionals around the world in six out of every 10 of the companies listed in the Fortune 100, Mindjet solutions dramatically boost productivity and team effectiveness. Surveys across several industries show that Mindjet can increase productivity by up to 25 percent by making meetings, common communications and project management tasks more efficient and effective. Mindjet is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. To learn more, please visit www.mindjet.com.

About Altair Engineering, Inc.
Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 25-year track record for product design, advanced engineering software, grid computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

About the HyperWorks Partner Alliance
HyperWorks uses a subscription-based software licensing model, where software licenses float across the enterprise, and customers can use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair developed and third party software applications. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI. For more information about the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, visit www.hyperworksalliance.com.

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