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Altair Acquires Multiscale Design Systems for Microstructural Optimisation

14 April 2015

Altair has completed the acquisition of Multiscale Design Systems, developer of MDS, a family of products focused on micromechanics, microstructural optimisation, and life prediction of complex materials.  

The company’s technology integrates modelling, simulation, testing, uncertainty quantification, and optimisation of composite materials and structures at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Altair says MDS will bring important new composites expertise to the Altair HyperWorks suite, including multiscale analysis, stochastic design, fatigue analysis, and multiphysics simulation.  A member of the Altair Partner Alliance since last year, MDS is already available to HyperWorks users, along with a number of other cutting-edge technologies related to composite materials analysis and simulation.  A much tighter integration with Altair solvers RADIOSS and OptiStruct is expected in future.

“We will continue to develop, enhance, and invest in MDS as part of HyperWorks while retaining an open architecture approach with respect to other 3rd party solvers,” said Uwe Schramm, Chief Technical Officer at Altair.  “Altair is committed to creating good interfaces and continuing to build partnerships to excel in the domain of composite materials.”

According to Altair, Multiscale Design Systems has won numerous Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I and Phase II awards since 2008. Focus areas include environmental degradation of high-temperature polymer and ceramic matrix composites subjected to thermal oxidation, thermal fatigue, moisture ingression, physics-based life prediction capabilities, modeling of concrete failure under blast and fragment loading, 3D nondestructive imaging techniques for mesoscale damage analysis of composite materials, and mechanical loading.

“We have partnered with a number of significant original equipment manufacturers to analyse state-of-the-art materials for automotive, aerospace, and defence,” said Dr. Jacob Fish, Co-Founder of Multiscale Design Systems.  “Altair’s deep expertise in CAE, coupled with its significant footprint across a variety of industries, will help to extend the reach of our technology and increase its application.”






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