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ANSYS and Network Analysis Team Up to Improve Thermal Simulation

Plug-in Incorporates SINDA/G Thermal Analyzer into ANSYS Workbench for

Advanced Capabilities

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ANSYS, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, and Network Analysis, Inc. (NAI), a global innovator of thermal simulation software and the developers of the SINDA/G(TM) advanced thermal modeling software, today announced a combined product that integrates the SINDA/G thermal analyzer into the ANSYS(R) Workbench(TM) modeling system.

The SINDA/G for ANSYS Workbench plug-in is a transparent integration of SINDA/G into ANSYS Workbench. Of benefit to both beginning thermal modelers and advanced thermal analysts, the transparent integration allows users to utilize advanced thermal features involving convection, surface-to-surface radiation and orbital heating without needing to know the format of SINDA/G or thermal radiation codes. Experienced SINDA/G users no longer will be limited by the simple boundary conditions typically associated with finite element analysis (FEA) thermal codes: They now can experience the full power of SINDA/G within the ANSYS Workbench environment.

"ANSYS Workbench is one of the most user-friendly and easy-to-use simulation environments that has ever been created," said Ron Behee, president, Network Analysis, Inc. "Through the cooperation of our two companies, ANSYS users now have access to advanced thermal features found in SINDA/G, and SINDA/G users have a powerful and user-friendly simulation environment."

"Collaborating with Network Analysis provides ANSYS Workbench users access to the many unique features of the SINDA/G thermal solver. The interface also provides access to major thermal radiation codes to allow orbital heating effects to be included in their satellite simulations," said Joe Solecki, vice president, mechanical business unit at ANSYS, Inc. "Now satellite models generated in ANSYS Workbench can be solved for transient temperatures during orbit. These temperatures can be used in subsequent thermal/stress predictions. This is one additional step in providing our customers with a complete simulation solution."

The mechanical analysis products from ANSYS, Inc. incorporate a graphical modeling environment ideal for producing SINDA/G thermal models. These models have enhanced the concurrent engineering processes by allowing temperatures computed from advanced SINDA/G models to be used by simulation software from ANSYS for thermal stress/distortion computations. Since many thermal engineers already are familiar with the ANSYS Workbench environment, the learning curve for the SINDA/G plug-in is greatly reduced, thus eliminating the need to learn another modeling system.

The SINDA/G plug-in has powerful connections to thermal radiation codes such as THERMICA, NEVADA, TRASYS, TSS and NAI's fast new radiation solver SINDARad. Spacecraft thermal models now can be created in the ANSYS Workbench environment, and the orbital thermal environment can be defined by utilizing one of these thermal radiation and orbital heating codes.

SINDA/G is a trusted thermal design system. When integrated into an FEA modeler such as the ANSYS Workbench platform, these finite element models are translated into a SINDA/G network thermal model. SINDA/G is stable and can quickly solve large complex nonlinear thermal models involving temperature-dependent thermal properties, radiation and orthotropic material properties.

About Network Analysis, Inc.

Network Analysis, Inc. (NAI) was founded in 1982 to develop, market and support thermal analysis software. Building on the foundation laid by its founder Jerry Gaski, NAI continues to extend the capabilities of SINDA/G through innovative development under the leadership of its president, Ron Behee. Working closely with such major customers as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Hamilton Sundstrand, Raytheon and major NASA centers, NAI markets its products worldwide in over 25 countries and is headquartered in the Stellar Airpark, 4151 W. Lindbergh Way, Chandler, AZ 85226. For further information about SINDA/G and other NAI products and services, contact Network Analysis at 480-756-0512 ext. 147, or email, or visit the Web site at SINDA/G is a trademark of Network Analysis, Inc.

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.

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