SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., Jun 08, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software
and technologies designed to optimize product development processes,
today announced that award-winning yacht builder Delta Marine uses
simulation software from ANSYS to create custom megayachts that are
engineered from bottom to top for beauty, speed and strength. Buyers of
these craft are interested in a luxurious interior and high cruising
speed, so naval architects at Delta deliver a state-of-the-art craft
without sacrificing performance. The company uses software from ANSYS
throughout the design process to solve complex load distribution
challenges, affording interior designers maximum flexibility in meeting
customers' individual requests.
While open floor plans, exotic (and sometimes heavy-weight) wood trim
panels, polished stainless steel columns and built-in furniture pieces
may create luxurious surroundings, Delta's engineers know how critical
it is to optimize the yacht's structural elements to deliver the
required strength while avoiding any extra weight that would reduce
speed. As a result, the company's naval architects turn to graphite
composites, layered engineered materials that are stiffer and stronger
than metals per unit of weight.
"Composites enable more flexible designs because their physical
properties can be tailored to a very high degree. But at the same time,
composites can be more complex to model than solid materials such as
iron or steel," said Chad Caron, P.E., naval architect for Delta Marine.
The depth of technology in software from ANSYS provides complete
composite solutions, which otherwise would be quite challenging, since
each composite layer can have different material properties. Delta uses
ANSYS(R) technology to evaluate global and local stresses on a
layer-by-layer basis. Most other structural analysis packages merely
average the loads over the stack.
"ANSYS software tells us exactly where the load is going, down to the
individual composite layer, so we are able to tailor the design to
provide strength and stiffness exactly where it is needed," Caron said.
"These capabilities free the designers to put walls and partitions
wherever they want while at the same time keeping the weight to a
minimum level. As a result, the design delivers the optimal combination
of luxury and performance."
In the past, yacht interior design was constrained by structural
considerations. For example, pillars needed to be aligned for structural
integrity. "These days, a pillar is as likely as not to land in the
middle of a beam. When pillars are not aligned, it becomes much more
difficult to determine how loads will distribute among the various
structural elements. Traditional design methods, such as handbook
formulas and rules of thumb, are not adequate to achieve an optimized
structural assessment. The load path becomes convoluted with many
90-degree angle turns that require taking the exact geometry and load
locations into account. This means that analysis typically needs to be
performed on a global basis, which in turn requires very powerful
software and hardware," Caron added.
Delta engineers also perform simulation for vibration using ANSYS
software, and the results provide information that allows naval
architects to adjust the design only in the areas needed to increase
strength or reduce vibration. In this way, simulation assists in keeping
the structure as light as possible to deliver speed.
"Innovative designs often require innovative engineering solutions.
Using Simulation Driven Product Development(TM) from ANSYS during the
design phase allows companies like Delta to test and adjust the design
of these large craft before they are built. This also makes it possible
for them to create yachts with award-winning interiors based on
aesthetics, not just structural considerations," said Dipankar
Choudhury, vice president, product strategy and planning at ANSYS, Inc.
For downloadable images, visit http://www.ansys.com/newsimages.
About Delta Marine
Luxury. Elegance. Perfection. Delta creates luxury yachts for those who
recognize and expect the very finest the world has to offer. Complete
with a team of naval architects, marine engineers and skilled workers
with years of experience in specialized fields, Delta expertly combines
traditional craftsmanship and the latest technology. For more
information, visit www.deltamarine.com.
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 60 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc.
and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,700 people and distribute
ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40
countries. Visit www.ansys.com
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