Category: Products

Down the Mississippi to New Orleans

Although I didn’t travel to the American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans, a number of my Altair colleagues did along with the BUSolutions LCO-140H, the world’s first series hydraulic hybrid transit bus.

The Case for Composites

As noted by my colleague Giuseppe Resta in the last automotive blog post, there was justified fanfare for the BMW “i” brand, yet elsewhere in Frankfurt you could see that steel was not going to go away fast. The production … Read More

Steel is Dead, Long Live Steel

This week, my colleague Giuseppe Resta has some thoughts spurred by the unveiling of two exciting vehicles scheduled for 2013 production: The Frankfurt Auto Show saw BMW unveil its new “i” brand of electric vehicles. While both the radical design … Read More

Young Engineers

It has been a while since my last blog entry.  It has been a busy time. I attended a great Altair India HTC, presenting at NDIA GVSETS and then experiencing the excitement around Altair HQ with the official launch of … Read More

Have we Optimized our Designs?

Everyone that designs products claims that they have optimized their designs.  It is true that companies generally iterate on their design concepts to achieve a better result, but is this truly optimized? A few years ago, I went to Disneyland … Read More

India, Innovation, 11

This week I’m preparing to attend the HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC) in Pune, India. This is part of the 2011 Global HTC Series. The events so far in Tokyo, Japan and Orlando, Florida have been well attended and have included … Read More

Micro-Mechanical Models & Motorcycles

Material modeling at a micro-mechanical level was a tool once reserved for only the highest level aerospace composites. Now an accurate understanding of material behavior is essential for manufacturers of parts from automotive dashboards to cell phones.

Muscle Cars, Hybrids and Stochastics

  There was a story in USA Today this week with the headline “American muscle cars outselling fuel-thrifty hybrids despite $4 gas”. It is a pretty entertaining fact and while for the month of May it was true that Ford … Read More

LED Lighting

The LED (light emitting diode) lighting industry, more properly known as the solid-state lighting industry, is at once the subject of intense excitement and impatience. The excitement is valid – provided that it is given just a small dose of … Read More