ANSYS Integrates Advanced Fatigue Capabilities from HBM-nCode

ANSYS nCode DesignLife Promotes Product Durability

PITTSBURGH — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 19, 2010 — Seamless design optimization from ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS) now incorporates the advanced fatigue capabilities of nCode DesignLife, a leading durability software from HBM used by OEMs and their suppliers around the world. ANSYS® nCode DesignLife technology leverages the open architecture of the ANSYS platform and enables mechanical engineers to more easily address complex product life and durability issues, all before a prototype is ever built.

Fatigue occurs over time as a product’s materials are stressed repeatedly by usage. Engineering simulation analysis using ANSYS nCode DesignLife technology helps product development groups avoid such in-field failures along with resulting warranty problems, costs and possible negative publicity. It also helps reduce raw material expenses that can result from product overdesign.

The combination of the ANSYS Workbench platform and nCode DesignLife creates a simulation environment in which fatigue analysis can be easily added to the engineering simulation process using the ANSYS standard drag-and-drop interface. Engineers can perform parametric studies and ask what-if questions about how a design will perform in the real-world environment. Fatigue analysis is inherently statistical in nature, and assessing the variation of inputs provides greater insight into the predicted results.

“Today, most product designs survive initial deployment, partly because engineering simulation tools can accurately predict stresses. As a result, developers can address cost and performance issues by optimizing their designs around raw materials and manufacturing processes,” said Joe Solecki, vice president, physics business unit at ANSYS. “However, consumers potentially use products over longer periods — and often in more rigorous environments — than initially designed for, which can affect long-term durability. Advanced fatigue analysis can address these issues, even before prototype testing. Through our partnership with HBM-nCode, ANSYS is adding to its mechanical simulation tools, bringing product developers world-class durability analysis.”

“The benefit of avoiding an in-service failure is enormous, both in terms of public image and actual costs associated with the failure,” said Steve Tudberry, vice president of nCode Software Products for HBM. "Our new ANSYS nCode DesignLife product offers a strategic and substantial benefit to our joint customers, answering durability questions through high-end fatigue analysis capabilities. The ANSYS Workbench schematic integrates all the parameters to enable global optimization — including CAD parameters. This allows users to optimize material usage while still meeting durability goals.”

Design engineers can learn more about ANSYS nCode DesignLife 12.1 during webinars at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT Aug. 26. Topics include fatigue life prediction using ANSYS nCode DesignLife based on ANSYS mechanical results combined with complete usage schedules.

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About HBM-nCode

Providing over 25 years of expertise in durability and data analysis, HBM-nCode products have been the leading brand for providing solutions to understand product performance, accelerate product development and improve design to a broad range of industries. In use by major OEMs and their suppliers around the world, DesignLife is the easiest-to-use, most powerful and most flexible CAE/FEA fatigue and durability software in the industry. The technology provides a wide range of loading options to simulate real-world problems including complete duty cycles of multiple events and vibration fatigue from harmonic stress results. For more information, visit www.hbm.com/ncode.

nCode is a brand of HBM, a world-wide technology and market leader, offering products and services across the entire measurement spectrum, from virtual to physical.

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers, designers, researchers and students across a broad spectrum of industries and academia. 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, Pa., U.S.A., with more than 60 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,600 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in 40+ countries. Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

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