Today, product simulation is often being performed by engineering groups using niche simulation tools from different vendors to simulate various design attributes. The use of multiple vendor software products creates inefficiencies and increases costs. SIMULIA delivers a scalable suite of unified analysis products that allow all users, regardless of their simulation expertise or domain focus, to collaborate and seamlessly share simulation data and approved methods without loss of information fidelity.The Abaqus Unified FEA product suite offers powerful and complete solutions for both routine and sophisticated engineering problems covering a vast spectrum of industrial applications. In the automotive industry engineering work groups are able to consider full vehicle loads, dynamic vibration, multibody systems, impact/crash, nonlinear static, thermal coupling, and acoustic-structural coupling using a common model data structure and integrated solver technology. Best-in-class companies are taking advantage of Abaqus Unified FEA to consolidate their processes and tools, reduce costs and inefficiencies, and gain a competitive advantage

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SIMULIA - Abaqus

Simulation for product, nature & life

Abaqus Unified FEA is the world’s technology-leading suite of software for structural finite element modeling, solving, and visualization.

New Benefits

Improved correlation between tests and analysis results.

Greater efficiency in model generation.

Improved data transfer between simulations.

Reduction in a company’s FEA tool set and training expenses.

More flexible workforce through standardization on a single complete capability for structural simulation.

Linear and nonlinear analysis including geometric, material, and contact non linearities.

Material models for metals, composites, human tissue, rubber, thermoplastics, and more.

Material fracture and failure.

Robust contact capabilities.

High-performance computing.



The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform provides extended values for Abaqus users through Social and PLM Collaboration allowing increased productivity, collaboration, and visibility to simulation work and results throughout the Enterprise.  The following 3DEXPERIENCE Simulation role connects Abaqus Unified FEA to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform:

Abaqus Specialist (PXA)

Abaqus capabilities are also available natively in of the 3DEXPERIENCE Simulation portfolio in the following Roles and options which deliver structural simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform:

Stress Engineer (MDS)

Structural Stress Engineer (DRD)

Mechanical Analyst (SMU)

Simulation Results Analyst (SRA)


Material and element enhancements:

A new 2nd order tet element C3D10 in Abaqus/Explicit provides larger stable time increment and is more computationally efficient.

A new shear panel element SHEAR4 in Abaqus/Standard provides efficient modeling of reinforced thin-wall structures such as can be found in airplane fuselages

The hyperfoam material that was previously available in Abaqus/Explicit is now also available in Abaqus/Standard. Results transfer between Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit is fully supported which enables workflows involving static preload followed by dynamic impact.

The concrete damaged plasticity model in Explicit has been enhanced to include damage initiation and failure.

Contact enhancements

General contact in Abaqus/Standard now supports thermal and thermal-electrical procedures.

Initial contact stresses in Abaqus/Standard can be computed based on user-specified stress in elements underlying the contact surface

New contact output variables including scalar integration of contact pressure over the surface.

The bolt contact capability in Abaqus/Standard has been enhanced to more accurately represent threads without actually meshing the thread.

Linear Dynamics enhancements

SMP parallel processing is now supported for results recovery in mode-based procedures.

The missing mass method is now available for use within the response spectrum procedure. A common application is earthquake engineering.

Structural energy flow, power flow and acoustic radiated energy and power can now be computed for coupled structural-acoustic steady state dynamics

Modeling and visualization enhancements

Model instances can now be used with flattened input files.

Asymmetric axisymmetric elements CAXA/SAXA are now supported within Abaqus/CAE. 

Geometry assemblies within Abaqus/CAE can be exported into the ASAT format which simplifies interoperability with 3DEXPERIENCE applications.

Visualization of nodal tensor fields is now supported.

Other key enhancements

Parallel scalability of Abaqus/Explicit has been significantly improved. Performance improvements approaching 50% have been observed.

Performance of coutour integral evaluation has significantly increased for large models.

Performance of linear static load cases has been significantly improved. 

Abaqus Add-ons

The Abaqus Unified FEA Suite enables users to develop custom applications and integrate solutions from Alliance Partners or their own in-house applications. A variety of customizable extensions, or Plug-ins, for Abaqus offering efficiencies for specific industry simulation needs can be obtained on the SIMULIA Learning Community

Add-on Tools:

Abaqus Knee Simulator (AKS)

Analysis Interfaces

CAD Associative Interfaces

Composites Modeler for Abaqus/CAE

Crash Dummy and Barrier Models

C Zone for Abaqus

Geometry Translators

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 tool set 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 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.

VCCT for Abaqus

VCCT for Abaqus provides delamination/debonding analysis capabilities for structures containing bonded surfaces. This is an intrinsic feature of Abaqus/Standard that is available free of charge with Abaqus 6.8 and higher versions.

Related Products




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 crash worthiness, 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 post processing 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.

The Abaqus Unified FEA product suite has significant capabilities that are used to solve multiphysics problems. These capabilities,developed over many years and fully integrated as core Abaqus functionality,have been used extensively for many engineering applications on products andengineering projects in use today.

Multiphysics technology has been a part of Abaqus from the beginning. Starting with Abaqus V2 (in 1979), Abaqus/Aqua simulates hydrodynamic wave loading on flexible structures for offshore pipelines.Through the years additional multiphysics capabilities have been added, such as fluid, thermal, and electrical couplings, to name a few.

The advantage of Abaqus Multiphysics is the ease with which Multiphysics problems can be solved by the Abaqus structural FEA user. From the same model, same element library, same material data, and same load history, an Abaqus structural FEA model can easily be extended to include additional physics interaction. No additional tools, interfaces, or simulation methodology are needed.


Multiphysics Capabilities in Abaqus:


Coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian







Structural-Pore Pressure