Ansys Acquires C&R Technologies

Integrating C&R Technologies' Thermal Desktop into Ansys' portfolio will enable more accurate design, analysis, and optimization of thermal systems, Ansys says.

Integrating C&R Technologies' Thermal Desktop into Ansys' portfolio will enable more accurate design, analysis, and optimization of thermal systems, Ansys says.

Thermal Desktop is designed to ensure the success of thermal management and propulsion systems in launch vehicles and spacecraft, from nanosats to the International Space Station. Image courtesy of Ansys.


Ansys announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Thermal Desktop maker Cullimore and Ring Technologies, Inc. a/k/a C&R Technologies, provider of orbital thermal analysis. The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on Ansys' consolidated financial statements in 2022.

The design of many engineering systems in aerospace and defense, NewSpace and other industries requires solid understanding of the thermal behavior for various environmental conditions, including accounting for transient situations such as start-up and shutdown, according to Ansys. Thermal behavior needs to be understood to ensure successful missions, Ansys notes. Thermal Desktop's thermal-centric modeling approach provides system-level simulation capabilities to meet this need and can be used in combination with Ansys' physics solvers to provide the fidelity required at every stage of thermal system design and optimization.

The acquisition complements Ansys' suite of 3D thermal, fluid flow and mission simulation tools to provide more efficient and accurate design, analysis and optimization of the thermal behavior of systems and networks of interacting components. The agreement expands on Ansys and C&R Technologies' existing collaboration and enables customers to combine Thermal Desktop's system-level thermal modeling with the Ansys family of multiphysics analysis software—including Ansys' structures, fluids, space and optical simulation portfolios.

“Innovations in NewSpace, launch vehicles and satellites are advancing at a tremendous pace,” says Shane Emswiler, senior vice president of products at Ansys. “By bringing together best-in-class technologies from two industry leaders we can capitalize on this growing market while delivering efficiency and fidelity improvements to our customers.”

“Beyond complementing Ansys' portfolio with our thermal simulations focused on thermal-centric modeling and system-level analysis for design and optimization, C&R Technologies is also committed to providing engineers and researchers with an open platform for maximum flexibility and software customization,” says Brent Cullimore, president at C&R Technologies. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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