MSC Software’s Marc 2015 Delivers New Material Models for Advanced Nonlinear Simulations

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, Nov 20, 2015 --(Business Wire) – MSC Software Corporation today announced the new release of Marc 2015.   Marc is relied upon by product manufacturers for nonlinear and multiphysics simulations of engineered products ranging from automotive parts to rubber components to sophisticated medical and consumer electronic devices.

Due to increased focus on new materials to meet the performance standards in new product designs, development teams need to rely on simulations to gain confidence in new designs. To help address these challenges, Marc 2015 introduces new material models for elastomers, thermoplastics and metal plasticity. The release also delivers enhancements to element technology, contact, adaptive meshing and user interface.

Highlights of this release include:

New Material Models to Solve New Classes of Problems with Increased Confidence

  • Marc 2015 introduces new material models to simulate complex dynamic behavior of elastomers, permanent deformation of thermoplastics and anisotropic plastic deformation often seen in metal forming.

Enhanced Cohesive Contact for Simpler Set up and Ease of Use

  • In assemblies, parts are often connected together using discrete entities, such as rivets, bolts, or spot welds. It is often too expensive to model the discrete entities, so a uniform rigid ‘glue’ is assumed. While easy to use, this method often results in an overly stiff behavior. To overcome this drawback, the Marc 2015 release provides a cohesive contact behavior which allows the user to apply a finite stiffness in the normal and tangential direction, improving the stress results in the contact zones and the overall deformation.

New Element Technology for Efficient Computational Resource Usage

  • Marc 2015 introduces a new family of elements that are easy to use, have improved bending behavior compared to traditional lower order triangular and tetrahedral elements, and can be used for either compressible or nearly incompressible behavior. By requiring fewer elements to accurately represent shear behavior, the new elements help save system resources and provide better results at lower cost.

New Global Adaptive Meshing Methods to Improve Accuracy

  • Two new capabilities are introduced to enhance the global adaptive meshing.
    • The new geometry preserving methodology provides improved accuracy when using the global adaptive meshing technique for simulation of rubber components and manufacturing problems.
    • The use of a refined template mesh activated at the 3D crack tip, allows for accurate prediction of the energy release rate, stress intensity factor and crack propagation direction while keeping the computational costs low.

User Interface Improvements for Ease of Use and Efficiency

  • Mentat, the user interface of Marc, has been improved across several areas for ease of use and higher productivity.

For details about the new release, please watch the on-demand new release webinar at


About MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and the worldwide leader in multidiscipline simulation. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,200 professionals in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit:

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