Altair MotionSolve™

Multi-body System Simulation

Human Plus Machine: How Sarcos is Revolutionizing the Future of Work with Industrial Robotics

With the prospect of increasing labor shortages among a wide variety of industries, combined with the significant costs of occupational injuries and the ever-increasing pressure to increase productivity, leading robotics company, Sarcos is in a unique position to deploy industrial robotics designed to increase productivity while eliminating injuries, by augmenting rather than replacing human workers. Chris Beaufait, COO of Sarcos, discusses the current robotics landscape, why automation is not the right solution to the problems industries are facing, how Sarcos and its product lineup - including the full body, fully powered Guardian XO exoskeleton - will play a critical role in defining the workforce of tomorrow, and his vision for the robotics industry over the next five to 10 years.

ATC Presentations

Heavy Equipment Applications Involving Multi-body Simulation, Hydraulics, and DEM using 1D & 3D

For a Stewart-Gough-Platform (Hexapod), various software tools were used to study and design highly dynamic hydraulic drives together with an overall system control. Calculation of Eigenfrequencies, control design and comparison, hydraulic system design, and overall simulation control were done in Altair Activate, the mechanics of the Stewart-Gough-Platform was taken from a CAD model into Altair Inspire Motion. The co-simulation between control + hydraulics and mechanics was performed using Activate and Altair MotionSolve. Altair HyperView and HyperGraph were used to analyze and visualize the results. With the highly integrated solutions, the results could be achieved within a very short time. The different types of models (linear/simplified/full mechanics/hydraulics) made it possible to start with fast development cycles and finally achieve reliable results.

ATC Presentations

Real-time Simulator of a Mobile Crane

Mechatronic systems and off-highway equipment design is rapidly evolving. With advanced control features, operator-assistance systems, and even full autonomy on the horizon, engineers are building complex systems simulation models to better understand their smart machines. Through the use of interactive and immersive VR software, systems models can be derived from high-fidelity engineering simulations and used for operator-in-the-loop, HIL, and SIL testing. Interactive virtual prototypes allow for human-factors test and measuring system performance in hyper-realistic virtual worksites. Simulation is also being used for AI based perception and motion planning in autonomous systems. Sales and marketing departments are now using interactive simulations and visualization to demonstrate products. The value of simulation is expanding rapidly in OEMs. CM Labs Simulations has recently partnered with Altair to bring together engineering simulation and interactive real-time systems models to perform all of the above. Validated multibody systems dynamics models from Altair MotionSolve can be used to build interactive models in Vortex Studio and combined with advanced real-time 3d graphics to create immersive live simulations with human interaction. With real-time simulation, it is also possible to connect to interactive control models and system level multidisciplinary simulations with Altair Activate. The presentation uses a mobile crane model as an example. It will demonstrate the process of translating the engineering models to real-time, creating realistic working scenarios and deploying in immersive simulators for operator in-the-loop testing and system demonstration.

ATC Presentations

Customer Successes & Recent Enhancements

Altair’s products for multi-body system simulation (MBS) – MotionView, MotionSolve, and Inspire Motion – form a key component of multi-disciplinary system simulations. In this presentation, we will look back on several achievements this year, in the form of customer successes as well as recent enhancements to these products which significantly extend the depth and breadth of capabilities. Some of these application examples also involve connections from MBS to other Altair technology or to 3rd-party technology such as to Altair OptiStruct (for flexible bodies and light-weighting) and Altair Activate (for hydraulics) and EDEM (for discrete element modeling of bulk materials).

ATC Presentations

Altair MBD: Celebrating Accomplishments, What's Next

In this presentation, Michael Hoffmann, Sr Vice President, shares the company’s vision & strategy for Altair’s Math & Systems tools for Model-Based Development – based on providing an open platform tightly connecting 0D to 1D to 3D modeling & simulation. At different stages of their product development cycles, engineers can model and simulate their increasingly complex products as multi-disciplinary systems by using equations, block diagrams, and/or 3D CAD geometry. His scope includes Altair Compose™, Altair Activate™, Altair Embed™, and Altair MotionSolve™ as well as the multi-body motion capabilities in Altair Inspire™. He also spotlights several recent success stories about customers who have used these technologies to drive innovation through simulation.

ATC Presentations

Experience the Sound of Your Future EV Before it is Built

Achieving the targeted brand image in a short development cycle time with minimal or zero prototypes is a major challenge faced by EV companies. To overcome this challenge, Altair, HBK and Romax have jointly developed a simulation driven process coupled with capabilities to virtually experience the noise and vibration characteristics, giving engineers a way to obtain real time performance feedbacks as the vehicle is being developed. This joint presentation on the proposed NVH development process covers a wide range of topics, including benchmarking, target setting, full vehicle and motor gearbox simulation loadcases, troubleshooting, optimization and stochastic analysis, and playback of simulation results for subjective evaluations, with a number of new technologies representing the global best practice in sound and vibration design and development. Join us to explore ways to control the sound and vibration characteristics of the vehicle, achieve the right sound, and avoid common NVH pitfalls, while accelerating time to market utilizing and experiencing virtual NVH prototypes.

ATC Presentations

Altair MotionSolve New Feature Overview

View a high level overview of the new features available within MotionSolve 2019.

New Features, Videos

Durability & Comfort Simulations with MotionSolve

Our goal was to help engineers developing ground vehicles to determine fatigue life of components and improve driver comfort. Vehicle-specific simulation events have been added or streamlined to closely mimic standard physical tests performed in a lab (such as with N-post shakers) or on a test track.

New Features, Videos

MotionSolve Examples Library

The MotionSolve examples library has been added to provide users with resources to learn MotionSolve on real world type models.

New Features, Videos

General Machinery Solutions with MotionSolve

Our goal was to help users more easily build and simulate complex systems. To this end, we have added a library of higher-level modeling elements including cables, pulleys, and winches; linear actuators, struts, & rods; as well as gears and cams – obviating the need for users to separately define parts, markers, and joints for these elements.

New Features, Videos

Generic Modeling Improvements with MotionSolve

Many other enhancements in this release were designed to enable users to assemble and solve models to evaluate product behavior much faster, especially for vehicle simulations.

New Features, Videos

System Design Solutions with MotionSolve

Much of the MotionSolve and MotionView multi-body modeling and simulation technology has been incorporated into Inspire Motion to enable system design closely tied to 3D CAD geometry.

New Features, Videos

New Features in Altair MotionSolve

Series of new feature videos for Altair MotionSolve within the Altair HyperWorks 2019 release

Videos

Improving Vehicle Performance with Multi-Body Simulation

Learn about the special capabilities available for vehicle simulations (cars & trucks) with Altair MotionSolve™

Webinars

Using Advanced Simulation to Design Leading Motorcycles

Rod Giles, Group Manager CAE & CAD presents at the UK ATC 2019. Royal Enfield has and is undergoing a massive transformation, not only in the sales and manufacturing departments, but also in the way the motorcycles are designed and developed. Leading the way in the development of all new motorcycle platforms is the use of advanced Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools. At Royal Enfield we use a wide array of different tools and techniques. The primary tool for model preparation and analysis is Altair Hyperworks. Rather than trying to cover the vast range of analyses carried out, today I will concentrate on some examples where advanced techniques have helped the design process including using smooth particle hydrodynamics (SPH) in explicit analysis to evaluate fuel tank integrity, using NVH director to evaluate and improve transfer path analysis (TPA) to aid the rider comfort, using topology optimisation to reduce mass and improve structural performance of engine and chassis components, and using MotionSolve to understand complex mechanism dynamics.

ATC Presentations

A Unique Car Concept for Urban Space

Udi Meridor, Chief Innovation Officer at Israeli startup, City Transformer, talks about the thinking behind the design of this revolutionary design for urban transport. They have decided to rethink the future of the city car and create a cleaner world.

Customer Stories, Videos

Schneider Electric

An Altair customer for many years, Schneider Electric at first used only Altair Flux; now the company has extended their usage to several more software products in the Altair HyperWorks suite, including solutions such as Activate, MotionSolve, OptiStruct, and others to apply co-simulation in their development processes. Schneider feels their collaboration with Altair is more like a partnership than the standard supplier-OEM relationship.

Customer Stories

Multi-Physics Design and Optimization of a Complex Radar System

Today, most products are complex mechatronic combinations of advanced technologies, mixing electrical parts with controllers and embedded software. To efficiently manage innovative products, organizations are turning to a Model-Based Development approach for concept studies, control design, multi-domain system simulation and optimization. To meet this demand, Altair’s simulation and optimization suite aims to transform design and decision-making throughout product lifecycles with their multi-disciplinary software tools and consultancy services.

Technical Papers

Altair HyperWorks Brochure

Altair HyperWorks is the most comprehensive, open architecture CAE simulation platform in the industry, offering the best technologies to design and optimize high performance, weight efficient and innovative products.

Brochures

The Altair Motion Solution

This presentation was given at the 2019 ATCx Multibody & System Simulation conference at the Altair Headquarters in Troy, MI.

ATC Presentations

Altair Inspire Motion - An Overview 

This presentation was given at the 2019 ATCx Multibody & System Simulation conference at the Altair Headquarters in Troy, MI.

ATC Presentations

Vehicle Modeling in MotionView and MotionSolve 

This presentation was given at the 2019 ATCx Multibody & System Simulation conference at the Altair Headquarters in Troy, MI.

ATC Presentations

System Optimization with Altair MotionSolve 

This presentation was given at the 2019 ATCx Multibody & System Simulation conference at the Altair Headquarters in Troy, MI.

ATC Presentations

Seamless integration of 0D-1D and 3D worlds

This webinar will introduce you to Altair Activate for control system design and the ease of solving real world problems with co-simulation between MotionSolve (multibody simulation suite) and Activate.

Videos, Webinars

Truck Ride Comfort Analysis by Using Compose and MotionSolve

Ride comfort analysis modeling and ride comfort evaluation done in Altair Compose and Altair MotionSolve.

ATC Presentations

National Composites Centre

The National Composites Centre (NCC), in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and University of Warwick (WMG) worked on a collaborative project to develop a Cross-Catapult technology demonstrator; the Mono-Ski or Sit-ski, a device for sports that uses adaptive equipment on mountain slopes, designed for individuals with lower extremity limitations. Composites were used extensively in the new Sit-ski design with the Altair HyperWorks™ suite being utilized throughout the development process.

Customer Stories

Mabe

Mabe is a Mexico-based international appliance company designing, producing and distributing a wide spectrum of home appliances such as washing machines, dryers, cooking ranges, refrigerators, air-conditioners, microwaves, etc. Altair technology has enabled Mabe to increase the capacity of their washing machines by 35%, and the spin speed by 24% while reducing the cost per cubic foot by 10%.

Customer Stories

Novum: University of Michigan Participates in Solar Car Challenges Around the World

See how Altair's Software is used to get University of Michigan's solar car, Novum, to the next level to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia and the American Solar Challenge - crossing an entire continent in both cases just on the power of the sun alone.

Customer Stories, Video Testimonials

Engineering Design Using a Small Autonomous Robot for Student Education

As part of educational programs for students to acquire practical skills and knowledge, Aichi University Technology (AUT) participated in a demonstration test competition aiming for future Mars exploration. A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites (ARLISS), is a competitive event for the evaluation of autonomous robots – conducting tests relating to their autonomous descent back to the ground after being launched 400m above the ground using a small rocket. For the final designed robot, HyperWorks was used for structural analysis to understand whether or not the robot meets requirements, and MotionSolve was extremely useful for practical industrial education that is linked to CAD design.

Customer Stories

Global-Local Workflows and High-Fidelity Stress Analysis for a Wing Flap Hinge Fitting

In this webinar, we analyze a part from Altair’s Aero Wing concept, the flap hinge fitting, and perform a global-local case study to provide confidence in its optimized design. This global-local workflow process may then be repeated for any other component of interest within the Aero Wing structural assembly.

Webinars

Addressing Design Development Challenges Through Simulation Driven Platform

Automotive suppliers are facing many challenges in having in-house simulation capabilities compared to that of OEM’s. One of the ways to overcome these challenges is to invest in simulation technologies that require an affordable initial investment, the ownership cost of which is low, the codes are reliable & proven, and the suite of tools provide suppliers access to a broad range of solvers (a true multi-physics environment) helping them pick and choose the solvers as per their simulation requirements. In the early stage of in-house simulation implementation at Endurance Technologies, HyperWorks was being adopted primarily for pre and post processing due to its extraordinary FE modeling solutions. With constant support, Altair team has helped Endurance in exploring and implementing various HyperWorks solvers at Endurance Technologies.

Customer Stories

Altair Aerospace: Design a Flap Mechanism with Multibody Dynamics

This short webinar will discuss coupling of aerodynamics loading, structures vibration, mechanisms deployment and hydraulics actuation in the simulation of a high lift device. This session also includes the simulation of structure loads and actuation efficiency during flight maneuvers. A fatigue analysis ensures the longevity of the new design.

Webinars

MotionSolve for Heavy Industry

MotionSolve for Heavy Industry. Optimize Machinery System Performance

Datasheets

MotionSolve for Automotive

MotionSolve for Automotive Optimize Automotive System Performance

Datasheets

MotionSolve for Trucks and Busses - Analyze and Optimize Truck System Performance

MotionSolve - Altair's multi-body solution is an integrated solution to analyze and improve mechanical system performance. In the truck and bus industries, MotionSolve is used to assess system durability, evaluate and improve new suspension systems, optimize the ride and handling characteristics of vehicles, evaluate and optimize subsystem performance and validate mechatronics components.

Webinars

MotionSolve for General Machinery

MotionSolve for General Machinery. Understand and Optimize System Performance

Datasheets

Multi-Body Dynamics: MotionSolve for Truck and Bus

Simulation is used in nearly every industry and the Truck and Bus industries are no exception. Within this domain, application of Multi-body Dynamics is common for improving designs for vehicle dynamics, suspension behavior, packaging and many other motion related applications. Altair has recently implemented major enhancements in MotionSolve specific to this domain. This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the solution now available from Altair.

Webinars

Subros Leverages Altair HyperWorks® to Build Optimized Product Designs While Reducing 60% Simulation Time and 40% Prototyping Costs

Subros is the leading manufacturer of thermal products for automotive applications in India and operates in technical collaboration with Denso. Being a major supplier of AC units to the predominant automotive segments and all classes of vehicles produced by global players in the country, it is very important for Subros to honor deadlines of product delivery with agreed benchmarks of quality. The Subros team has used Altair solutions such HyperMesh for FE modeling, RADIOSS and OptiStruct for structural analysis, AcuSolve for flow analysis, and solidThinking Inspire for Modal Analysis

Customer Stories

Ankers

Ankers performed co-simulation using a combined multibody and brake systems model in MotionView and Activate to generate more accurate results to analyze thermal and other effects on braking.

Customer Stories

Simulation Speeds Roll Cage Design

Australian company relies on virtual tools to test the roll cage structures that keep motorsports drivers safe.

Articles, Customer Stories

Altair MotionSolve Datasheet

Altair MotionSolve is an integrated solution to analyze and optimize multi-body systems. MotionSolve offers powerful modeling, analysis, visualization, and optimization capabilities for simulating complex systems. You can perform kinematic, dynamic, static, quasi-static, linear, and vibration analyses. MotionSolve helps you to understand and improve the performance of your product.

Datasheets

Contact Modeling in Complex Mechanisms: Altair’s Multibody Solutions

This webinar discusses the contact modeling capabilities of MotionSolve. What are the different contact modeling approaches and when is one more capable than another? The webinar will also talk about the modeling environment and the tools that permit useful post processing.

Webinars

Mechatronic Systems Engineering: Altair’s Multibody Solutions

Altair’s MotionSolve is a powerful multi-body solution to help simulate mechatronic systems. Integration with solidThinking Activate allows a user to model control systems, actuators and sensors in a convenient block diagram environment while coupled with MotionSolve via co-simulation. Models in MotionSolve can be linearized for classic control system design, and its powerful non-linear capabilities helps you model critical effects, ranging from friction, to component flexibility, to contact between colliding bodies. Additional capabilities for integration with Fortran/C/Python, and support for Modelica and Functional Mock-up Interface standards allows different domains and third-party tools to be used as needed. Finally, integration with other HyperWorks tools allow you to drive your simulations with a model-based design approach.

Webinars

Automotive Product Development: Altair’s Multibody Solutions

he automotive industry constitutes one of the largest components of the global economy and contains numerous manufacturers and suppliers who compete for market share. Performance of their products is key in providing differentiation to win customers and simulation plays a critical role in creating this differentiation. This webinar will demonstrate an array of applications using MotionSolve for simulation and optimization in various automotive applications including vehicle dynamics, durability and closures.

Webinars

Harita Seating Standardizes on Altair Suite of HyperWorks for all CAE Applications

HyperWorks used by leading Indian manufacturer of seating systems Harita, for homologation testing, regulations and crash analysis for all commercial vehicle seats, bus passenger seats and tractor & off-road seats

Customer Stories

MBD Series: Lightweight Design

Tony Norton - Executive Vice President Product Design at Altair Engineering - talks about MBD being an essential tool in finding accurate loads for a subsequent optimization. He also introduces Inspire Motion and explains the Sub-Space Response Surface MDO Solution developed by his Product Development team.

Webinars

ABB

To support the use of simulation tools in this endeavor, ABB in Spain enlisted the help of Altair ProductDesign's regional team, thanks to the company's experience in utilizing simulation tools to solve engineering challenges in the robotics industry. The project centered on improving the fatigue performance of a Twin Robot Xbar (TRX), one of ABB’s robotic part transfer systems that moves components between manufacturing stations.

Customer Stories

Introduction to MotionSolve

MotionSolve can accurately simulate any mechanical system to predict forces, kinematics and dynamics of motion. The mechanical system may consist of rigid and structurally flexible bodies connected by various kinds of kinematic constraints and flexible connectors. Environmental forces and motion excitations drive the motion of the entire system.

Videos

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