Patran- Features, Application, Working and Career Scope

Patran is used by the world’s leading manufacturing companies as their standard tool for the creation and analysis of simulation models. It helps engineers virtually conceptualize, develop and test product designs. It was exclusively developed for the aerospace industry. 

WHAT IS Patran

Patran is a widespread pre/post-processing software for Finite Element Analysis. It provides modeling, meshing, analysis setup and post-processing for multiple solvers which includes  MSC Nastran, Marc, Abaqus, LS-DYNA, ANSYS, and Pam-Crash. It 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. It makes it easy for engineers to deal with gaps and slivers in CAD and  enables creation of models from scratch. Meshes are easily created on surfaces and solids. It is A available for Windows and Linux. MSC offers a free student version of MSC Patran. Patran’s comprehensive and industry tested capabilities ensure virtual prototyping efforts. It provides faster results.  



  • CAD geometry support  
  • Better use of memory  
  • Cost efficient 
  • Increase productivity of your design and development process 
  • Reduce development costs through increased use of simulation technologies 
  • Improve productivity and accuracy with multidiscipline analysis and optimization 
  • Comprehensive results post-processing. 
  • Results standardization through results templates. 
  • Intuitive graphical interface with direct access of  
  • CAD geometry with automatic/interactive feature recognition. 
  • Robust automatic surface and solid mesh generation with advanced surface mesh-on-mesh capability. 
  •  Create connectors and bolts with pre-loads 
  • Full 3D general contact available for nonlinear analyses. 


  •  Create connectors and bolts with pre-loads
  • Support for Nastran’s Design Optimization and Topology Optimization.
  • Support for Nastran’s Superelements
  • Support for Marc’s Coupled Analyses
  • Customization through Patran Command Language (PCL). 


  • Used in aviation and aerospace sectors 
  • Satellite structure  
  • Aircraft primary structures 
  • Secondary aircraft structures 
  • Landing gears of different aircraft 


Companies using MSC Patran software in India are : 

  • ADITS 
  • MSC Software(Indo pacific) 
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency  
  • University of California-Los Angeles 

The average salary of an employee who knows MSC Patran is ₹17.2lakhs. 


Patran is an excellent solution for finite element modeling and results visualization and processing. By enabling engineers to access one of the industry’s leading analysis programs from MSC software. It can help organizations reduce the cost and burden and get better products to market faster. 


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