MD/MSC Nastran 2010 Linear Static Analysis User's Guide

Docs ID    DOC9469
Status:    Published
Published date:    07/20/2010
Updated:    07/11/2014
Reported In:   MSC Nastran (2010) - MSC Nastran Docs


This book is one in a series of user’s guides describing the use of MD/MSC Nastran. The first book in the series, Getting Started with MD/MSC Nastran User’s Guide, is intended for those readers who are unfamiliar with the finite element method, those who have never run MD/MSC Nastran, or those who are interested in a general overview of MD/MSC Nastran’s capabilities. It is assumed that you are familiar with the material in Getting Started with MD/MSC Nastran User’s Guide and have MD/MSC Nastran available.

All important features and concepts in this book are illustrated with examples. As you read this guide, it is highly recommended that you run the example problems and make variations of these problems. When learning a new MD/MSC Nastran feature, engineers all too often generate a large problem using several hundred or several thousand degrees of freedom as a test case. This practice has become the norm in recent years with the advent of graphics preprocessors and automatic meshing. Rarely is such a large model necessary to learn a new feature-in most cases, it just adds unnecessary complexity. For this reason most of the examples in this book are small--generally less than 100 degrees of freedom. To facilitate the use of these example problems, all of the input files used in this guide are included with the standard MD/MSC Nastran delivery media.

To keep this user’s guide to a reasonable size, complete descriptions of all the MD/MSC Nastran Bulk Data entries and Case Control commands have not been included. A brief description and a cross-reference of the input format is given for entries and commands when it is helpful to understand the material.  You should consult the MD/MSC Nastran Quick Reference Guide for detailed descriptions of MD/MSC Nastran input formats.

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