The 2022 MSC Nastran Excellence Award aims to recognize the ingenuity of our users around the world.

Yamaha Motor Co wins the 2021 award for analyzing the multi-physics of a drone helicopter!

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MSC Nastran helps drive product decisions from concept into production around the world. It is the most widely used, comprehensive, and accurate version of the original NASA STRuctrual ANalysis (NASTRAN) solver as it’s been the trusted gold standard in Finite Element Analysis for over 50 years.

The MSC Nastran Excellence Award aims to recognize our many users around the world who apply FEA to design and manufacture everything from planes, automobiles, ships, electronics, medical devices, to any other product you can imagine.

See the 2021 Winners and Applicants

Watch the applicants present below and read more about the 2021 winners in our Press Release

First Place
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. - A Vision of Sound
The multiphysics of an unmanned drone helicopter.
Runner Up
Ford Motor Company - Fatigue
Load Simplification for Shaker Tests in the Frequency Domain
Runner Up
Dapta - Aerospace Composites
Aeroelastic Tailoring of Steered Fiber Wings
Academic Award
Korea Aerospace University - Wind Energy
Light Weighting of Fabric-Covered Wind Turbine Blades
Honorable Mention
Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) - Aircraft Certification
Multi-Purpose Unmanned Helicopter (MPUH)
Honorable Mention
Aeronautical Development Agency - Aircraft Certification
Shock Response Spectrum Analysis
Honorable Mention
FTC Solar - Solar Panels
Cost Optimized Components for single axis trackers
Honorable Mention
Paramount Aerospace Industries - Aircraft Certification
Fast Tracking Aero Certification
Honorable Mention
ThalesAlenia Space
Prediction of mechanical shock environments (SRS)
Honorable Mention
IAI - Aerospace Fasteners
Prying Effects in Tension Clips

MSC Nastran and Marc were used to model T-clip fastener bending, together with plastic hinge analysis, to develop a new and improved method which better addresses more of the variables associated with the prying T-Clip phenomena.


First Place will receive a $1000 Amazon Gift Card (USD) or a donation of equal value to a charity of their choice.

Two Runners Up will receive a $500 Amazon Gift Card (USD) or a donation of equal value to a charity of their choice.

Prize rules and details

Winning submission criteria:

Winning submissions will be measured in terms of benefits. Benefits such as,

MSC Nastran is well known for its multi-disciplinary co-simulation which is enabled by its HPC performance and scalability. In your submission, tell us how MSC Nastran helped you achieve an increased level of productivity in your organization reducing Time-to-Market or another Return on Investment.

Submissions can include customer stories, conference presentations, technical articles appearing in journals and magazines, or any other original work documented in some publicly available form.

The work must be original, and entrants must have authority/permission from their organization to apply. Entries must be submitted in full and include all supporting material (animations/videos/presentations) by the deadline.

Submit an Entry

Deadline for Submission:
Sept 30th, 2022

Winner Announcement:
Nov 1st, 2022


Frequently Asked Questions:

How will I be notified?
You will receive an email to the address you provide on the submission form.

Who will review my submissions?
There will be a panel of judges who will review and rank all entries. The judging committee comprises of industry thought leaders and MSC Nastran technical experts.

May I submit more than one entry?
Of course! You may submit as many entries as you like.

Why should I (and my company/university) participate?
Winning this award will provide excellent exposure for you and your company/university and the advanced design tools and methods used there. It also provides exposure for you within the company and the global CAE design and analyst community.

May I submit on behalf of our entire engineering organization?
You may enter as individuals or as a whole team. If you want to submit on behalf of the team indicate the "XYZ design team under Additional Author." A single award will be presented to the whole team.

What format should entries be in?
Submissions can be in the form of published papers or PowerPoint presentations subject to qualification criteria. Please feel free to submit animations and videos that support your application as appropriate.

How and where will winners be announced?
MSC Software will put out a press release, an announcement on our website with supporting material, an article in our 'Engineering Reality' magazine as well as promoting the winners on relevant media channels. Winners can opt to receive the award and trophy at a suitable local MSC Software Users Conference or Hexagon event/office.

Any other questions please email

Prize rules and details
Runners-up will have their images, videos and descriptions displayed on the Website for the 2021 calendar year. Winners may be required to execute liability/publicity releases prior to issuance of prize. Restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. Lost, mutilated, or stolen awards will not be replaced. The odds of winning the prize depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. No other substitution or transfer of prizes permitted.