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The Centro para a Excelência e Inovação na Indústria Automóvel (CEIIA) in Portugal has chosen and deployed Altair Engineering’s Hyperworks as its standard computer-aided engineering (CAE) platform for most of its projects. CEIIA is a private non-profit association for research and integrated product development in several technologically-intense domains, including intelligent mobility, aeronautics and energy.

Hyperworks is used mainly for finite element (FE) analysis. Hypermesh, Hyperform, Hypercrash and Motionview are used for pre-processing tasks, while Optistruct and Radioss are the FE solvers used within the development process.

Motionsolve enables multi-body simulations and Hyperview is employed for post-processing tasks. Altair products are also used for scientific purposes, namely to study the dynamic behaviour of composite materials.

According to Altair, Hyperworks is suitable for any company that is looking for a CAE environment covering all aspects of simulation, from pre- to post-processing, including a range of versatile and specialised solver solutions.

Key benefits of product application

  • The company said that its main reason for adopting Hyperworks was its multi-solver pre- and post-processing interface, provided by Hypermesh and Hyperview in one single environment. From then on, the company saw a constant evolution and expansion of the solver solutions included in the Hyperworks suite.
  • Luís Pinheiro, CAE manager at CEIIA, said: ‘The sheer breadth of solver solutions has made it possible to abandon other independent solvers, enabling us to rely entirely on Hyperworks.’
  • Pinheiro added that Altair products have helped the company to increase productivity while providing an increasingly complex solution in a user-friendly working environment.
  • João Pedro Mortágua, R&D manager at CEIIA, said: ‘We can ensure customer satisfaction, fulfilling demands for realistic solutions at acceptable costs within constrained timeframes.’
  • Mortágua added: ‘The main advantage we see in Hyperworks is that with just one licence agreement we have access to all the tools we need, from meshing to solving and post-processing.’
  • An additional plus, Mortágua said, is that all solvers run with multi-cores on local machines. ‘We can cover all of our simulation needs with one single comprehensive yet specialised multiphysics software suite at a reasonable price.’

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.

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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.

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