ANSYS Academic Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions

When writing a technical paper, white paper, article, thesis, presentation, book or web page, you may need to reference ANSYS or its products. In all cases, authors should work to ensure that the reference is specific and clear and that any interested reader will be able to easily find the referenced information. There are specific legal requirements that writers must adhere to as well. The guidelines below under Product Names, Fair Use and Copyright, and Trademarks can help authors get started. Refer to the linked documents for more detailed information.

Additionally, our ANSYS Academic product license terms are aligned with academic use. Please see Licensing and Terms of Use for a full explanation of how our Academic products can be used.

Because the ANSYS portfolio contains a wide range of products, simply stating that you used “ANSYS” software does not help readers to accurately identify the product(s) and capabilities needed to better understand your work.

Product references should be accompanied by the release version. Refer to your product license form for the correct product name.

  • Example product reference: ANSYS® Academic Research Mechanical, Release 18.1
  • Please include the product name in the paper/presentation abstract and add the product documentation as a reference whenever possible.

Documentation references should be accompanied by the relevant product name, release version, document book, chapter and page. Note that manuals, online help and other documentation accompanying the software are protected by copyright law and subject to nondisclosure provisions in your software license agreement. If you paraphrase or summarize documentation text in your own words, then you must cite the source of this information.

  • Example documentation citation: ANSYS® Academic Research Mechanical, Release 18.1, Help System, Coupled Field Analysis Guide, ANSYS, Inc.
  • General documentation citation: ANSYS® [product name], release number, help system, [book and chapter reference name/numbers], ANSYS, Inc. Private communications (such as technical support responses) from ANSYS should not be cited.

Academic users* of ANSYS software may make fair use of screenshots from our products in their published work. This includes but is not limited to capstone project reports, conference posters, thesis, research papers, textbooks, educational guides, video demonstrations, webpages, social media channel postings. You must include the following acknowledgement on all materials containing ANSYS product screenshots: "Images used courtesy of ANSYS, Inc."

We also encourage our academic student teams to print, etch or otherwise imprint the ANSYS logo on their work, device, machine, robot, vehicle or similar as long as our logo is used without modification and appears as a positive endorsement of ANSYS and ANSYS software.

Note that aligned with our academic terms of use, you may not use an ANSYS product screenshot, product name or the ANSYS company logo for any work deemed a competitive evaluation or benchmarking against other vendor's commercial products.

* An academic user is defined as anyone using an ANSYS Academic product license. This includes students and faculty (academic staff — professors, lecturers, instructors and research assistants).

ANSYS trademarks its product names. Authors and any other third parties who refer to an ANSYS product must use the register mark or trademark with the first usage. It is not necessary to use it in subsequent references.

Please review the ANSYS Trademark Usage Guidelines. These guidelines explain how to correctly reference our company and products, they also explain the proper use of our valuable trademarks and service marks (collectively, “trademarks”). Given the nature of our business, intellectual property (trademarks, etc.) is our most important asset and we aggressively protect it. These Trademark Usage Guidelines apply to ANSYS staff as well as to third parties including, without limitation, our customers, writers and publishers.

The ANSYS Trademarks List posts ANSYS and its subsidiaries’ registered and unregistered trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. For guidance on how to properly use ANSYS trademarks, see the ANSYS Trademark Usage Guidelines.

Referential Use Only

Third parties may use ANSYS trademarks (word marks only, not logos) solely to reference ANSYS products and technologies. Referential use is prohibited if such use would defame or disparage ANSYS, its products or services, or any other person or entity.

Suspected Infringement

If you suspect that the ANSYS trademarks or trade dress are being infringed, contact the ANSYS Legal Department. Include the word “Infringement” in the subject line.

ANSYS Academic product license terms of use are aligned with academic use. ANSYS Academic product licenses may not be used for any commercial activity, such as:

  • Commercial production design, design validation or design assessment work
  • Commercial manufacturing engineering work
  • Commercial research
  • Consulting work performed by academic students, faculty or academic account staff
  • Training of commercial company employees

The specific language that we use on our academic product license form is available from your ANSYS sales contact. A summary of the terms use, excerpted from our license form (section 5) is provided below.

License Form Excerpt

The analysis work performed with the program(s) must be nonproprietary work. Licensee and its contract users must be or be affiliated with an academic facility. Licensee may additionally permit individuals who are students at such academic facility to access and use the program(s). Such students will be considered contract users of licensee. The program(s) may not be used for competitive analysis (such as benchmarking) or for any commercial activity, including consulting.

Notwithstanding any terms of the agreement to the contrary, academic program(s) may be accessed and used by licensee at the designated site or any other location within a 50 mile radius of the designated site, provided that such location is within the same country as the designated site. Such limitations apply to any access and/or use of the academic program(s), including, but not limited to, access via a VPN connection or through license borrowing.

Academic Teaching

These products may be used only for student instruction, student projects and student demonstrations.

Academic Research

These products may be used only for degree and/or nondegree-related research, student instruction, student projects and student demonstrations.

Academic Associate

These products may be used only for industry-related research, degree and/or nondegree-related research, student instruction, student projects and student demonstrations.

Academic Toolbox

These products follow the terms of use of the academic products with which they are used. For example, the Academic Fuel Cell Tools module assumes Associate terms of use when used with an Academic Associate product.