A complete finite element analysis software offering solid modeling, meshing, analysis setup and post-processing.


Accurate model setup enables you to predict structural behavior efficiently.

Evaluate product performance against requirements and optimize your designs with the help of the post-processing tool.

Accelerate changes in product design, depending on real-time requirements.

Virtual prototyping efforts provide results fast so that you can evaluate product performance against requirements and optimize your designs.

Enjoy an open architecture due to the PCL language.

A complete FEA modeling Solution

Patran provides a rich set of tools that streamline the creation of analysis-ready FE models for linear, nonlinear, explicit dynamics, and thermal finite element solutions.

The benefits of Patran include:

Tailor to specific workflows with Patran verticals

Setup and manage models down to the subcomponents and parts. From geometry cleanup tools that make it easy to deal with gaps and slivers in CAD to solid modeling tools that enable the creation of models from scratch, Patran makes it straightforward for engineers to create FE models.

Features of Patran include:


Direct access to CAD geometry

Create finite element models, including loads, boundary conditions, and material properties with access to geometry from leading CAD systems. Get support for many industry-standard geometry exchange formats and direct import/export into Parasolid format.


Advanced geometry creation, editing and feature recognition

Patran contains an advanced set of geometry creation tools, in addition to the direct CAD access capabilities, including sophisticated feature recognition that allows you to delete or edit holes, fillets, and chamfers.


Support for multiple FEA solvers

Tailored to support all solvers developed by MSC, Patran enables the use of common finite element models in a single graphical user environment. This allows you to perform advanced engineering analysis and enhance designs using Nastran’s design optimization and topology optimization capabilities.


Post-processing and reporting tools for easy results evaluation

Patran displays results for structural, thermal, fatigue, fluid, and magnetic analysis. Imaging encompasses graphic shading and visual verification, as well as specialized capabilities like local view manipulation, local shading, multiple light sources, and transparency.


Patran command language

Patran Command Language (PCL) is a high-level, block-structured language that can be used to write application or site-specific commands and menus, perform variational modeling, and integrate with commercial or in-house software programs.

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