What is Patran?

Announcement on 22.01.2021: Due to the very limited use of MSC products or MSC Licenses on High-Performance Systems at LRZ, the software support including installations and license server will be taken off by September 2021. Please do write us a ticket if you want to communicate on this matter with a subject MSC via

Patran is the world's most widely used pre/post-processing software for Finite Element Analysis (FEA), providing solid modeling, meshing, analysis setup and post-processing for multiple solvers including MSC Nastran, Marc, Abaqus, LS-DYNA, ANSYS, and Pam-Crash. [1].

Getting Started

As of now (i.e. July 2019) we do not provide Patran or any of the following packages (except Nastran) as a module on LRZ clusters / Supercomputers. We provide binaries and installers for the local installation on your desktop or local PC. Once you have downloaded files (contact our help desk LRZ support to get the files)and installed the package on your local machine, please contact us again to get the Licence port. The reason for not providing systemwide installations is simply the low number of user-base for MSC products. 

LRZ hosts licenses for the Patran together with following other Enterprise products of MSC Software solutions,

  • Acumen
  • Adams
  • Akusmod
  • AMS
  • Dytran
  • Easy5
  • Enterprise Mvision
  • Explore
  • FlightLoads
  • GS-Mesher
  • Marc
  • MaterialCenter Databanks
  • MD Nastran
  • Mechanism Pro
  • MSC Nastran
  • MSC Software Development Kit
  • Mvision
  • Patran
  • Robust Design
  • SimDesigner Enterprise
  • SimManager
  • Sinda
  • Sofy
  • SuperForm

If you want to get your hands on one of the above-mentioned packages, please contact our LRZ support. 

User Support

In case of any observed issues in the usage of the Patran software on LRZ managed to compute resources or any arising questions, please feel free to contact the LRZ support.