Altair Engineering Launches Industry's First Crash Environment to Be Integrated into CATIA V5

    HyperCrash/CATIA offers first effective crash workbench dedicated to
    automotive crash engineers

    TROY, Mich., Aug. 20 /CNW/ -- Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global
provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and
decision-making, today announced the launch of HyperCrash/CATIA, the first
crash environment integrated into CATIA V5. The new technology enables
modeling of crash data and the capability to include nonlinear material
properties in a dynamic database. HyperCrash/CATIA is part of the HyperWorks
suite of advanced CAE solutions and provides a seamless interface for CATIA
users. However, separate usage licensing is required.
    Previously, engineers were required to leave CATIA to perform time-
intensive critical crash analysis. Now, they can perform the complete task
inside the CATIA environment and move directly into the RADIOSS solver. This
makes HyperCrash/CATIA the first effective crash workbench specifically
dedicated to automotive crash engineers.
    "We are happy to be first on the market with this unique product," said
Altair Vice President of Product Technology Uwe Schramm, Ph.D.
"HyperCrash/CATIA not only dramatically reduces cycle time between design and
finite-element analysis. It also adds 'associativity' between geometry and the
crash model, and allows fast updates of crash analysis data whenever the
geometry changes."
    Other benefits of HyperCrash/CATIA include advanced tools for crash
analysis, such as those for contact resolution, model checker and connection
management. In addition, HyperCrash/CATIA has a new, intuitive modeling system
for spot welds that allows up to five sheets to be connected, compared to two
sheets with CATIA alone.
    About RADIOSS
    RADIOSS is an industry-leading explicit and implicit finite-element
solver technology that simulates mechanical, structural, fluid and
fluid-structure interaction phenomena, taking into account nonlinear material,
for quasi- static and dynamic loading events. RADIOSS is part of the Altair(R)
HyperWorks(R) CAE technology suite. HyperWorks provides robust solver
solutions for linear, nonlinear, fluid and fluid structure interaction,
structural optimization and multi-body dynamics applications, while delivering
best-in-class modeling, visualization and process automation solutions.
    About Altair HyperWorks
    Altair HyperWorks is an integrated CAE framework containing best-in-class
solutions for the complete virtual product development process. HyperWorks not
only contains powerful finite-element and multi-body simulation solutions, it
also delivers an open, programmable platform that is easy to integrate into
existing processes. From modeling and assembly, to visualization and
reporting, to virtual manufacturing and robustness assessment, HyperWorks'
powerful interface system to all major CAD and CAE packages is the foundation
for a truly integrated simulation-driven design process. It can also help
bring highly engineered products to market faster.
    About Altair Engineering
    Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and
decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and
visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with
more than 1,200 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South
America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product
design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair
consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of
industries. To learn more, please visit

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For further information: Diane Forbes of Altair Engineering, Inc., 
+1-248-614-2400, ext. 464, Web Site:

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