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4/13/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Altair buys Multiscale Design Systems

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Acquisition will give Altair increased capabilities in the lifecycle of composite materials.

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Simulation technology provider Altair (Troy, MI, US) has acquired Multiscale Design Systems, a developer of MDS, the family of products focused on micromechanics, microstructural optimization, and life prediction of complex materials. The company's technology integrates modeling, simulation, testing, uncertainty quantification and optimization of composite materials and structures at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Altair says that the company's composites expertise will be built into the Altair HyperWorks suite, including multiscale analysis, stochastic design, fatigue analysis, and multiphysics simulation.

A member of the Altair Partner Alliance since last year, MDS is already available to HyperWorks users, along with a number of other technologies related to composite materials analysis and simulation. The company expects a much tighter integration with Altair solvers RADIOSS and OptiStruct in future.

Since 2008, Multiscale Design System has won numerous Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I and Phase II awards. Focus areas include environmental degradation of high-temperature polymer and ceramic matrix composites subjected to thermal oxidation, thermal fatigue, moisture ingression, physics-based life prediction capabilities, modeling of concrete failure under blast and fragment loading, 3D nondestructive imaging techniques for mesoscale damage analysis of composite materials and mechanical loading.

"We will continue to develop, enhance, and invest in MDS as part of HyperWorks while retaining an open architecture approach with respect to other third party solvers," said Uwe Schramm, chief technical officer at Altair. "Altair is committed to creating good interfaces and continuing to build partnerships to excel in the domain of composite materials."

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