I was chatting recently with fellow Altair blogger Bob Yancey about the use of the word composites. Yancey will often write about the application of high-end laminate constructions for aerospace applications. While this is a similar type of composite to those used by our racecar customers, such as Dallara, most automotive composites are perhaps better described as engineered plastics. The engineered part of that name is important, as not all plastics are composites; that soda bottle you drank from earlier was just plastic.
Monthly Archives: September 2012
Kindred Spirits – Altair Meets Edison2Royston Jones, President, Altair ProductDesign
OK… I’m not usually very touchy-feely, so starting a blog with this title is a bit out of character for me, but bear with me a moment and I’ll explain. In a profession like engineering, you have those moments where you see a unique solution, or suddenly “get it” in a moment of inspiration. These are ah-ha moments. Great feeling, and maybe what engineers really pine for ahead of most other experiences. Most of society doesn’t understand. Other engineers do.
An old MG advertising slogan that dates back around 80 years, “Safety Fast,” can very well be applied to the work that Advanced Design Engineering Systems Solutions AG (ADESS) has performed for another storied British sports car marque, LOTUS. ADESS used Altair’s HyperWorks Suite in the development of the LMP2 LOTUS T128 car, primarily to perform virtual crash tests of the front structure. Read More