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The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) team has employed the Hyperworks suite of computer-aided engineering tools in the development of its jet- and rocket-powered car.

Aside from its jet and F1 engines, each component of the car is being custom designed and Altair’s Optistruct software, the structural optimisation technology of the Hyperworks CAE software suite, is playing a crucial role in that design process.

The Bloodhound team relies on a range of technology, including Optistruct, which was used for optimisation of the rear chassis structure and to set up a wheel design using the least amount of material possible without compromising the wheels’ ability to manage anticipated forces of 50,000 Gs.

The rear chassis was designed using a steel structure.

They placed the jet engine over the rocket and reconfigured the rear chassis.

The vehicle has undergone 10 design iterations to ensure that the aerodynamic shape is correct at sub, trans and supersonic speeds.

The team used Optistruct to determine the most efficient use of material.

The software includes capabilities for topology, shape and size optimisation, enabling engineers to quickly determine the main load paths in multiple design envelopes early in the conceptual design phase.

Optistruct was also used to develop the wheels.

Here the team’s goal was to use the least amount of material while ensuring functionality.

By using a design-of-experiments (DOE) methodology, engineers optimised the design to reduce the loads sufficiently to allow the wheels to be made of aluminum instead of the more expensive titanium.

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.

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