First National Finite Element Developers/FEASTSMT Users Meet at VSSC

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram has developed the Finite Element software for structural analysis named FEASTSMT. The rich experience of two generations of structural engineers in developing and building launch vehicle and spacecraft structures has resulted in the realization of this software. This is one of the spin-off products with societal application from ISRO's various R&D activities. It has applications in civil, mechanical, aerospace engineering domains, for academic, R&D and industrial usages. The software is a cost effective substitute for many proprietary structural analysis software of multi-national companies. This is a "Make In India" initiative from VSSC in the area of engineering analysis software.

The First National Finite Element Developers/ FEASTSMT Users Meet, NAFED 2016 was held on 12th December 2016 at VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram. The meet was inaugurated by Shri A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO/ Secretary DOS, at a function presided over by Dr. K. Sivan, Director, VSSC. Shri A S Kiran Kumar said that "Indians are very good in software-related areas and contribute to its growth. But this is not benefitting us because most of them work in an established software development framework.The objective of this meet is to widen the scope of software development into the academic curricula of educational institutions, which will in turn attract talent and therefore improves software capability". Dr. K. Sivan stressed the importance of indigenization in the area of software tools used within the country. During the meet, Chairman, ISRO released the new version of the software FEASTSMT 2016 R2.

This meet was intended to showcase the capabilities of FEASTSMT, bring together researchers and get feedback from the user community to further enhance software capabilities. It was attended by professors, research scholars and students of various academic institutions, including IITs, NITs and domain experts working in research laboratories and industries. Nearly 250 delegates attended the meet. The meet is first of its kind in India which will be conducted annually at VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram.

The software works in multiple platforms, including PCs, Laptops, workstations, etc. running in Windows and Linux. The product is available for evaluation in a limited form with supporting documentation at http://feast.vssc.gov.in. The software version/updates are released every six months and ensures two releases every year. These updates are based on continuous feedback from user community across the country and also upgraded for new features as per the growing requirement from industry/ academia.

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