MBDyn is a general purpose analysis tool developed at the Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali of the University “Politecnico di Milano” for research. Eventually it gained nearly industrial strength and has been released as source code to the free software community.
However the developers are aware of the fact (and strongly warn potential users) that it comes AS IS AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY (see the licensing issues and the disclaimer for further details). Moreover, its use is not trivial and, like most engineering analysis and design codes, it requires a strong background in Structural Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis and Computational Mechanics in general.
To this extent the developers offer consulting services aimed at both training users and solving specific problems. The consulting services may be accessed by establishing a grant, or a research, consulting or training contract with the Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali of the University “Politecnico di Milano”.
In the spirit of the Project, enhancements to MBDyn resulting from these grants should be made available to the community of the users under the same license of MBDyn, namely the GNU Free Software License, unless specific needs or security/confidentiality considerations do not allow it. In this latter case, a Free Software Charge might apply.
For further information please feel free to contact the MBDyn team.