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Case studies

What Autodesk Nastran users are saying

See how Autodesk customers are using Autodesk Nastran finite element analysis (FEA) solver software.

Cessna Aircraft Company: Reducing analysis cycle time

Cessna Aircraft Company is an American general aviation aircraft manufacturing corporation that is leveraging Autodesk Nastran on their new Citation CJ3 and Citation Mustang business jets. The development of Tension-Only Quad Elements eliminates models and repetitive work functions, resulting in reduced analysis cycle time.

 Cessna Aircraft customer story


Niner Bikes: Product lightweighting and optimization

Niner Bikes of North Hollywood, California, is the first and only bicycle company dedicated to building 29-inch wheel mountain bikes. Niner Bikes chose Autodesk Nastran for its versatility with advanced features such as API programming language. This versatility allows Niner Bikes to optimize frames for stiffness-to-weight ratio and helps devise new testing strategies that current protocols don’t cover.

 Niner Bikes customer story


Smithson Engineering: Iterative material removal

Smithson Engineering is a structural design and consulting firm that uses innovative techniques to create stronger, lighter, and less expensive components. Using Autodesk Nastran, Smithson was able to reduce the weight of aircraft cabin brackets by 20%, reducing the client’s operating costs and providing additional green efficiencies.

 Smithson Engineering customer story


Engineering Consultants Group: Prolonging product life

Engineering Consultants Group, Inc. is a progressive engineering firm focused on process control, testing, monitoring and analysis, and custom software development. The company measured the dynamic displacements of three grinding rollers for a coal mill. It developed in-house instrumentation techniques and then used Autodesk Nastran to learn how to avoid resonant conditions that were causing shaft failures.

 Engineering Consultants Group customer story


STX Canada Marine : Validating offshore designs

STX Canada Marine, Inc. uses Autodesk Nastran to design foundations for heavy cranes on offshore supply vessels. A finite element analysis (FEA) was used to validate the crane design, minimize the size of the structure, and reduce the design time.

 STX Canada Marine customer story


Wilson, Ihrig & Associates: Acoustics and vibration analysis

Wilson, Ihrig & Associates (WIA) has more than 4 decades of experience in acoustics, noise, and vibration control. The company used Autodesk Nastran to analyze the effects of vibration created by a new APM (Automated People Mover) for a major international airport. WIA was able to create a solution for an APM that would not acoustically disturb travelers.

 Wilson, Ihrig & Associates customer story