Altair Engineering RADIOSS Selected by PSA Peugeot Citroen for Crash Analysis

    Leading automotive OEM using advanced HyperWorks CAE technology to replace
    physical testing with virtual simulation

    TROY, Mich., Oct. 22 /CNW/ -- Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global
provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and
decision-making, announced today that PSA Peugeot Citroen, one of the leading
European automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), has selected
Altair's RADIOSS simulation solution for crash simulation and analysis.
RADIOSS, a nonlinear finite-element solver, is part of Altair's HyperWorks
computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite.
    "The performance and code quality of the CAE tools we use are very
important to us," said Laurent Di Valentin, head of Numerical Simulation, PSA
Peugeot Citroen. "HyperWorks tools, especially RADIOSS, deliver the quality
and performance we expect and need in our CAE processes. Using RADIOSS, we can
simulate very large models and can perform a complete vehicle simulation --
from model building up to crash simulation -- in the same environment. We have
been able to replace many physical tests with RADIOSS' numerical simulation,
saving time and money in the development phase while delivering the same or
even higher level of quality."
    RADIOSS is a comprehensive transient, dynamic finite-element solver for
simulating impact, safety-related performance, manufacturing processes and
fluid-structure interaction problems. From consumer product drop-testing to
vehicle crash analysis, terminal ballistics to explosions, RADIOSS provides a
world-class solution to solve today's most complex physical problems.
    "We are proud to consider PSA Peugeot Citroen one of our most important
customers in France," said Mauro Guglielminotti, managing director of Altair
Engineering France. "Especially within the automotive industry, crash
simulation is gaining importance. Physical testing is expensive and time-
consuming. With RADIOSS, automotive OEMs such as PSA Peugeot Citroen can
improve their development processes and shift their testing efforts from the
physical into the virtual world."
    About PSA Peugeot Citroen
    PSA Peugeot Citroen is a world-class automobile manufacturer, supported
by two broad line marques, Peugeot and Citroen, and the expertise of its
employees. With operations in 150 countries, the group is actively expanding
its sales in new, fast-growing markets, having sold 3,366,000 vehicles
worldwide in 2006. A responsible global corporate citizen, PSA Peugeot Citroen
constantly innovates in the areas of safety and environmental protection to
develop and produce cars that meet the expectations of customers around the
world. Twelve of the group's models have been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP
crash tests. PSA Peugeot Citroen is Europe's leading manufacturer of low-
emission vehicles with 1 million units sold emitting less than 140g CO2/km in
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    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 1,300 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. For more information please visit .

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