NASTRAN is a structural analysis program based on the finite
element method.

NASTRAN is a multidisciplinary structural analysis application for
static, dynamic, and thermal analysis across the linear and nonlinear
domains. It is widely used for design, analysis, and optimization in the
automotive, aerospace and maritime fields. NASTRAN includes automated
structural optimization and fatigue analysis technologies. NASTRAN is
designed to run on high performance computing platforms.

NASTRAN is based on the Finite Element Method. Nonlinear problems may be
solved with built-in implicit numerical techniques. Optimization
algorithms are also available, including MSCADS and IPOPT.

Note that PATRAN is a common choice for preprocessing the input files
to NASTRAN, and for postprocessing the resulting output.

Web Site:

The NASTRAN home page at the MSC Software site,



On any ARC cluster, check the installation details
by typing "module spider nastran".

NASTRAN requires that the appropriate modules be loaded before it can
be used. One version of the appropriate commands for use on NewRiver is:

module purge
module load nastran/2014.1


The following batch file demonstrates the use of NASTRAN:

#! /bin/bash
#PBS -l walltime=0:05:00
#PBS -l nodes=1:ppn=1
#PBS -W group_list=newriver
#PBS -q open_q
#PBS -j oe
module purge
module load nastran/2014.1
nast20141 tower.bdf scr=yes

A complete set of files to carry out a similar process are available in