Research With MSC
When using our industrial-strength simulation software for your research and development (R&D) work, you don’t have to worry about hitting any walls or capability limitations. Our Academic software products are identical in functionality to our Commercial products. That means you can use the same great computer-aided engineering (CAE) software that is used by the best companies in the world on the most complex products being engineered today.
Our Academic Software Offerings enable you to virtually prototype product concepts that have never been considered before – the number of What-If scenarios you can perform is limited only by your computing hardware and time. Whether you are doing finite element analysis or motion dynamics & system simulation, our Academic FEA Bundle and Academic Motion Bundle, respectively, can help you extend our commercial, off-the-shelf codes by connecting your own simulation codes and intellectual property (IP) through subroutines, scripts, and open frameworks.
Not surprisingly, many researchers have long used MSC software in established and emerging fields – such as biomedical devices & procedures, aircraft & spacecraft design, vehicle engineering, analysis of machinery, robotics, mechatronics, alternative energy (e.g., wind), the safety & stability of civil structures, elastomers, composites, multi-scale modeling, abstract modeling, and design optimization, among many others.
To leverage their thought leadership, you can find thousands of papers referencing MSC software that have been published in technical journals and presented at industry conferences – search for them by using MSC product names as keywords, for example:
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) using keyword "nastran"
- SAE International using keyword "adams"
- SpringerLink using "mentat"
You can also search through academic papers presented at MSC VPD conferences (on virtual product development) and read our research-focused academic success stories such as those from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rush University Medical Center, University of Alabama in Huntsville Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center, Devers Eye Institute, University of Southern California (USC) Dental School, and Texas A&M Biomedical Engineering Department.
Also, keep informed by reading MSC University Newsletters and by opting-in to receive them right to your email box.
Our academic software offerings are intentionally simple yet scalable, targeted yet flexible – with similar products bundled together to help maximize your simulation capability while minimizing your cost and administrative work.
Each of our 3 university software bundles is network-licensed via a consistent set of "User Packs" designed to meet each university customer's specific objective: 1 for individual use (primarily for personal research); 5 for smaller-group projects and team work; 50 for larger-group use (such as a class); and 150 for use by multiple classes in a department or across multiple departments campus-wide.
Academic FEA Bundle
Provides linear and non-linear finite element analysis (FEA) capabilities for structural & thermal simulations as well as others such as those involving impacts and fluid-structure interactions; based on the latest versions of MSC Nastran, Patran, Dytran, Marc, and Sinda.
Academic Motion Bundle
Provides capabilities for a wide variety of multi-body motion and mechanical system simulations, including hydraulics & controls, using a geometric modeling approach or a schematic, block-diagram modeling approach; based on Adams and Easy5.
Academic SimDesigner Bundle
Provides CAD-embedded FEA and Motion simulation powered by MSC Nastran, Marc, and Adams in CATIA V5.