Ship Hull Modeling and Analysis Presentation at ShipTech 2010 Using NEi Nastran and MAESTRO

WESTMINSTER, CA -- (March 3, 2010) - Bart McPheeters of NEi Software and Shaun Hunter of DRS Defense Solutions, LLC to present a more efficient design process for full ship hull modeling and analysis using integrated global and local analysis tools at ShipTech 2010 on March 9, 2010 at 1:30PM in Biloxi, Mississippi.


March 9, 2010
1:30 - 2:00PM


ShipTech 2010
Beau Rivage Resort
Biloxi, Mississippi


ShipTech 2010 Presentation: Efficiency Through Integrated Tools

Initial hull design requires that global loads and stresses be considered as one of the first steps in the design of a ship. The process usually starts with a naval architect creating a rough full ship model that is optimized for global stresses. Local stresses for items like structural details and equipment foundations are typically modeled and simulated much farther into the design cycle by structural engineers.

The problem is that local details can affect the initial global response so the global simulation must be repeated every time a local component is added to the ship. Using an integrated process incorporating MAESTRO (global hull analysis) and NEi Nastran (local hull analysis), local details can easily and continuously be incorporated into a global model, allowing the global/local modeling and simulation process to be conducted much earlier in the design process than is typically done.


Bart McPheeters, NEi Software
Mr. Bart McPheeters is a 1985 graduate of Webb Institute, with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He earned his master's degree in Solid Mechanics and Material Science from George Washington University in 1996. Mr. McPheeters worked for NKF Engineering for 10 years, becoming well versed in underwater shock and finite element methods. For the next ten years he worked for MSC Software as an Application Engineer supporting their Nastran, Patran and Dytran products. He has worked for NEi Software for the last two years, bringing his marine background to NEi Nastran.

Shaun Hunter, DRS Defense Solutions
Mr. Shaun Hunter is a naval architect at DRS Defense Solutions, LLC, Advanced Marine Technology Center (DRS DS AMTC) and has over 10 years of experience in the maritime industry with a strong background in ship structures, direct analysis, and software development. His area of expertise includes conducting global/local finite element analyses of marine vehicles as well as the use and development of marine design software. Prior to joining DRS DS AMTC, Mr. Hunter held naval architect positions at American Bureau of Shipping (Naval Engineering Department) and Alion Science and Technology Corporation. Mr. Hunter holds a bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from University of New Orleans.

About NEi Software
NEi Software is a global provider of Nastran Finite Element Analysis (FEA), engineering simulation, and virtual test software. Engineers gain insight with digital prototypes, images, contour plots, graphs, and animations of linear and nonlinear structural stress, deformation, dynamics, vibration, kinematics, impact, heat transfer and fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations. The website features case studies in aerospace, automotive, maritime, petroleum, medical, and consumer products with demonstration videos, webinars, tutorials, and training schedules. | Telephone: 714.899.1220 | Email: Email Contact

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About DRS Technologies
DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A. (FNC.MI) which employs more than 73,000 people worldwide. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's website at


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