Artemis Racing Selects Altair as Technical Supplier

The company is using OptiStruct to help design its boat for the 2017 America's Cup.

Artemis Racing has selected Altair to serve as its technical supplier in the team’s bid for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. Engineers are using OptiStruct composite optimization software to help design the boat’s structure.

For the competition, the team is working on a new design for a wingsail foiling catamaran that includes composites, aerodynamic simulation, structural optimization and fluid-structure interaction. By using composite materials, the teams are able to create lightweight, efficient and strong structures.

Racing teams will use one design foiling AC45s in the America’s Cup World Series starting this summer. For the 2017 race, teams will use AC62 yachts.

“Using OptiStruct, I can look at the composite structure of the boat and assess different structural options in a repetitive and systematic way, making design loops faster and refining the overall structure at the same time,” said Thomas Tison, structural engineer for Artemis Racing.

Altair’s involvement with optimization projects began in 1995 with the PACT95 Young America entry.

“Altair’s unique composite optimization technology can guide optimal material placement for laminate and honeycomb sandwich structures,” said Robert Yancey, vice president of Aerospace and Composite Solutions at Altair. “This produces the lightest weight structure that meets all of the performance requirements.”

Below is a video about the partnership:

For more information, visit Artemis Racing and Altair.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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