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Initiation to calculations of structures using MSC.Nastran & MSC.Patran

Sector :  Design & Construction

Training duration : 5 jours

Training site : WAN - Département Formations techniques (Gosselies)

Contact : 071/34 81 80 –

Field: Calculation

The training courses that will be organised in this area will enable the acquisition of skills with regard to IT tools used within companies in the aeronautics and space sector.

These include training on the following tools:

  • Catia V5 and V6 ;
  • PLM 2.0 Environment ;
  • ANSYS ;
  • SAMCEF ;
  • Software products concerning the field of fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aerothermics,…

Concerned area

Travailler au sein d’un bureau de calcul du secteur mécanique ou aéronautique en tant que spécialiste du dimensionnement de produits aéronautiques.


This seminar introduces, through MSC.Nastran and MSC.Patran software, basic finite element analysis techniques in the following fields:

  • Linear Static, Modal Analysis, Buckling.
  • The structure of the MSC.Nastran data, the library of elements, modelling techniques, model validation and calculation methods are some of the major themes discussed and illustrated by numerous examples and practical work.
  • MSC.Patran will be your main tool and will be used to generate and verify MSC.Nastran models, manage the submission of calculations and exploit the results.
  • This seminar will give you access to the basic and advanced applications of MSC.Nastran.


  • This course is aimed at all MSC.Nastran and MSC.Patran users who wish to acquire a solid foundation in these 2 flagship products of the MSC.Software offer.
  • Notions of mechanics and resistance of materials.


Day 1 –

Introduction – Product overview – Introduction to finite element theory – Finite element modeling – MSC.Nastran file structure

Day 2 –

Model construction in Pattern – Model handling – Groups – Display handling – Meshing – Field definitions – Loads and boundary conditions – Materials – Element properties

Day 3 –

Results exploitation – Insight – Graph creation – Model definition in MSC.Nastran – Loads and boundary conditions

Day 4 –

Structure of an MSC.Nastran input – Modelling techniques – Modal analysis

Day 5 –

Buckling – Nastran Administration – Large Model Management – Database Management


Connaître la mécanique des matériaux, les différentes théories des structures et la méthode des éléments finis.


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