System Perspective

OS Platform Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) or higher versions of windows.
Physical Memory 2 GB RAM (minimum)
Disk Space for Installation 5 GB free disk space
Resolution 1280×1024 pixels (DEDICATED VIDEO MEMORY IS REQUIRED for Better performance)
OptiStruct Software

Altair OptiStructTM

Student's Perspective

  • Concepts of 2D and 3D drawing.
  • Enthusiastic for converting one’s imagination in real time 3D model.
  • Theoretical FEA and FEM knowledge will be added advantage.

Course Content

Introduction: The focus of this teaching package is on the practical aspects of linear dynamic analysis (with OptiStruct), i.e. what kind of solver settings are required to run dynamic analysis. The finite element program used is OptiStruct. The theory behind this method is deliberately kept very short.

Course Description

Theory – Basics

Normal Mode Analysis

  • Exercise

Frequency Response Analysis

  • Exercises – Direct and Modal Frequency Response Analysis

Random Response Analysis

  • Exercise

Transient Response Analysis

  • Exercises – Direct Transient Response and Modal Transient Analysis

Complex Eigenvalue Analysis

Response Spectrum Analysis

  1. Taurus Steering Wheel Modal Analysis
  2. Chassis Modal Frequency Response Analysis
  3. Modal Frequency Response Analysis of a Seat Frame
  4. Direct Transient Response Analysis of a Monocoque
  5. Direct Transient Response Analysis of a Bracket
  6. Random Response Analysis of a Bike Fender


  • Hand editing the cards w/o a preprocessor
  • Submitting jobs and reviewing the results files from OptiStruct
  • Debugging models
  • Creating materials, properties, components & BCs
  • Model organization in HyperMesh
  • Submitting jobs from HyperMesh
  • Bending and torsion of a channel bracket assembly
  • Thermal stress analysis of a printed circuit board
  • Modal Analysis
  • Inertia relief Analysis
  • Buckling Analysis


  • Small vs. Large Deformation Theory
  • Explicit vs. Implicit Solution Types
  • Geometric Nonlinear Algorithms
  • Extending Material Properties to Include Plasticity Effects
  • Creating Contact Interfaces Between Parts
  • Subcase Continuation for Path-Dependent Problems
  • Nonlinear Statics and Nonlinear Geometry
  • Time-Based Loading for Quasi-Static Solutions


  • Topology, topography, size and shape optimization concepts
  • Pre-processing for OptiStruct using HyperMesh
  • Linear static and normal mode analysis with OptiStruct prior to optimization
  • Results visualization with HyperMesh and HyperView
  • Topology optimization with manufacturing constraints
  • Combined topology and topography optimization
  • Geometric data generation of new design concept.
  • Shape generation using Hyper Morph which is a part of HyperMesh
  • 2D and 3D shape optimization
  • 1D and 2D size optimization

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the Course, the student will be able to describe the functional capabilities and general usage of:

  • Theoretical Background
  • HyperMesh Optimization Interface
  • Concept Design


  • Accurate and Comprehensive Physics
  • Highly Parallelized Solver
  • Comprehensive Non-linear Solver
  • Most Advanced Solver for NVH Analysis
  • Better Performing, Lightweight and Innovative Designs
  • Optimization Enabled Solution
  • 20 Year Legacy of Award Winning Optimization Technology
  • Seamless Integration into Existing Processes
  • Recover Valuable Engineering Time

Additional Benefit: Hands on Experience and demo includes industry based real time problems.