Dear HyperWorks user,
HyperWorks 11 has arrived. This was a huge project, one that we are very excited about, and we’re certain it will help you to be more productive while working with top-notch simulation technology. Computer simulation of physical events-whether cars, airplanes, satellites, cell phones, stents, trains, electronics, power-generation equipment or heavy machinery-is fun to do; and, of course, you expect great, easy-to-use software to help keep your job interesting every day. HyperWorks does just that, with a dedication to product innovation that sets it apart from other simulation suites.
A Platform for Innovation. HyperWorks 11 continues to provide great value through countless new features and valuable new products. Altair strives to provide best-in-class simulation technology under a unique licensing model. Our vision of simulation-driven innovation is at the forefront of our decision process in addressing new software development projects. Altair’s strong ties to product development are also distinctive in the industry. No competitor of ours has such a productive consultancy that constantly provides input and inspiration to the development of simulation technology. Last but not least, the customer-first attitude of our people in support and sales makes Altair a great partner.
We continue to evolve the HyperWorks business model by enriching the value of the HyperWorks Unit (HWU). With HyperWorks 11, new products-such as AcuSolve, a finite element computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver, and solidThinking, a 3D conceptual modeling and visualization software-are accessible thru HWUs. AcuSolve technology became available to our clients earlier this year through the acquisition of AcuSim, Inc. The licensing of HyperWorks solver technology, which includes RADIOSS, AcuSolve, and MotionSolve, has been revamped. Now all solvers for jobs with up to four processors can be accessed with only 25HWUs. This provides a complete high-end simulation package for a low HWU cost. For massive computation in large organizations, we have introduced a decay function for concurrent solver usage. We’ve also developed and integrated next-generation collaboration technology for simulation management. The HyperWorks Partner Alliance is an ever expanding suite of third-party technology available under HWU. The Partner Alliance provides great value to customers, partners and Altair alike.
HyperWorks 11 takes a next step in transforming the user experience with modeling and visualization. To let engineers be engineers, we’ve developed a new integrated, easy-to-use CAE desktop framework for the integration of finite element and multi-body dynamics pre- and post-processing, as well as data and process management. This framework includes a modern and easy-to-learn graphical user interface, extended result visualization capabilities and a tight integration with collaboration tools. Aside from the desktop integration, many new features have been included in the various applications.
HyperMesh extends meshing dominance through enhanced acoustic cavity meshing, shell meshing, and extensions to mid-surface algorithms. A comprehensive toolset for geometry creation and manipulation has been exposed, including dimensioning tools for 3D solid models. Full 3D visualization of shell and beam models is available in the modeling environment and greatly enhances the visual experience of the user while making sure that the geometry is captured correctly by the model.
In HyperWorks 11, HyperView underwent its greatest transformation since inception. We’ve added new comprehensive result math to derive custom result types which is well integrated with other math tools, such as HyperMath and HyperStudy. We’ve added video-animation overlay to compare test and simulation, the easiest-to-use such overlay in the industry.
The automation capabilities of Hyperworks have been greatly improved through the tight integration of the automation development environment ScriptView with HyperMesh and HyperView. New CAD reader technology has been added that improves robustness and adds new CAD interfaces, such as for SolidWorks and Tribon reading, as well as full Linux support. The third-party solver interfaces have been updated to support the respective latest versions. Samcef is available as a new solver interface.
To better support users, access to on-line learning with interactive, self-paced learning guides is being provided from inside the applications. This is a new capability. These learning tools with documentation are hosted on our website. With the licensed install of the software, these tools can be accessed through the help menu without additional registration. Altair will keep expanding these tools over time, and no new installation is necessary.
HyperWorks 11 extends collaboration within teams and organizations through integrated, natural and affordable simulation knowledge management. Users now can manage personal and team CAE data from well-integrated GUIs inside HyperWorks. It enables sharing of data among multiple engineering teams for collaboration between users with the appropriate access rights. The user can connect to PDM systems to obtain product BOM (bill of materials) and CAD geometry.
HyperWorks 11 offers the ability to capture best practices and automate the most tedious phases of the product development process. Authoring, editing, and execution of processes can be done inside HyperWorks or in standalone mode.
HyperWorks Solver Power has been greatly expanded. The last two years of software development made HyperWorks solver technology a serious competitor with best-in-class scalability, quality and repeatability. Increased investment by our customers in RADIOSS enabled us to step up development.
A native finite-element computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver is now available with AcuSolve. AcuSolve is a leading solver for incompressible flow that excels thru robustness, scalability and accuracy. It complements the multi-disciplinary solver techonlogy for structures, multi-body systems, and fluid flow and thermal problems.
The RADIOSS explicit solver for crash and impact simulations provides new and faster algorithms with advanced mass scaling technology. A new multi-domain implementation increases accuracy of detailed explicit simulation. Hybrid-MPP technology, a mix of SMP and SPMD parallelism, provides extended scalability. All three new technologies provide a breakthrough in performance and accuracy.
Furthermore RADIOSS frequency response analysis has now increased scalability thru SPMD version. We’ve also implemented many other solver performance improvements. New analysis types, like response spectrum, complex eigenvalues, and pre-stressed normal modes analyses, have been developed, and we’ve conceived a generalized method for component mode synthesis.
RADIOSS provides new non-linear implicit solutions for a wide range of contacts, materials, and geometric non-linear and post-buckling problems. These solutions are available under both input formats. Users coming from the explicit side, as well as those coming from the linear side, will find the expanded non-linear solver capabilities extremely useful.
Customizable end-to-end multi-body solutions for automotive and mechanism design have been expanded. MotionSolve has matured into a competitive alternative to established multi-body solvers. Its flex-body capabilities, especially through the tight relationship with RADIOSS, are unmatched. Full support for H-Tire and F-Tire in MotionSolve is now available. Controls co-simulation and the solver robustness of MotionSolve have been improved.
Key to simulation-driven innovation is the design and optimization technology provided by HyperWorks. This is one of the major differentiators of HyperWorks. OptiStruct is expanding its reach into the non-linear response domain through the innovative application of the equivalent static load method(ESLM) for the optimization of geometric and material non-linear problems. The suite of topology manufacturing constraints has been expanded through new technology to produce close shell structures (no-hole option) as well as to enforce sheet metal shapes. Multi-start-point optimization has been developed to avoid being stuck in a local solution. HyperMath can now be used to script external responses, greatly expanding the spectrum of problems that can be solved by OptiStruct.
HyperStudy technology has been expanded with new algorithms for multi-objective and robust design. The easy-to-use multi-Excel spreadsheet optimization and study has been further enhanced. This technology is not only relevant in CAE but can also be exploited in non-manufacturing applications. HyperStudy integration with other HyperWorks applications like HyperView result math and HyperMath has been improved.
A vital part of HyperWorks are the Engineering and Manufacturing Solutions. These solutions capture knowledge for vertical processes. Manufacturing Solutions like HyperForm and HyperXtrude have been around for a while. The same philosophy has been expanded to develop engineering solutions. These are tight integrations of modeling and visualization with the solver technology. New user profiles for CFD, noise and vibrations (NV), crash, and drop test simulation have been added. While these solutions are still maturing they show a direction for the future HyperWorks development. A very mature solution for crash and safety modeling is HyperCrash. HyperCrash now has aside from being a great RADIOSS environment a complete LS-Dyna interface that makes it superior to other crash modeling environments. Manufacturing Solutions has expanded modeling capabilities of physical phenomena for metal and polymer extrusion, stamping, welding and mold filling. These are very mature environments for a wide range of applications.
This article is just a small glimpse at the content of HyperWorks 11. You can explore the complete set of advancements by visiting the web page dedicated solely to the release of HyperWorks 11.0: www.altairhyperworks.com/hw11. Within this site you can discover the full range of new capabilities by reviewing the release notes, signing up for a Rollout webinar, watching a tutorial video, or exploring some of other interactive options on the page. All teams in development have made great efforts and strides to deliver the highest quality release possible to you. The customer feedback that we received during the development and especially during the beta phase was extremely valuable. Thank you all for that.
Altair and the entire HyperWorks team (including development, testers, writers and program managers) hope you will find joy in using our products and we look forward to your feedback. A lot of future technology is already under way such as the next generation NVH director, next generation HyperStudy, new assembly and meshing technology, new solver solutions and new optimization technology encompassing all solver capabilities.
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