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Altair Engineering has announced that ABstructures, which develops sailboat structures for yachts that participate in the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, has extended its use of Hyperworks.

ABstructures has been using the Hyperworks suite since its foundation in 2008.

The company initially employed Optistruct from the Hyperworks suite for topology optimisation, along with Hypermesh, the Hyperworks meshing tool.

In December 2010, the company extended its use of Hyperworks to Radioss, the product suite’s solver, to its development process for analysing the behaviour of composite materials.

Altair’s new agreement with ABstructures includes the rental of 20,000 grid works units for 2011, providing the company with access to every product of the suite, including the use of Hyperworks Partner Alliance (HWPA) products at no additional costs.

In the past, ABstructures applied the Hyperworks suite in the design of the winning Volvo Ocean Race yacht Ericsson 4 as well as the Ericsson 3 yacht.

ABstructures is now using Hyperworks to design and optimise three yachts for the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race and is structurally designing for Artemis Racing, which will participate in the next America’s Cup in 2013 in San Francisco.

To design and optimise the carbon structures of the yachts, ABstructures is using Hyperworks together with other computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools to simulate composites and fluid-structure interactions.

ABstructures has achieved fundamental structural improvements of all the yachts it has designed, compared with older-generation yachts.

Dr Fabio Bressan of ABstructures said: ‘When I first started to use Hyperworks, I was especially fond of its open platform and the ability to use it with any other available CAE or computer-aided design software.

‘We also like the software suite because it enables us to handle most of the development tasks in structural design within one user interface and because it helps us to easily and quickly understand the challenges of our designs,’ he added.

‘We particularly appreciate the morphing function within Hypermesh that allows us to change the geometry of our model and have it ready for another simulation run in 10 minutes; without Hyperworks, that would probably take us up to two or three days,’ said Dr Andrea Avaldi of ABstructures.

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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