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Day 2: Keynotes - June 27th, 2017

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Dominique Moreau
Head of Airframe Technical Authority, Airbus
When Simulation Turns into Reality

Kai Thräne
Airbus Helicopter
Industry 4.0 – How Digitalization Makes Weight & Balance Process More Agile and Connected

James Scapa
CEO & President, Altair
Company Vision

Dr. Uwe Schramm
CTO, Altair
Altair Technology Vision

Peter Bentley
Design Team, Artemis
Design the Difference: Artemis Racing’s use of Simulation Driven Design Technology in Pursuit of the 2017 America’s Cup

Dr. Norbert Dölle
Konzernforschung & MBC-Entwicklung, Daimler
Concept Development for E-Mobility

Yoram Malka
Head Mechanical Engineering Department, Israel Aerospace Industry
To the Moon with AM – Optimization, Space and Everything in Between

Dr. Holzmann
Director GME Vehicle CAE, Adam Opel AG
Dr. Boris Künkler
Supervisor Body CAE & Optimization, Adam Opel AG
Vehicle Concept and Structure of the New Opel Ampera-e

Anthony Poncet
Renault Trucks (Volvo Group)
3D Printing for the Design of Engines of the Future

Gael Salles
Schneider Electric
The Secret life of Models

Fabian Schmitt
CTO, Streetscooter
Realizing Electric Mobility Today

Keynotes of Day 3

Jeff Brennan
CMO, Altair
The Altair Partner Alliance

James Dagg
CTO, Altair
User Experience: Demonstration of HyperWorks Next Generation to Maximize Multidisciplinary Productivity

Dr. Philipp Berendes,
Specialist Conceptual Lightweight Design, Porsche
Lightweight Design at Porsche

Dr. Lars Fredriksson
Business VP – Simulation Driven Innovation, Altair on behalf of NEVS
Design the Difference – Simulation Driven Innovation in Car Body Design

Dominique Moreau VP Head of technical authority Airbus Operations SAS

Our last aircraft development, the A350 XWB, took benefit of complex advanced numerical simulations. The presentation will present the today’s state of the art in terms of numerical simulation and the very latest progress Airbus did on the topic. The presentation will go through what remains to develop in the future so to make numerical simulation much more effective in the design process of an aircraft in order to:

  • de-risk technical choices
  • support trade-off between design solution
  • prepare manufacturing stages
  • reduce overall development time & cost


Dominique Moreau, VP Head of technical authority, Airbus Operations SAS

Industry 4.0 – How Digitalization makes Weight & Balance Process more agile and connected

In the context of Industry 4.0, most enterprise processes must become more digitized. A key element will be the evolution of the traditional product development toward a connected and highly efficient ecosystem, where humans, machines and resources communicate with each other and work collaboratively.

The weight and balance process today is a series of discrete and fragmentary steps taken by different actors: designers, weight engineers, structural engineers, suppliers, program management and executives, manufacturing. Digitization brings down walls, and the product life cycle becomes a completely integrated ecosystem that is fully transparent to all the players involved.

Weight Analytics solution provides high data consistency and transparency, standardization and automation of workflows, a powerful BI tool to support analysis and decisions making, which have a tremendous impact on process and product quality.


Kai Thräne, Manager Weight & Balance Research & Development, Airbus Helicopters

Company Vision

Jim brings more than 35 years of business growth, innovation, and cultural stewardship to his role as Founder, Chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc., the technology venture he began in 1985. He and the global company he leads share a tremendous pride in Altair’s entrepreneurial spirit and core values of envisioning the future, communicating honestly and broadly, seeking technology and business “firsts”, embracing diversity, and taking risks. Altair’s growth has been achieved both through long-term nurturing of internal technology development, and by strategic acquisitions of complementary technologies which have been successfully integrated into Altair’s offerings.


James Scapa, CEO & President, Altair

Altair Technology Vision

Our vision is to transform product design and organizational decision making by applying simulation, optimization and high performance computing throughout product lifecycles.

Altair exists to unleash the limitless potential of the creative mind, and we seek through our technology to inspire and empower people to solve the greatest engineering challenges. Dr. Schramm will outline Altair’s forward-looking technologies for simulation and optimization from concept to in-service, across multiple disciplines encompassing structures, motion, fluids, thermal management, electromagnetics, system modeling and embedded systems, data analytics, and true-to-life visualization and rendering.


Dr. Uwe Schramm, CTO, Altair

Design the Difference: Artemis Racing’s use Simulation Driven Design Technology in Pursuit of the 2017 America’s Cup

Three-time Olympic medalist and Artemis Racing Team Manager and Tactician Iain Percy will discuss the impact of technology on transforming the America’s Cup competition from boats that move through the water to vessels that fly above it.

As seen in Altair’s documentary Surface to Air, the application of simulation and optimization was key to this change. The world speed record for sailing was below 27 knots in 1972, and did not break the 50 knot barrier until it was achieved on a kiteboard in 2008. Today’s America’s Cup boats are routinely hitting speeds on tight race courses that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

The increase in velocity enabled by advanced structural composites and on-board control systems has been a true game changer, and the future of sailing will be increasingly dependent on simulation driven design.


Peter Bentley, Artemis Racing

Lightweight Design and Concept development for E-Mobility

Over 130 years the automotive industry developed its body in white concepts evolutionarily. The last few decades were affected by a rising lightweight pressure due to the need of CO2 reduction on the one hand and increased safety and comfort requirements on the other hand. Therefore still great efforts to optimize the weight of body in white be undertaken at the conventional internal combustion engines. This is done in a comparatively stable package environment.

The current integration of electric drivetrain concepts and the increase in derivatives which have to be developed in shortened cycles and volatile package environments require a change of paradigm in pre-development. Here it is necessary to be able to evaluate a variety of different concepts already in the early phase. Based on the results of structural optimizations in which both the load paths and their cross-sectional geometries are determined, the optimized shell cross-sections and skeletal geometries needs to be transferred automatically from CAE to CAD as fully-parametric concept geometry. This allows more detailed simulations with simplified geometries of all structural vehicle functions. As a result, it will be possible to achieve a higher degree of maturity for many variants during the development process in a shorter pre-development period.


Dr. Norbert Dölle, Head of Simulation Structure, NVH, Daimler AG

To the moon with AM – optimization, space and everything in between

Increasing the performance of a system is a constant challenge engineers in all application areas face. This challenge specifically important in the aerospace world where weight reduction is one of the key factors defining the success of a project.

Israeli AirSpace Industry (IAI) is facing such a challenge in the development of a satellite planned to carry out a moon exploration mission. To achieve an optimal performance new numerical and manufacturing tools very adopted in the project. Optimization and analysis tools from Altair Engineering open a whole new range of lightweight, robust a deficient design concepts along with an accurate and advanced capability of structural analysis.

Manufacturing of these innovative designs is possible thanks to the capabilities of ALM. However, the novice process of ALM manufactured parts for aerospace application hold a challenge of validating the reliability and repeatability of the manufacturing process itself.

In this work, I will share some of the challenges that we at IAI is facing in the implementation of the optimization and ALM technologies in our design process, to do so I will show two study cases presenting the design process, the setting for the manufacturing process and the way we qualified the final part.


Yoram Malka, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd

Vehicle Concept and Structure of the new Opel Ampera-e

The new Opel Ampera-e is a milestone towards the future of electric mobility – a vehicle suitable for daily usage with a range of up to 500km at a reasonable price. The car offers fun to drive, space for 5 passengers and a fast re-charging capability.

One of the biggest challenges during the vehicle development was the integration of the RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System) with 60kWh capacity into the car - the large battery pack with the surrounding electrical components needed to be packaged into the vehicle, attached to the body structure and protected during crash events in an efficient way. Another difficult task was to bring the overall vehicle mass down as much as possible - this was enabled by consequent application of CAE including design and gage optimization as well as intelligent use of high strength steels and aluminum.
In summary the new Opel Ampera-e offers the customer a great car with the optimum balance regarding performance, package, mass and cost.


Dr. Henning Holzmann, Director GME Vehicle CAE & Dr. Boris Künkler, Supervisor Body CAE & Optimization, Adam Opel GmbH

Ligther and More Compact Engines with Additive Manufacturing

The Renault Trucks Lyon Powertrain Engineering department has focused on using additive manufacturing as a future engine manufacturing process. A prototype DTI 5 4- cylinder Euro 6 step C engine has been designed exclusively using this technology. This process has enabled to reduce the weight of a 4-cylinder engine by 120 kg or 25%. This presentation shows how additive manufacturing releases us from constraints and unlock engineers creativity and how topology optimization contribute to obtain results in a short loop.


Anthony Poncet, Incubator powertrain Manager, Renault Trucks (Volvo Group)

The Secret life of Models

In the context of a rapidly changing landscape in the Energy domain, the development or upgrade of an offer that can sustain new requirements is challenged by factors such as the increase in the complexity of use cases, inter-discipline dependencies, and the emergence of different asset management approaches.

Although the core business is rarely changed drastically, the offer proposition to the end customer represents a paradigm shift. Many legacy aspects of offers will become commodities while all functionalities that are related to sustainability will gain in importance. To support these changes, Engineering Disciplines must combine continuous improvement of their core competencies with an extension of scope.

After a brief introduction of the changes in the Energy Landscape, an analysis of the life of models will be presented from the viewpoint of system engineering. Along with the paradigm shift in the use of models, the power of the multidisciplinary use of models will be approached such as for Design Space Exploration, Verification-Validation for cyber-Physical offer or maintenance purposes.

One of the key success factors of this silent but strong evolution is the correct usage of models. This change in how models are used can be quite subtle. It is all about the secret life of models.


Gael Salles, Director Computer Aided Product Engineering Technology, Schneider Electric

Realizing Electric Mobility Today

StreetScooter – Electric Mobility brought to the streets.

In this presentation we will show how we developed an electric vehicle, starting with a project idea and ending with the approval of the vehicle for road traffic.

The presentation will cover the entire development process from early concepts to the actual production of the StreetScooter and will give an outlook on future developments.


Fabian Schmitt, Chief Technical Officer, StreetScooter GmbH

The Altair Partner Alliance

Prior to introducing the morning keynote speakers, Jeff will briefly review the Altair Partner Alliance, including new Partners, product additions and benefits. In addition, several case studies will be presented of workflow integrations with Hyperworks products, and how more information can be obtained at the EATC.

The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) is a program that allows Altair customers to run a broad spectrum of 3rd party software applications using HyperWorks Units. This empowers users to fill gaps in their technology portfolio and access software that compliments their ongoing HyperWorks simulation and analysis processes. All within a single licensing environment, the APA offers users ease of access to 100+ software applications covering additive manufacturing, composites, electromagnetics, fatigue, NVH and much more.” .


Jeff Brennan, Chief Marketing Officer, Altair

User Experience: Demonstration of HyperWorks Next Generation to Maximize Multidisciplinary Productivity

Accessing highly complex, diverse, and sophisticated physics solutions in a single platform presents tremendous benefits. Feature organization and access becomes increasingly important as functionality options rise. We continually work and invest to improve our user experience. Altair is excited to begin releasing next-generation HyperWorks versions to boost our users' productivity and ability to innovate. James Dagg will demonstrate some of the new workflows that we believe will make HyperWorks even stronger and more robust as our users continue to expand their multidisciplinary explorations of simulation-driven design.


James Dagg, Chief Technical Officer, Altair

Lightweight Design at Porsche

Speaking at the 2017 European ATC about Innovative Lightweight Designs at Porsche.


Dr. Philipp Berendes, Specialist Conceptional Lightweight Design, Porsche

Design the Difference – Simulation Driven Innovation in Car Body Design

The automotive industry is experiencing ever increasing requirements on new vehicles from all directions, e.g. legislation, consumers and the competitive situation on the market. Still, development cycles must be shortened and development costs reduced. Early concept development is a project stage where change costs are low and design freedom large. Thus, improvement of early concept development to mature designs faster and with better design balance must be a key goal of vehicle development.

NEVS is developing a new series of pure electric drive vehicles which should cover a wide range of sizes and customer profiles. The development will cover vehicles ranging from B-segment, through D-segment to E-segment vehicles including derivates. Still, the new vehicle program has to be developed in a lean fashion with a maximum of carry-over content and a minimum of local variant specific solutions. The pure electric drive strategy removes certain contains in traditional multi-driveline developments and opens new opportunities to improve the balance between weight, attribute performance and carry-over content. In order to utilize the design freedom optimally, to optimize the architectural commonalities between platform and to use carry-over content efficiently, NEVS is working with Altair and the so-called C123 concept development support process to support concept development.

The Altair C123 process has been developed to provide concept design with fast and continuous flow of trade-off and decision information using optimization to support the early design process. This presentation will introduce C123 in general, it will discuss the challenges and possibilities of multi-vehicle and multi-platform E-vehicle development and it will show examples how challenges are addressed within the vehicle development project at NEVS.

Co-Authors: Krister Önnermalm, Jerker Lundgren, NEVS AB


Dr. Lars Fredriksson, Business VP – Simulation Driven Innovation, Altair on behalf of NEVS

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