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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. Dynamic vibration, multibody systems, impact/crash, nonlinear static, thermal coupling, and acoustic-structural coupling using a common model data structure and integrated solver technology are some of these applications.

What is ABAQUS?

ABAQUS is a general purpose finite element code for several types of analysis. Among these are static and dynamic stress/displacement calculation, heat transfer and thermal stress, coupled pore fluid flow, mass diffusion, acoustic, piezoelectric, and fracture mechanics analysis.

Where is ABAQUS?

ABAQUS is available in all of the engineering computer labs and compute.

Starting ABAQUS

Before running ABAQUS on the DECS Compute Servers, you must first set your environment. You can set the environment for an individual session by typing source $SOFT/simulia in a terminal window.

If you will be using ABAQUS on a regular basis, you can add the following lines to your .cshrc file:

if ( -r $SOFT/simulia) then
source $SOFT/simulia


Now, each time you log in, your environment will be set to run ABAQUS. The first time you run ABAQUS after adding the above lines to the .cshrc file you will need to run the command source ~/.cshrc or log out then back in.

By default, when you start ABAQUS, you will run the teaching version.  This is due to the fact that there are thirty seats available of ABAQUS/CAE, the pre/post processor environment for ABAQUS. The research version only has eight seats of CAE, so they may be checked out already.

When your model is set up and you are ready for the analysis runs, you can change to the research version of ABAQUS by creating the file abaqus_2017.env in your home directory. It will contain the following line: academic=RESEARCH

You can switch back to the teaching version by changing the line to: academic=TEACHING

The default/most recent version of ABAQUS on the LINUX servers is started by typing

abaqus cae -mesa (will launch ABAQUS with a GUI)


abaqus will prompt you for the input job and other parameters you want. 

If you start the ABAQUS documentation server with the command abaqus doc, one of the choices is online tutorials for ABAQUS. There are example files that can be copied to your workspace for these tutorials.


Selecting HELP in ABAQUS will start the online documentation for the specific part of ABAQUS you are using.