Abaqus Unified FEA

Complete solutions for realistic simulation.

Naming convention and Release cycle synchronization

All versions of Portfolio Products will now follow the year-based naming convention to be consistent with each other and consistent with the other SIMULIA product releases that will be occurring at that time.

  • Abaqus 6.14 -> Abaqus 2016
  • Isight 5.9 -> Isight 2016
  • fe-safe 6.5 -> fe-safe 2016
  • Tosca Structure 8.1 -> Tosca Structure 2016

What's New in Abaqus 2016

Product simulation is often performed today 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. For example, in the automotive industry engineering work groups can 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.

Abaqus 2016 - Unified FEA Products

  • Abaqus/CAE
  • Abaqus/Standard
  • Abaqus/Explicit
  • Abaqus/CFD


Enhanced Contact

  • Advances in Abaqus/Standard general contact
    • Improved heuristics for automatically transitioning between  different contact formulations can significantly improve convergence behavior in Abaqus/Standard
    • New vertex-to-surface supplementary formulation improves contact behavior at convex corners.
  • Introducing Linearized contact
    • Efficiently address problems where the only source of nonlinearity is frictionless small sliding contact
    • Works best for small & medium size problems.
    • Initially available from select 3DEXPERIENCE applications
  • Updated Contact Output for Abaqus/Explicit
    • Now Abaqus Standard family of output variables, including CDISP, CTANDIR, CSTATUS and slip rate variables.
  • CAD-enhanced contact
    • Geometric correction technique has been extended to more general surface shapes
    • Provides both accuracy and robustness benefits
    • Initially available from select 3DEXPERIENCE applications


Enhanced Materials and Elements

  • Expanded element library
    • Pyramid element for stress analysis for compatible transition between tet and hex mesh
    • Multiphysics elements
      • Coupled temperature-displacement (CTD)
      • Coupled pore pressure-displacement (CPD)
      • Coupled pore pressure-temperature-displacement (CPTD)
    • Fluid pipe/connector elements based on Bernoulli’s equation can model 1D fluid flow.
      • Valid for incompressible steady-state conditions
      • Pressure, flow rate, & gravity loading
      • Can model losses arising from friction & pipe joints
      • Can couple with 3D pore pressure elements
  • Rigid body rotation of tied solid surfaces
    • Abaqus/Standard will by default account for rotations of offsets in solid mesh ties
  • Material modeling enhancements
    • Rate dependent nonlinear kinematic hardening plasticity
    • Orthotropic clay plasticity for geomechanics applications
    • Import of Johnson Cook plasticity for spring back after high rate impact events
  • GPU Acceleration of AMS
  • GPU Acceleration of the modal frequency response solver
  • Tracer particles for CEL
    • Tracer particles follow the material motion in CEL simulations and allow extraction of material point results
  • DEM particle generation
    • Particle generation can now be based on:
      • Evolving inlet surfaces
      • User-specified size distribution
      • User-specified mass flow rate
      • User-specified inlet velocity
  • Improved treatment of SPH boundaries
    • Introduction of virtual particles improves accuracy of SPH wall conditions.
  • Uniform grid SPH particle generation
    • Generating SPH particles based on uniform background grid instead of parent element can improve accuracy of results.
  • Model instancing
    • Connectors, connector sections, and contact interactions are now copied from instanced models
  • Generate cohesive elements through Mesh Edit tool
    • Select geometry faces or element sets/surfaces
    • Creates sets for newly created nodes/elements
    • Mid-side node placement
      • New plug-in available in the Mesh Module
      • Selection based on sets, surfaces, or viewport picking
      • Undo/Redo enabled


Enhanced Interface and Usability

  • Improved Usability
    • Fixed Copy/Paste issues in past releases
    • Copy text from prompt area to clipboard
    • Copy content from GUI widgets and paste the contents after closing the widget window
    • Default font and glyph size updated to 12 point
  • Improved Viewport control
    • One click – link/unlink all viewports
    • Separate control for Linked Viewport Manager
    • Links all options by default
    • Expand viewport to Full Screen (F11)
    • F11 toggles back to default view
    • Freebody usability
    • Highlights the location of user-defined  summation points
    • Improved default colors of Moment arrows


  • Reduction in a company’s FEA toolset and training expenses
  • Greater efficiency in model generation
  • Improved correlation between tests and analysis results
  • Improved data transfer between simulations
  • More flexible workforce