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Altair Presents Simulation-Driven Design Methods, Software and Service Solutions for Composite Materials

  • Tuesday, 1st March 2016
  • Reading time: about 3 minutes

Altair will host partners Componeering and HBM nCode and will present the integration of Multiscale Designer into HyperWorks at this year’s JEC World.

According to Altair, composite materials can be a challenge to work with as composites require special design and development processes to garner the full benefits of their use. With Altair’s solutions, it says engineers are guided to an optimal material layout for laminate and honeycomb composite structures as well as to an optimal product design.

Altair explains that, at JEC World, it will display a multi-material automotive deck-lid, featuring a TCA Ultra Lite and carbon fibre resin transfer moulded (RTM) composite. The deck-lid was developed by Continental Structural Plastics employing Altair’s optimisation solutions, and just received the JEC Innovation Award 2016. Featured in the Sport & Leisure Planet area of the show will be the Rolo Bike, described as the World’s lightest and stiffest road bike made of carbon fibre, made possible by employing Altair’s software and services for composite optimisation.

Altair acquired Multiscale Design Systems, developer of MDS, in April 2015. MDS is a family of products focused on micromechanics, microstructural optimisation, and life prediction of complex materials bringing important new composites expertise to the Altair HyperWorks suite including multiscale analysis, stochastic design, fatigue analysis, and multiphysics simulation. At JEC, Altair says it will introduce Multiscale Designer as a fully functional part of the HyperWorks Suite, offering its customers full access to the functions of MDS, seamlessly integrated into HyperWorks and accessible via the customer’s HyperWorks Units.

“We consider the JEC show, internationally recognised as the top composites event in the world, as one of the best composite shows to present our solutions for design and analysis,” said Mauro Guglielminotti, Managing Director of Altair Southern Europe. “Lightweight goals have been on the agenda of development engineers for many years, and not only the materials but also the design and optimisation of composite structures are crucial in reaching weight and performance targets.”

“With Multiscale Designer as a fully functional part of HyperWorks, our CAE suite now offers its customers even more advantages and features for composite simulation,” adds Robert Yancey, Vice President of Aerospace and Composite Solutions at Altair. “Multiscale Designer offers a seamless blend of modelling, simulation and testing, while allowing users to quantify uncertainty and optimise composites. With HyperWorks and Altair’s partner solutions, our already broad offering for composite design becomes even more valuable.”

Altair welcomes Altair Partner Alliance (APA) partners Componeering and HBM nCode as co-exhibitors. Componeering specialises in structural analysis and composite structure design and is known for ESAComp, a software tool for the analysis and design of composites. HBM nCode, developer of the durability, test and analysis software, offers its customers nCode DesignLife, the leading CAE solution for fatigue life prediction from finite element models, via the APA. nCode DesignLife enables engineers to go beyond simplified stress analysis and avoid under- or over-designing products by simulating actual loading conditions. At JEC World, HBM nCode will demonstrate its new capabilities for composite analysis and proven methodology for performing stress-life analysis on anisotropic materials such as fibre filled thermoplastics.

Other APA partners presenting their solutions at JEC World 2016 include Anaglyph, CoreTech, and e-Xstream.

Further information about Altair, its solutions, and the APA may be found at Altair’s stand in Hall 5, Stand M73.

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