Since its release in early March, the eagerly awaited latest version of Altair’s CAE suite, HyperWorks 12.0 has been making work easier, faster and simpler for designers, engineers and analysts, who rely on the suite’s new functionalities and user productivity advancements in product optimization, finite element modeling, multi-physics analysis, powertrain durability analysis, lightweight design and dozens of other new features.
In particular, HyperWorks 12.0 represents significant advancements in three capabilities: design and engineering speed, streamlining complexity and improved product strength. Altair technology leaders have outlined the importance of these elements in product design and the ways that HyperWorks 12.0 can boost the performance in all three areas.
Altair Chief Technical Officer James Brancheau has noted, “HyperWorks 12.0 provides automated and easy-to-use features that save time, ensure accuracy and improve products by making them lighter and offering the opportunity for much more design exploration. The very tight integration and interoperability of the open-platform HyperWorks suite allow users to create and evaluate every aspect of their products with assurance that they have found the best design for their objectives.”
Faster: Accelerate Design
For enterprises, Altair has integrated HyperWorks 12.0 simulation tools with its PBS Works™ workload management solutions to increase high-performance computing (HPC) productivity. The even faster solvers within the HyperWorks 12.0 suite combine with state-of-the-art simulation-based robust design technology to enable users to get the most from the latest HPC and cloud resources.
Ravi Kunju, Managing Director of Strategy and Marketing for Altair Enterprise Solutions, observes that HPC has been in existence for a couple of decades. “What is interesting today,” he says, “is that the cost of hardware cycles is moving from being a capital expenditure to an operational expense with innovative cloud-implementation models. This leads to increased accessibility to infinite resources. Engineers love computations, and this catapults virtual scenario exploration to much greater heights.”
In the HPC world, according to Fatma Kocer, Director of Business Development at Altair, “Studies that were not practical to perform until recently, such as reliability-based design optimizations, are becoming more within reach with the increased computational power that we are all enjoying.
Capitalizing on that speed is a principal goal of HyperWorks 12.0, says Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President for Solver Products at Altair. “Part of our vision is that simulation and optimization are driving the product development process, so we need results fast. To do this, we leverage large-scale modern hardware and the latest algorithms.”
As a result, Altair has created scalable solver solutions that run more detailed models and physics and enable optimization so that products can be developed faster.
“Often, time is wasted because modeling is too complex and prone to errors,” notes Paolo Sansalvadore, Senior VP, Modeling and Visualization Products at Altair. “So the ability of our software to reduce the time it takes for the analysis to be set up and interpreted comes from the ability to automate and debug the analysis that you are performing. The key is to obtain an analysis the first time that is accurate to the level that you need.”
Numerous enhancements in HyperWorks 12.0 help accommodate this need for speed. An entirely redesigned release of HyperStudy accelerates design exploration, robustness, reliability and optimization. The suite’s best-in-class optimization capabilities speed the lightweighting of designs and, in OptiStruct, include new manufacturing constraints for composite materials.
Also, HyperMesh in HyperWorks 12.0 incorporates advanced meshing algorithms for shell and solid meshing, such as a mid-plane mesh generator with automatic thickness mapping from complex solid CAD geometry and the addition of quality control mechanisms. The implicit solvers in RADIOSS, OptiStruct and AcuSolve add GPU support with a cost-effective licensing schema, and a novel multi-core licensing model for multiphysics simulation capitalizes on HyperWorks and Altair Partner Alliance solvers for solving high-end problems.
Streamlining Complexity: An Improved User Experience
HyperWorks 12.0 is inherently talented at making the most complex problem simple. It adopts an improved user experience to set up and solve the most intricate simulation projects to design better, lighter products with ease. New, modern approaches to graphical user interfaces, for example, replace property-area technologies. HyperWorks 12.0 also furnishes on-screen manipulators, context-sensitive menus and new infrastructure for faster implementations.
Much of today’s complexity derives from hit-and-miss methodologies for finding the right combination of size, shape, materials and overall design. “Companies have been using trial-and-error processes for their design,” Kocer notes, “and moving from that to using concept design optimization is a change in the mindset for engineers, designers and analysts.”
“What we’re trying to do with tools like solidThinking Inspire,” points out Altair Senior Vice President for Design and Math Products James Dagg, “is to put topology optimization into an environment that the designer is more used to, a more design-friendly setting. Inspire increases the depth of innovation for designers, enabling them to explore entirely new design concepts for structural parts. When you get the design right from the beginning, you can be more responsive to the marketplace, you can be more innovative and you can create products that perform better.”
With Inspire in HyperWorks 12.0, designers can generate and explore structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process, while solidThinking Evolve delivers a NURBS-based 3D modeling and rendering environment to create manufacturable models and render CAE results with unsurpassed photorealism.
A number of HyperWorks 12.0 enhancements contribute to this streamlining of processes. For example, HyperMesh and HyperView now provide easy access to CAE technology, including improvements to model browsers; a new streamlined user profile (BasicFEA) for quick model setup; and various sophisticated model assembly methods, including an automated connectors generation method, yielding faster assembly of complex models. One of the most interesting new functionalities of HyperView is its support for viewing results in 3D.
“The new 3D capability creates a fully immersive environment that improves our ability to support conceptual design and analysis efforts,” reports Jonathan Gabrys, Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company. “Specifically, being able to interrogate complex analysis results, such as stress fields or deflections, using 3D visualization provides an enhanced level of understanding.”
Stronger: Simulate Everything
Manufacturers today are expressing considerable interest in alternative materials for components, systems and entire structures, from racecars to airlines. These new materials require new modeling methods. HyperWorks 12.0 improves the interoperability with CAD systems, in particular for composite modeling. For example, it introduces new readers for composite modeling data.
“Another trend we are seeing,” Schneider says, “is our customers wanting to do more multiphysics-type solutions. With our broad offering, including our partner alliance, we actually are able to provide those multiphysics simulations on different levels. We are coupling our codes in a most efficient way to solve real-world problems with high performance and quality.”
Other enhancements in HyperWorks 12.0 include powertrain durability and large-scale NVH analysis and optimization. New and enhanced functionalities enable, for instance, one-step transfer path analysis and a multi-level sub-structuring solver (AMSES) in OptiStruct. CAD import and export interoperability is enhanced, as are composites interfacing and collaborative simulation data. In addition, several new material laws and failure models are incorporated into the RADIOSS solver for improved accuracy.
Finally, HyperWorks 12.0 comes with one other unparalleled feature: the Altair Partner Alliance, with specialized software applications developed by nearly 30 different partners, all of which are directly accessible using current HyperWorks units.
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