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Industry Computer software
Founded Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. (1970)
Headquarters Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Key people
Peter J. Smith, Chairman
James E. Cashman III, CEO
Products ANSYS Multiphysics, CFD, Fluent, Workbench, HFSS, SIWave, SpaceClaim
Revenue IncreaseUS$896M (FY 2014)[1]
IncreaseUS$336M (FY 2014)[2]
IncreaseUS$258M (FY 2014)[3]
Total assets IncreaseUS$2.80B (FY 2014)[4]
Total equity IncreaseUS$2.22B (FY 2014)[4]
Number of employees
+2,900 (2014)
Stable release 16.0 / January 2015; 9 months ago (2015-01)
Operating system Unix, Microsoft Windows, Linux
Type Simulation software, including computational fluid dynamics software
License Commercial software

ANSYS, Inc. is an Computer-aided engineering software developer headquartered south of Pittsburgh in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, United States. One of its most significant products is Ansys CFD, a proprietary computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program.



ANSYS CFD allows engineers to test systems by simulating fluid flows in a virtual environment — for example, the fluid dynamics of ship hulls; gas turbine engines (including the compressors, combustion chamber, turbines and afterburners); aircraft aerodynamics; pumps, fans, HVAC systems, mixing vessels, hydrocyclones, vacuum cleaners, etc.

ANSYS, Inc. headquarters building in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania.


The company was founded in 1970. by John A. Swanson as Swanson Analysis Systems, Inc (SASI). Its primary purpose was to develop and market finite element analysis software for structural physics that could simulate static (stationary), dynamic (moving) and thermal (heat transfer) problems. SASI developed its business in parallel with the growth in computer technology and engineering needs. The company grew by 10 percent to 20 percent each year, and in 1994 it was sold to TA Associates. The new owners took SASI’s leading software, called ANSYS, as their flagship product and designated ANSYS, Inc. as the new company name.


ANSYS has acquired a number of companies since 2000, including ICEM CFD Engineering, CADOE S.A., of Lyon, France, a company specializing in parametric analysis, and with numerous French clients, including Michelin, Renault and Airbus,[5] and CFX (2003); Century Dynamics, Harvard Thermal, and Fluent Inc. (2006); Ansoft Corporation (2008); Apache Design Solutions (2011); Esterel Technologies (2012); EVEN and Reaction Design (2013);[6] and Spaceclaim Corporation (2014).[7]

ANSYS was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. In 2011, Investor's Business Daily gave the firm a top score on its SmartSelect composite ratings.[8] The organization claims to reinvest 15 percent of its revenues each year into research to continually refine the software.[9]


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