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MSC.NASTRAN is the industry's leading FEA program. In an area where unreliable results may cost millions of development dollars, MSC.NASTRAN has proven its accuracy and effectiveness over and over. It has remained the leading FEA program by constantly evolving to take advantage of the newest analytical capabilities and algorithms for structural analysis.

MSC.NASTRAN offers a wide variety of analysis types, including linear statics, normal modes, buckling, heat transfer, dynamics, frequency response, transient response, random response, response spectrum analysis, and aeroelasticity. Virtually any material type can be modeled, including composites and hyperelastic materials. Advanced features include superelements (substructuring), component mode synthesis, and DMAP (a tool kit for creating custom solutions in support of your proprietary applications).

In addition to analyzing structures, you can use MSC.NASTRAN to optimize designs automatically. You can optimize statics, normal modes, buckling, transient response, frequency response, acoustics, and aeroelasticity-all simultaneously, with both shape and sizing design variables. Because of their efficiency, the optimization algorithms easily handle several design parameters and a large number of constraints. Weight, stress, displacement, natural frequency, and many other responses can be used as either the design objective (which can be minimized or maximized) or as design constraints. In addition, you can synthesize the design objective and constraints via user-written equations, making possible capabilities such as updating a model to match test data. MSC.NASTRAN is the only FEA program that automatically does this.

Current Version:   70.7

License Type:   Commercial

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Intel/Windows NT4.0, Intel/Linux, HP/HPUX, SGI/Irix, Compaq/Digital Unix,, IBM RS6000/AIX, Sun/Solaris

Software/Hardware Requirements:

For Linux, 386+ CPU, Linux 2.0.36 or up

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