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2012 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference

3 Days FREE to the WSU Community.  Wayne State University Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni (and their family) are invited to visit the 2012 Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference.   The Tech Conference is being held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance building downtown beginning May 15.  The event will feature some the world’s best talent in Computer-Aided Engineering simulation.

The event will feature internationally renowned speakers, contain hand’s-on workshops, discussion panels, roundtables, and exhibits of suppliers, vendors, and OEM’s of the CAE industry.  The event is a great opportunity to network, collaborate on possible research, job hunt, scout the future of CAE, team with possible companies on projects, show-off the Warrior passion and entertain friends and family to an exciting day of technology.

In order to attend the event, registration is required.  Please visit

We will be handing out free goodies at the event to anyone we see wearing WSU gear.  Wear a WSU hat, jacket, shirt, button or more and receive a surprise.   If you have any questions or  comments please e-mail  We would love to hear about your adventure!


Altair Engineering’s HyperWorks is a computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software platform that allows businesses to create superior, market-leading products efficiently and cost effectively. HyperWorks accomplishes this in two significant ways:

  • A flexible software licensing model that replaces expensive traditional licensing plans with a pay-per-use system. Employees across organizational and geographic boundaries will be able to access simultaneously not only the HyperWorks suite, but also a broad range of complementary third-party programs and other Altair products at no extra cost.
  • Simulation-driven design technologies that enables achievement of performance, timing, and cost targets through rapid, low-cost, virtual exploration that accelerates informed decision making throughout the product life cycle.

HyperWorks Philosophy
HyperWorks provides the most comprehensive, open-architecture CAE solution in the industry, including best-in-class modeling, analysis, visualization and data management solutions for linear, nonlinear, structural optimization, fluid-structure interaction, and multi-body dynamics applications. Committed to an open-systems philosophy, Altair HyperWorks continues to lead the industry with the broadest interoperability to commercial CAD and CAE solutions in the PLM market space.

Often some of the most sought after sessions on a conference agenda are the training sessions. This year at HTC 2012, Altair brings together HyperWorks experts with comprehensive training material so you and your teams can get the training you need.

With hundreds of improvements and enhancements made to 11.0, it makes this version of HyperWorks the most feature-rich version to date. HTC 2012 will have eight sessions dedicated to seminar-based training on select products and topics held in two hour sessions.   Trainings will be available Tuesday, May 15th. After training sessions, apply the new material in the Hand-On Training Lab. The Lab will be available for the duration of the conference. Training provided at the HTC 2012 is available at no additional cost.

In this seminar-based training, the following topics will be covered:

This session will focus on the use of HyperWorks tools for CFD applications. Students will be exposed to both basic and advanced capabilities and simulation techniques. Basic topics involve the meshing and set-up of a simple fluid flow application. Advanced topics will focus on the set-up, simulation, and post-processing of multi-physics applications.

Connectors are very convenient when working on complex models with hundreds of connections, but even if there is only a small number of connections the use of connectors is beneficial. This training is directed towards both inexperienced and experienced users in the field of connectors.

The following topics will also be discussed:

  • Connector Browser
  • Classification of connectors
  • Connectors and the imprint functionality
  • Seam partitioning


This session will focus on the use of HyperWorks tools for Automotive Crash applications. Attendees will be exposed to the interface of TeamCenter-HyperMesh integration for batchmeshing and setting up the model in HyperCrash for Analysis. Demonstrations of advanced concepts in the RADIOSS solver for crash analyses will be covered.

Advanced Midsurfacing
This session will focus on the use of HyperMesh for Advanced Midsurfacing operations. Students will be exposed to advanced capabilities and tools such as extending surfaces, target assignment, re-run process, and thickness assignment capabilities.

This session will focus on the use of NVH Director True Full Vehicle Simulation framework for NVH analysis. Students will be exposed to the HyperWorks tool suite for Subsystem NVH modeling, full vehicle model assembly and loadcase setup, NVH post-processing and diagnostics, and NVH model reduction and optimization.

Vehicle Durability
Durability is one of the key aspects of vehicle product design. There is an ever-growing need to accurately replicate durability tests in a virtual environment to not only design durable components but also to consider durability analysis upfront in the product development cycle.

In this interactive workshop, students will learn:

  • How industries are currently applying CAE to analyze vehicle durability
  • How different groups coordinate their efforts to assess the fatigue life of components
  • How Altair HyperWorks can help users with virtual durability analysis

Students will not only receive a detailed overview of the durability processes, but also have the opportunity to interact with our domain experts.

This session will focus on the following topics:

  • Zone-based Vs Ply-based HyperWorks composite modeling approach
  • CATIA – CPD based composite modeling
  • Fibersim Interface
  • Conventional shell vs. Continuum shell / solid composite modeling

Students will also learn about optimization and future HyperWorks enhancements. HyperWorks tips for ply based-PCOMPP and Zone based (PCOMP/PCOMPG) modeling for Multi laminate structures will also be covered.

You can register for these sessions by clicking here.

Tips & Tricks
You will also have a chance to attend the popular Tips & Tricks Session. This session is designed to enable organizations to best apply the capabilities required for implementing product development best practices, the new Tips & Tricks session will provide users with information to more efficiently perform development functions.

UPDATE: A second session has been added! Please view the agenda for more details.

Hands-On Training Lab
Experience HyperWorks in the Hands-On Training Center which will be running interactive material that will enable users to try specific exercises in the newest version of HyperWorks software.

Self Paced Courses
Don’t have time to attend class? Need a specific topic right now? Altair is now offering self paced classes available at anytime to our customers! The Self Paced classes use our See It, Try It, Do It methodology to instruct users. Check out the Self Paced Course List to take entire courses or just a particular section as needed, and remember to visit the Hands-On Training Lab at HTC 2012 to learn more and experience these courses first-hand.

For courses at our regional offices and partner universities, don’t forget to visit our Training home page to check out the latest course schedule in your area.

Make the most of your time in Detroit and get the training you need to keep yourself and your teams productive by registering today.


Agenda Overview

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  • HyperWorks Training

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  • Featured Speakers
  • Customer Presentations
  • Tips & Tricks

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Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • HyperWorks Vision Presentations
  • Customer Presentations
  • Tips & Tricks 2

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

1:00 – 3:00 pm: HyperWorks Seminar-based TrainingSession 1 – CFD TrainingSession 2 – Connectors Training

Session 3 – Optimization Training

Session 4 – Crashworthiness Training

3:15 – 5:15 pm: HyperWorks Seminar-based TrainingSession 5 – Advanced Midsurfacing TrainingSession 6 – NVH Training

Session 7 – Vehicle Durability Training

Session 8 – Composites Training

5:15 – 8:00 pm: Evening Reception
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

7:30 – 8:30 am: Registration / Breakfast / Exhibitor Networking
8:30 – 9:30 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomAltair, James Scapa
Vision Presentation
9:30 – 10:15 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomSystems Planning & Analysis, Inc.,
T.K. Mattingly

Simulation, Reality and Humans
10:15 – 10:30 am: Networking Break
10:30 – 10:40 am: 10 Minute Time Out – Altair ProductDesign
10:40 – 11:25 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomDallara Automobili, Luca Pignacca
Speed and Safety: Composite Materials in Motorsport
11:25 – 12:10 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomGartner, Inc., Marc Halpern
Defining and Navigating a Realistic Simulation Roadmap
12:10 – 1:00 pm: Lunch – Ambassador Ballroom
1:15 – 4:15 pm: Customer Breakout SessionsSession 1 – Automotive SafetyFord Motor Company, Bhimaraddi Alavandi
Integrated Vehicle & Occupant Simulation using RADIOSS

Autoliv, Nirmal Narayan
Airbag Development Process Using HyperWorks Automation

Dorel Juvenile Group, Dr. Rajiv Menon
Development of Computational Models for the Advancement of Child Safety Seat Designs

Fraunhofer, Dominik Borsotto
Identification of Scatter Sources and Significant Reduction of Scatter Occurrence with DIFFCRASH

Ford Motor Company,Bhimaraddi Alavandi
Semi-Rigid Occupant Simulation Using RADIOSS

Humanetics, Fuchun Zhu
Performance Improvement of Recently Updated FE Dummy Models
Session 2 – Automotive

American Axle & Manufacturing, William Wang
PropShaft U-Joint Needle Bearing Edge Loading Analysis with Altair HyperMesh

CoreTech Systems, Dr. Anthony Yang
Moldex3D, Structural Analysis, and HyperStudy Integrated in HyperWorks Platform

Ford Motor Company, Steve Lee
Setting up User Macros for Your Department

General Motors, Kausik Mitra & Mahesh Kumar
CAE Process Automator (PA) Development Process Using HyperWorks

HBM nCode, Erik Ostergaard
New Solutions for Fatigue of Composite Materials

University of Windsor, Abdelmonaam Sassi
An Improved Subgrade Model for Crash Analysis of Guardrail Posts

Session 3 – Aerospace

ATK, Ryan Burrell
James Webb Space Telescope Part Optimization: Metallic Fitting Bonded to Composite Tube Under Ambient and Cryogenic Conditions

The Boeing Company, Milan Stefanovic
Rotor-Dynamics Analysis Procedures

AAI, Sony Pauly
Inspire: A Design Engineer’s tool for Concept Design Optimization

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
Benjamin Walke
Finite Element Modeling and Testing of Aerospace Seats under Crash Conditions

The Boeing Company / Altair ProductDesign,
Harley Wattrick
Airframe Modeling using Custom Automation

Session 4 – University

Northwestern University, Wei Chen
Robust Shape and Topology Optimization

Clemson University – ICAR, Prathamesh Marathe
Application of a Novel Metal Folding Technology for Automotive BiW Design

University of Michigan Solar Car Team,
Andrew Huang
Minimizing Body and Chassis Weight on a Solar Powered Race Car Using Altair’s OptiStruct Solver

Coventry University, Jesper Christensen
Optimising Full Electric Vehicle Body In White Architecture from a Styling Envelope

Georgia Institute of Technology, Fabian Zender
& Sylvester Ashok

A Method to Integrate Drive System Design

4:15 – 4:30 pm: Networking Break
4:30 – 4:40 pm: 10 Minute Time Out – HyperWorks Partner Alliance
4:40 – 5:25 pm: Tips & Tricks Session #1 – Renaissance Ballroom
5:30 – 8:30 pm: Evening Reception – forty two degrees north restaurant
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

7:30 – 8:30 am: Registration / Breakfast / Exhibitor Networking
8:30 – 10:00 am: Featured Speaker Session – Renaissance BallroomAltair HyperWorks, Detlef Schneider,
Paolo Sansalvadore, Mahalingam (Sam) Srikanth & James Dagg

Increasing the Pace of Innovation with HyperWorks
10:00 – 10:10 am: 10 Minute Time Out – HyperWorks Training
10:10 – 10:30 am: Networking Break
10:30 – 12:00 pm: Customer Breakout SessionsSession 5 – CFDHPC Advisory Council, Gilad Shainer &
Todd Wilde

AcuSolve Optimizations for Scale

Cooper Standard, Tom Lincoln
Development of Tools to Streamline the Analysis of Turbo-Machinery

Software Cradle, Yuya Ando
More Innovation Using Innovative CFD Software

Visteon, Raymond Ambs
The Significant Role of AcuSolve at Visteon Climate Control
Session 6 – Optimization

Gurit, James Anderson
Design Boats Better – Lessons Learned From Motorsports

Pratt Institute, Peter Macapia
Responsibly Imprecise: Topology, Engineering, and the Politics of the City

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Charles Besjak
Complex Node Design

Session 7 – Energy

Baker Hughes, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali
Reliability in Oil and Gas Operations

Chevron, Jose Dirkzwager
Understanding the Size of the Prize in the Subsurface: Building Complex Geometries using HyperWorks

National Oilwell Varco, Carlos Omar Ramirez
Methods for Increasing Simulation Throughput Using HyperWorks

Session 8 – Impact/Drop Test

A123 Systems, Shawn Zhang & Bishan Ye
Modeling and Analysis of the Battery Packs and Modules in A123 Systems

Mabe, Dante Sanchez Rojas
Improve Packaging Performance Using Simulation

NASA Langley, Antoine Segnegon
RADIOSS FSI at NASA Langley: Water Impact of 20 inch Sphere

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch – Ambassador Ballroom
1:15 – 2:45 pm: Customer Breakout SessionsSession 9 – OptimizationAtkins, Trey Turner
Optimization Study of a Steel Blast Wall

Whirlpool, Prashant Deshmukh & Prafull Gandhi
Design & Development of Laundry Dryer from Performance, Energy Efficiency & Safety Perspective Using AcuSolve as CFD Solver

Van-Rob Kirchhoff Automotive, Dr. Yimin Zhan
Optimization of a Family of Supporting Frames Under Multiple Analysis Constraints Using HyperStudy

Session 10 – Multi-body Dynamics

Fraunhofer, Axel Gallrein
CDTire: State-of-the-Art Tire Models For Full Vehicle Simulation

Honda R&D, Hernan Mercado-Corujo
Full-Vehicle Multi-body Simulations on Virtual Roads – The Challenges of Success

Altair, Keshav Sundaresh & Rajiv Rampalli
Multi-physics with MotionSolve

Session 11 – Automation

General Motors, Cong Wang
Enablers for Rapid Mass Trimming of Vehicle System FE Models

Seagate, Gary Berscheit
Using Process Manager in HyperWorks to Streamline and Standardize FEA Model Generation

National Oilwell Varco, Ted Christiansen
Drillpipe Tooljoint Design Space Study using DOE

General Motors, Jim Tebbe
Complete Automation of CAE Standard Work

Session 12 – Biomechanics

CEDREM, Karine Thoral-Pierre
Development of a New Biomechanical FE Model (HUBYX) of the Human Body System – Dynamic Simulation

Clemson University, Xin Xie
The Effect of Patellar Button Thickness on the Quadriceps Tendon Force in Total Knee Replacement

2:45 – 3:00 pm: Networking Break
3:00 – 3:10 pm: 10 Minute Time Out – HiQube
3:10 – 4:00 pm: Tips & Tricks Session #2 – Renaissance Ballroom
4:00 pm: Closing Session – Renaissance Ballroom
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