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The Altair Partner Alliance has announced that Impact Design Europe has joined the programme with its impact analysis tool, Crash Cad Calculate (CCC). CCC is designed to assist in the design and optimisation of thin-walled cross sections of beams used in the creation of any crashworthy structure.

CCC — based on the macro element method — is suitable for use wherever the energy absorption of beam construction is essential, including in the automotive, rail and aerospace industries.

According to Altair, the software provides a user-friendly environment for effortless cross-section design, requiring only a few seconds to perform the calculations. It also has the capability to edit the material each is made of and compare the results.

CCC comprises five segments: Cross Section Optimizer, Cross Section Editor, Cross Section Comparison Tool, Material Editor and Characteristics Editor.

Software in detail

  • The Cross Section Optimizer segment is used to identify the optimal geometry for a given cross section.
  • The Cross Section Editor performs the necessary analyses to create the best crash performances possible, while using its numerous editing tools to modify that geometry.
  • The Cross Section Editor allows the user to design, calculate and optimise cross sections by yielding results in all six of the necessary categories: axial response; design recommendations; bending; elastic properties; torsion response; lateral crushing; and denting.
  • The results of these calculations can be compared using the Cross Section Comparison Tool.
  • The Material Editor and Characteristics Editor provide detailed definitions of material used in each segment of the cross section being developed; each provides five groups of data, including material constraints, stress strain characteristics, strain rate characteristics, hardening factors and fracture indicators.

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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