The automotive industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace; a transformation driven by simulation. As a product development partner to the world’s largest OEMs and suppliers, we work to accelerate product development, enhance passenger safety and experience, all while optimizing vehicle fuel economy and durability. Our technologies are changing the way vehicles of all types are designed.
With overnight aerodynamic simulations, engineers can drive performance improvements without sacrificing design styling. By reviewing studio innovations daily, engineers can explain how a design shapes air flow and designers are able to resolve issues on time and with style.
On-demand, high-performance computing (HPC) presents the opportunity to securely scale simulation capabilities during peak demand, satisfying the need for detailed, multi-disciplinary optimization studies on multiple programs to reduce development costs and risk.
Identify the most promising concepts and critical subsets of performance criteria earlier in design exploration and by applying statistical methods for dimensionality reduction on the huge number of design variables considered during a vehicle program.
Create robust architectures during pre-program: The Altair Concept 1-2-3 (C123) design process enables designers to confidently create innovative, next-generation architectures by using simulation to inform vehicle architecture, manufacturing processes, material selection, and platform strategies.
Leverage high-performance computing (HPC): Altair computing solutions give automotive designers and manufacturers faster time-to-market and superior product quality with a comprehensive set of workload management and optimization tools for clusters, supercomputers, and the cloud — with capabilities including scalable scheduling, advanced HPC admin control, easy remote access and visualization, and pinpointing I/O performance bottlenecks.
Drive even more design with simulation: Altair’s next generation HyperWorks experience was created to enable your team to move from physics to physics, domain to domain, and even create reports without ever leaving the model. Every tool in the suite delivers a solution-specific workflow with a meticulously designed and discoverable user-interface.
Increase passenger protection: In the age of autonomy and car sharing, new seating positions demand a fresh investigation of passenger safety using Altair® Radioss®, an industry standard for automotive crash, impact, and airbag simulations. Altair® MotionSolve® helps chassis systems achieve vehicle dynamics targets and ensure safe maneuverability. With Altair® Feko®, vehicle connectivity and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), which are essential to today’s vehicles, can be verified.
Improve quality and design performance: Customers expect better vehicle performance, including minimizing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), and the annoying squeak and rattle (S&R) phenomena. Altair® HyperWorks® offers a broad range of functionality for CAE engineers and analysts, reducing the full-vehicle NVH simulation time, freeing up time to optimize product design and performance. Altair® Squeak and Rattle Director™ identifies and analyzes design alternatives to eliminate S&R causes.
Create the optimal environment: In the past, engineers relied on wind tunnel tests during the design cycle to determine the effectiveness of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Altair CFD™ helps make more informed decisions earlier in the design cycle. Using transient computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation, it accurately models the air flow through the HVAC system, ensuring safer windshield defrosting capability, while optimizing the thermal management of electrical and mechatronic systems.
Better tools for fuel efficiency: Automakers need a multipronged approach to achieve fuel efficiency, lighter structures, and aerodynamics performance. Altair® OptiStruct® helps designers and engineers do just that, all while reducing costs and maintaining performance. Altair CFD improves external aerodynamic performance by applying GPU hardware to speed their decision making.
Durability for fleet or personal use: Future fleets of autonomous vehicles will cover more miles than personal cars for economic reasons: to cover the cost of expensive hardware and increase profitability by driving longer than a human would. Altair® HyperLife® provides a comprehensive toolset for durability analysis to enable the prediction of fatigue life under the repetitive loadings of a vehicle life. Vehicle durability loads can be extracted from MotionSolve.
Accelerate powertrain electrification: The move towards hybrid and full-electric powertrain systems delivers both business challenges and opportunities. Bringing BEV development cycles into alignment with traditional timelines require changes to engineering team structures and toolsets. Powertrains must be highly efficient and lightweight while meeting new regulations and growing customer expectations.
The use of electromagnetic waves in automobiles continues to expand. What started with radio and television broadcasting has now expanded to remote keyless entry systems, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), wireless communications, advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS), and more, making consideration of electromagnetic compatibility indispensable.
Feko a complete toolset of high-frequency electromagnetic field simulation software that integrates Altair’s wide variety of analysis methods, is the solution for analyzing and designing antennas, wireless connectivity, and EMC problems chosen by a wide range of OEMs and suppliers in the automotive industry.
We have a deep commitment to vehicle efficiency, so much so that we have established the automotive industry’s only award dedicated to vehicle lightweighting. The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest achievements in vehicle weight savings each year. It inspires interest from business leaders, engineers, policymakers, educators, students and the public, stirring competition for new ideas and providing an incentive to share advances.