CFD Software extends PLM-embedded analysis capability.

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Version 2 of FLUENT® for CATIA® v5 delivers simulation-driven product development to customers working within V5 PLM environment, and provides V5 PLM users with fully generative bi-directional associativity between 3D modeling and analysis. Model building options include hexahedral meshing tools and ability to convert to polyhedral meshes within FLUENT solver. Fluid flows that involve time variation, rotating equipment, compressibility, and mixed convection thermal modes can be considered.

Original Press Release:

FLUENT For CATIA V5 Extends PLM-Embedded Analysis Capability

New Release Enables Early Design Decisions That Reduce Cost and Time to Market

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., Nov. 6 /-- Fluent Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSS), announced today the upcoming release of Version 2 of FLUENT(R) for CATIA(R) V5. The new release, planned for customer shipment during December 2006, will extend the range of fluid flow simulations that can be accomplished within the V5 PLM environment and will include enhanced automation for rapid performance-based evaluation of design alternatives. Developed by Fluent as a member of the CAA V5 Software Community Program, FLUENT for CATIA V5 delivers the ANSYS vision of simulation-driven product development to customers working within the V5 PLM environment.

Version 2 of FLUENT for CATIA V5 continues the strong focus on full product lifecycle management (PLM) integration and provides V5 PLM users with fully generative bi-directional associativity between 3-D modeling and analysis. Enhancements in the new release provide further automation, efficiency and alignment with the V5 analysis process. Model building options have been extended to include Dassault Systemes' hexahedral meshing tools and the ability to convert to polyhedral meshes within the FLUENT solver. All meshing options can be used alone or combined within the same model, improving the efficiency of the overall simulation and yielding faster turnaround for many important design analyses. The Version 2 release also includes a significantly expanded set of capabilities for handling complex flow scenarios. Fluid flows that involve time variation, rotating equipment, compressibility and mixed convection thermal modes now can be considered. These new capabilities are critical to address important applications such as high-speed aerodynamics, pumps, fans, blowers, full HVAC systems, electronics cooling, engine system components, thermal transients and many more. Finally, support for full 64-bit memory addressing under Microsoft Windows XP 64 has been added, enabling simulation of larger models.

"FLUENT for CATIA V5 is an important part of the ANSYS strategy of delivering simulation software that helps our customers to optimize their product development process," said Chris Reid, vice president, marketing at ANSYS, Inc. "The Version 2 release adds considerable modeling capability that enables expanded use of simulation for improved product design. We value the close relationship between Fluent and Dassault Systemes and we look forward to continuing our focus on PLM integrated simulation for the V5 community."

"The Version 2 release of FLUENT for CATIA V5 is an integral component of our strategy of enabling CAA Partners to leverage the V5 open architecture to extend CATIA integrated simulation capabilities. We understand that our customers need to predict product performance, and FLUENT for CATIA V5 reveals the effect of fluid dynamics in a way that is fully integrated with the PLM process," said Ken Short, vice president of strategy and marketing at SIMULIA. "We are committed to working with partners like Fluent to deliver CAA V5-based solutions to help our customers achieve better product performance within a streamlined design process."

Release 2 of FLUENT for CATIA V5 will be showcased in the Fluent exhibition stand at the European CATIA Forum in Paris November 7 through 9, 2006. Additional product demonstrations will be conducted at Fluent events in Europe and Asia Pacific during November (

About ANSYS, Inc.
ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit for more information.

About Fluent Inc.
Fluent Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc., (NASDAQ: ANSS), one of the world's largest providers of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and consulting services. Fluent's software is used for simulation, visualization and prediction of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer and chemical reactions. It is a vital part of the computer-aided engineering (CAE) process for companies around the world and is deployed in nearly every manufacturing industry. Using Fluent's software, product development, design and research engineers build virtual prototypes and simulate the performance of proposed and existing designs, allowing them to improve design quality while reducing cost and speeding time to market.

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