Leading German Consulting Firm Brunel Selects HyperWorks Engineering Framework

    Advanced CAE software suite accelerates delivery of innovation projects

    TROY, Mich., Aug. 29 /CNW/ -- Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global
provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and
decision-making, announced today that Germany's Brunel, a leading engineering
consulting firm specializing in project development and innovation, has
included the use of HyperWorks into its tool sets employed for service
offerings. Starting with service and consultancy projects within the
automotive industry, the engineering service provider will use the software
framework both on site at their customers and within their competence centers.
    To date, HyperWorks results have shown great potential in automotive
applications. As a result, Brunel sees the need for HyperWorks also within
other industries, such as the aerospace industry. Primarily, Brunel is using
OptiStruct for topology optimization especially within the first development
phases. HyperMesh will be used for the meshing of finite-element models within
its competence centers and on site at different customers for consulting
projects. Brunel will extend the use of HyperWorks to other areas and
industries, as requested.
    "We have been using HyperWorks for the optimization of components since
February 2007, following a customer request coming from an automotive OEM,"
said Peter Mikolaj, manager of Numerical Simulation, at Brunel, Germany. "We
are very pleased with the results we have from HyperWorks, and plan to apply
especially HyperMesh and OptiStruct in upcoming projects for our aerospace and
automotive customers. HyperWorks offers us the possibility to work very
closely with our customers, as well as react quickly to any request within the
areas of optimization and meshing. As an integrated solution, HyperWorks
provides a smooth development process and has put the powerful tools our
engineers need within easy reach. For the future, I see a high need for the
HyperWorks framework coming from all of our customers and from any industry."
    "Simulation tools such as HyperWorks provide the answer to many
engineering challenges for today's industries. Especially within the area of
optimization, we expect more requests from customers such as we have had from
Brunel in the engineering service area," said Dr. Detlef Schneider, managing
director of Altair Engineering, Germany. "All industries have to frontload
their development processes and will need to optimize their products as early
as possible. The HyperWorks framework is an integrated solution, offering all
the tools needed to deal with engineering tasks within this area. I am very
happy that Brunel has chosen HyperWorks, and I am sure that the Brunel
engineers and their customers will soon benefit from the excellent results
achieved with HyperWorks."
    Altair HyperMesh is a user-friendly, high-performance finite-element pre-
and post-processor for popular finite-element solvers. It allows engineers to
analyze product design performance in a highly interactive and visual
environment. It also contains a morphing capability that permits users to
quickly parameterize models and stretch finite-element meshes, while keeping
mesh distortion at a minimum.
    Altair OptiStruct is a highly advanced finite element-based software for
both structural analysis and design optimization. OptiStruct is used to
design, evaluate and improve performance of mechanical structures. Unlike
classical finite-element solvers, OptiStruct software proposes new and better
solutions throughout the entire design process. Powerful optimization routines
are deeply integrated with popular analysis types, including linear statics,
buckling and frequency analysis - making design optimization easy, robust and
    About Brunel
    Brunel specializes in the support of development and innovation projects
for industry, with an interdisciplinary team of engineering and management
experts. One of the focal points of the globally active company is the
processing of technology and management issues as a project. Depending on the
customer's requirements, the corresponding Brunel specialists become active
and supplement the existing project team within the customer's company with
their expertise. In Germany, Brunel offers the engineering and management
expertise of 1,700 experienced engineers from 50 locations. In so doing, the
company is primarily active in the automotive; IT; electronics;
telecommunications; aerospace; mechanical engineering and plant constructions;
railway technology and shipbuilding sectors. To learn more, please visit:
    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 www.altair.com.

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6421  4870435, gebhardt@bluegecko-marketing.de, for Altair Engineering, Inc.;
or  Diane Forbes of Altair Engineering, Inc., +1-248-614-2400, ext. 464, 
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