Troy-based Altair Engineering Inc. Wednesday announced 30 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the global aerospace market.

A number of European aerospace manufacturers and suppliers will discuss their use of Altair’s HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering tools in presentations at the 2010 European HyperWorks Technology Conference Oct. 27-29 in Versailles, France.

The fourth annual European HTC will highlight the latest trends, developments and applications in the field of enterprise CAE and will showcase cutting-edge methods, applications and industry examples of CAE-driven innovations. Presentations from Altair aerospace customers — including Airbus, MT Aerospace, AugustaWestland, EADS and Eurocopter — will examine how the aerospace industry is leveraging structural design optimization and simulation technology to drive innovation, weight reduction and improved designs.

“Weight reduction for increased payload and range of aircraft systems is increasingly important for the aerospace industry,” said Pietro Cervellera, director of aerospace business development at Altair. “To stay profitable, commercial aircraft must carry more passengers, defense aircraft must carry more cargo, and both must have greater range. The increased adoption of highly integrated and automated CAE tools like HyperWorks will be essential for the industry to achieve these desired results.”

HyperWorks offers a suite of CAE tools for minimum-weight design, stress analysis, and mechanism and vulnerability simulation for metallic and composite structures. Aerospace customers that have employed HyperWorks and its simulation-driven design processes, enabled by a strategic combination of Altair experience, technology and methods, have reported an average of 15 percent weight reduction for products while shortening the product design and development cycle by up to 50 percent.

“The aerospace industry is striving to meet increasingly stringent testing requirements to ensure greater passenger safety and survivability of aircraft,” said Robert Yancey, executive director of global aerospace at Altair. “As a result, there is a strong movement toward advanced simulation methods for bird strike events, ditching, debris impact, and hard landings to evaluate the impact on the structural performance of the aircraft and occupant protection systems. Altair’s RADIOSS solver is widely recognized as a preferred industry solution for these types of complex safety analyses, and when employed early in the design process, optimization and advanced simulation technology allow engineers to achieve the best possible design that meets certification requirements.”

At the 2010 European HTC, Airbus Optimization Center Leader Andrea-Ivan Marasco will offer a keynote address on “The Airbus A350XWB Optimization Centre: An Optimization Deployment Model,” that will highlight how Airbus is leveraging optimization for weight reduction and design efficiency of the A350XWB aircraft through a tight partnership with Altair Engineering. The conference will feature several other keynote presentations — from Altair, Peugeot Sport Association, Ford, solidThinking, Bombardier, Faurecia, Volvo 3P, Nissan and Intel — and more than 90 presentations where technology thought leaders will discuss industry trends that are enabling product innovation through optimization and simulation-driven design.

HTC is Altair’s premier annual event and is free for all attendees. For more information and to register, visit

Altair also announced that it had added Ramsis, the occupant simulation software from Germany’s Human Solutions GmbH, to its HyperWorks Partner Alliance. HyperWorks users can now download the latest version of Ramsis from the HWPA Web site at and use RAMSIS at no incremental cost through their existing HyperWorks software license system.

More than 350 companies worldwide have so far joined the HyperWorks Partner Alliance.

Ramsis allows manufacturers in the automotive, aircraft and industrial vehicle sectors to realistically simulate a digital human body to create more ergonomic, safe and comfortable interiors. Used by more than 70 percent of all vehicle manufacturers, RAMSIS calculates such critical aspects as reach, visibility and ride comfort virtually using precise dimensions, postures and movement sequences of a diverse catalogue of 3D CAD manikins.

The system uses current, international body dimension databases to supply accurate representative results about product requirements for complex international target markets — roughly three to five times faster than conventional analysis methods.

“Altair’s HyperWorks Partner Alliance is an ideal conduit for Ramsis applications,” said Andre Luebke, key account manager for Human Solutions NA. “The digital human modeling suite that RAMSIS offers is a natural extension to the HyperWorks solutions library. Thus development engineers have a one stop shop for most, if not all of their product development needs.”

HyperWorks is a suite of enterprise analytic applications that includes statistical, database, visualization and simulation software to help companies make better business decisions.  Its patented HyperWorks Units licensing technology allows users to transparently share software licenses globally across a broad suite of applications.

“Ramsis is an exciting technology which represents a new direction for the HyperWorks Partner Alliance,” said Martin Nichols, Altair executive vice president of global alliances and operations. “Expanding our solutions library to include applications outside of traditional CAE demonstrates Altair’s commitment to providing a truly comprehensive platform which can encompass all aspects of the design process.”

The addition of Human Solutions’ technology brings the total number of applications available under the HyperWorks platform to 58, including 30 third-party software applications such as Ramsis. These applications enable users to maximize their current investment in HyperWorks licenses by giving their engineers and designers flexible access to a growing pool of leading technology solutions.

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