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Topology and Shape Optimization in Abaqus

Course Logistics

Take advantage of this live online course right from your desk. Each day of the class will begin with a lecture session. After the lecture, workshop sessions are conducted offline with technical support provided by hosting office via phone and email. Some hosting offices also allow for in-person attendance.


When used in combination with finite element analyses, topology and shape optimization techniques can help you refine your designs and produce lightweight, strong, and durable components. In addition, using structural optimization techniques can significantly reduce the number of design iterations required during a product development process. This leads to huge savings in tooling costs and vastly reduces the time to market for the product.

The objective of this seminar is to introduce Abaqus users to the Abaqus Topology Optimization Module (ATOM). ATOM is an easy to use interface native to Abaqus/CAE for setup, execution, monitoring and postprocessing of topology and shape optimization problems. In combination with Abaqus analysis products, ATOM offers an unparalleled structural optimization capability for highly nonlinear problems. Note that an additional license is required to submit an optimization process.

This online course is a customized subset of the Topology and Shape Optimization in Abaqus course.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is recommended for finite element analysts or product designers with some background in finite element analysis. Some familiarity with Abaqus/CAE is also useful but not required. However, if you are not familiar with Abaqus/CAE, we recommend that you work through a brief introductory tutorial before attending the class, such as the one provided in the "Creating and Analyzing a Simple Model in Abaqus/CAE" appendix of the Getting Started with Abaqus: Interactive Edition manual.

What is Included

Electronic copies of the training notes will be provided to each registrant for their personal use. To perform the workshops for this class you will need to have Abaqus installed on your computer along with a license that allows you to submit an optimization process. For students who need it, we will provide a 7-day training license that supports the optimization feature.

Typical 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.

UK Time (GMT) – 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.