FASTAR: A Faster Analysis of Structures Using Test and Analytical Results 920770
FASTAR is an interactive graphics post processor to MSC NASTRAN created to do modal animation, structural modifications, frequency response and sensitivity analysis using either analytical results obtained from solutions 63, 67 or 71 of MSC NASTRAN or modal data obtained from experimental measurements.
In addition, complex modes may be computed in FASTAR using the modal viscous damping matrix from solution 71 of NASTRAN and a state space formulation. Further viscous damping modifications may be made to the structure with the possibility of creating critically damped modes. For each complex mode, FASTAR identifies the amount of damping present.
Correlation of analytical and experimental modal data may be made visually using a split screen display. In addition, a modal assurance criterion (i. e. MAC) may be computed for each pair of analytical and experimental modes by finding nodal coordinate matches and ignoring rotational degrees of freedom.
As a result of the above new capabilities and previously developed capabilities of vehicle ride and engine idle shake analysis, FASTAR can do a faster job in meeting design objectives. A discussion of these new capabilities and some examples will be presented.