First National Finite Element Developers/FEASTSMT Users’ Meet at VSSC

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram has developed a Finite Element software for structural analysis named FEASTSMT©. The rich experience of structural engineers over five decades in developing and building launch vehicles and spacecraft structures at ISRO has been utilised in the realisation of this software. In addition to supporting ISRO’s various R&D activities, this product has applications in civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering domains for academic, R&D and industrial usages. This “Make in India” initiative from ISRO in the area of engineering analysis software, is a cost-effective substitute for many proprietary structural analysis software developed by multi-national companies.

The First National Finite Element Developers/ FEASTSMT Users Meet "NAFED 2016" was held on December 12, 2016 at VSSC. The meet was intended to showcase the capabilities of FEASTSMT©, bringing researchers together and to get feedback from the user community to further enhance the capabilities of the software. Nearly 250 delegates, comprising of professors, research scholars and students of various academic institutions, including IITs and NITs as well as domain experts working in research laboratories and industries attended the meet.

The meet was inaugurated by Mr. A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO/ Secretary DOS, presided over by Dr. K. Sivan, Director, VSSC. Mr. A S Kiran Kumar said that “Indians are very good in software-related areas and contribute to its growth. But this is not benefiting 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 in turn will attract talent and therefore improves software capability”. Dr. K. Sivan stressed the importance of indigenisation in the area of software tools used within the country. New version of the software, 'FEASTSMT 2016 R2', was released by Chairman, ISRO during the meet.

The software works in multiple platforms, including PCs, Laptops, workstations, etc. running in Windows and Linux operating systems. The product is available for evaluation in a limited form with supporting documentation at The software version/updates are released every six months based on continuous feedback from user community across the country and also for introducing new features as per the growing requirements from industry/ academia.

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Release of New Version FEASTSMT2016 R2 by Chairman, ISRO