The processing behavior of NASTRAN, a general purpose system of computer software used for solving engineering analysis problems by means of the finite element displacement method, is discussed. The host system for the NASTRAN is the Univac 1110, and the primary function is performing static and dynamic structural analyses of the Space Shuttle. The processing implications of the NASTRAN structural analysis are addressed and the current NASTRAN situation on the Univac 1110 is examined. The current NASTRAN workload is described and the effect of workload growth due to increased structure size is estimated. A cost and performance analysis is presented.