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ABstructures, an Italian structural design and engineering company, has used Altair Engineering’s Hyperworks CAE platform to structurally design and optimise the winning yacht, Groupama 4, in the Volvo Ocean Race.

The yacht, skippered by Franck Cammas, claimed victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on 9 July in Galway, Ireland, after nine months and more than 37,000 nautical miles of sailing around the world in harsh conditions.

ABstructures took on the design of three of the six yachts in the 2011–12 edition of the race: Groupama’s yacht as well as the vessels of Puma Ocean Racing and Team Telefonica.

The company’s engineers used Hypermesh, the suite’s meshing tool, to create finite-element models, Optistruct for optimisation, the Radioss solver for linear and non-linear analysis and Hyperview to post-process the results.

Key benefits of product application

  • Hyperworks enabled ABstructures’ engineers to achieve fundamental structural improvements over the older-generation yachts that competed in the 2008 Volvo Ocean Race.
  • According to Andrea Avaldi of ABstructures, Hyperworks enables the simulation of complex carbon-composite laminate sequences, which is useful because the VO70 yachts are designed and built completely from carbon composite.
  • Fabio Bressan of ABstructures added that the open architecture of Hyperworks has allowed the company to integrate several design processes into one portal, which has partly automated its calculations and provided more time for the design aspect of structural engineering.
  • Hyperworks has enabled the company to handle most of the development tasks in structural design not only within one user interface but also under the same licence agreement.
  • ABstructures said that it intends to continue working with Altair and Hyperworks on current and future projects, including the Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran and wings for the 34th America’s Cup 2013.

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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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.

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