MSC Patran
Complete FEA Modeling Solution

Patran is the world's most widely used pre/post-processing software for Finite Element Analysis (FEA), providing solid modeling, meshing, analysis setup and post-processing for multiple solvers including MSC Nastran, Marc, Abaqus, LS-DYNA, ANSYS, and Pam-Crash.

Patran provides a rich set of tools that streamline the creation of analysis ready models for linear, nonlinear, explicit dynamics, thermal, and other finite element solutions. From geometry cleanup tools that make it easy for engineers to deal with gaps and slivers in CAD, to solid modeling tools that enable creation of models from scratch, Patran makes it easy for anyone to create FE models. Meshes are easily created on surfaces and solids alike using fully automated meshing routines, manual methods that provide more control, or combinations of both. Finally, loads, boundary conditions, and analysis setup for most popular FE solvers is built in, minimizing the need to edit input decks. Patran's comprehensive and industry tested capabilities ensure that your virtual prototyping efforts provide results fast so that you can evaluate product performance against requirements and optimize your designs.

Capabilities:

Geometry Access and Creation Tools for Efficient Modeling

In addition to geometry import through industry-standard exchange formats, Patran also supports direct CAD access and provides advanced set of geometry creation tools. With Patran you can quickly create and edit geometry and create a quality finite element mesh in a short time. The sophisticated feature recognition capabilities allow users to delete or edit holes, fillets and chamfers. All finite elements, loads, boundary conditions, and material properties can be associated to the geometry saving considerable time during model updates.

General Purpose FE Solver Support

Manual preparation of input decks to be used with various FE solvers is a tedious and time consuming task. Patran supports complete preprocessing and postprocessing for leading FE solvers MSC.Nastran, MD Nastran, Marc, Abaqus, LSDYNA and Pam-Crash, improving your productivity. With its capabilities to transfer data from one solver to another, users can avoid duplication of effort for common tasks across multiple solvers making multidisciplinary model set up more efficient.

Post-processing and Reporting Tools for Easy Results Evaluation

Patran displays results for structural, thermal, fatigue, fluid, magnetic analyses, or in relation to any other application where the resultant values are associated with their respective finite elements or nodes. Imaging encompasses the complete graphics capability found within the Patran product, including graphic shading and visual verification prior to analysis. Imaging features a number of options that take advantage of specialized hardware capabilities, including local view manipulation, local shading, multiple light sources, and transparency. You can also export images and movies in many standard formats to include in documents and web-based reporting.

Scripting for Pre-/Post-processing Automation

Patran Command Language (PCL) is the programming language at the heart of Patran. PCL is a high-level, block-structured language that provides many features found in traditional programming languages. It can be used to write application or site-specific commands and menus, perform variational modeling, and to more completely integrate with commercial or in-house software programs.