Simcenter Nastran

Simcenter Nastran

Simcenter Nastran’s powerful finite element solvers allows engineers to rapidly evaluate design concepts and be confident the design will work when the first physical prototype is tested.

Nastran has been the industry standard for finite element analysis for over 40 years. Manufacturers as well as engineering suppliers in aerospace, automotive, electronics, heavy machinery, medical device, and other industries rely on Simcenter Nastran software, formerly NX Nastran, for their critical engineering computing needs so they can produce safe, reliable and optimized designs within increasingly shorter design cycles.

Simcenter Nastran Modules

Simcenter Nastran solves most structural analysis problems for linear and nonlinear analysis, dynamic response, rotor dynamics, aeroelasticity and optimization. The advantage to having all of these solutions available in a single solver is that input/ output file formats are the same for all solution types, greatly simplifying modeling processes.

Simcenter Nastran is available as a standalone solver or integrated with Simcenter 3D and Femap. It also gives you the flexibility to write your own applications and add your own custom analysis modules with the direct matrix abstraction program (DMAP). Shared memory parallel processing and distributed memory parallel processing allow complex models with tens of millions of nodes and elements to be solved efficiently.

  • Simcenter Nastran Modules

    Simcenter Nastran has a suite of powerful solutions available in a single solver, providing engineers with a comprehensive finite element analysis environment for their product design needs.

    Simcenter Nastran’s multiple solution domains include linear and nonlinear analysis, dynamics, acoustics, rotor dynamics, aeroelasticity and optimization. The product can be configured to provide the specific functionality you need, allowing for great flexibility and scalability extending to the most advanced types of analysis that are able to handle the toughest engineering problems.


Simcenter Nastran solution modules include:

  • Basic
  • Dynamic Response
  • Optimization
  • Multistep Nonlinear
  • Rotor Dynamics
  • Superelements
  • DMAP
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Advanced Dynamics Bundle

Provides all of the capabilities that you will need in many instances, including linear statics, normal modes, buckling, steady-state and transient heat transfer, basic nonlinear, design sensitivity and unlimited problem size capabilities.

Enables product performance to be evaluated in both the time and frequency domains.

Determine optimal design parameters with sizing optimization capabilities.

Facilitates large deformation; supports nonlinear materials, time-dependent loads, deformable and rigid contact. Provides nonlinear time integration for impact analysis.

Predicts the dynamic response of rotating systems such as shafts, turbines and propellers to determine critical shaft speeds.

Superelements play a key role when solving very large and complex finite element models by decomposing larger structures into equivalent sets of smaller substructures.

Direct matrix abstraction programming (DMAP) is a unique Nastran programming capability that allows customers to expand Simcenter Nastran capabilities by writing their own applications and installing custom modules.

Determine structural response from aerodynamic loading for static and flutter conditions.

Includes the Dynamics, Aeroelasticity, DMAP, RDMODES, Superelements, and FRF substructures modules, plus offers distributed memory parallel (DMP) processing capabilities.

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