Troy-based Altair Engineering Inc., a provider of simulation technology and engineering services, announced the release of HyperWorks 11.0, the latest version of the engineering industry’s most popular computer-aided engineering 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 a greatly extended breadth of solver solutions in RADIOSS, allowing engineers to efficiently address today’s complex design challenges.

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HyperWorks 11.0 was officially unveiled during Altair’s opening keynote address at the 2011 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference taking place June 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.

“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,” said Altair HyperWorks CTO 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.”

Continuing the tradition of enriching the value of HyperWorks with every release, HyperWorks 11.0 adds two new software products to its portfolio: AcuSolve, a computational fluid dynamics flow and multi-physics solver, and solidThinking, a 3D conceptual modeling and visualization software. These additions increase the already impressive suite of solutions within the HyperWorks simulation platform.  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, bringing a powerful CFD solution to designers and research engineers at all levels of expertise.

AcuSolve enables engineers to quickly obtain quality solutions and solve the largest and most complex mission critical industrial problems, especially for transient flow and fluid-structure interaction.

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. RADIOSS now provides a breakthrough in performance with an advanced mass-scaling technology and a new multi-domain implementation that increases the speed and accuracy of detailed explicit simulation.

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HyperWorks 11.0 modernizes the CAE modeling and visualization environment by integrating the power of two industry leaders, HyperMesh and HyperView, into one desktop framework solution. In addition, significant improvements to the look and feel help to create the most easy-to-use interface yet.

In HyperWorks 11.0, HyperMesh expands on its dominance in meshing technology, adding 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 now includes a new set of collaboration tools, providing out-of-the-box enterprise capabilities that transform the enterprise CAE data and process management into a natural and enjoyable experience. These capabilities, tightly integrated with the HyperWorks desktop applications, bring an intuitive user-centric experience for managing personal and team CAE data and processes without leaving the familiar HyperWorks environment.

Enhancements to OptiStruct advance the state-of-the art in design optimization — the key to simulation-driven innovation — for geometric and material non-linear problems. OptiStruct now adds multi-start point optimization to avoid becoming locked within a local solution.

HyperWorks 11.0 supplies a customizable end-to-end multi-body solution across many use-cases and disciplines. For example, in automotive and mechanism design, a full vehicle wizard supports HTire and FTire applications in the HyperWorks MotionView and MotionSolve solutions. In MotionSolve, control systems capabilities are greatly improved.

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.

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Hundreds of other improvements and enhancements make 11.0 the most feature-rich HyperWorks release to date. For additional detail and a complete listing of the new features, enhancements and improvements offered within HyperWorks 11.0, visit the HyperWorks 11.0 homepage,