WILSONVILLE, OR — Mentor Graphics has acquired the Flowmaster Group, furthering the EDA company's reach into computer-aided engineering mechanical analysis. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

A 1D computational fluid dynamics simulation software developer, Flowmaster helps in the design of water-cooled electronic racks, automotive vehicle thermal management and aerospace fuel systems.

The UK-based company has been in business more than 20 years.

Mentor said the deal complements its 2008 acquisition of Flomerics. "The combination of the CFD software products and services from Mentor Graphics and Flowmaster, both targeted at engineers, designers and analysts, is expected to provide the most comprehensive set of upfront and concurrent CFD design tools available in the market today," Mentor said in a press release.

"We are very excited about the technical expertise and industry leading solutions that Flowmaster adds to our mechanical analysis simulation capabilities," said Erich Buergel, general manager, Mechanical Analysis Division, Mentor Graphics. "This unique combination of solutions will allow us to meet the reliability, cost efficiencies, and time-to-market pressures of our respective user bases throughout the world, enhancing the quest for real-time engineering design solutions for a wide range of industries.”

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