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Space technology company extends CAE capability

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OHB Technology, a space technology company, has increased its usage of Altair Engineering's HyperWorks to consolidate its pre- and post-processing tools to one software suite across all subsidiary companies of the group, including OHB-System, MT Aerospace, Luxspace and Kayser-Threde.

In this context, HyperWorks was selected to be the standard computer-aided engineering (CAE) development platform across the entire OHB Technology organisation. HyperMesh and HyperView will be used in all current and future development projects, among them the Galileo satellites, a project OHB recently won, as well as other satellite and space projects, including the SGEO and the EnMAP satellites or to develop racks for the International Space Station.

'Since engineers from different companies of our group work concurrently on development projects, it was important for us to harmonise our development tools, especially our pre-processing software to one CAE environment,' said Ulrich Schulz, chief operating officer, OHB Technology. 'Moreover, because of the challenge represented by the development of complex space systems under extreme scheduling pressure, our engineers must be able to rely on simulation tools that offer not only technical excellence but are also flexible and efficient. HyperWorks provides us with what we need: HyperMesh and HyperView are now daily used by our structural engineers as the standard CAE development platform, Altair's optimisation tool, OptiStruct, offers an ideal solution to support structural concept design, and the third-party partner products of the HyperWorks Partner Alliance allow us to cover niche applications at no additional costs. The licensing system, which offers a flexible access to all the tools we need group wide, was an extra benefit for Altair's CAE suite.'