ABAQUS is comprehensive FEA program that encompasses a wide array of physics including structures, heat transfer, acoustics, electromagnetics and coupled analysis. It has a wide range of capabilities including robust non-linear analysis, complex contact, a comprehensive set of material models, fracture and failure models, SPH (Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics), DEM (Discrete Element Modeling), explicit analysis, scripting and an array of parametric optimization routines. The suite also includes Isight and SEE (Simulia Execution Engine) that allows chained simulation process flows in which the parameters and results from one software package (Simulia or third party) are passed as inputs to another package allowing process automation on a comprehensive scale.


ABAQUS/Standard showing beam contact with special cable elements

The Complete ABAQUS Environment: A complete solution for ABAQUS finite element modeling, visualization, and process automation

With ABAQUS/CAE you can quickly and efficiently create, edit, monitor, diagnose, and visualize advanced ABAQUS analyses. The intuitive interface integrates modeling, analysis, job management, and results visualization in a consistent, easy-to-use environment that is simple to learn for new users, yet highly productive for experienced users. ABAQUS/CAE supports familiar interactive computer-aided engineering concepts such as feature-based, parametric modeling, interactive and scripted operation, and GUI customization.

Users can create geometry, import CAD models for meshing, or integrate geometry-based meshes that do not have associated CAD geometry. Associative Interfaces for CATIA V5, SolidWorks, and Pro/ENGINEER enable synchronization of CAD and CAE assemblies and enable rapid model updates with no loss of user-defined analysis features.

The open customization toolset of ABAQUS/CAE provides a powerful process automation solution, enabling specialists to deploy proven workflows across the engineering enterprise. ABAQUS/CAE also offers comprehensive visualization options, which enable users to interpret and communicate the results of any ABAQUS analysis.


ABAQUS/Standard showing beam contact with special cable elements

ABAQUS/Standard employs solution technology ideal for static and low-speed dynamic events where highly accurate stress solutions are critically important. Examples include sealing pressure in a gasket joint, steady-state rolling of a tire, or crack propagation in a composite airplane fuselage. Within a single simulation, it is possible to analyze a model both in the time and frequency domain. For example, one may start by performing a nonlinear engine cover mounting analysis including sophisticated gasket mechanics. Following the mounting analysis, the pre-stressed natural frequencies of the cover can be extracted, or the frequency domain mechanical and acoustic response of the pre-stressed cover to engine induced vibrations can be examined. ABAQUS /Standard is supported within the ABAQUS /CAE modeling environment for all common pre- and post processing needs.

The results at any point within an ABAQUS /Standard run can be used as the starting conditions for continuation in ABAQUS/Explicit. Similarly, an analysis that starts in ABAQUS/Explicit can be continued in ABAQUS/Standard. The flexibility provided by this integration allows ABAQUS/Standard to be applied to those portions of the analysis that are well-suited to an implicit solution technique, such as static, low-speed dynamic, or steady-state transport analyses; while ABAQUS/Explicit may be applied to those portions of the analysis where high-speed, nonlinear, transient response dominates the solution.


ABAQUS/Explicit crushing of tube with spot weld failure

ABAQUS/Explicit is a finite element analysis product that is particularly well-suited to simulate brief transient dynamic events such as consumer electronics drop testing, automotive crashworthiness, and ballistic impact. The ability of ABAQUS/Explicit to effectively handle severely nonlinear behavior such as contact makes it very attractive for the simulation of many quasi-static events, such as rolling of hot metal and slow crushing of energy absorbing devices. ABAQUS/Explicit is designed for production environments, so ease of use, reliability, and efficiency are key ingredients in its architecture. ABAQUS/Explicit is supported within the ABAQUS/CAE modeling environment for all common pre- and postprocessing needs.

The results at any point within an ABAQUS/Explicit run can be used as the starting conditions for continuation in ABAQUS/Standard. Similarly, an analysis that starts in ABAQUS/Standard can be continued in ABAQUS/Explicit. The flexibility provided by this integration allows ABAQUS/Explicit to be applied to those portions of the analysis where high-speed, nonlinear, transient response dominates the solution; while ABAQUS/Standard can be applied to those portions of the analysis that are well-suited to an implicit solution technique, such as static, low-speed dynamic, or steady-state transport analyses.


ABAQUS/CFD conjugate heat transfer of simplified shell & tube heat exchanger

ABAQUS/CFD provides advanced computational fluid dynamics capabilities with extensive support for preprocessing and postprocessing provided in ABAQUS/CAE. These scalable parallel CFD simulation capabilities address a broad range of nonlinear coupled fluid-thermal and fluid-structural problems.

ABAQUS/CFD can solve the following types of incompressible flow problems:
Laminar and turbulent: Internal or external flows that are steady-state or transient, span a broad Reynolds number range, and involve complex geometry may be simulated with ABAQUS/CFD. This includes flow problems induced by spatially varying distributed body forces.

Thermal convective: Problems that involve heat transfer and require an energy equation and that may involve buoyancy-driven flows (i.e., natural convection) can also be solved with ABAQUS/CFD. This type of problem includes turbulent heat transfer for a broad range of Prandtl numbers.

Deforming-mesh ALE: ABAQUS/CFD includes the ability to perform deforming-mesh analyses using an arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) description of the equations of motion, heat transfer, and turbulent transport. Deforming-mesh problems may include prescribed boundary motion that induces fluid flow or FSI problems where the boundary motion is relatively independent of the fluid flow.

ABAQUS/Isight & the Simulia Execution Engine (SEE)

Process flow flow for turbine optimization

In today’s complex product development and manufacturing environment, designers and engineers are using a wide range of software tools to design and simulate their products. Often, chained simulation process flows are required in which the parameters and results from one software package are needed as inputs to another package and the manual process of entering the required data can reduce efficiency, slow product development, and introduce errors in modeling and simulation assumptions.

SIMULIA provides market-leading solutions that improve the process of leveraging the power of various software packages. Isight and the SIMULIA Execution Engine (formerly Fiper) are used to combine multiple cross-disciplinary models and applications together in a simulation process flow, automate their execution across distributed compute resources, explore the resulting design space, and identify the optimal design parameters subject to required constraints.

Our proven simulation automation and optimization solutions enable engineering teams to:

  • Drastically reduce design cycle time through integrating workflow processes in an automated environment
  • Deliver more reliable, better-quality products through accelerated evaluation of design alternatives
  • Lower hardware investments through effective use of legacy systems and more efficient job distribution
  • Eliminate the bottlenecks of ineffective communication by enabling secure design collaboration among partners
Simulation Lifecycle Management Overview

Simulation life cycle management GUI showing process flow.

SIMULIA’s SLM solution enables product development companies to perform simulation data management as well as test data management to achieve a competitive advantage and maximize their investment in simulation technology.

As the Dassault Systèmes brand for Realistic Simulation, we have leveraged proven Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technology from ENOVIA and combined it with our 30+ years of simulation expertise to deliver a breakthrough, economically deployable solution for capturing, managing, and securing their valuable simulation intellectual property.

Based on Dassault Systèmes’ V6, our collaborative platform simplifies the capture and deployment of approved simulation methods and best practices, providing improved confidence in the use of simulation and test data to improve product quality. Using our open scientific platform, users can easily deploy proven simulation methods, automate standard simulation processes, distribute simulation workloads across high-performance parallel computing resources, share and manage the simulation results to support collaborative decision making.

SIMULIA SLM also accelerates product development by ensuring decision traceability and providing timely access to the right information through secure storage, search and retrieval with distinct functionality dedicated specifically to simulation scenarios and data.

The SIMULIA SLM product suite, combined with ENOVIA technology, offers an open and flexible configuration based on your organization’s simulation data management process management needs.

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