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Altair ProductDesign’s Crashworthiness Expertise Emphasized by smart fortwo Crash Test Performance

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Evelyn Gebhardt
Blue Gecko Marketing
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Pete Roberts
Altair Engineering Ltd
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TROY, Mich., Sept. 23, 2009 – Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that empowers client innovation and decision-making, announced today that Altair ProductDesign has successfully collaborated with Daimler to achieve crashworthiness performance targets on the smart fortwo passenger vehicle through the joint development of the car’s multiple safety systems. Following the successful release of the new generation of the smart fortwo in Europe 2007, the latest published results from NHTSA and IIHS show that this small premium vehicle also passed the US ratings with outstanding results.

Altair ProductDesign was chosen as a development partner for external crash, occupant safety, stiffness and durability. Within a project structure consisting of smart, Altair ProductDesign and a partner for physical testing, Altair assisted in the development of the body-in-white structure, closures and internal safety systems (e.g. seat belts, airbags etc.) to achieve compliance with regulations and ratings for two vehicle variants (Coupê and Convertible).

“Our team is very proud of our contribution to the outstanding performance that smart has delivered,” said Dr Lars Fredriksson, Operations Director Altair ProductDesign Germany. “This project is a demonstration of our unique simulation driven vision for product development which combines our expertise and technology in a creative environment.”

In order to handle variants and load cases in modern vehicle development within required costs and time limits, Altair ProductDesign utilized a very high level of process automation, process optimization and data management throughout the project. This approach allowed, on average, an unprecedented fifty crashworthiness CAE assessments to be performed each week.

About Altair ProductDesign
Altair ProductDesign is a global, multi-disciplinary product development consultancy of more than 500 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair Engineering, Inc. (www.altair.com), this organization is best known for its leadership in combining it’s engineering expertise with Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technology to deliver innovation, automate processes. Altair ProductDesign firmly advocates a user-centered, team-based design approach, and utilizes proprietary simulation and optimization technologies (i.e. Altair HyperWorks) to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market faster. To learn more, please visit www.altairproductdesign.com.

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