MSC.Software has announced that satellite and space technology developer Astrium, is to standardize its European simulation processes on MSC.Software’s multi-discipline MD Nastran offering.
As long-term users of a variety of computer-aided engineering (CAE) products, Astrium wanted to create a fully integrated simulation environment while simultaneously reducing its overall cost of operation. Following a detailed evaluation process, MD Nastran was selected, and will be immediately implemented as the standard across Astrium’s European operations.
Astrium has also purchased MD Patran licenses. MD Patran is said to be a natural complement to MD Nastran, offering direct computer-aided design import and manipulation, with customizable pre-and post-processing capabilities specifically designed around MD Nastran.
The evolutionary path from point CAE applications to an integrated enterprise simulation environment is a natural technological and commercial progression for many of our customers, said Amir Mobayen, senior vice president of MSC.Software’s EMEA operations. The selection of the MD environment by Astrium follows a number of similar standardization projects in the aerospace and defense sectors which will bring significant benefits to European manufacturers and throughout their supply chains.
With the unified MD environment, Astrium anticipates making a commercial cost saving of 14% in the fist five years, and of 50% in the longer term.