[AB]structures Utilizes Altair Software to Optimize Race Winning Yacht

20th July 2012

Altair Engineering, Inc., announced today that its HyperWorks CAE platform has been used by [AB]structures, an Italian structural design and engineering company, to structurally design and optimize the winning yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama 4. The yacht, skippered by Franck Cammas, claimed victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on July 9 in Galway, Ireland, after nine months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world.

The [AB]structures engineers employed several HyperWorks tools in the development of the successful yachts including OptiStruct for design optimization activities. The Engineers used the tools extensively to design and optimize the carbon structures of all three Volvo Open 70 yachts and to help again achieve fundamental structural improvements over the older-generation yachts that competed in the 2008 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The combination of continuously updated, cutting-edge CAE technology and the extensive hands-on experience of [AB]structures’ designers has enabled them to deliver the best design for lightweight structural projects.



“We structurally designed our first VO70 for the ABN AMRO White team in 2006,” said Andrea Avaldi of [AB]structures. “When we were contracted to structurally design Ericsson 3 and 4 for the 2008 Volvo Ocean Race, we wanted to further improve the weight optimization aspect and extended our use of HyperWorks. Beyond the optimization aspect, HyperWorks also includes the capability of simulating complex carbon composites laminate sequences, which is helpful in our projects, since the VO70 yachts are designed and built completely from carbon composite. For the 2011-2012 edition, with Groupama, Puma and Telefonica all wanting different things at pretty much the same time, we would not have been able to deliver this kind of result in the set time frame without the technology provided by Altair.”

“We congratulate the Groupama Team and [AB]structures on their outstanding success and are happy to have had the opportunity to be part of such a remarkable project,” said Mauro Guglielminotti, director for Southern Europe and Africa at Altair Engineering. “HyperWorks is the best CAE suite that structural design companies like [AB]structures can use, since it provides the tools needed to drive an optimized design process; and, thanks to the unique licensing system, opens up a whole world of CAE tools, while engineers only pay for what they use.”

[AB]structures intends to continue working with Altair and HyperWorks on current and future projects, such as the Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran and wings for the 34th America´s Cup 2013.

Press Release issued by Altair