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Altair Engineering has announced the addition of Alphastar to the Altair Partner Alliance. Hyperworks users can now access Alphastar’s Genoa multi-scale progressive failure analysis (MS-PFA) software, as well as the Material Characterisation and Qualifications (MCQ) Composites suite. Genoa and MCQ are suitable for industries including aerospace, automotive, wind energy and sporting goods.

Genoa is an engineering software suite that performs material characterisation qualification, durability and damage tolerance (D&DT) and reliability prediction for the structural design and analysis of composites structures.

MCQ-Composites predicts composite material properties, considering both fibre and matrix uncertainties.

Hyperworks users can take advantage of the integration between Genoa and Altair’s Radioss solver, as well as the integration with Optistruct, which is currently in process and will be available soon.

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  • Genoa augments the limitation of commercial finite element analysis (FEA) packages by providing multi-scale (micro-macro) PFA capability.
  • It was developed to cost-effectively predict the strength and time-dependent reliability and durability of structural components during the design stage and to reduce experimental testing support.
  • With the ability to predict damage and fracture evolution, as well as the end of life of many types of composites, Genoa takes laminated composites with either continuous or short fibres from micro-mechanics to the structural level, while considering the various operational and environmental conditions.


  • MCQ-Composites is designed to characterise and qualify material properties that can be used as input for FEA of simple or complex structural components.
  • It allows the user to quickly generate relevant information for a given material, whether it is a composite, hybrid or ceramic material system.
  • MCQ provides a library of fibre, matrix and ply properties that can be easily expanded or modified for application to FEA.
  • It can effectively predict fibre, matrix and composite/sandwich laminate properties, as well as stress-strain curves, ply behaviour and more.

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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