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MSC Software, a leading global provider of simulation software and services, announced today that three of MSC Software's products, Patran, Adams and MSC Nastran are integral in the vehicle design studies directed by Professor Jose Granda at California State University, Sacramento. This research involves modeling and simulation of nonlinear mechanical behavior of vehicle systems and components under dynamic loading using the FEA and Multi-Body dynamics capabilities of the MSC products. The goal of this study is to construct representative 3D finite element models to analyze the design and dynamic reaction of various conventional and experimental vehicles.

The models are constructed in three dimensional modeling software used in our undergraduate and graduate design courses. The, they are imported into MSC products and analyzed using the computational capabilities of MSC Nastran and Adams.

The ability to model the mechanical responses of various vehicle systems is essential to create the most efficient and effective vehicles. The main mechanical structures are the frame, suspension systems and components of steering, power train that affect vehicle behavior and the ability to predict the mechanical behavior in response to applied loads.

Models simulate natural and extreme loading conditions. The MSC software uses image processing and 3D modeling for structural analysis. Materials properties are input and the output is compared to experimental data.

Professor Jose Granda selected the MSC software because: "I wanted to give our students the experience in their formative years at the university as they will find it in their future places of work. MSC software is an integral part of the main ground and space vehicles industry", said Professor Granda.

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