General-Purpose Finite Element Analysis Software

Abaqus reaches the desk of engineering analysts as a robust Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software. It is designed to exploit the true generality of the theoretical potential of the method without imposing any unnecessary limitations. Abaqus assists engineers to simulate complex real-world problems for a wide range of industries and rely on it for advanced engineering simulations.

With an extensive library of element types, it can model nearly any geometry. Abaqus has an equally extensive library of material models. By using this library, you can simulate stress and deformation in isotropic and anisotropic metals at varying temperatures and strain rates. 

Beyond metals, Abaqus can simulate:
•    Rubber and polymers
•    Composites (including multi-scale materials)
•    Reinforced concrete
•    Glass and ceramics
•    Crushable or resilient foam
•    Geotechnical materials like soil and rock
•    Adhesives
•    Biological Tissue

However, Abaqus offers more than just stress analysis. Abaqus simplifies the simulation of conductive and convective heat transfer, mass diffusion, acoustics, piezoelectricity, pore pressure and electrochemistry either independently, sequentially coupled, or fully coupled with stress analyses.

Abaqus is uniquely powerful due to its modularity and flexibility. You can model any physically reasonable combination of elements, materials, procedures and loading sequences. With Abaqus, you can use any material with virtually any element (for composites, in a layer of an element). Abaqus enables you to bring your ideas to reality by allowing you to create and simulate your own models without limitations. You can subject your models to any sequence of static or dynamic loading histories.

Finite Element Simulation of Large Models

With increasing design complexity, gaining a detailed understanding of design intricacies often requires large simulation models. The FEA system must allow the analyst to run large problems by efficiently using available compute resources.

Abaqus takes advantage of the latest high-performance features of modern processors, GPGPU devices, and HPC architectures so that model size limitations rarely prevent you from realizing an adequate simulation. Users appreciate being able to meet schedules because the code runs large, complex jobs through to completion. Realistic models quickly expose how meticulously the designers of the code took care of the details. Abaqus holds up under the rigors of real-life, large model requirements.

Nonlinear Simulation Excellence

It is important that analysts consider nonlinear responses as an essential part of a simulation. Lightweight structures buckle, in accident scenarios, they could collapse. Many important materials like rubbers and plastics are too soft to simulate based on linearized deformation. Often the design engineer wants to take full advantage of the ductility and toughness materials provide, requiring models that account for plasticity, damage, and failure.

Many design problems involve contact, from Hertz contact in a bearing simulation, small-sliding contact in bolt-down problems, deformable bodies under contact in metal stamping processes, or various components of a vehicle plastically deforming and interacting by contact during crash simulations. Even traditionally linear problems like frequency analysis and steady-state dynamics often depend on nonlinear preloading conditions that dictate the linear response. Abaqus allows you to address all of these problems and many more with unparalleled accuracy and performance. Built from the ground up as a nonlinear finite element solver, it has long held a worldwide reputation as the tool of choice for simulations where nonlinearity dominates the response.

Scalable Ease of Use for Every Class of Problem

Abaqus is popular as an advanced analysis code with its specialization on production analysis. It has a comprehensive suite of capabilities that are straightforward and easy to learn. It is modular and has simple, consistent and intuitive problem definition rules that relieve you of artificial and frustrating limitations. You can model geometry as closely as needed, define various material behaviors associated with different components in the model, and simulate complex scenarios representing an enormous diversity of realistic physics.

Abaqus is designed to ease complex tasks. One of the best examples is automatic time stepping in nonlinear problems: Abaqus chooses and continuously adjusts the time increments to automatically obtain a good balance of performance and nonlinear convergence. This feature alone has permitted many users to perform simulations that would have been impossible otherwise. You can tackle realistic simulations with confidence of success and with the assurance of meeting the design schedules.

Research organizations and highly specialized experts use Abaqus extensively because of its versatility and user-definable extensibility. Its great success is built on its acceptance in the design analysis community as a general analysis tool that not only provides convenience for routine and advanced simulations alike, but also infinitely extends the range of possible simulations through a wide range of customizable user subroutine interfaces.

What distinguishes Abaqus is its proven record of success in the largest and most complex problems. For relatively straightforward applications, Abaqus is a pleasure to work with. For the most complex problems, Abaqus shines as the one tool that provides reliable answers.

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