MSC Software Debuts MSC Nastran 2019.0 and MSC Apex

MSC Nastran is a FEA solver that enables simulation of various multidisciplinary engineering problems. The latest MSC Apex release, Iberian Lynx, enables enhanced interoperability between MSC Apex and MSC Nastran.

MSC Nastran is a FEA solver that enables simulation of various multidisciplinary engineering problems. The latest MSC Apex release, Iberian Lynx, enables enhanced interoperability between MSC Apex and MSC Nastran.

MSC Software has released MSC Nastran 2019.0. MSC Nastran is a FEA solver that enables simulation of various multidisciplinary engineering problems for aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, manufacturing and other high-tech industries.

To support high fidelity models with a large number of solid elements, MSC Nastran now provides smooth mesh transition between different shaped solid elements using the new Pyramid Elements.

Larger models require efficient model management. With the new technology called “Modules” in MSC Nastran, the model management now becomes very accessible.

Further, with advances in electric car manufacturing, and quieter electric motor engines, high-frequency Noises and Vibrations are becoming more prominent, which makes these calculations exponentially more expensive. In MSC Nastran 2019.0 release, the company is introducing a new FASTFR module that can significantly improve the speed of NVH computations, the company reports.

In other MSC Software news, MSC Software has also released MSC Apex, the company's computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation platform. The latest release, Iberian Lynx, enables enhanced interoperability between MSC Apex and MSC Nastran, by combining the world-class CAE user experience of MSC Apex with the industry's most trusted multi-disciplinary FEA solver, MSC Nastran.

With this new workflow, MSC Apex users can import MSC Nastran models, edit/modify mesh topology, attribute the model, create scenarios and generate a ready-to-run Nastran file for external Nastran solvers very quickly. Now that MSC Nastran results file can be imported into MSC Apex, users can also conduct post-processing in MSC Apex after the MSC Nastran analysis is finished.

Thanks to the new “Apex-Nastran-Apex” workflow, existing MSC Nastran users can now improve their pre/post processing productivity by up to 10 times. The powerful underlying direct-modeling technology and automation scripting capability that are part of MSC Apex, geometry creation and meshing of a large assembly model can be condensed to up to one-tenth of the original time, according tothe company.

“Iberian Lynx is a milestone release for MSC Apex. It now allows MSC Nastran users to fully leverage the efficiency and experience of MSC Apex modeling and results processing,” says Hugues Jeancolas, VP of Product Management at MSC Software, “While many of our customers have chosen MSC Apex for its ease-of-use and integrated FE solver to deploy simulation solutions to non-specialists, we found that this MSC Nastran interoperability approach helps us deliver 10x productivity to expert users for a wide range of benchmark test cases.”

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