MSC Software tools allow railway companies to create and test virtual prototypes of components, subsystems, and full railway vehicles that are proven to save time and money when compared to the conventional “build and test” process.
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Railways are seen as a low-cost alternative to air and road travel, and in several countries, a chief mode of transportation. They offer a cost-efficient way to move goods in large quantities. While long haul rail systems come to mind when we think of railways, some urban rail transit, rapid transit, and light rail systems are isolated from these national systems. Isolated systems can also be found in airports, mines, mountains, and tourist attractions. While the trains may be powered by any of numerous energy sources, diesel and electricity are the most common sources of energy used.

Modernization of railway systems also places increase focus on comfort, in addition to safety and reliability. Design requirements vary considerably based on the use of the vehicle, e.g. indoors vs. outdoors, freight vs. passenger, number of rails, maximum speed of the train and so on. MSC Software offers a complete set of solution to address the complex and unique problems faced by the railway industry.

MSC Software products are easy to use; the analysts like the interface and are very comfortable using the system."
-Micko Björck
Bombardier, Inc.
MSC Software is used for many types of rail simulations:
  • Design Optimization
  • Noise and Vibration (NVH)
  • Acoustics
  • Durability and fatigue
  • Crash and safety
  • Ride and handling
  • Derailment safety clearance
  • Track loads prediction
  • Traction
  • Structural analysis
  • Thermal Performance
  • Mechatronics
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Multidiscipline Analysis
  • Nonlinear Analysis
  • Simulation of cargo tie-down effectiveness
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Bridge crossing
Engineers use MSC Software for:
  • Suspension systems
  • Chassis
  • Power transmission systems
  • Elastomeric seals and mounts
  • Composites modeling & failure analysis
  • Manufacturing process
  • Energy absorber system design
  • Couplers
  • Control systems
  • Mechatronics
  • Crashworthiness studies
  • Brake systems
  • Cabin noise and comfort
  • Wheel-rail interface