German braking system manufacturer Knorr-Bremse is using Altair’s HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools in its CAE centres in Germany, Hungary and India to simulate and analyse braking systems and components. The company manufactures its braking systems for both rail and commercial vehicles.

Its products include brake control systems such as those for high speed trains, truck ESP (electronic stability program) and ABS (antilock brakes), disc brakes, and systems for compressed air production.

Recognising the benefits of HyperWorks for such an application, the company has recently acquired additional license units to broaden its software use from Hypermesh and HyperView to also include RADIOSS, OptiStruct and other tools. RADIOSS as an explicit solver for finite element (FE) calculations, a benefit when handling large models that include many contacts. OptiStruct is being used for topology optimisation during the development process.

“What we like about HyperWorks is that we have a tool at hand to solve most, if not all, of our development tasks with only one licence agreement and one software family,” said Dr. Frank Günther, manager of technical analysis/simulation at Knorr-Bremse Systems for Rail Vehicles.