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Altair expands composite offering by including MultiMech suite in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance

Altair, developer of the innovative HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software suite, announced today the addition of MultiMech's software suite of composite tools to the growing array of applications available through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). The MultiMech Suite allows users from many industries to analyze and optimize materials using its unique two-way coupled multiscale approach developed in response to the ever increasing use of advanced materials. This suite provides state-of-the-art solutions to accurately and cost-efficiently relate materials' microstuctural design variables to overall structural performance which helps solve problems related to mechanical failure and inefficient trial and error product development.

"The addition of MultiMech into the HyperWorks Partner Alliance adds important new capabilities for our customers", said Dr. Robert Yancey, Altair's Senior Director for Global Aerospace. "MultiMech will continue to broaden our offering for composite material analysis which is an important area for our aerospace business and an emerging area for other industry verticals such as automotive and consumer products."

Composite materials have become a very important structural material in many industries including Aerospace, Wind Energy, Sporting Goods, and Marine with growing interest in the Automotive industry. Accurate and comprehensive composite analysis capabilities are important to best utilize the unique advantages of composites which include low weight, high stiffness, and good fatigue performance. Altair continues to add composite analysis capabilities to their suite of analysis and optimization products and the MultiMech products will enhance the capabilities they provide their customers.

"MultiMech R&D could not be more pleased about the new partnership with the HyperWorks Partner Alliance," said Leandro Castro, co-founder of MultiMech Research & Development. "We saw this as a mutually beneficial opportunity to spread knowledge of our company, as well as the partner program within current and new markets. Our software performs multiscale and failure/fatigue analysis, as well as composites modeling. This creates a great amount of opportunity for integration and growth within the program. With a two-way coupled multiscale FE solver and a sophisticated generator of complex microstructures, we also contribute unique features that, before now, were not available within the partner program."

MultiMech Suite is a unique set of software tools, MultiMech Core, MultiMech GUI and MicroMech. MultiMech Core is a two-way coupled multiscale finite element solver, MultiMech GUI is an intuitive graphical user interface that guides users through the process of creating multiscale models, and MicroMech is the industry's most highly developed generator of intricate microstructures. MultiMech Suite enables users to perform failure analyses and design of complex materials, such as fiber reinforced composites and composites formed of tiny particles of one material embedded in another. Global and local scales of Representative Volume Elements (RVEs) are solved simultaneously and both are able to communicate with each other. This provides supreme accuracy and understanding of the material behavior, and in turn creates stronger designs. The MultiMech Suite also provides standard homogenization for faster analyses and is fully parallelized and optimized to provide maximum performance and to speed up the product development cycle.

HyperWorks customers benefit from being able to access Altair's powerful and ground-breaking licensing system. This structure maximizes the customers' investment in the HyperWorks license by increasing its overall versatility. Each license is comprised of HyperWorks units which allow users to have access to over 28 applications developed by Altair in an easily accessible manner. To further the customers' investment, Altair has opened this model up to third-party companies to include their applications. This collaboration is known as the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. The overall flexibility of these HyperWorks Units empowers users and allows them access to the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available. Altair HyperWorks customers can access the MultiMech Suite through the HWPA. It comes at no incremental cost and with no long-term commitment.

The HWPA strives to provide the most comprehensive offering of software applications across multiple relevant domains related to computer-aided engineering. For composites analysis and optimization, the HyperWorks suite combined with the HWPA partner applications, offers the most comprehensive suite of software in the industry. By increasing this offering, CAE as a whole can be dramatically improved to optimize designs and products in the easiest way possible.

Press release issued by Altair Engineering, Inc. on September 18, 2012


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