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Essentials of Buckling and Postbuckling in Abaqus

Course Dates

This course is presented in two lecture sessions from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET; lectures and demos will be presented by the instructor during this time.  There is a one-hour break in the middle of each lecture session (12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ET). The workshop sessions are conducted offline with technical support provided by SIMULIA South via email and telephone from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. ET.


11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT

(with 12:30-1:30 break)

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT

Thursday, February 23

Web-based Course

Offline Workshop Support

Friday, February 24

Web-based Course

Offline Workshop Support

Hosting Office: SIMULIA Southern Region – Central Time (CT)



Buckling and postbuckling behavior is critical to the success of certain designs. For example, crash worthiness of an automobile requires that particular vehicle components collapse in ways that maximize energy absorption. On the other hand, successful designs of imperfection-sensitive, thin-walled shell structures, ranging from beverage containers to large pressure vessels, must prevent unintentional buckling.
This course blends the theoretical background on such topics as geometric nonlinearity and the Riks method together with examples, guidelines, and workshops to demonstrate how to:

  • Identify an imperfection-sensitive structure
  • Extract closely spaced eigenvalues efficiently
  • Introduce imperfections into a "perfect" mesh
  • Use the Riks method effectively
  • Use damping to control unstable motions
Who Should Attend

This seminar is recommended for engineers with experience using Abaqus/Standard.


The registration cost for this course is $870. We offer sizable discounts for group registrations from the same site†. The table below lists the discount pricing schedule. Registrations after February 16, 2012 will incur an additional processing fee of $50 per person. SIMULIA South reserves the right to decline registrations received after the deadline.

Attendee[s] per site

Cost per person




$720 per additional registration


$570 per additional registration

> 10

$420 per additional registration

†Above discounts apply to attendees registering together on one registration form and providing one form of payment.

Academic Discount
A discounted registration fee of $300 is offered to all academic institutions on a space available basis. This discount cannot be combined with the multiple attendee discount. The registrations with the academic discount will not include workshop support.

What is Included

Electronic copies of the training notes will be provided to each registrant for their personal use. Every registrant will also receive a copy of Abaqus Student Edition. Many of the topics covered in this course can be practiced using Abaqus Student Edition; however, to ensure that you can perform all the course workshops fully, you will need access to a licensed copy of Abaqus. No additional Abaqus licenses will be provided.

Lecture Session Times

Pacific Time (PT) – 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Mountain Time (MT) – 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Central Time (CT) – 10 :00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Time (ET) – 11 :00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.