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XFEM vs. Classical Fracture Modeling Techniques in Abaqus

Course Dates

Take advantage of this online course on "XFEM vs. Classical Fracture Modeling Techniques in Abaqus" right from your desk, reducing both the expenses and productivity impact of travelling. The lecture content of this online course is conveniently scheduled over two morning sessions. The course workshops can be completed during the afternoons at your convenience, when support engineers from SIMULIA East will be available by phone to help you.


11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

(with 12:30-1:30 break)

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, June 6

Online Course

Offline Workshop Support

Thursday, June 7

Online Course

Offline Workshop Support

Hosting Office: SIMULIA Eastern Region – Eastern Time (ET) – New York, U.S.A


As part of the continuing efforts to improve realistic simulation, modeling fracture & failure has been an area of development for Abaqus. Fracture and failure modeling allows for product designs that maximize the safe operating life of structural components. Abaqus offers many capabilities that enable fracture and failure modeling. Abaqus 6.9 introduced a new capability called XFEM (eXtended Finite Element Method). This capability alleviates the shortcomings associated with traditional approaches that require meshing cracked surfaces and updating the mesh for a growing crack.

This seminar first provides a discussion of some of the conventional FEA techniques for predicting stress intensity factor and J-integrals. Then the focus will be on updating your skills to using the new XFEM technique. During the seminar's lectures and workshops users will learn about:

  • Proper modeling techniques for capturing crack-tip singularities in fracture mechanics problems
  • Using Abaqus/CAE to create meshes appropriate for fracture studies
  • Calculation of stress intensity factors and contour integrals around a crack tip using conventional techniques and using XFEM
  • Simulating crack growth using the eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM)

Who Should Attend

This seminar is recommended for engineers with experience using Abaqus. Experience with Abaqus/CAE is desirable.


The registration cost for this course is $580. We offer sizable discounts for group registrations from the same site†. The table below lists the discount pricing schedule. Registrations after May 30, 2012 will incur an additional processing fee of $50 per person. SIMULIA East reserves the right to decline registrations received after the deadline.

Attendee[s] per site

Cost per person




$480 per additional registration


$380 per additional registration

> 10

$280 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 $200 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.