A New Abaqus/CAE View Menu

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Improve your CAE post-processing workflow with simple shortcuts to useful model visualizations, such as view cuts normal to screen, view cuts through datum planes, instant 180° rotations, and more! Your New Abaqus/CAE View Manipulation Options Plug-ins menu Description Views/Swap viewport positions Shift the positions of multiple viewports. Views/Cut plane normal to view Create a cut plane normal to the current view. Views/View normal to cut plane Orient view normal to current cutting plane. Views/View behind Flip the view 180 degrees […]

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SIMULIA for Tire Engineering: A Comprehensive Simulation Package

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Dassault Systèmes CATIA and SIMULIA (Abaqus, XFlow, CST Studio Suite, etc.) solutions are widely used in the tire industry to optimize tire performance, reduce costs and develop innovative products. The combination of design, PLM and simulation tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform means these solutions are even more powerful in combination, allowing advanced design and simulation workflows integrated over the entire tire design cycle. This improves communication between design teams, making project data and specifications easily available to all, and allows […]

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19 Interesting Things About Abaqus in 2019

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In 1978, Dr. David Hibbitt founded Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc., and created the first version of the ABAQUS engineering simulation software.  From the very start, the focus was on solving advanced problems with finite element analysis (FEA).  In fact, one of the early user bases was the nuclear power industry. That legacy of complexity and reliability continues to this day, as Abaqus (now owned by long-time HKS Inc. partner Dassault Systèmes) has become the centerpiece of the SIMULIA simulation ecosystem.  […]

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7 Questions to Quiz Your Abaqus (SIMULIA) VAR

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When you’re using technical software, success comes down to support and knowledge, not just in the usage of the software; but also in purchase, implementation, and education. Fortunately, when you buy SIMULIA software (Abaqus, CST Studio Suite, fe-safe, Tosca, Isight, etc), Dassault Systèmes is not the only one invested in your success. SIMULIA is sold through authorized VARs (value-added resellers) like CATI. We are your allies, your first and swiftest line of assistance, and we want to see you flourish. […]

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Abaqus/Explicit 2019 Now Supports C3D10 Tetrahedral Elements

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Abaqus/Explicit has long required second-order tetrahedral elements to be of the C3D10M (the ‘M’ stands for modified) element type. This has now changed — true second-order C3D10 elements are available! C3D10 elements in Abaqus/Explicit: Are true quadratic elements (“modified” elements are a special case of “numerical composite”) Are higher accuracy than their first-order, linear (C3D4) counterparts Are higher accuracy than their “modified” (C3D10M) counterparts Are recommended over C3D10M by Dassault Systèmes Have a bigger stable time increment than C3D10M Are […]

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Managing Your SIMULIA (Abaqus) FlexNet License

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Updating your SIMULIA license can be tricky. When you only touch it once a year, it’s easy to lose track of the license manager application or license file itself. This is the easiest way to activate that new license file that was just emailed to you. The license manager also lets you check the license status and/or pick a different license file location. We provide instructions below for that, too. Checking the license server status: 1. Click the Server Status […]

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Abaqus Contact Quirks: Automatic Shell Thickness Reduction and You

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Fig. 1: Contact animation Left: Automatic thickness reduction permitted     Right: Automatic thickness reduction overridden “Why isn’t my contact engaging? It obviously should be!” “Why is Abaqus changing my shell thicknesses? I didn’t ask it to!” These are frustrating questions in what should be a straightforward general contact analysis.  If you are seeing strange shell element contact behavior in your Abaqus/Explicit analysis, you may be experiencing some automatic corrective behavior that is inappropriate for your scenario.  It can, however, […]

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Updating Your SIMULIA (Abaqus) FlexNet License

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Finding the license manager: 1a. If you look in your Windows 10 Start menu programs directory, you’ll find the SIMULIA folder system to be a little silly… One of those folders will be called Dassault Systemes SIMULIA FlexNet, and in there, you will find FlexNet Licensing Utilities: 1b. Alternatively, you can just hit the Start button on your keyboard and type “flex” to search for the FlexNet application: Updating the license file: 1. Click the Start/Stop/Reread tab along the top. […]

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SIMULIA R2019x: What’s New and How to Download

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The simulation portfolio of 3DEXPERIENCE R2019x (including Abaqus 2019 download, fe-safe, Tosca, Xflow, CST, and Isight) is out and available to you right now!  It’s packed with new features and enhancements that will expand your analytical possibilities and make your life as an analyst easier!  My personal favorites include improved solve times in Abaqus/Explicit, hyperfoam materials in Abaqus/Standard, and new constraint options in Tosca Structure.  Exciting! How to Download Head over to software.3ds.com to get your download now!  This update […]

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