Altair Wraps Up Acquisition Of Micromechanics Software Firm

TROY — The Troy engineering software developer Altair said Monday it had completed the acquisition of New York-based Multiscale Design Systems LLC, developer of software that models the performance and fatigue of composites and other complex materials.

Altair said MDS’ technology will bring “important new composites expertise” to HyperWorks, Altair’s computer-aided engineering software 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 cutting-edge technologies related to composite materials analysis and simulation. A much tighter integration with Altair solvers RADIOSS and OptiStruct is expected soon.

“We will continue to develop, enhance, and invest in MDS as part of HyperWorks while retaining an open architecture approach with respect to other 3rd 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.”

Since 2008, Multiscale Design Systems, LLC 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 have partnered with a number of significant original equipment manufacturers to analyze state-of-the-art materials for automotive, aerospace, and defense,” said Dr. Jacob Fish, co-founder of Multiscale Design Systems. “Altair’s deep expertise in CAE, coupled with its significant footprint across a variety of industries, will help to extend the reach of our technology and increase its application.”

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MDS was based on more than 20 years of research by Fish and associates at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

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