Oil CFD gets boost as Ansys buys Fluent

Computational fluid dynamics specialist acquired. Oil and gas CFD conference announced.

ANSYS, Canonsburg (PA), has acquired simulation specialists Fluent for approximately 6 million ANSYS shares and $299 million. Fluent’s suite of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) are used to simulate fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and related phenomena in ‘almost every industry sector’ including oil and gas, currently one of Fluent’s fastest growing markets. CFD is used to model processes in drilling, downhole equipment, flow around risers and in pipelines and in LNG plants, transport and refining. The combined company will have 40 offices, 17 development centers and approximately 1,350 employees.


Fluent recently teamed with Microsoft to offer a 64-bit version of Fluent tuned to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 leveraging Microsoft MPI and various interconnect options including Gigabit Ethernet, Infiniband, and Myrinet. Last month, Fluent announced its first International CFD Conference Dedicated to the Oil & Gas Industry to be held in London next November - said to be the world’s only event dedicated to the application of CFD in the oil and gas industry.

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