The Altair Partner Alliance (Troy, Mich., USA) announced on March 20 that AnalySwift (North Logan, Utah, USA) will join the program and add its complex composite modeling tool, SwiftComp Micromechanics, to the growing offering of partner applications available to HyperWorks users under Altair’s license manager.
SwiftComp software combines efficiency and accuracy when assisting with the design and modeling of complex composites to improve structural designs, estimating a structure’s capabilities or engineering a new material with enhanced performance characteristics.
“AnalySwift is thrilled to be working with the Altair Partner Alliance,” says Allan Wood, president and CEO of AnalySwift. “As the world-class micromechanics program, SwiftComp Micromechanics is a unique and versatile tool that can be used for the analysis and modeling of composites. With the ability to be applied to a large span of industries and assignments, SwiftComp is exceptionally valuable, now especially for Altair’s HyperWorks users.”
SwiftComp Micromechanics reportedly enables quick results without the loss of accuracy and calculates a complete set of physical properties in seconds. It runs only one analysis, which can be done on a typical laptop computer, and takes just seconds to complete, unlike other approaches, which may take several hours. The software obtains a complete set of fully coupled, multiphysical properties without the application of highly crafted load and boundary conditions, postprocessing or multiple runs.
“The time savings could easily be orders of magnitude,” says Wenbin Yu, Ph.D., chief technology officer for AnalySwift. “A major benefit to users is the ability to efficiently design and analyze materials and structures in ways not possible otherwise--for instance, models that are too large to be handled by computers in a practical way.”
The necessary properties can be calculated by SwiftComp for any heterogeneous material, including layered, binary, fiber/particle reinforced and woven composites, as well as any other composites created using other manufacturing techniques. This tool also can achieve a complete set of 3-D material properties using a1-D analysis of the 1-D unit cell for binary composites. It also can analyze other heterogeneous materials, including construction materials, metals, bone and brain tissue, ice and many others.
“AnalySwift is another important addition to our broad suite of Altair Partner Alliance products that addresses the needs of our customers using advanced composite materials,” said Robert Yancey, senior director – aerospace for Altair. “To make full use of the advantages offered by advanced composites, tools such as SwiftComp are necessary to design and analyze these materials so that they meet customer requirements.”
Available for the last 12 years, Altair’s unit-based licensing system allows HyperWorks users customizable access to a growing portfolio of applications while optimizing their return on investment (ROI) with each new partner added. Since the start, every license has been composed of a pool of recyclable HyperWorks units (HWUs), which can be used to access any application within the HyperWorks family.
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