Modeling and Visualization

Integrated user environment for modeling and visualization.

Altair ConnectMe

ConnectMe provides customers an alternative way to launch installed Altair Simulation and APA products, notifies users with the latest product updates, and gives direct access to most recent Altair news.

For more information, reference the ConnectMe help manual.

Altair HyperMesh

HyperMesh is a high-performance finite element pre- and post-processor for major finite element solvers, which allows engineers to analyze design conditions in a highly interactive and visual environment. HyperMesh’s user-interface is easy to learn and supports the direct use of CAD geometry and existing finite element models, providing robust interoperability and efficiency. Advanced automation tools within HyperMesh allow users to optimize meshes from a set of quality criteria, change existing meshes through morphing, and generate mid-surfaces from models of varying thickness.
  • Reduce time and engineering analysis cost through high-performance finite element modeling and post-processing
  • Reduce learning time and improve productivity with an intuitive user-interface and best-in-class functionality
  • Reduce redundancy and model development costs through the direct use of CAD geometry and existing finite element models
  • Simplify the modeling process for complex geometry through high-speed, high-quality auto-meshing
  • Support numerous commercial solvers by providing direct interfaces to a wide array of analysis codes ensuring the best code can be used for specific situations
  • Cost-effective pricing to deliver maximum functionality for your software investment
  • Solver specific user preferences

For more information, reference the HyperMesh help manual.

Altair HyperView

HyperView is a complete post-processing and visualization environment for finite element analysis (FEA), multibody system simulation, video, and engineering data. Amazingly fast 3D graphics and unparalleled functionality set a new standard for the speed and integration of CAE results post-processing. HyperView enables you to visualize data interactively, as well as capture and standardize your post-processing activities using process automation features. HyperView also saves 3D animation results in Altair's compact H3D format so you can visualize and share CAE results within a 3D web environment using Altair HyperView Player.
  • Reduce time and cost associated with engineering analysis through a high performance intuitive graphical interface
  • Improve productivity through industry leading performance for 3D graphics
  • Reads CAE native data files: Altair OptiStruct, Altair Radioss, Altair MotionSolve, HyperForm, LS-DYNA, Permas, MADYMO, Marc, PAM-CRASH, Nastran, Abaqus, ADAMS, ANSYS, I-deas
  • Direct readers for many CAE solvers, as well as the Altair H3D compressed binary format
  • The XY plotting power of Altair HyperGraph
  • A custom interface and specialized tools to fit your engineering environment
  • Gain new insights through
    • Synchronized results visualization for FEA and multibody animation, XY plotting, and video data
    • Multiple CAE models overlaying in one window
    • Visualized animation types such as adaptive meshes and multibody dynamic models with flex bodies
  • Linked to HyperView Player for web communication and collaboration
  • Value-priced, through Altair Units, to deliver maximum functionality for your software investment

For more information, reference the HyperView help manual.

Altair HyperGraph 2D / Altair HyperGraph 3D

HyperGraph is a powerful data analysis and plotting tool with interfaces to many popular file formats. Its sophisticated math engine is capable of processing even the most complex mathematical expressions. Different plotting methods of real and complex data based on time and frequency domain are available through Cartesian, Polar, and 3D Waterfall plots.

Functionality is easily accessible right under the mouse, using the state-of-the-art plot browser, from user-defined menus, and via standard Windows user interfaces. Any analysis session, including sessions integrated with other Altair Simulation products, can be run as an automation process over and over again for processing new sets of data. HyperGraph combines these features with high-quality presentation output and customization capabilities to create a complete data analysis system for any organization.
HyperGraph supplies design, test, and analysis engineers with an intuitive plotting and data analysis package. HyperGraph’s combination of an easy-to-use interface and robust suite of automation tools enables engineers to view and analyze data more efficiently, which:
  • Minimizes the time needed to generate plots - the customizable automatic plot builder generates a family of fully labeled plots in user-defined layouts, from data file(s) using file header and channel information.
  • Eliminates repetitive tasks - plot macros capture and automate common mathematical expressions.
  • Eliminates repetitive plot generation - report templates can capture and automate the building of entire pages of data plots.
  • Provides a fully customizable interface - customize the interface and the tools to fit any engineering environment.
  • Enables users to add mathematical functions to Altair’s robust mathematical library.
  • Reads CAE native data files: Altair OptiStruct, Altair Radioss, Altair MotionSolve, HyperForm, LS-DYNA, NHTSA ABF, MADYMO, PAM-CRASH, Nastran, Abaqus, ADAMS, DADS, and SIMPACK
  • Contains readers for a variety of X-Y and 3D data formats and can generate curves and 3D surface plots from mathematical expressions using an extensive math library.
  • Enables a 3D plotting environment that is fully integrated with Altair Simulation products for managing, reviewing, and analyzing 3D plots such as, waterfall, surface, and 3D line data.
  • Provides features for building and analyzing waterfall data including order calculations, visualization, and plotting orders in XY plots. Waterfall plots support magnitude versus frequencies or orders versus time or magnitude.
  • Allows conditionally formatted summary tables that support mathematical expressions linked to curves.
  • Includes over 200 built-in math functions focused on CAE including data filters and 10 sanctioned injury calculations.
  • Calculate orders by scaling, DFT, or resampling the response data.
  • Provides a rich tool set for querying 3D plots. Both planar and surface sections can be passed through 3D data to generate section cut plots. Other query tools are as easy to use as clicking on the data to view X, Y, Z values. Zooming in on data retains display of axis values.
  • Publish to PowerPoint: establishing a connection between HyperGraph and PowerPoint allows the user to publish HyperGraph sessions to PowerPoint presentations and update these later when new results are loaded into HyperGraph. The changes made in PowerPoint will be preserved.
  • Exports HTML session: enables users to write out HTML report directly to HTML format.
  • Include high quality image captures of 3D Plots in reports and presentations.
  • Provides tools to automate data analysis and report generation - process automation tools enable users to overlay sequential test and simulation results for visualization and analysis.
  • Lies on an open architecture driven by a Tcl command layer. Additional math functions, file readers, dialogs, pull down menus, and right-click menus can be easily added.

For more information, reference the HyperGraph help manual.

Altair MotionView

MotionView is a general purpose pre- and post-processor and visualization tool for mechanical system simulation including industry-leading capabilities for assembly management, data management and flexbody modeling. It provides the ability to create hierarchical models to any depth through the re-use of system definitions including leveraging its native parametric data capability. MotionView provides an efficient and easy to use interface including a large number of modeling utilities to maximize users’ productivity. In addition, through the use of its Tcl automation layer, MotionView enables users to create and re-use scripts and custom user interfaces. MotionView is integrated in a single environment that also includes state of the art post-processing, DOE and optimization, and math processing capabilities.
  • Reduces time and cost associated with engineering analysis through a high-performance intuitive graphical interface for multibody dynamics modeling and post-processing.
  • Allows for easy re-use of system definitions and assemblies to allow one model to be used as a subsystem within another model.
  • Provides built in data management capability through the Altair HyperWorks Collaboration Tools, including file versioning, history, check-in and check-out.
  • Easily capture your CAD based information through “CAD Import”, allowing for streamlined reading of part graphics, inertial values and free points.
  • Enables an automated process for generating flexbodies based on an FE input deck.
  • Efficient and intuitive user flow through the context menu driven interface.
  • Build and analyze suspension and vehicle models using the standard vehicle library.
  • Automatically reformat MBD loads results into Altair Radioss and Nastran solver formats.
  • Export to a variety of solvers such as Altair MotionSolve, ADAMS, Abaqus or create your own solver writer.
  • Customize MBD modeling and solution environment using Templex and Tcl.

For more information, reference the MotionView help manual.

Altair TextView

TextView provides both powerful math script processing plus a text editor. It is an integrated application in Altair HyperWorks Desktop. TextView’s math scripts can reference vector data from Altair HyperGraph 2D/HyperGraph 3D windows for automating data processing and data summary.

For more information, reference the TextView help manual.

Altair MediaView

MediaView plays and displays video files and static images. Playback of video files is synchronized with Altair HyperView model animations plus Altair HyperGraph plots for data comparison and analysis. Video playback can be automatic or manually controlled. During manual playback, videos can be controlled by clicking on XY curve locations to see the corresponding frame in the video.

For more information, reference the MediaView help manual.

Altair HyperView Player

HyperView Player enables your organization to visualize 3D CAE models and results via the Internet. It provides a collaborative solution for enterprise-wide product data visualization throughout your design process. HyperView Player includes a web browser plug-in as well as a standalone executable for Windows PC, Mac OS and Linux.

HyperView Player enables CAE engineers to communicate analytical results effectively with engineers of multiple disciplines, improving product design during the development process. Using product data in Altair's compact H3D format, HyperView Player makes it easy to share product information among analysts, testing engineers, toolmakers, product design engineers, and product managers.

HyperView Player also allows professionals in sales, marketing, finance, publications, engineering, and support to create information-rich 3D multimedia presentations, documents, proposals, project reports, and web pages.

For more information, reference the HyperView Player help manual.

Altair HyperWorks Collaboration Tools

The HyperWorks Collaboration Tools (HWCT) are a set of features providing users with the ability to organize and manage all of their simulation data and files. Available out-of-the-box with the Altair HyperWorks Desktop and Altair HyperMesh, HWCT is ideal for individual users desiring personal data organization and management and for small teams of users wishing to collaborate throughout the simulation life cycle.

Standard HWCT functionality includes:
  • Explore dialog, integrated into all native HW file dialogs allows for easy searching and retrieval of files.
  • Automatic extraction and indexing of simulation files' metadata for both simple and complex searches.
  • View file properties
  • Organize simulation data and files into libraries.
  • Browse personal and team libraries to find and retrieve contents.
  • Retain pedigree via full version control and lifecycle operations.
  • Seamlessly access Parts, CAD, and Bills of Materials stored in corporate PDM systems.
  • Download and import directly into HyperWorks.
  • Publish simulation data (e.g. meshes, solver decks, results) back to PDM.
  • Organized simulation data and files for work in progress
  • Comprehensive search capabilities
  • Access to latest up-to-date CAD and CAE data
  • Traceability between CAD/PDM and CAE/Simulation

For more information, reference the HyperWorks Collaboration Tools help manual.

Altair HyperStudy

HyperStudy is a multi-disciplinary design exploration, study and optimization software. Using HyperStudy, users can gain insight into their applications, make better design decisions and optimize the performance, reliability and robustness of their systems.

The design of the tool as a wizard makes it very easy to learn and use. Its seamless integration with Altair Simulation products enables direct model parameterization including shape parameterization and direct result reading of the output files of solvers such as Altair Radioss, Altair MotionSolve, Altair AcuSolve, Abaqus, ADAMS, ANSYS, LS-DYNA, and Nastran. For other solvers, definition of solver input data as design variables and extraction of solver output data as responses can also be done easily. For complex mathematics, Altair Compose, Python or Templex is also available.

HyperStudy Post-Processing module contains display, analysis and data mining capabilities that helps engineers to overcome the challenging task of extracting relevant information from multi-run studies. With its unique and powerful suite of tools, simulation results can be analyzed, sorted and studied effectively in HyperStudy.
User can:
  • study the effects of design changes on design performances efficiently
  • assess the robustness of designs and obtain guidance necessary to achieve robust designs
  • perform multi-disciplinary optimization studies for different attributes of a design
  • perform system identification and correlation studies
  • minimize time-to-market by methodologically identifying design direction for difficult problems
  • perform quick trade-off studies in HyperStudy UI or in Excel spreadsheet using HyperStudy’s Fit Trade-off Excel Plug-in

For more information, reference the HyperStudy help manual.

Altair HyperLife

HyperLife is an easy-to-learn fatigue analysis software developed on a solver-neutral framework. It provides a comprehensive tool set for durability analysis, directly interfacing with all the major finite element analysis (FEA) result files. With an embedded material library, HyperLife offers solutions for fatigue life predictions under static and transient loading across a wide range of industrial applications.
  • Easy to learn and easy to use graphical interface to perform Fatigue Life predictions.
  • Solver neutral framework interfacing leading FEA results data.
  • Embedded material database.
  • Specialty module to perform simultaneous fatigue analysis on base material and welded joints according to numerous design codes and guidelines.*
  • Customizable environment to add new or inhouse functionality.*

For more information, reference the HyperLife help manual.

Altair HyperCrash

HyperCrash is a CAE pre-processor developed to support Altair Radioss, LS-DYNA and PAM-CRASH. Altair Simulation products provide a comprehensive environment to study occupant simulations and other requirements of the crash-safety domain.
  • Extensive pre-processing capabilities for LS-DYNA and Radioss.
  • Ongoing support of Radioss (up to 2017) and most keywords.
  • Robust tools for easy conversion of input decks from LS-DYNA to Radioss with minimal user intervention.
  • Support of PAM-CRASH 2G as well as conversion from PAM-CRASH to Radioss.
  • Extensive tools for crash-safety applications: model building, property and material creation, connection definition, quality checking, and more.
  • Full suite of welding techniques such as glue, bolts, and spot welds.
  • Results Mapper module for mapping metal-forming results.
  • Key Safety modules: dummy positioning, seat deforming, belt generator, and airbag folding.
  • Extensive library of LS-DYNA and Radioss dummies with advanced positioning and seat-belt routing tools.
  • Improves user efficiency with intuitive pre-processor interface.
  • Minimizes errors in LS-DYNA and Radioss with a reliable model check on the input deck.
  • Enables easy checking and removal of penetrations and intersections.
  • Offers numerous tailored panels to help users create and update the many cards needed to setup LS-DYNA and Radioss models.

For more information, reference the HyperCrash help manual.

Altair Virtual Wind Tunnel

Virtual Wind Tunnel (VWT) is a vertical solution to perform external aerodynamic studies of vehicles, buildings, bicycles, or other objects in an efficient manner. Powered by Altair’s computational fluid dynamic (CFD) solvers Altair AcuSolve and Altair ultraFluidX, transient and steady state studies can be performed accurately and in a short time frame. An intuitive user interface streamlines the process to define parameters for meshing as well as the CFD case setup. The definition of physical objects, like rotating wheels or radiators, includes intelligent automation to reduce the user interaction to a minimum. Virtual Wind Tunnel comes with a fast and robust volume mesher and automatic report generation.

For more information, reference the Virtual Wind Tunnel help manual.

Altair SimLab

SimLab is a process-oriented multidisciplinary simulation environment to accurately analyze the performance of complex assemblies. Multiple physics including structural, thermal and fluid dynamics can be easily setup using highly automated modeling tasks, helping to drastically reduce the time spent creating finite element models and interpreting results. Instead of tedious geometry clean-up, work is performed directly on the geometry – imported and updated via the bi-directional CAD coupling - by defining mesh specifications for individual regions.
  • Intuitive and self-explanatory graphical user interface covering all aspects of the modeling process
  • Automated mesh generation without the need for tedious CAD geometry cleanup
  • Template driven approach to otherwise tedious modeling tasks
  • Creation of shareable and repeatable simulation workflows with automatic feature and part recognition
  • Rapid design exploration through live synchronization to popular parametric CAD systems

For more information, reference the SimLab help manual.