MSC ONE Applications



The MSCOne structures tools provide you with a full suite of modelling and FEA based analysis systems, which cover all your simulation requirements from rapid and efficient model building and linear analysis using MSC Apex through to highly non-linear complex simulations using Marc. 


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MSC Apex Modeler


MSC Apex Structures

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MSC Nastran



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MSC Apex Modeler

MSC Apex Modeler is a CAE specific direct modelling and meshing solution that streamlines CAD clean-up, simplification and meshing workflow. The solution features sophisticated and interactive tools that are easy to use and easy to learn.

Direct Modelling– Direct modelling allows users to create and edit geometry interactively. Simply select the entities of interest, such as a face, edge or vertex, and push, pull, or drag to implement any modifications. Direct Modelling is complemented with built in meshing technology.

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Direct Modelling and Meshing– For models that have already been meshed and require further geometry modification, use any of the Direct Modelling or Geometry Clean-up/Repair tools and the mesh will be immediately regenerated.

Easy to Use, Easy to Learn– MSC Apex was designed to have multi-purpose tools so as to make the application easy to use. It also features numerous learning aids such as tutorials, video based documentation, workflow and at-mouse instructions which promotes single day productivity.

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MSC Apex Structures

MSC Apex Structures is an add-on product which expands MSC Apex Modeler functionality with capabilities for linear structural analysis.

MSC Apex structures packages a user interface for scenario definition and results post-processing, as well as integrated solver methods. This solution is unique in that it combines computational parts and assemblies technology with a generative framework, which enables interactive and incremental analysis.

The integration of the user interface with solver methods gives the user a unique ability to interactively and incrementally validate that FEM models are solver ready. At the user’s demand, a series of solver checks can be run against individual parts and assemblies and the model diagnostics are reported in the Analysis Readiness panel. This Incremental Validation is a radical departure from the very time consuming traditional approach where pre/post processor and solver are separate.

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In addition, a frequency response analysis type and a specialized results exploration toolset is available to aid engineers improve the vibration behaviour of structures. The integrated toolset of MSC Apex enables analysts to experiment with mode contributions and develop design solutions to mitigate and control structural vibrations, all without committing to excessive modelling changes and re-analysis. 

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MSC Nastran

MSC Nastran is a multidisciplinary structural analysis application used by engineers to perform static, dynamic, and thermal analysis across the linear and nonlinear domains, complemented with automated structural optimization and award winning embedded fatigue analysis technologies, all enabled by high performance computing.

Engineers use MSC Nastran to ensure structural systems have the necessary strength, stiffness, and life to preclude failure (excess stresses, resonance, buckling, or detrimental deformations) that may compromise structural function and safety. MSC Nastran is also used to improve the economy and passenger comfort of structural designs.

  • Multidisciplinary Structural Analysis
    MSC Nastran features multiple analysis disciplines, enabling customers with one structural analysis solution for a wide variety of engineering problems.

    - Use one platform to perform linear or nonlinear analysis for the following disciplines: static, dynamic (NVH & Acoustics included), thermal, and buckling, and reduce the dependency on multiple structural analysis programs from various vendors.

    - Perform fatigue analysis with embedded fatigue technologies and reduce the time usually associated with fatigue life determination.

    - Assess the behaviour of advanced composites and fiber reinforced plastics with built in Progressive Failure Analysis and User Defined Services for Mean-field Homogenization coupling with Digimat.
  • Automated Structural Optimization
    - Optimize for stress, mass, fatigue, etc. while varying design variables such as material properties, geometric dimensions, loads, etc.

    - Enhance the shape or profile of structural members with shape optimization.

    - Find optimal composite laminate ply thicknesses with topometry optimization.

    - Determine optimal bead or stamp patterns for sheet metal parts with topography optimization.

    - Remove excess and unnecessary volume with topology optimization.

    - Simultaneously optimize multiple models across disciplines with Multi Model Optimization.


Marc is a powerful, general-purpose, nonlinear finite element analysis solution to accurately simulate the product behaviour under static, dynamic and multi-physics loading scenarios. Marc’s versatility in modelling nonlinear material behaviours and transient environmental conditions makes it ideal to solve your complex design problems.

Marc is ideal for product manufacturers looking for a robust nonlinear solution. It has capabilities to elegantly simulate all kinds of nonlinearities, namely geometric, material and boundary condition nonlinearity, including contact. It is also the only commercial solution that has robust manufacturing simulation and product testing simulation capabilities, with the ability to predict damage, failure and crack propagation. Combined with its multi-physics capabilities that help you couple thermal, electrical, magnetic and structural analyses, Marc is the complete solution that can address all your nonlinear simulation requirements.

Project: Using MSC Marc for Thrust Testing Assemblies

  • Nonlinear and Multiphysics Solution
    Marc, optimized for nonlinear analysis, delivers comprehensive, robust solution schemes to solve problems spanning the entire product lifespan, including manufacturing process simulation, design performance analysis, service load performance and failure analysis.
  • Nonlinear Materials
    Choose from an extensive library of metallic and non-metallic material models, and a collection of over 200 elements for structural, thermal, multiphysics and fluid analyses to accurately model the materials used in your designs.
  • Failure and Damage
    Select from a comprehensive set of failure models to study degradation and failure of metals, concrete, composites, and elastomers including ductile damage, damage accumulation in elastomers, laminate bond failure, fracture mechanics, user defined failure models, and mesh independent damage prediction using Lemaitre model.
  • Automatic Remeshing
    Achieve higher accuracy with less modelling effort with the help of automatic remeshing schemes that ensure high mesh quality in large deformation problems.


Patran is the world’s most widely used pre/post-processing software for Finite Element Analysis (FEA), providing solid modelling, meshing, analysis setup and post-processing for multiple solvers including MSC Nastran, Marc, Abaqus, LS-DYNA, ANSYS, and Pam-Crash enabling you to stay in a single graphical user environment.

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 modelling tools that enable creation of models from scratch, Patran makes it easy for anyone to create FE models. Meshes are easily created using fully automated meshing routines, manual methods that provide more control, or combinations of both. Loads, boundary conditions, and analysis setup for most popular FE solvers is built in, minimizing the need to edit input decks.

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Patran enables access to geometry from leading CAD systems for creating finite element models, support for many industry-standard geometry exchange formats is provided.

Patran displays results for structural, thermal, fatigue, fluid, magnetic analyses, or in relation to any other application where the resultant values are associated with their respective finite elements or nodes. Imaging features a number of options that take advantage of specialized hardware capabilities, including local view manipulation, local shading, multiple light sources, and transparency. You can also export images and movies in many standard formats to include in documents and web-based reporting.

Patran Command Language (PCL) can be used to write application or site-specific commands and menus, perform variational modelling, and to more completely integrate with commercial or in-house software programs.



Perform explicit Transient Dynamic Solution for Crash, Impact and Fluid-Structure Interaction Studies for improved product safety and reduced warranty costs

Dytran is an explicit finite element analysis (FEA) solution for simulating short-duration events like impact and crash, and to analyse the complex nonlinear behaviour that structures undergo during these events. Dytran enables you to study the structural integrity of designs to ensure that final products stand a better chance of meeting customer safety, reliability, and regulatory requirements.

  • Accurate, Robust Analysis for your Industry
    Dytran’s accuracy has been proven through correlation with physical experiments. Dytran helps engineers predict how a prototype would respond to a variety of real-world dynamic events and to examine potential causes for product failure.
  • Unique Combination of Simulation Technologies
    Dytran’s innovative ability to model the interaction of adaptive, multiple Eulerian domains around coupling surfaces as they move and deform gives you the power to analyse complex FSI (Fluid-structure Interaction) scenarios that are often too difficult or impossible to simulate with other software tools, such as:

    - Multiple objects impacting multi-layered structures (For example, determining the effect of multiple bird strikes against aircraft structures while in flight).

    - Catastrophic structural failure with fluid leakage or penetration (For example, examining a vehicle’s ability to withstand a crash that would result in fuel tank crushing and fuel spillage).

    - Fluid filling and sloshing within an enclosed volume (For example, designing baffles to optimize NVH characteristics for fuel tanks).
  • Transient Structural Analysis (Crash/Impact)
    Dytran uses explicit technology to solve transient dynamic problems. Solid, shell, beam, membrane and connectors and rigid elements can be used to model the structures. A wide range of material models are available to model the nonlinear response and failure. These include linear elasticity, yield criteria, equations of state, failure and spall models, explosive burn models and composite materials to name a few.
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CivilFEM® powered by Marc® is a very powerful and versatile program suitable for all the types of advanced analyses performed in all construction sectors, providing a rich set of tools and unique capabilities that streamline the creation of analysis models for Construction, Dams, CAE, Forensic Structural Analysis, Seismic design, Soil-structure interaction, Foundations, Tunnels, Rock and soil mechanics analyses, Skyscrapers, Geotechnics, Mining, Energy, Oil & Gas, Precast, Power Plants: Nuclear, Hydraulic… or any other Civil Engineering major infrastructure.

With its intuitive user friendly interface and pre/post features, it is very easy to learn and its tools, including macros, Python and programming language provide you with greater power, versatility and efficiency.


Some of CivilFEM’s highlight capabilities are: 

  • Nonlinear buckling
  • Modelling of nonlinear staged construction processes
  • Crushing and cracking of nonlinear reinforced concrete
  • Modelling time dependent properties of concrete including creep and shrinkage
  • Pre-stressed reinforced concrete
  • Soil material behaviour laws, soil-structure interaction, and nonlinear advanced contacts
  • Design checks to Codes and Standards
  • Advanced seismic analysis
  • Heat transfer and coupled thermal-structural analysis
  • Seepage-structural analysis
  • Python Scripting
  • and much more...
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