European Altair Technology Conference (EATC)

Show Preview image

This annual computer-aided engineering (CAE) event is expected to draw more than 500 practitioners from across Europe and beyond, and will cover a wide variety of simulation topics, including lightweight design, multiphysics, computational fluid dynamics, lead time reduction, system simulation, crash and safety, crash and impact, structures, and noise and vibration.

The seventh European Altair Technology Conference (EATC) will be held at the Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim from 24 to 26 June 2014, focusing on simulation-driven design and optimisation throughout product development. More than 500 practitioners from across Europe and beyond are expected to attend to learn about simulation topics, including lightweight design, multiphysics, computational fluid dynamics, lead time reduction, system simulation, crash and safety, crash and impact, structures, and noise and vibration.

The conference will begin with three technical seminars on June 24: Altair OptiStruct for Non-Linear Analysis and Optimisation; Predicting Acoustic Behaviour with HyperWorks; and Multi-Disciplinary Optimisation (MDO) – Best Practices and Methods. At 4 pm, a panel discussion entitled The Next Big Idea will be moderated by Boris Schmidt, who is the editor for automotive and technology topics at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). This panel is a new addition to the conference and is intended to provide a platform for the discussion of innovative ideas and projects that have the potential to impact society and the environment in a positive way.

Keynote sessions delivered by Altair, its customers and partners will kick off the morning sessions on days two and three, with dozens of customer and partner presentations scheduled on concurrent tracks. An additive layer manufacturing symposium will be held the afternoon of June 25. In addition, an architecture, engineering and construction symposium will be offered in the late afternoon, focused on computational design and structural optimisation.

On day three, HP and Intel, platinum sponsors of the event, will jointly deliver a keynote on high-performance computing innovation for simulation-driven design. At 11am, in parallel with various simulation tracks, the second Annual Academic and Industry Collaboration Day will focus on non-commercial applications of technology and opportunities to align these efforts with industry initiatives.

For more information and the latest copy of the agenda, please visit


AlphaSTAR is a leading global provider of physics-based simulation software and services for material modelling and analysis of advanced composite materials. Since its inception in 1989, AlphaSTAR has focused on composite structures, and related innovative research and services that helped industry and government agencies overcomes mission critical challenges with complex structural systems.

AlphaSTAR’s flagship product GENOA augments FEA analysis for ‘multi-scale progressive failure analysis’ of structures made from advanced composite materials subject to static, fatigue, and impact loadings. Whereas MCQ (Material Characterisation & Qualification) composites enables ultra-rapid modelling, design, and analysis of advanced composites for aerospace, automotive, winds turbine, ship building, and infrastructure industries.

Exhibitor image

Altair Partner Alliance

Altair’s HyperWorks platform applies a subscription-based licensing model where customers use floating licences to access a broad suite of Altair-developed as well as third-party software applications on-demand. The Altair Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from more than 20 internally developed solutions to upwards of 85 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilisation, productivity and return on investment.

Exhibitor image


Click2Cast is casting process simulation software developed under an innovative user experience, allowing the complete simulation to be done in 5 simple steps and through a completely new and user-friendly interface.

Click2Cast allows the user to enhance and optimise their manufactured components avoiding typical casting defects such as air entrapment, porosity, cold shots, and more, thanks to the simple and quick mould filling and solidification simulation.

Exhibitor image


On show at EATC are the new capabilities in the latest release of ESAComp from Componeering. With its extensive composite materials database, tools for efficient conceptual and preliminary design along with advanced composites post-processing integrated in HyperWorks, ESAComp offers HyperWorks users analysis and design of layered composite structures throughout design.

ESAComp, available from Altair Partner Alliance, provides both materials and layup import during the pre-processing and failure evaluation in post-processing.

Developed in a joint effort between Altair and Componeering, the ESAComp-HyperWorks composites post-processing interface meets the needs of client RUAG Space to apply advanced failure criteria to structures using ESAComp and visualise the failure results contours in HyperView or through-the-thickness plots in ESAComp.

Courtesy of RUAG Space, an application for the ESA Solar Orbiter – mission to explore the coupling between the Sun and the heliosphere – illustrates the role of ESAComp-HyperWorks composites post-processing interface for space applications.

Exhibitor image


Cray builds innovative supercomputing systems and solutions enabling scientists and engineers in academia, government, and industry to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging 40 years of experience in developing and servicing the world’s most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of high performance computing, storage, and data analytics solutions delivering unrivalled performance, efficiency, and scalability. Even more, Cray’s industry-leading technologies are available in configurations to meet every budget and need. Whatever your research question, Cray makes it easy to take advantage of high performance computing advancements.

Cray and Altair have a long history of collaboration in HPC for industries such as aerospace, automotive, earth sciences, and oil and gas. Together we deliver integrated solutions featuring breakthrough Cray XC30 supercomputers and Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer systems coupled with Altair high-performance workload scheduling and management.

Exhibitor image

Engineering Center Steyr (ECS)

Engineering Center Steyr (ECS) is Magna's centre of excellence for world class automotive engineering services.

The company employs 450 highly skilled staff. The range of services include: system integration; commercial vehicle; engineering; engine engineering; drivetrain engineering; simulation- and testing services; technical application software & support; production.

The software products Femfat (fatigue life prediction for all structural parts of vehicles, modules and components), Kuli (complete vehicle energy & thermal management) have been used by all mayor OEM’s for many years, whereas new tools like Alsim (dip paint simulation) and Merge (automatic merge modules for simulation) are currently being successfully launched. The software provides our designers with the opportunity to design and develop vehicles and engines that are lightweight, environmentally friendly along with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Sixteen fully automated engine test benches, two drive train test benches, a fatigue laboratory, the new 4WD chassis dynamometer and an on-site proving ground for functional and endurance testing, make the ECS a genuine full service supplier with an unique software house.

Exhibitor image


Fluidon will be showcasing DSHplus, which offers 1D system simulation for complex hydraulic and pneumatic systems and components. DSHplus is a simulation tool that offers advanced engineering technologies. The dynamic calculation shows the physical behaviour of individual fluid power components and their interactions. Different examples of models from various application areas simplify and accelerate modelling processes. Within the shortest time possible, engineers obtain high-quality development results from the simulations, which contribute substantially to ensuring their company’s long-term success.

DSHplus applies to manufacturers, developers or users of fluid power systems in the development area of automotive systems, off-highway and commercial vehicle systems, manufacturing systems, mobile hydraulics, naval and railway systems, medical or aerospace.

Exhibitor image


Durability is an important driver in product design and it also presents a fascinating challenge to the engineer - predicting the life of the part. The need to understand fatigue life has led to the development of powerful analysis tools and processes that allow engineers to predict and manage product life. For over 30 years the nCode brand has provided cutting-edge solutions for durability and data analysis, enabling major OEMs and component suppliers to understand product performance, accelerate product development and improve design. Up-front design tools such as nCode DesignLife enables engineers to gain insight into their products’ performance before a prototype is even made. With this CAE-based tool, fatigue and durability may be calculated from FEA results, identifying critical locations and calculating fatigue lives. Visit HBM-nCode at the 2014 EATC to learn how Altair Partner Alliance members benefit from access to this powerful technology for performing fatigue analysis without additional investment

Exhibitor image

Ingenieurbuero Huss & Feickert

As a partner of automotive, aerospace, consumer and chemical industries as well as suppliers to the mechanical engineering industry for over 20 years IHF (Ingenieurbuero Huss & Feickert GbR) performs different kinds of simulation analyses concerning the mechanical behaviour of machines and structures. Using modern simulation methods such as explicit and implicit FEM development tasks reaching from statics and dynamics to fatigue, optimisation, CFD and crash-safety are solved.

We help our customers developing and enhancing their products in order to reduce costs for material or manufacturing. Beside numerical simulation we offer software development and different software products to our customers.

Exhibitor image


JMAG is simulation software for electromechanical design. JMAG is equipped with an intuitive GUI, advanced modelling functions, and various result display functions. Multifaceted evaluations of various design ideas are made possible by freely manipulating geometry, material properties, and drive conditions.

Electromagnetic field plays important roles with other physics in many machines and equipment and is becoming more actively used in those designs adapting the trend of electrifications. In many cases our customers have demanded that these analyses must go beyond a single domain analysis and include thermal performance. This is where link to Altair's products is necessary to provide the highest fidelity to actual machine performance.

JMAG now provides more powerful solutions through a partnership with Altair.

Exhibitor image


Maplesoft’s Chad Schmitke, MapleSim product development director, will present a talk entitled ‘System-level modelling with symbolics’ on 25 June. System-level models are essential for capturing the dynamic interactions of different domains. Their benefits, however, can be greatly extended when coupled with a symbolically capable environment. In these cases, the actual equations that govern the interactions can be extracted, viewed, manipulated, and modified – yielding insights and efficiencies that are simply not available with purely numeric tools. These environments can also provide significant speed improvements, leveraging their internal data structures to generate compact, highly-efficient C-code.

MapleSim, a modelling and simulation platform that is based on the Maple symbolic computation engine, and available through Altair’s HyperWorks Platform, provides such an environment. This presentation will discuss some of the above advantages in the context of MapleSim case studies.

Exhibitor image


Matelys is an independent research laboratory dedicated to the study of porous materials. The activities cover acoustics, vibrations and thermodynamics in buildings, transportation (incl. surface, air, space and sea), domestic appliances and outdoor surfaces.

Through the APA, Matelys provides AlphaCell which is a complete and accurate Transfer Matrix Method (TMM/FTMM) solution served by an intuitive graphical interface. AlphaCell helps reducing development times and reduces the sources of error by offering a direct link with the FE modelling tools.

In the exhibition booth, Luc Jaouen and François-Xavier Bécot will demo AlphaCell usage. In particular, they will present the bridges which exist between AlphaCell and downstream FE models like OptiStruct in the view to reduce time and costs of developments. They will also highlight the links between AlphaCell and the determinant upstream design stages like material characterisation and virtual prototyping. For these two stages, MATELYS provides two complementary software products, RokCell and ScalingCell, which will be shown to the visitors.

François-Xavier Bécot, Matelys cofounder and co-manager, will hold a presentation in Session 14 on June 26th. His talk will present Matelys methodology and will expose some examples of scientific digests related to porous material modelling.

Exhibitor image


Materialise will be showcasing its next generation software tool that reduces the weight of specified areas of an object, resulting in organic-looking STL files, but with a rough surface quality. The tool 3-maticSTL enables users to clean up the STL files directly after topology optimisation, letting them skip the elaborate and time consuming step of re-building these organic files in CAD.

With 3-maticSTL users can smoothen, reconstruct and simplify STL files to create a cleaner part. All the operations take place on STL level, preventing error prone conversions to other file formats. 3-maticSTL can easily convert regions of the STL file to perfect CAD entities such as cylinders, cones, planes, etc. The smoothing and surface reconstruction operations are so pristine to redesign organic surfaces that only a minimal amount of NURBS is required to rebuild potential CAD files.

Exhibitor image

Munro & Associates

The Design Profit software developed by Munro & Associates enables design teams to map and analyse the process and assembly cycle of a new concept or redesigned product while tracking an unlimited number of metrics, in order to compare multiple designs choices, build comprehensive business cases, and make the most profitable design decisions.  From predicting hidden quality costs in the design phase, tracking MRL levels, to central server cross team design solutions, Design Profit helps design teams reduce weight and costs, while increasing quality, giving its users an edge over the competition.

Exhibitor image


Novacast will be showcasing NovaFlow&Solid CV, a mould filling and solidification simulation package based on advanced fluid flow and heat transfer theories. New meshing technology, new advanced numeric models, and control volume meshing (CVM), make it the market’s most efficient simulation package. A complete simulation, including start-up, meshing and running, takes less than one hour and will be extremely accurate in accordance with 3D drawings.

Most casting methods - gravity sand casting, gravity permanent mould, low & high pressure die casting, lost wax method, tilt pouring and lost foam process can be simulated. Commercial alloys can be simulated - grey and ductile iron, steel, aluminium alloys, copper-, zinc- and magnesium-based alloys, super alloys, all types of mould and core materials on the market and exothermic materials, as well as chills.

Simulations visualise the consequences of certain gating systems and mould designs. Casting defects, such as oxide inclusions due to excessive turbulence, cold-shuts, shrinkage cavities and slag inclusions, can be avoided by optimising gating and venting system designs.

PART Engineering

PART Engineering provides CAE services and develops software tools in the scope of FEA. Our mission is to enable our customers to gain more value from their FE simulations and to make their CAE processes more efficient. With regard to that from our years of experience in CAE, we have developed software products to meet the needs of CAE engineers – creating reliable results by using simple and robust applications.

Converse and S-Life Plastics predict the mechanical performance of injection moulded plastic components with a special focus on fibre-reinforced plastics. S-Life FKM is a software package that enables a simple and automatic assessment of FEM simulation results that will be processed in such a way that an assessment of static and fatigue strength according to the German FKM Guideline can be made.

Exhibitor image


PDTec AG, a solution provider headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, will showcase SimData Manager, a simulation data management solution, providing consistent and direct access to the engineering data required by the simulation analysts to perform analyses – starting with the original CAD models from the design department by accessing the corporate PDM system or identifying the latest version of simulation models.

SimData Manager helps to efficiently and systematically administer the entire CAE process chain and supports the simulation analyst to easily keep up with the growing number of different simulations and the massive volume of data. SimData Manager improves the quality and transparency of analysis processes and makes analysis results instantly transparent. Users can perform more analyses while maintaining process compliance and lowering the cost of finding information, setting up models and preparing reports.

SimData Manager and the other software solutions from PDTec are key enablers of efficient collaboration within and across organisations, on an enterprise level as well as for smaller and mid-size engineering teams. PDTec will also demonstrate the seamless integration into the Altair product suite.

Exhibitor image


An engineering technologies company, Renishaw supplies products used for applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also has expertise in the field of additive manufacturing, where it designs and makes industrial machines which ‘print’ parts from metal powder.

The FTSE 250 listed company employs just under 3,400 people globally, with wholly owned subsidiaries in 32 countries and annual sales of £347 million. It has been honoured with 17 Queen’s Awards and its UK assembly facility in Gloucestershire was named the UK’s Best Electronics & Electrical Plant in 2012.

Renishaw has collaborated with a leading British bicycle design and manufacturing company to create the world's first 3D printed metal bike frame. Empire Cycles designed the mountain bike to take advantage of Renishaw's additive manufacturing technology, allowing them to create a titanium frame that would be both strong and light using topological optimisation - the new frame is some 33 per cent lighter than the original.

Exhibitor image

Total Materia

Key to Metals, now rebranded to Total Materia, is a vast database which contains the properties of metallic and non-metallic materials, providing a turn-key solution for the global engineering community, and designed to help a broad range of engineering professionals.

Besides the ‘standard’ dataset which includes mechanical and physical properties at various temperatures, international cross-reference tables and more, Total Materia also presents a unique collection of advanced properties, such as stress-strain curves and cyclic properties, specifically developed to provide properties essential for accurate advanced CAE calculations and simulations.

Total Materia has been available to Altair Partner Alliance (APA) users since 2012 and has enjoyed broad popularity becoming one of the most used solutions available. New developments in 2014 include a completely new software edition that is to be launched with HyperWorks 13.0, providing the complete functionality of Total Materia Premium Edition in a tight integration with HyperWorks software.