AlphaSTAR Headquarters in Long Beach, California USA
AlphaSTAR is a leading global provider of physics based simulation technologies and
services for structural modeling and analysis of advanced materials. Since its inception
in 1989, AlphaSTAR has focused on composite structures, and related innovative research
that helped industry and government agencies overcome critical challenges with complex
composite structural systems. Although most projects are highly confidential in nature,
examples of published accomplishments include:
Space Shuttle Re-Entry Accident Investigation - Analysis of Coupled aerodynamic, thermal, material and structural loads and their validation against thermocouple flight data
Space Shuttle Return To Flight - Assessment of Foam Fracture Toughness Under Applicable Environmental Conditions and the Redesign of Tank
Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (COPV) - Determination of failure Location, Burst Pressure, Stress Rupture, Leakage, Wrinkling and Delamination Evolution (Initiation and Growth)
Bird Strike - Soft-Body Impact and Design for Residual Strength and Safe Landing
Crashworthiness of Structures - Energy Absorption Capability Under Impact and Crush
Wind Energy Blade - Proof Load Test Requirements and Elimination of Catastrophic Crack Growth
Unlike academic research entities, engineering services companies, or FEA software
companies, AlphaSTAR has available all three disciplines to provide a complete solution.
AlphaSTAR has provided advanced material research for the DOD and aerospace sector
for 20 plus years. These efforts have resulted in hundreds of man-years of software
development, hundreds of man-years of design experience, and thousands of hours of
virtual simulation testing. When added together, the advanced material intellectual
property within AlphaSTAR and our affiliate resource network is unsurpassed throughout
Our core simulation software, GENOA, augments our customer's current commercial
tool set (NASTRAN, ABAQUS, ANSYS) and extends their capabilities to multi-scale
and micro-mechanics analysis. This enhanced simulation capability allows determination
of failure, failure modes, strength, life, and safety of structures, thereby enabling
engineers to assess where, when, why, and how to remedy failure.
For our customers that have major design projects underway, AlphaSTAR provides
risk assessment services that help them identify potential problems early in the
product development cycle. Our service includes an "industry verified risk mitigation
approach and strategy" targeted to improve probability of on-time product development
and certification. Customers preparing for regulatory certification are leveraging
AlphaSTAR's services to shorten certification time and lower costs. For example,
in collaboration with the FAA and the NIAR, AlphaSTAR, has successfully leveraged
GENOA to accelerate aircraft certification. Other services include robust design,
analysis, testing, and material qualification.
As the use of composite and advanced materials explodes throughout discrete manufacturing,
AlphaSTAR's experience, methodology, and software provide our customers a powerful
advantage throughout their development and testing cycles. We are a woman-owned
corporation headquartered in Long Beach, California, with customers and partners
throughout the world.
Awards & Recognition
Alpha STAR Corporation is a recipient of a 2004 NASA Group Achievement Award for Space Shuttle
Columbia Accident Investigation - Aerothermodynamics Team.
Winner of the prestigious TIBBETS Awards in 2001.
Awarded the Turning Goals into Reality Award in 2000.
GENOA software won the R&D 100 Award in 2000.
GENOA software received NASA's Software of the Year Honor in 1999.