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Altair Engineering has released the latest version of Hyperworks, a computer-aided engineering (CAE) platform for the product lifecycle management (PLM) market.

According to the company, Hyperworks 12.0 offers improved product optimisation, finite element modelling, multiphysics analysis, powertrain durability analysis and lightweight design.

In addition to the Hyperworks suite, Altair provides access to third-party technology through the Altair Partner Alliance (APA). Directly accessed using Hyperworks units (HWUs), Hyperworks clients have access to variety of specialised software applications.

Key enhancements

  • Usability — the software provides 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 visualisation (Hyperview)
  • Advanced meshing algorithms — various meshing functionalities are available for shell and solid meshing, such as a mid-plane mesh generator with automatic thickness mapping from complex solid computer-aided design (CAD) geometry and the addition of quality control mechanisms (Hypermesh)
  • Model assembling — various sophisticated model assembly methods, including an automated connectors generation method, are offered to enable the faster assembly of complex models
  • Interfacing — the software provides enhanced interoperability of CAD import and export, composites interfacing and collaborative simulation data management
  • Powertrain durability and large-scale NVH analysis and optimisation — 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 — there are 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 — these allow co-simulation with third-party components for multi-body analysis (Motionsolve)
  • Best-in-class optimisation capabilities — these speed up the lightweighting of designs and now include manufacturing constraints for composite materials (Optistruct)
  • Noise level prediction — the new Ffowcs-Williams-Hawkings acoustic solver accurately predicts noise levels at distant microphone locations (Acusolve)
  • Smart Multiphysics simulation — the multi-core licensing model cost-effectively leverages Hyperworks and Altair Partner Alliance solvers for high-end multiphysics problems
  • Design exploration, study and optimisation — 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, while Solidthinking Evolve delivers a NURBS-based 3D modelling and rendering environment

Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering is a leading global product design, consulting and commercial software Company that allows businesses to synthesize and optimize designs processes and decisions for improved business performance. Altair provide services such as product engineering, industrial design, technical staffing, Hyper Works solutions, and analytics solutions by consistently delivering a competitive advantage to its clients across industry.

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,000 employees, Altair has more than 45 offices in 24 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

With a 30-year track record for product design, advanced engineering software, on-demand computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to more than 5,000 corporate clients representing the automotive, aerospace, government and defence, and consumer products verticals. Altair also has a growing client presence in the life sciences, financial services and energy markets.

Altair’s design suites impact product design from the earliest conceptual design stages through product performance optimization. It has resulted in products that exhibit minimum weight and outstanding performance in industry leading timescales. Altair has pioneered simulation-driven technologies to generate innovative design solutions for our clients:

HyperWorks is a simulation platform for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As the most comprehensive, open-architecture computer-aided engineering solutions in the industry, HyperWorks allow businesses to create superior, market-leading products efficiently and cost effectively.

solidThinking is an Altair wholly owned subsidiary that creates, develops and markets technology that helps the design community bring the most desirable products to market faster. Products include Inspire, to explore structurally efficient concepts, and Evolve for modeling and rendering.

PBS Works is a suite of on-demand, cloud computing technologies that allows enterprise clients to maximize their ROI on computing infrastructure assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented workload management environment for grid-, cluster- and on-demand computing worldwide.

Altair ProductDesign is a global product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. This organization is best known for its leadership in simulation-driven design to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market faster.

Altair’s patented on-demand software licensing system leads all software business models in providing both value and flexibility. Our centralized unit-based licensing model means multiple users can access our software anytime from anywhere. Software customers can run multiple applications across all of our technology suites simultaneously for a flat rate, rather than paying for each license in use.

Altair employees worldwide share a tremendous pride in the entrepreneurial spirit and corporate culture based on transparency, honesty, innovation, and integrity. This brings high value solutions for clients which integrate hardware, software, user experience and services.

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