Airbus has selected Altair as a product development partner for ongoing aircraft design programs. Airbus will leverage Altair's extensive structural design optimization and simulation experience, the company says.
Altair and its product development division, Altair ProductDesign, are longtime collaborators with Airbus, having assisted in developing the Optimization Center which supports all Airbus European sites and is centralized onsite at Airbus France in Toulouse. A partnership between Altair ProductDesign and Airbus, the Optimization Center receives an initial aircraft design premise and applies optimization expertise to deliver innovative structural design solutions that minimize component or major assembly mass, while maintaining performance requirements. Established in 2008, the center demonstrated ongoing success, ensuring that Altair ProductDesign was selected as a product development partner.
As well as metallic components, the Optimization Center is involved in the design of structures made from composite material.
In addition to the Optimization Center activities, Altair ProductDesign is also a primary partner with the Airbus Non-linear Technical Center for large-scale modeling, and is currently engaged on a project that seeks to de-risk physical test phases through the predictive simulation of large aircraft system models in a virtual environment.
"I am delighted to see Airbus make Altair a strategic partner for aircraft development," said Royston Jones, president of Altair ProductDesign. "We have pioneered the use of optimization technology and minimum-mass design across industry for more than 10 years. It is very pleasing to see Airbus, as a world-leading company, invest in this technology and our expertise at a strategic level. Airbus has a long history of developing innovative, fuel-efficient aircraft to meet the demands of its customers."
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.