12 February

DTE provides five MSC licenses and training

Desktop Engineering (DTE) has supplied UCL’s MSSL Mullard Space Science Laboratory, the UK’s largest university-based space research group, with a five-year Academic Finite Element Analysis (FEA) bundle. The solution provides linear and non-linear FEA capabilities for structural and thermal simulations and impacts and fluid-structure interactions.

MSSL’s engineering department will primarily be using the software to model and test for stress and strain behaviour in respect to its ongoing academic research work for the European Space Agency (ESA).Mullard Space Science Laboratory #MSSL50

The solution was recommended by DTE after analysing a brief from MSSL and conducting an exploratory trip to determine its exact engineering requirements. Of the software products available in the bundle, the most widely used at MSSL will be MSC Nastran and Patran.

Berend Winter, head of mechanical thermal engineering at MSSL, said:

“I was aware of Nastran and its capabilities due to my work at Fokker Space during the early ‘90s. Due to the demands for Nastran modelling from the ESA we took a strategic decision to move away from Siemens I-deas. I contacted Desktop Engineering as they are the main UK business partner for MSC. The competitive pricing package they offered made the decision to buy the FEA bundle relatively straightforward. Within a month we had signed contracts. During the evaluation period, the support and training supplied by DTE was exceptional.”

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 setup and post-processing for multiple solvers. It 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.

Geoff Haines, managing director at DTE, said:

“As the prime UK supplier of MSC software we are able to offer cost-effective packages for a number of industries. The bundle chosen by the MSSL is ideal for researchers who are seeking to design innovative engineering solutions.”

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