Thermal-Electric interaction (also known as Joule heating) allows coupled simulation between electrical current flow and local resistive heating. Current flow generates heating, heating changes resistivity, resitivity change alters current flow. This type of simulation is useful in sensitive electronics devices such as fuses, links, electrical traces, and lightbulb filaments.
The Thermal-Electric Multiphysics capability in Abaqus provides a complete fully-coupled capability including nonlinear effects in material properties in both the electrical and thermal physics components. This allows a full range of Joule heating capabilities to be simulated within the familiar Abaqus environment.
Hilali, S. Y., and B. -J. Wang, "ABAQUS Thermal Modeling for Electrical Assemblies," 1995 ABAQUS Users' Conference, Paris, May 1995, pp. 441-457.
Wang, B. -J., and S. Y. Hilali, "Electrical-Thermal Modeling Using ABAQUS," 1995 ABAQUS Users' Conference, Paris, May 1995, pp. 771-785.