4 December

Oxford, UK, December 4, 2015 – Desktop Engineering (DTE), a leading engineering software solutions provider and accredited business partner of MSC Software, has supplied Mott MacDonald’s Process Power Nuclear (PPN) division with a MSC Finite Element Analysis (FEA) solution, primarily
consisting of MSC Nastran and Patran.

The solution will be used on a new nuclear project with Mott MacDonald mainly using the linear static and time history analysis capabilities of MSC Nastran. John Hadfield, Principal Analyst and Structural Designer at Mott MacDonald, said:

Due to client requirements and the need to use a well established FEA solution on the project, we took a strategic decision to move away from our existing FEA technology and use MSC Nastran.  Desktop Engineering is the main UK business partner for MSC and has a deep technical knowledge of the MSC solution portfolio.  The one-to-one technical support we received from them was exceptional. MSC Nastran provides us with quick analysis and allows text-based input rather than forcing the user to work with a graphical user interface.


MSC Nastran is the world’s most prevalent FEA solver. It is built on work done by NASA scientists and researchers, and is trusted for the design of mission critical systems. It offers a complete set of linear static and dynamic analysis capabilities along with unparalleled support for super-elements enabling users to solve large, complex assemblies more efficiently. Patran is pre/post-processing software for FEA, providing solid modelling, meshing, analysis set-up and post-processing for multiple solvers. It provides a rich set of tools that streamline the creation of analysis ready models for linear, non-linear, explicit dynamics, thermal, and other finite element solutions.
Mott MacDonald provides multidisciplinary capability in nuclear services, such as waste management, nuclear defence and research and development. Its team of specialist structural analysts and engineers use analytical software to meet complex structural technical challenges. During the last 4o years, its civil, mechanical and structural skills have been deployed at most of the nuclear sites within the UK. With its existing awareness and current site presence at major nuclear facilities it is fully aware of the requirements to meet with any regulatory issues.

Geoff Haines, managing director at DTE, said:

Our heritage in the FEA space and our existing relationship with MSC Software means that we are able to offer unique insight into the capabilities of the technology as well as cost-effective packages for a number of industries.



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