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Altair Releases HyperWorks 11.0

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Altair Engineering, Inc. has announced the release of HyperWorks 11.0, the latest version of its computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite. Highlights of HyperWorks 11.0 include the addition of two new software products to the HyperWorks suite: AcuSolve and solidThinking. It also offers an extended breadth of solver solutions in RADIOSS, allowing engineers to address today’s complex design challenges.

HyperWorks 11.0 was officially unveiled during Altair’s opening keynote address at the 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC) in Orlando.

“With HyperWorks 11.0, we have achieved even more extensive integration and automation of functions, freeing engineers to use their creativity and talents to innovate, rather than focusing the majority of their time on data input and management,” says Altair HyperWorks Chief Technology Officer Dr. Uwe Schramm. “Our revolutionary ‘pay-for-use’ token-based business model allows engineers to try more types of software solutions and employ HyperWorks 11.0 for more tasks than ever before.”

HyperWorks 11.0 adds two new software products to its portfolio: AcuSolve, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) flow and multi-physics solver, and solidThinking, a 3D conceptual modeling and visualization software. Further extending HyperWorks is the growing list of partner solutions within the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. The partner solutions are available to HyperWorks customers through their existing HyperWorks licenses.

Altair’s addition of AcuSolve expands the HyperWorks solver into the CFD space. AcuSolve enables engineers to obtain quality solutions and solve complex industrial problems, especially for transient flow and fluid-structure interaction.

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The RADIOSS finite element solver in HyperWorks 11.0 can perform new analysis types, including response spectrum, complex eigenvalues and pre-stressed normal modes, as well as material and geometric non-linear implicit analysis.

HyperWorks 11.0 modernizes the CAE modeling and visualization environment by integrating HyperMesh and HyperView into one desktop framework solution. In addition, significant improvements have been made to the look and feel, according to the company. In HyperWorks 11.0, HyperMesh adds acoustic cavity meshing and extensions to mid-surface algorithms, as well as full 3D visualization of shell and beam models in the modeling environment.

Altair HyperWorks also includes a new set of collaboration tools. These capabilities, tightly integrated with the HyperWorks desktop applications, are designed to bring an intuitive user-centric experience for managing personal and team CAE data and processes without leaving the familiar HyperWorks environment.

Enhancements to OptiStruct are said to advance design optimization for geometric and material non-linear problems. OptiStruct now adds multi-start point optimization to avoid becoming locked within a local solution.

The new release offers more knowledge capture capabilities for vertical processes in engineering and manufacturing.   It provides new user profiles for CFD and for simulation of noise and vibration, crash testing and drop tests.   Durability Director becomes available for solving durability tests from load assessment to life estimation.

For more information, visit Altair Engineering’s HyperWorks 11.0 homepage.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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