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Altair and AVL Further Collaborate on offering

Press Release: AVL EXCITE™ Acoustics and AVL FIRE™ M on Altair Online Software Portal

The tools bring new NVH, CFD and multiphysics capabilities to the HyperWorks offering

Altair announced that AVL List GmbH has joined the APA (Altair Partner Alliance) Online Software Portal adding AVL EXCITE™ Acoustics and AVL FIRE™ M to the APA’s rapidly expanding portfolio of third-party technology, in the domains of sound radiation calculation, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multiphysics.

"AVL is glad to further its collaboration with Altair by including EXCITE™ Acoustics and FIRE™ M in the Altair Partner Alliance,” said Dr. Gotthard Rainer from AVL, Vice President Advanced Simulation Technologies. “Our tools offer valuable capabilities that complement very well what Altair is supplying to their customers. We are convinced bringing these products together will help our mutual users achieve better solutions more efficiently.

EXCITE™ Acoustics applies the Wave Based Technique (WBT) to calculate sound radiation emitted in free fields from vibrating structures, such as engines and power units in automobiles. The WBT acoustic models are substantially smaller than traditional models required for element-based methods, resulting in accurate results and high computational efficiency. Acoustic meshes produced in EXCITE™ Acoustics are not frequency dependent, which allows users to use one model to achieve accurate results for the entire frequency range, and the ability to use unmodified finite element (FE) mesh to generate the acoustic models with a fully automated process makes for short analysis lead times and a more efficient process overall.

“We are very excited about this partnership with AVL because it is very much a natural evolution,” said Harold Thomas, Vice President of Business Development at Altair. “AVL EXCITE™ Acoustics and AVL FIRE™ M complement HyperWorks products by bringing new capability to the suite in NVH and multiphysics domains. For example, the element solver OptiStruct has the capability to directly prepare the AVL EXCITE™ Acoustics input data file, so making both products available on the same license will only improve the experience of our end users.”

FIRE™ M is a versatile, multi-domain simulation software which makes it possible to simultaneously compute non-reacting single phase flows, heat transfer and solid temperatures in systems without moving boundaries. The software is able to take models of all geometrical complexity levels and perform a fast and robust multiphysics analysis that even users who are not CFD experts can manage.

Both EXCITE™ Acoustics and FIRE™ M are most suitable for application in the automotive industry, with expertise in engine and powertrain development.

To learn more about EXCITE™ Acoustics and FIRE™ M, register for the introductory webinars which will take place on March 17, 2016 and March 22, 2016, respectively, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. ET. For more information about AVL, please visit the solution page.

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About the Altair Partner Alliance

Altair’s HyperWorks platform applies a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model in which customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed, as well as third-party, software applications on demand. The Altair Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from more than 20 internally developed solutions to upwards of 60 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI. For more information about the Altair Partner Alliance, visit

About AVL List GmbH

AVL is the world's largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines.

Scope of Business:
Development of Powertrain Systems: AVL develops and improves all kinds of powertrain systems and is a competent partner to the engine and automotive industry.  In addition AVL develops and markets the simulation methods which are necessary for the development work.

Engine Instrumentation and Test Systems : The products of this business area comprise all the instruments and systems required for engine and vehicle testing.

Advanced Simulation Technologies: The developed simulation software is focusing on design and optimization of powertrain systems and covers all phases of the development process.

About Altair

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance.  Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 45 offices throughout 24 countries.  Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments.  To learn more, please visit

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