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Altair joins AMEDEO ITN as Consortium Partner, Providing Comprehensive Support and Training for Early Stage Researchers

Press Release by AMEDEO ITN Partner Altair Engineering, 04/03/2014. Print friendly version.

Researchers adopt HyperWorks Software to assist in their mission to provide radical innovation to the aerospace industry.

Leamington Spa, UK. March 04, 2014 – Altair today announced that it has made its leading computer aided engineering (CAE) software suite, HyperWorks®, freely available to all early stage researchers of the Aerospace Multidisciplinary Enabling Design Optimisation Marie Curie Initial Training Network (AMEDEO ITN) project. The move grants AMEDEO ITN fellows access to industry leading simulation tools to support research into the development of the next generation of environmentally-friendly aircraft. The licenses arranged by AMEDEO ITN Principal Investigator, Tim Surry of Altair ProductDesign UK, are to be remotely accessed through Altair’s new cloud-managed licensing system, Hosted HyperWorks Units (HHWU).

Use of HHWU eliminates the IT burden of maintaining server-based software licenses and is ideal for the AMEDEO ITN project, which involves geographically dispersed industry and university partners across Europe. HHWU allows members of the AMEDEO ITN early-stage research team to work remotely and access the HyperWorks applications on-demand.

"Altair is excited to be a consortium partner with AMEDEO,” said Tim Surry, Senior Project Engineer at Altair ProductDesign. “Following our initial commitment of hosting early-stage AMEDEO ITN researcher, Jonathan Ollar, we are pleased to add even more practical support by making HyperWorks easily available to all early stage researchers."

Jacquelyn Quirk, Academic Liaison for Altair UK explains how the academic industry can gain further resources from Altair. “In addition to partnering with consortia like AMEDEO, Altair offers students and researchers around the world the opportunity to access HyperWorks technology and learn simulation techniques.  This is very much in line with Altair’s commitment to radical innovation in support of sustainable design.”

Through the AMEDEO ITN project, the aerospace industry will gain a new cohort of engineers with the skills needed to solve tomorrow’s emissions and efficiency problems using multi-disciplinary design optimisation. To ensure that the research fellows gain the greatest benefit from Altair’s offer, a practical training session was recently offered at the end of the week-long AMEDEO design optimisation lecture series, hosted by Vassili Toropov at the University of Leeds. The HyperWorks training workshop linked theory to industry applications. 

Researchers were instructed through a series of practical exercises in the use of Altair’s optimisation solvers OptiStruct® and HyperStudy® which are very relevant to the optimisation objectives of AMEDEO ITN. Altair OptiStruct is an award-winning structural analysis and optimisation solver for both concept design and fine-tuning optimisation techniques. Altair HyperStudy is a stochastic analysis tool which was developed for engineers to improve their designs through robustness and reliability assessments and optimisation.

Professor Harvey Thompson, AMEDEO ITN Project Coordinator, University of Leeds is delighted with the partnership. “By providing all the AMEDEO early stage researchers with access to state-of-the-art design optimisation tools, Altair's support will ensure that their research achieves the maximum possible academic and industrial impact,” he commented.

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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 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40 offices in 20 countries.  Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments.  To learn more, please visit


AMEDEO is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, bringing together leading academic researchers and key private sector partners with the aim of developing the tools needed by the European aerospace industry to design the next generation of environmentally-friendly aircraft.


EU Project promotes new generation of environmentally-friendly aircraft

Press Release 16/04/2013. Print friendly version.

The University of Leeds will lead a new EU research project to develop the design tools needed for the next generation of environmentally friendly aircraft.

The AMEDEO (Aerospace Multidisciplinarity-Enabling DEsign Optimisation) project will improve the design of aircraft engines and fuselages to improve fuel and build efficiency. Leeds will work with eleven other top industry and academic partners across Europe [1].

Funded as part of the EU’s Marie Curie research programme [2], AMEDEO will train 13 early-stage research engineers in Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO). The technique has been identified by the European Commission as critical for the future sustainability of the European aerospace industry[3].

The method allows coordination of sophisticated computer models in individual areas such as aerodynamics, structural mechanics, heat transfer and acoustics into the design process as a whole. By optimising the overall design rather than individual elements, MDO ensures that one area is not optimised at the expense of other features.

Prof Vassili Toropov of University of Leeds’ Faculty of Engineering, who is leading the project, said: "By getting the design right first time, you can reduce the number of prototypes you go through, reducing both manufacturing and operation costs. You can also use the method to really fine tune the aircraft design, meaning we can get at new energy efficiency designs that increase environmental sustainability."

AMEDEO is currently in the final stages of a search for talented young engineers to train in this important area. The recruits will undertake individual projects, each lasting 3 years, that are closely aligned to key issues and challenges facing the European aerospace industry, including:

  • Robust optimisation of aircraft engines for energy efficiency
  • Optimisation of lightweight composite aircraft structures
  • Improvement of aircraft safety and crashworthiness
  • Noise reduction through acoustic optimisation

Further information

For further information about AMEDEO please contact

Professor Vassili Toropov, AMEDEO Coordinator (, tel 0044 113 343 2272)

Juliet Jopson, AMEDEO Project Manager (, tel 0044 113 343 2061)

[1] Project partners

The network is coordinated by Professor Vassili Toropov, jointly from the School of Civil Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Rob Hewson and Professor Harvey Thompson from the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. The network will run until September 2016 and comprises 12 world leading partners from 6 countries, including:

  • The University of Leeds, Rolls Royce and Altair Engineering from the UK
  • Delft University of Technology and Advanced Lightweight Engineering from the Netherlands
  • The von Karman Institute from Belgium
  • The Technical University of Munich, DLR (German Aerospace Agency) and SFE GmbH from Germany
  • ONERA (French National Aerospace Agency) and Airbus from France
  • Koç University from Turkey.

[2] Marie Curie Actions is the ‘People’ focused section of the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for research funding. Marie Curie funding aims to attract, train and develop the brightest research talent for Europe. AMEDEO fits into the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) thread of funding. For further information on Marie Curie Actions:

[3] Flightpath 2050. Europe’s Vision for Aviation. Report of the high level group on aviation research. European Commission (2011),