Altair software alliance adds fiber-reinforced module

Altair's HyperWorks Partner Alliance has added CONVERSE software from PART Engineering GmbH to provide simulations of fiber-reinforced injection molded parts.

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Altair Engineering Inc. (Troy, Mich., USA) on May 23 announced the addition of CONVERSE software from PART Engineering GmbH to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA) to provide process structure interaction software to the array of applications available at no additional cost to HyperWorksusers.

CONVERSE offers engineers a tool that bridges the gap between injection molding simulation and mechanical simulation by importing the results from a third-party injection molding software, processing them, and then exporting the results into a third-party mechanical FEM software. Overall, this improves the quality of the subsequent simulation results.

"Using CONVERSE for our structural simulations of fiber-reinforced parts, we have the ability to model anisotropic material properties efficiently," says Michael Gabler, group leader of simulation for TRW Airbag Systems GmbH. "This capability increases the quality and the value of the simulation results significantly."

CONVERSE provides users with results in simulating short-fiber-reinforced injection molded parts as well as realistic simulation of thermo-mechanical behavior of molds and inserts. It enables the user to consider the anisotropic properties parallel and transverse to the local fiber orientation in the part, as well as consider process loads that affect the inserts or the molds themselves. The software improves the overall designs of molds and parts.

"We are very pleased to join the HyperWorks Partner Alliance," says Dr. Wolfgang Korte, CEO of PART Engineering. "Now that CONVERSE is in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance, we will have an even further reach across a vast number of industries by way of Altair's unique and flexible licensing model."

Altair HyperWorks customers can use their existing HyperWorks Units to access CONVERSE through the HWPA, a suite of third-party applications from HyperWorks partners. The flexibility of HyperWorks Units empowers users to deploy the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available at no incremental cost and with no long-term commitment.

"CONVERSE from PART Engineering is an extremely valuable complement to the manufacturing simulation solutions currently available on the HyperWorks platform," says Antoine Poussier, Altair vice president of global partner programs. "With this addition, Altair welcomes into the HyperWorks Partner Alliance yet another leading solution that broadens its simulation technology offering."