Al­tair soft­ware aids auto in­dus­try to adopt new tech­nolo­gies

Auto components India - - COVER STORY - Story by: Ashish Bha­tia

The US-based Al­tair, a lead­ing provider of en­ter­prise-class en­gi­neer­ing soft­ware to the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, through its sim­u­la­tion-driven ap­proach, aids in­no­va­tion, re­duces de­vel­op­ment times, and low­ers cost through the en­tire prod­uct life­cy­cle, from con­cept de­sign to in-ser­vice op­er­a­tion. Pow­er­ing the com­pany’s sim­u­la­tion­driven ap­proach is an in­te­grated suite of soft­ware that op­ti­mises de­sign per­for­mance across niche dis­ci­plines like struc­tures, mo­tion, flu­ids, ther­mal man­age­ment, elec­tro­mag­net­ics, sys­tem mod­el­ling and em­bed­ded sys­tems, along with solutions in the realm of data an­a­lyt­ics, real world vi­su­al­i­sa­tion and ren­der­ing. In In­dia, with the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try on the cusp of a tran­si­tion driven by reg­u­la­tory changes, Al­tair In­dia, is fu­elling the adop­tion of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies through its sim­u­la­tion driven ap­proach, Pa­van Ku­mar, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Al­tair In­dia, said.

Broadly a soft­ware, which per­tains to Com­puter-Aided En­gi­neer­ing (CAE) and High-Per­for­mance Com­put­ing (HPC), ranges in 5 cat­e­gories: ‘Solvers and op­ti­mi­sa­tion’, ‘Mod­el­ling and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion’, ‘In­dus­trial and con­cept de­sign’, ‘In­ter­net of Things’, and ‘high per­for­mance com­put­ing’. Of these, ‘Solvers’ are math­e­mat­i­cal soft­ware en­gines that make use of ad­vanced com­pu­ta­tional al­go­rithms in a bid to pre­dict phys­i­cal per­for­mance. Op­ti­mi­sa­tion lever­ages solvers to de­rive ef­fi­cient solutions to meet de­sired com­plex, and multi-ob­jec­tive re­quire­ments.

In Mod­el­ling and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, tools al­low ad­vanced phys­i­cal at­tributes to be mod­elled and ren­dered on top of the ob­ject ge­om­e­try in high fi­delity. In In­dus­trial and con­cept de­sign, tools gen­er­ate early con­cepts to ad­dress re­quire­ments for er­gonomics, aes­thet­ics, per­for­mance, and man­u­fac­tur­ing fea­si­bil­ity.

In­ter­net of Things (IoT) is all about an­a­lyt­ics tools used to sim­plify data col­lec­tion, vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, ex­plo­ration and anal­y­sis, in­clud­ing tack­ling of large vol­umes of data gen­er­ated

by sen­sors dur­ing the in-ser­vice op­er­a­tions of phys­i­cal prod­ucts or by way of dig­i­tal twin sim­u­la­tions. In case of high per­for­mance com­put­ing that the soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions are known to stream­line the work­flow man­age­ment of com­pute-in­ten­sive tasks in­clud­ing the en­tire gamut of solvers, op­ti­mi­sa­tion, mod­el­ling, vi­su­al­i­sa­tion and an­a­lyt­ics in fields such as Prod­uct Life­cy­cle Man­age­ment (PLM), weather mod­el­ling, bio-in­for­mat­ics and elec­tronic de­sign anal­y­sis.

In au­to­mo­tive and trans­porta­tion, with the reg­u­la­tory changes, CAE helps the Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs) to achieve de­sired per­for­mance in terms of safety, drive­abil­ity, com­fort and qual­ity in sync with the fuel econ­omy and weight tar­gets that the OEMs set out to achieve. For fuel-ef­fi­ciency, Al­tair ‘Op­tistruct’, a so­lu­tion for struc­tural de­sign and op­ti­mi­sa­tion aids the de­vel­op­ment of light­weight and struc­turally ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles by re­duc­ing weight and ma­te­rial costs, with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the over­all per­for­mance.

Al­tair’s NVH, fluid flow and ve­hi­cle dy­namic solutions aid in de­vel­op­ing the phys­i­cal pro­to­type. Ex­te­rior and in­ter­nal fluid flow stud­ies with Al­tair ‘Acu­solve’ pro­vide in­sights on aero­dy­nam­ics, cool­ing, noise, and com­fort lev­els. Al­tair ‘Ra­dioss’ helps crash engi­neers in au­to­mo­tive crash and im­pact anal­y­sis. “Be­sides its tra­di­tional prod­uct of­fer­ings in Op­tistruct, Ra­dioss, and Hyper­Mesh, the com­pany is fo­cus­ing on newer ar­eas which are wit­ness­ing a high de­gree of cus­tomer in­ter­est. We are get­ting more in­ter­est from our users for things re­lated to de­sign of sen­sors, de­sign of mo­tors, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­trol sys­tems,” Ku­mar said.

For e-mo­bil­ity, the com­pany de­vel­ops multi-physics sim­u­la­tion tech­nolo­gies to help ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture mo­bil­ity solutions. From smart con­trol de­sign to pow­er­train elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and ve­hi­cle ar­chi­tec­ture stud­ies, Al­tair’s elec­tro­mag­netic sim­u­la­tion tech­nolo­gies can ad­di­tion­ally help OEMs op­ti­mise en­ergy flow to the bat­ter­ies, eval­u­ate en­ergy loss apart from fa­cil­i­tat­ing anal­y­sis of ra­di­a­tion fields. The com­pany’s elec­tro­mag­netic solvers are said to of­fer a ro­bust plat­form when it comes to en­hanc­ing the per­for­mance of e-mo­bil­ity aux­il­iary sys­tems like e-throt­tle and e-brak­ing sys­tems, through e-valves, e-boost­ers, e-damp­ing and En­ergy Re­cov­er­ing Sys­tems (ERS).

With its bou­quet of solutions, Al­tair In­dia caters to the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle OEMs like Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, Daim­ler In­dia Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles, Maruti Suzuki In­dia and Tata Mo­tors be­sides cater­ing to sup­pli­ers like Bosch, Fau­re­cia, Mahle, and TRW among oth­ers. A tes­ti­mony to the com­pany’s tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess, at a global level, claimed Ku­mar, in the case of Re­nault Trucks, the com­pany, achieved the op­ti­mal shape of a four-cylin­der en­gine, in turn shav­ing off 120 kgs.

Al­tair has ini­ti­ated a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort, in Pune, with part­ner De­signTech Sys­tems, and the Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Park, an in­sti­tute sup­ported by Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DST), Gov­ern­ment of In­dia. De­signTech is the ex­e­cu­tion and tech­nol­ogy part­ner for Al­tair and will run the CoE for it. Aimed at sup­port­ing the ad­vance­ment of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s ‘Skill In­dia’ pro­gramme, the agree­ment to es­tab­lish an En­gi­neer­ing Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence (CoE) for re­search, in­no­va­tion and skill build­ing, is tar­geted at the large stu­dent com­mu­nity be­sides aca­demic in­sti­tutes and over­all In­dus­try. Aimed at bridg­ing the skill level gap be­tween vo­ca­tional en­gi­neer­ing skills and the in­dus­try ex­pec­ta­tion, the CoE would en­able stu­dents to be in­dus­try ready, in­creas­ing their chances of get­ting a bet­ter com­pen­sa­tion be­sides help­ing in­dus­try to save time on re-train­ing the can­di­date lead­ing to higher de­gree of ef­fi­ciency.

The Cen­tre will have ad­vanced fa­cil­i­ties like a prod­uct de­sign lab, ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing lab, de­sign val­i­da­tion lab, man­u­fac­tur­ing as­sess­ment lab, flow and ther­mal lab, com­mu­ni­ca­tion lab for IoT, sig­nal pro­cess­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions lab and a con­trol sys­tems and mecha­tron­ics lab for IoT. Also aimed at en­cour­ag­ing start-ups in the de­sign do­main, the CoE is col­lab­o­rat­ing with sev­eral prom­i­nent ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in Ma­ha­rash­tra and other parts of In­dia to set up these cen­tres jointly.

On the scope of the CoE’s reach, Vikas Khan­velkar, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, De­signTech Sys­tems said, “In a glob­alised, tech­nol­ogy- driven, evolv­ing world of prod­uct de­sign & in­no­va­tion, Al­tair En­gi­neer­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with De­signTech Sys­tems Ltd., in­tends to also ex­tend en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy to small and medium scale man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries as clas­si­fied un­der the Min­istry of Mi­cro, Small and Medium En­ter­prises.”

Pa­van Ku­mar, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Al­tair In­dia

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