ArcelorMittal Selects ICE-flow Software to Conduct Study

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nCode announced that it has been selected to partner with ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, on the European Commission, Research Fund for Coal and Steel Project (RFCS "SpeedFat" Project). This research program focuses on technologies to guarantee the continued economic, clean and safe production of steel and steel products. ArcelorMittal and its key partners are collaborating to improve signal analysis methods in order to accelerate fatigue tests, and use computer based fatigue analysis methods.

ArcelorMittal has worked with nCode for many years due to its expertise in durability, strong product offering, and its ability to provide us with local support

nCode International, a leading developer of data analysis software, data acquisition systems and durability solutions, today announced that it has been selected to partner with ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, on the European Commission, Research Fund for Coal and Steel Project (RFCS "SpeedFat" Project). This research program focuses on technologies to guarantee the continued economic, clean and safe production of steel and steel products. ArcelorMittal and its key partners are collaborating to improve signal analysis methods in order to accelerate fatigue tests, and use computer based fatigue analysis methods.

The primary objective for ArcelorMittal in this project was to develop methods for determining how test signals can be reduced in size for use on test rigs or in computer based fatigue analysis methods, but remain representative of actual damage. Analysis methodologies are being developed for metal sheets (stress life or strain life approach) and welds (spot welds and seam welds). To conduct this portion of the study ArcelorMittal selected nCode's ICE-flow test and simulation analysis software suite, GlyphWorks and DesignLife.

ICE-flow GlyphWorks data analysis software provides a graphical, process-oriented environment that enables engineers to rapidly extract useful information from vast amounts of measured data. Complete multi-step analysis processes can be easily created. GlyphWorks is widely used for applications such as data processing for durability and fatigue life prediction, noise and vibration analysis and accelerated testing.

ICE-flow DesignLife is the latest technology from nCode for finite element based fatigue and durability analysis - delivering virtual fatigue analysis. Fully integrated with GlyphWorks, DesignLife provides a unique environment for integrating both test and CAE data. It delivers a broad range of fatigue technologies and applications including stress-life, strain-life, multi-axial, spot weld and seam weld analysis as well as vibration shaker test simulation.

"ArcelorMittal has worked with nCode for many years due to its expertise in durability, strong product offering, and its ability to provide us with local support," said Mr. Bastien Weber, Research Engineer - ArcelorMittal Research Automotive Products in Maizières-Lès-Metz. "nCode's ICE-flow software suite provides us with the ability of being able to easily build and very quickly analyze processes in a powerful environment. A major benefit is that once the analysis process is defined, it can be re-used indefinitely by varying input parameters, and can be shared with other users - saving us both time and money", he further added.

About nCode International:
nCode is a leading developer of durability, test & measurement, data analysis, asset monitoring, and product design (CAE Durability) solutions. nCode offers a unique combination of data measurement and acquisition instruments, powerful analysis software, and services that help customers eliminate unexpected failures by measuring and converting durability, performance and operational data into information from which intelligent business decisions can be made that improve Product Life Performance (PLP) and reduce costs. Established in 1982, nCode has direct offices in Europe, North America, and Asia. For more information about nCode, please visit http://www.ncode.com.

nCode products include: ICE-flow GlyphWorks, Library, and DesignLife, SoMat eDAQ, and eDAQ-lite. The nCode Logo, nCode, ICE-flow GlyphWorks, ICE-flow Library, ICE-flow DesignLife, SoMat eDAQ, and eDAQ-lite are trademarks or registered trademarks of nCode International Corporation in the USA and/or other countries.

About ArcelorMittal:
ArcelorMittal is the world's number one steel company, with 320,000 employees in more than 60 countries. The company brings together the world's number one and number two steel companies, Arcelor and Mittal Steel.

ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology, as well as sizeable captive supplies of raw materials and outstanding distribution networks. An industrial presence in 27 European, Asian, African and American countries exposes the company to all the key steel markets, from emerging to mature, positions it will be looking to develop in the high-growth Chinese and Indian markets.

ArcelorMittal key pro forma financials for 2006 show combined revenues of USD 88.6 billion, with a crude steel production of 118 million tonnes, representing around 10 per cent of world steel output.

ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MTP), Brussels (MTBL), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).

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