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Monthly Archives: October 2011

OCT

26

2011

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Two Directions for Numerical Simulation

, Senior Vice President – Solver products

Where does numerical simulation go? Even during the past decades, the details of the simulation models were following increasing computer speed. The faster the computers became, the bigger the models became. It is great that we can cover more and more details and more and more physics, but in doing so, we always stay at the same solver runtime/turnaround time. This leaves me asking myself, “Don’t we need two directions?”
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OCT

19

2011

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Category: Automotive

The Case for Composites

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

As noted by my colleague Giuseppe Resta in the last automotive blog post, there was justified fanfare for the BMW “i” brand, yet elsewhere in Frankfurt you could see that steel was not going to go away fast. The production version of the Volkswagen up! was said to be 13 percent lighter than the vehicle it replaced (VW Fox). VW pointed to engine downsizing, high strength steel and component optimization as the keys enablers of this. High-strength and ultra-high-strength steels make up 56.5 percent of the vehicle’s construction and achieve class-leading torsional rigidity. With facts like that, what are the compelling reasons to consider structural composites in the short term?


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OCT

13

2011

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Category: Automotive

Steel is Dead, Long Live Steel

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

This week, my colleague Giuseppe Resta has some thoughts spurred by the unveiling of two exciting vehicles scheduled for 2013 production:

The Frankfurt Auto Show saw BMW unveil its new “i” brand of electric vehicles. While both the radical design language and impressive powertrain specifications were eye catching, the fact that these models will represent the first high volume vehicles built with of a carbon fiber (CFRP) body-in-white (BIW) – or body-in-black, if you will – stands out. Is this the dawning of a new era that will cause steel-based auto design to rust away?

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OCT

11

2011

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Category: Automotive

2011 Korea HyperWorks Technology Conference

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking


Video: 2011 Korea HyperWorks Technology Conference

The week before last, I attended the Altair Korea HTC, which was held in the beautiful location of Gyeongju. It was a very successful event, significantly exceeding the attendance of previous Altair customer gatherings there. Read More


OCT

06

2011

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Category: Aerospace

Topology Optimization Makes Its Mark

, Executive Director - Global Aerospace

The news keeps rolling in on how topology optimization is having an impact in the aviation industry, including this recent article in High-Performance Composites. Topology optimization is proving to be an excellent technology for weight reduction of metallic and composite parts, but the benefits in robust designs and more efficient design cycles also are being realized. Read More

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