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The Altair Partner Alliance has announced that Multiscale Design Systems (MDS) has enabled its software, MDS, on the Altair licence manager. MDS focuses on composite materials and structures at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

According to MDS, the software will help Hyperworks users perform highly comprehensive composites modelling by applying such processes as multiscale fatigue and multiphysics analyses, as well as microstructural optimisation, to help them reach the ideal composite material and/or structure for their projects.

The company said that MDS delivers a solution that offers a seamless blend of modelling, simulation and testing, while allowing users to quantify uncertainty and optimise composites.

Altair’s unit-based licensing system gives Hyperworks users customisable access to a growing portfolio of applications, optimising their return on investment by making more than 20 in-house-developed applications available by use of a single pool of recyclable Hyperworks units (HWUs).

Altair also has offered the opportunity for third-party companies to run their own applications under this unit-based system, a collaboration now known as the Altair Partner Alliance. The overall flexibility of these HWUs is said to empower users via access to the largest, most complete suite of CAE applications available.

Key features and benefits

  • MDS offers a seamless blend of modelling, simulation and testing.
  • Outfitted with methodical model-reduction technology, MDS reduces complex unit cells from hundreds of thousands of finite elements to a manageable number of deformation modes and state variables.
  • It is equipped with a library of parametric unit cell models that are generated automatically using the built-in CAD and meshing tools.
  • It offers advanced capabilities as microstructural optimisation, multiscale fatigue and multiphysics analyses.
  • The software provides Altair Hyperworks users with accurate multiscale prediction.
  • Two versions of MDS are available: MDS-Standard and MDS-Professional.
  • MDS-Standard consists of the Multiscale Design System for Continuum (MDS-C) module. This module resolves microscale fields at a computational cost comparable to that of macromechanical modelling.
  • MDS-Professional includes three modules in addition to MDS-C: Multiscale Stochastic Design System (MDS-UQ), Multiscale Multiphysics Design System (MDS-MP) and Multiscale Fatigue Design System (MDS-FT).
  • The MDS-UQ module is a non-intrusive multiscale solver with stochastic forward and inverse capabilities.
  • MDS-MP couples many physical processes at multiple scales. These can include oxygen and/or moisture diffusion along with reaction and deformation.
  • MDS-FT uses the two-scale asymptotic homogenisation approach for time and reduced-order homogenisation for space. Both can be effectively applied to any material architecture and any constitutive equations of microphases.
  • The Altair Partner Alliance will include both versions of the software.

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:

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