TROY — Troy-based Altair Engineering Tuesday announced the release of HyperWorks 12.0, the latest version of its comprehensive computer-aided engineering platform.

HyperWorks 12.0 offers new functionalities and end-user productivity advancements in product optimization, finite element modeling, multiphysics analysis, powertrain durability analysis, lightweight design and many others.

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“HyperWorks 12.0 provides automated and easy-to-use features that save time, ensure accuracy and improve products by making them lighter and by offering the opportunity for much more design exploration,” said James Brancheau, Altair’s CTO. “The very tight integration and interoperability of the open-platform HyperWorks suite allow engineers, designers and analysts to create and evaluate every aspect of their products with assurance that they have found the best design for their objectives.”

The advanced capabilities within HyperWorks 12.0 emphasize performance improvements and enhancements in:
* Usability — aimed at time compression and providing easy access to CAE technology, including improvements to the model browsers, a new streamlined user profile for quick model setup (BasicFEA) and support for 3D visualization (HyperView).
* Advanced meshing algorithms — various meshing functionalities 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 (HyperMesh).
* Model Assembling — various sophisticated model assembly methods, including an automated connectors generation method, are available for faster assembly of complex models.
* Interfacing — enhanced interoperability of CAD import and export, composites interfacing and collaborative simulation data management.
* Powertrain Durability and large-scale NVH analysis and optimization — new and enhanced functionalities include one-step transfer path analysis and a multi-level sub-structuring solver (AMSES) in OptiStruct.
* Explicit and implicit finite-element analysis — several new material laws and failure models for accuracy (RADIOSS).
* GPU support — the implicit solvers in RADIOSS, OptiStruct and AcuSolve add GPU support with a cost-effective licensing schema.
* Automotive extensions — allow co-simulation with third-party components for multi-body analysis (MotionSolve).
* Best-in-class optimization capabilities — speeds lightweighting of designs and now includes new manufacturing constraints for composite materials (OptiStruct).
* Noise levels prediction — new Ffowcs-Williams-Hawkings acoustic solver accurately predicts noise levels at distant microphone locations (AcuSolve).
* Smart Multiphysics simulation — novel multi-core licensing model cost-effectively leverages HyperWorks and Altair Partner Alliance solvers for high-end multiphysics problems.
* Design exploration, study and optimization — an entirely redesigned release of HyperStudy accelerates design robustness and reliability studies.
* Simulation-driven concept design tools — the most recent version of solidThinking Inspire allows designers to generate and explore structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process, and solidThinking Evolve delivers a NURBS-based 3D modeling and rendering environment to create manufacturable models and render CAE results with unsurpassed photorealism.

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The advancements in HyperWorks 12.0 received positive reviews from customer beta users. For example, Jonathan Gabrys, Technical Fellow of The Boeing Co., said, “The new 3D capability creates a fully-immersive environment that improves our ability to support conceptual design and analysis efforts. Specifically, being able to interrogate complex analysis results, such as stress fields or deflections, using 3D visualization provides an enhanced level of understanding.”

In addition to the HyperWorks suite, Altair provides virtually limitless value and access to third party technology through the Altair Partner Alliance. Directly accessed using HyperWorks Units, today HyperWorks clients have access to wide variety of specialized software applications developed by nearly 30 different strategic partners.

The suite remains available “in the cloud” via HyperWorks On-Demand, a platform that uses Altair’s PBS Works suite for high performance computing for workload management, job submission, monitoring and workload analytics. This allows easy access to cloud computing and subsequent accounting — all using HWUs, requiring minimal additional investment.

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