TROY (WWJ) — Altair Engineering Inc. has introduced a free HyperWorks 12.0 Student Edition, comprehensive computer-aided engineering software available to aspiring structural and mechanical engineers.

Besides the free software, extensive learning resources designed especially for students may be found on the Altair Academic Training Center.

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In addition, Altair provides students on-demand interactive support through the moderated Academic Support Forum.

“The concept generation included in the easy-to-use solidThinking Inspire software is perfectly suited for young engineers and will help them create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily,” said Chad Zamler, marketing manager for Altair subsidiary solidThinking Inc. “Using Inspire, students can design products and parts lighter, stronger, and faster.”

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Multi-body dynamics has been included with the addition of MotionSolve. RADIOSS is a premier crash and impact simulation solver, while AcuSolve is a leading general-purpose computational fluid dynamics solver based on the finite element method. HyperStudy will enable students to run what-if scenarios, correlate test data, optimize difficult multi-disciplinary design problems, and assess design reliability and robustness. Finally, HyperMath offers a powerful and flexible programming language with comprehensive math and utility libraries, while HyperCrash provides a robust pre-processing environment specifically designed to automate the creation of high-fidelity models for crash analysis and safety evaluation.

“The addition of multi-body dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, impact simulation, and optimization-based conceptual design is really exciting,” said Matthias Goelke, director of academic markets at Altair. “We wanted to build on the success of the previous student edition, which was immediately adopted by engineering students and faculty members all over the world. This is proof that demand for simulation expertise is increasing in the marketplace, and whatever we can do to increase the availability and utility of our commercial products to students will help them succeed in their future engineering careers.”

The HyperWorks Student Edition also includes access to core HyperWorks commercial technologies that support the complete CAE workflow process for various solution types and applications. These include modeling and pre-processing, linear and non-linear analysis, topology optimization, composites simulation and optimization, results visualization/post-processing, data analysis and plotting, and collaboration tools.

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