Nastran Example Problems

Examples ID    EX341
Status:    Published
Published date:    09/15/2014
Updated:    09/18/2014
Reported In:   MSC Nastran


The following table describes several locations where Nastran example problems can be found:


Location Description
SimCompanion Example Models in SimCompanion
Product Installation The ‘Getting Started’ User Guide
Product Installation Installation Examples
SimCompanion The Nastran Examples Library
Product Installation The Nastran Reference Manual
MSC Learning Center Nastran Training in the MSC Learning Center







Materials & Location


Example Models in Simcompanion

There are many individual example articles found in the “Examples” channel in SimCompanion.

You can access SimCompanion examples in 2 ways:

  1. Search and Filter: Search using keywords, then Filter results by Product (Nastran) and Information Manager Channel (Examples)
  2. Browse: Click the Examples channel at the top of the page, then filter by Product (Nastran).

The ‘Getting Started’ User Guide

Found in the main index of the Nastran Help documentation:

Most MSC products have a ‘Getting Started’ guide which is located in the installed Documentation.

The user guide details typical example problems and the steps required to model and simulate the system in Nastran.

Navigate to the main Help documentation index from your Nastran installation and look for the ‘Getting Started User’s Guide’ node shown on left.

Installation Examples

Found in the various folders of your Nastran installation:


Nastran products have sample in the ‘mdug’ folder, shown on the left and relevant documentation in the Demonstration Problems Manual (mdug.pdf). These examples are sorted by Chapter/Topic highlighting the steps necessary to use advanced features written for those with a working knowledge of Nastran.




Additional examples can be found in the ‘tpl’ folder (Test Program Library). These Nastran files do not have guiding documentation like the MDUG, but gives the user an idea of the analysis set up.

The Nastran Examples Library

Found in the Examples section on SimCompanion:

A list of examples for illustrating the use of MSC Nastran & Patran are available on the Simcompanion website. The examples have been classified into two categories as Lower Experience and Higher Experience level.

Each article contains example model files and a step-by-step tutorial for building the completed model.

The Nastran Reference Manual

Found in the Nastran installation folder.

The Nastran Reference Manual contains information on concepts, methods and examples on a wide variety of analyses. It can be located in the Nastran installation folder shown on left.

They are not intended to be exhaustive or to apply to any particular engineering problem.

Nastran Training in the MSC Learning Center

Found in the MSC Learning Center (login required)


Training materials for all of the Nastran products. Each training class contains detailed documentation of product usage and detailed example models with step-by-step instructions.