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Cedrem, a specialised French engineering services team, has used Altair Engineering’s Hyperworks computer-aided engineering suite in its work — the high-pressure impact simulation of 3D sandwich-panel energy absorbers — which was recently honoured with the 40th ‘Ingenieur Général Chanson’ award.

The annual ‘Ingénieur Général Chanson’ award is given to engineers of the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), army engineers, civil engineers or research centres for innovative projects in the area of ground military defence and practical applications.  

Cedrem was awarded for its innovative solution for the protection of vehicles as well as for buildings exposed to the effects of explosions and impacts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The new design results in weight savings of around 15–20 per cent relative to the prior design.

Key benefits of product application

  • Karine Thoral-Pierre, chief executive officer of Cedrem, said: ‘One of the big advantages of Altair is its significant French presence with three local offices. We therefore can easily reach a French-speaking hotline, which is a big advantage when it comes to discussing technical issues.’
  • Thoral-Pierre also said: ‘We appreciate that Altair is constantly working on improving the simulation of the behaviour of composites as well as the modelling process for composite structures.’
  • Altair’s licensing system is claimed to offer a clear advantage in comparison with other software vendors. ‘The Altair Partner Alliance gives us access to a broad range of software tools all under one very convenient licence agreement,’ said Thoral-Pierre.

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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