Altair Engineering RADIOSS Selected by PSA Peugeot Citroen for Crash Analysis

Leading automotive OEM using advanced HyperWorks CAE technology to replace physical testing with virtual simulation

TROY, Mich., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that PSA Peugeot Citroen, one of the leading European automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), has selected Altair's RADIOSS simulation solution for crash simulation and analysis. RADIOSS, a nonlinear finite-element solver, is part of Altair's HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software suite.

"The performance and code quality of the CAE tools we use are very important to us," said Laurent Di Valentin, head of Numerical Simulation, PSA Peugeot Citroen. "HyperWorks tools, especially RADIOSS, deliver the quality and performance we expect and need in our CAE processes. Using RADIOSS, we can simulate very large models and can perform a complete vehicle simulation -- from model building up to crash simulation -- in the same environment. We have been able to replace many physical tests with RADIOSS' numerical simulation, saving time and money in the development phase while delivering the same or even higher level of quality."

RADIOSS is a comprehensive transient, dynamic finite-element solver for simulating impact, safety-related performance, manufacturing processes and fluid-structure interaction problems. From consumer product drop-testing to vehicle crash analysis, terminal ballistics to explosions, RADIOSS provides a world-class solution to solve today's most complex physical problems.

"We are proud to consider PSA Peugeot Citroen one of our most important customers in France," said Mauro Guglielminotti, managing director of Altair Engineering France. "Especially within the automotive industry, crash simulation is gaining importance. Physical testing is expensive and time- consuming. With RADIOSS, automotive OEMs such as PSA Peugeot Citroen can improve their development processes and shift their testing efforts from the physical into the virtual world."

About PSA Peugeot Citroen

PSA Peugeot Citroen is a world-class automobile manufacturer, supported by two broad line marques, Peugeot and Citroen, and the expertise of its employees. With operations in 150 countries, the group is actively expanding its sales in new, fast-growing markets, having sold 3,366,000 vehicles worldwide in 2006. A responsible global corporate citizen, PSA Peugeot Citroen constantly innovates in the areas of safety and environmental protection to develop and produce cars that meet the expectations of customers around the world. Twelve of the group's models have been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. PSA Peugeot Citroen is Europe's leading manufacturer of low- emission vehicles with 1 million units sold emitting less than 140g CO2/km in 2006.

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About Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. For more information please visit .

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