Altair announced that SimLab 12.0, a software tool created specifically as a pre-processor for detailed computer models of complex powertrains, has been released as part of HyperWorks 12.0. Because it now is integrated into HyperWorks, SimLab can be run with the same HyperWorks Units that designers and engineers use for all the other HyperWorks simulation tools, the company says.
The auto industry can use SimLab for powertrain modeling and setup, along with OptiStruct 12.0 for powertrain analysis and optimization. SimLab's role in simulation preparation includes feature-based solid meshing for structures like the engine crankcase and cylinder head and the setup of simulation loads and boundary conditions.
Overall, SimLab 12.0 can provide a 30% improvement in meshing and substantial improvements in setting up large finite element models, the company says.
"With the latest HyperWorks technologies, Altair now offers a completely integrated and automated process for powertrain simulation," said David Mason, Altair vice president, Global Automotive. "HyperWorks furnishes a single-solver format for analysis of NVH, structures and durability, employing multiphysics coupling for increased accuracy along with advanced optimization capabilities. The result is a faster and more reliable powertrain simulation process."
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