Abaqus Unified FEA

Today, product simulation is often being performed by engineering groups using niche simulation tools from different vendors to simulate various design attributes. The use of multiple vendor software products creates inefficiencies and increases costs. SIMULIA delivers a scalable suite of unified analysis products that allow all users, regardless of their simulation expertise or domain focus, to collaborate and seamlessly share simulation data and approved methods without loss of information fidelity.

The Abaqus Unified FEA product suite offers powerful and complete solutions for both routine and sophisticated engineering problems covering a vast spectrum of industrial applications. In the automotive industry engineering work groups are able to consider full vehicle loads, dynamic vibration, multibody systems, impact/crash, nonlinear static, thermal coupling, and acoustic-structural coupling using a common model data structure and integrated solver technology. Best-in-class companies are taking advantage of Abaqus Unified FEA to consolidate their processes and tools, reduce costs and inefficiencies, and gain a competitive advantage.

Whether you need to understand the detailed behavior of a complex assembly, refine concepts for a new design, understand the behavior of new materials, or simulate a discrete manufacturing process, Abaqus FEA provides the most complete and flexible solution to get the job done. The software suite delivers accurate, robust, high-performance solutions for challenging nonlinear problems, large-scale linear dynamics applications, and routine design simulations. Its unmatched integration of implicit and explicit FEA capabilities enables you to use the results of one simulation directly in a subsequent analysis to capture the effects of prior history, such as manufacturing processes on product performance. User programmable features, scripting and GUI customization features allow proven methods to be captured and deployed to your enterprise, enabling more design alternatives to be analyzed in less time.

Abaqus FEA takes advantage of the latest high-performance parallel computing environments, allowing you to include details in your models previously excluded due to computing limitations. This allows you to minimize assumptions while reducing turnaround time for high-fidelity results. The suite’s renowned capabilities are extended through complementary products, extensions, and interfaces to Alliance Partner products. Discover how you can leverage the world’s most complete and powerful suite of FEA software to explore the real-world behavior of your products and accelerate innovation.

Abaqus Unified FEA Product Suite


Abaqus/Standard employs solution technology ideal for static and low-speed dynamic events where highly accurate stress solutions are critically important. Examples include sealing pressure in a gasket joint, steady-state rolling of a tire, or crack propagation in a composite airplane fuselage. Within a single simulation, it is possible to analyze a model both in the time and frequency domain. For example, one may start by performing a nonlinear engine cover mounting analysis including sophisticated gasket mechanics. Following the mounting analysis, the pre-stressed natural frequencies of the cover can be extracted, or the frequency domain mechanical and acoustic response of the pre-stressed cover to engine induced vibrations can be examined. Abaqus/Standard is supported within the Abaqus/CAE modeling environment for all common pre- and postprocessing needs.

The results at any point within an Abaqus/Standard run can be used as the starting conditions for continuation in Abaqus/Explicit. Similarly, an analysis that starts in Abaqus/Explicit can be continued in Abaqus/Standard. The flexibility provided by this integration allows Abaqus/Standard to be applied to those portions of the analysis that are well-suited to an implicit solution technique, such as static, low-speed dynamic, or steady-state transport analyses; while Abaqus/Explicit may be applied to those portions of the analysis where high-speed, nonlinear, transient response dominates the solution.


Abaqus/Explicit is a finite element analysis product that is particularly well-suited to simulate brief transient dynamic

events such as consumer electronics drop testing, automotive crashworthiness, and ballistic impact. The ability of Abaqus/Explicit to effectively handle severely nonlinear behavior such as contact makes it very attractive for the simulation of many quasi-static events, such as rolling of hot metal and slow crushing of energy absorbing devices. Abaqus/Explicit is designed for production environments, so ease of use, reliability, and efficiency are key ingredients in its architecture. Abaqus/Explicit is supported within the Abaqus/CAE modeling environment for all common pre- and postprocessing needs.

The results at any point within an Abaqus/Explicit run can be used as the starting conditions for continuation in Abaqus/Standard. Similarly, an analysis that starts in Abaqus/Standard can be continued in Abaqus/Explicit. The flexibility provided by this integration allows Abaqus/Explicit to be applied to those portions of the analysis where high-speed, nonlinear, transient response dominates the solution; while Abaqus/Standard can be applied to those portions of the analysis that are well-suited to an implicit solution technique, such as static, low-speed dynamic, or steady-state transport analyses.



Abaqus/CFD provides advanced computational fluid dynamics capabilities with extensive support for preprocessing and postprocessing provided in Abaqus/CAE. These scalable parallel CFD simulation capabilities address a broad range of nonlinear coupled fluid-thermal and fluid-structural problems.

Abaqus/CFD can solve the following types of incompressible flow problems:

  • Laminar and turbulent: Internal or external flows that are steady-state or transient, span a broad Reynolds number range, and involve complex geometry may be simulated with Abaqus/CFD. This includes flow problems induced by spatially varying distributed body forces.
  • Thermal convective: Problems that involve heat transfer and require an energy equation and that may involve buoyancy-driven flows (i.e., natural convection) can also be solved with Abaqus/CFD. This type of problem includes turbulent heat transfer for a broad range of Prandtl numbers.
  • Deforming-mesh ALE: Abaqus/CFD includes the ability to perform deforming-mesh analyses using an arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) description of the equations of motion, heat transfer, and turbulent transport. Deforming-mesh problems may include prescribed boundary motion that induces fluid flow or FSI problems where the boundary motion is relatively independent of the fluid flow.


Complete solution for Abaqus finite element modeling, visualization, and process automation

With Abaqus/CAE you can quickly and efficiently create, edit, monitor, diagnose, and visualize advanced Abaqus analyses. The intuitive interface integrates modeling, analysis, job management, and results visualization in a consistent, easy-to-use environment that is simple to learn for new users, yet highly productive for experienced users. Abaqus/CAE supports familiar interactive computer-aided engineering concepts such as feature-based, parametric modeling, interactive and scripted operation, and GUI customization.

Users can create geometry, import CAD models for meshing, or integrate geometry-based meshes that do not have associated CAD geometry. Associative Interfaces for CATIA V5, SolidWorks, and Pro/ENGINEER enable synchronization of CAD and CAE assemblies and enable rapid model updates with no loss of user-defined analysis features.

The open customization toolset of Abaqus/CAE provides a powerful process automation solution, enabling specialists to deploy proven workflows across the engineering enterprise. Abaqus/CAE also offers comprehensive visualization options, which enable users to interpret and communicate the results of any Abaqus analysis.


Composites Modeler for Abaqus/CAE

Composites Modeler for Abaqus/CAE, developed by Simulayt Ltd., complements and extends the powerful ply modeling features in Abaqus/CAE by providing proven fiber simulation capabilities and advanced model building—all seamlessly integrated within Abaqus/CAE.

Composites Modeler for Abaqus/CAE directly transfers accurate fiber angles and ply thicknesses to Abaqus simulations for unprecedented accuracy, and allows rapid review and modification of the composites model for rapid design improvement. The product also generates manufacturing data to ensure that the analyzed model matches the final structure, and provides direct integration with Simulayt’s Layup Pipeline for seamless communication across the enterprise.

Benefits of Composites Modeler for Abaqus/CAE

  • Prevents specification of plies and structures that cannot be manufactured, avoiding costly mistakes.
  • Improves model fidelity and reduces setup time to allow rapid design improvement.
  • Allows seamless analysis, design and manufacture integration across the enterprise to promote development efficiency.


Abaqus Topology Optimization Module (ATOM)

The Abaqus Topology Optimization Module (ATOM) delivers advanced capabilities for nonlinear structural optimization, providing engineers and product designers with manufacturable designs which meet the structural needs of a part, while improving performance and reducing costs associated with weight/mass.

ATOM enables Abaqus users to perform topology and shape optimization for single parts and assemblies, while taking into account large deformation, material nonlinearity and contact.

Benefits of ATOM

  • Shorter design cycle enables faster time-to-market
  • Lower production costs due to weight savings
  • Better part-life estimates with targeted peak stress
  • Improved product quality with lower failure rates. [więcej]