Version 5.0 also has plates and solid elements. Thus MADYN becomes a general FE program. So far only the main part of MADYN, STATIK and DHARM exist. The completion of the other programs is in progress. If no plates or volume elements occur in a model, old and new versions can be used together.
For data processing one should use a pre-and post-processor, e.g. I-deas. A modeling by hand is possible in principle, but only useful for small or very simply structured models.
Foundations and housings can be modeled much more accurately in version 5.0 than with version 4. Because even the gyroscopic effects and the centrifugal forces of plates and solid elements are considered, bladed discs or the blades themselves can be captured in much more detail now.