Patran is the world's most widely used pre/post-processing software for Finite Element Analysis (FEA), providing solid modeling, meshing, analysis setup and post-processing for multiple solvers including MSC Nastran, Marc, Abaqus, LS-DYNA, ANSYS, and Pam-Crash.
Patran 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. From geometry cleanup tools that make it easy for engineers to deal with gaps and slivers in CAD, to solid modeling tools that enable creation of models from scratch, Patran makes it easy for anyone to create FE models. Meshes are easily created on surfaces and solids alike using fully automated meshing routines, manual methods that provide more control, or combinations of both. Finally, loads, boundary conditions, and analysis setup for most popular FE solvers is built in, minimizing the need to edit input decks.
Patran's comprehensive and industry tested capabilities ensure that your virtual prototyping efforts provide results fast so that you can evaluate product performance against requirements and optimize your designs.
Patran 2012 - Release Highlights
The current release of Patran 2012 continues to build on groundwork laid in previous releases to provide enhanced user experience with an updated, user friendly user interface. In addition, improved nonlinear solver support and MSC Fatigue capabilities enable you to improve your designs and product durability - To learn more about the new capabilities of Patran 2012 please download Patran 2012 - What's New Tech Brief.
Greater Ease of Use
Over the last few years, enhancing ease of use has been a key focus area of Patran. In this release, a modern Model Browser Tree (MBT) has been introduced for easier model navigation. New single - click options and selection options also help reduce the number of clicks and mouse travel.
Enhanced Nonlinear Modeling
Use of nonlinear analysis continues to grow rapidly in engineering community and Patran is keeping pace with new developments in solvers. Current release supports failure analysis methodologies like Cohesive Zone Modeling and Virtual Crack Closure Technique to help understand your designs better. In addition, enhancements to contact model set up and addition of new elements makes it easier to set up more complex nonlinear analyses within Patran 2012
Enhanced Durability Features
In order to help users address durability issues within the common environment of Patran, support for MSC Fatigue has been significantly enhanced. For instance, there are a variety of updated libraries available and vibration fatigue is now available.