Product Portfolio

ANSYS Academic products are used by thousands of universities and colleges in over 60 countries, with tens of thousands of users globally. The reason? ANSYS provides outstanding value, laying the foundation for educational and other opportunities that arise from using best-in-class engineering simulation tools. The low-cost, high-performance bundles of ANSYS simulation technology include structural, thermal, fluid dynamics, explicit dynamics, electronics and multiphysics solvers, ANSYS Workbench, CAD import tools, solid modeling, advanced meshing, and post-processing features.

Academic vs. Commercial

The ANSYS corporate product portfolio is divided into two broad product license categories: commercial and academic. The primary difference between them is the terms of use: Commercial product licenses are intended for use by for-profit companies, organizations in which analysis work performed is often proprietary in nature. Conversely, academic product licenses are intended for use by academic facilities (such as universities) for nonproprietary scholarly activities such as teaching and research. The differences in these terms of use enables ANSYS to provide academic product licenses at significantly reduced cost compared to the commercial licenses — which helps organizations around the globe to meet their academic budget requirements.

The ANSYS Academic products are packaged differently from commercial products — a concept that relates to product names and features as well as whether add-on modules are included, excluded or simply limited:

  • An academic product is a bundle of analysis technology, often incorporating many commercial products and add-on modules. Some of the academic products have more than 10 commercial products bundled.
  • Academic product names and license files are different from commercial products.
  • A single academic product license may contain multiple tasks (typically 1, 5, 25 or 50 tasks). Each task maps to a separate user.

Usage Tiers

ANSYS provides a highly scalable portfolio of academic products based on several usage tiers:

  • Teaching – high-quality simulation technology to ensure students receive the best possible education and hands-on experience; tools can be leveraged to attract and retain students in a crowded secondary education market
  • Research - provides graduates and researchers with access to high-fidelity simulation tools that improve results accuracy and efficiency, leading to
  • Associate - extends the Research terms of use by allowing non-proprietary industry related research; not available in all regions
  • Toolbox - for more-specialized pre-processing and solver concerns, such as meshing or turbomachinery-specific applications

Each tier includes a range of high-value noncommercial products that bundles broad physics and advanced coupled-field (multiphysics) solver capabilities. In addition, an academic toolbox addresses.

Academic Teaching products are intended for class demonstrations and hands-on instruction. Academic Research and Academic Associate products provide more flexible terms of use as well as unlimited numerical headroom suitable for doctoral and post-doctoral research projects.

Product Portfolio

The ANSYS Academic product portfolio is divided into three main categories:

The ANSYS Academic products are derived directly from commercial product variants. When a new ANSYS release is launched (such as ANSYS 15.0), it includes both commercial and academic components. From a user perspective, academic products offer the same look and feel as commercial products. For example, a user accessing the ANSYS Multiphysics capability bundled with an academic product will have the same GUI, workflow, pre-processing, post-processing and solver as the commercial product.

In many cases, an academic user will actually have access to far more simulation capability than the average commercial user. The ANSYS philosophy is to provide academia with very high value bundles of analysis technology without the need to purchase multiple products.