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University use of the HyperWorks Virtual Simulation Suite Rockets

Altair Launches New Cost Effective Academic Programme


UK and Ireland Universities integrate HyperWorks into their engineering courses to better prepare students for the commercial world

Altair Engineering Ltd, a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that it has launched a new academic programme for its HyperWorks simulation platform. Under the initiative, UK and Ireland based academic institutes can gain access to the entire HyperWorks virtual design suite at a fraction of the cost of a standard commercial license for use throughout their undergraduate and post-graduate engineering courses. By expanding the availability of the suite, Altair aim to help equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and practical experience of using an industry standard virtual design toolset needed when entering the commercial environment.

Well established as a leading simulation platform covering pre and post-processing, optimisation, linear and nonlinear solving, multi-body dynamics and data management, HyperWorks is used extensively throughout university engineering courses worldwide. In the commercial sector, the suite of products including industry standards HyperMesh, OptiStruct and RADIOSS, are used by major UK OEM employers including Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus, Ford, Unilever, Bombardier and many more.

“HyperWorks provides full industrial FEA capabilities to Coventry University. Thanks to its robust CAD interfaces and its solver independent philosophy, students can reliably import models and quickly analyse their designs,” said Christophe Bastien, Programme Manager, Coventry University.

“The excellent value offered by the HyperWorks University licensing system, ensured that the solution was the clear choice for Cranfield’s future teaching and research programmes” added Professor Kambiz Kayvantash, Head of Centre for Automotive Technology at Cranfield School of Applied Science.

As well as being implemented into an increasing number of university teaching programmes, the suite is also being successfully deployed throughout student engineering competitions. The use of HyperWorks in the European Formula Student event for example, has increased significantly in the last two years allowing students to design lightweight, fuel efficient vehicles for the competition while simultaneously giving them the practical experience valued in the commercial world.

“There is clear evidence that employers of our graduates value highly the skills with the use of HyperWorks that they develop in their study at Leeds”, said Vassili Toropov, Professor of Aerospace & Structural Engineering at Leeds University.

“We are pleased to make the HyperWorks suite more accessible to UK and Ireland based universities through our new academic programme,” said Daniel Nieto, academic development manager, Altair UK. “Academia represents the future of engineering and we are demonstrating our commitment to young engineers by not only offering fantastic value via our academic programme but also by providing student training courses, dedicated support and even guest lectures from our own CAE experts. By supporting universities in this way, we hope to give their graduating engineers the best possible start to their chosen careers.”

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Date: March 17, 2010