1.1 The Abaqus documentation collection

The Abaqus manuals are listed and described below.

This manual includes detailed descriptions of how to use Abaqus/CAE for model generation, analysis, and results evaluation and visualization. Abaqus/Viewer users should refer to the information on the Visualization module in this manual.

This manual contains a complete description of the elements, material models, procedures, input specifications, etc. It is the basic reference document for Abaqus/Standard, Abaqus/Explicit, and Abaqus/CFD. Both input file usage and Abaqus/CAE usage information are provided in this manual.

This manual contains detailed examples designed to illustrate the approaches and decisions needed to perform meaningful linear and nonlinear analysis. Many of the examples are worked with several different element types, mesh densities, and other variations. Typical cases are large motion of an elastic-plastic pipe hitting a rigid wall; inelastic buckling collapse of a thin-walled elbow; explosive loading of an elastic, viscoplastic thin ring; consolidation under a footing; buckling of a composite shell with a hole; and deep drawing of a metal sheet. It is generally useful to look for relevant examples in this manual and to review them when embarking on a new class of problems.

This manual contains benchmark problems and analyses used to evaluate the performance of Abaqus; the tests are multiple element tests of simple geometries or simplified versions of real problems. The NAFEMS benchmark problems are included in this manual.

This manual is a self-paced tutorial designed to help new users become familiar with using Abaqus/CAE to create solid, shell, and beam and truss models and Abaqus/Standard or Abaqus/Explicit to perform static, quasi-static, and dynamic stress analysis simulations. It contains a number of fully worked examples that provide practical guidelines for performing structural analyses with Abaqus. In addition, three comprehensive tutorials are provided to introduce users familiar with the Abaqus solver products to the Abaqus/CAE interface.

This manual is designed to help new users become familiar with the Abaqus input file syntax for static and dynamic stress analysis simulations. The Abaqus keyword interface is used to model examples similar to those included in Getting Started with Abaqus: Interactive Edition.

This manual contains instructions for navigating, viewing, and searching the Abaqus HTML and PDF documentation.

This manual describes how to install Abaqus and how to configure the installation for particular circumstances. Some of this information, of most relevance to users, is also provided in the Abaqus Analysis User's Manual.

This manual contains a complete description of all the input options that are available in Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit.

This manual contains detailed, precise discussions of all theoretical aspects of Abaqus. It is written to be understood by users with an engineering background.

This manual describes basic test cases, providing verification of each individual program feature (procedures, output options, MPCs, etc.) against exact calculations and other published results. It may be useful to run these problems when learning to use a new capability. In addition, the supplied input data files provide good starting points to check the behavior of elements, materials, etc.

This manual provides a complete description of all the user subroutines available for use in Abaqus analyses. It also discusses the utility routines that can be used when writing user subroutines.

This manual defines technical terms as they apply to the Abaqus Unified FEA Product Suite.

This manual provides a description of the Abaqus Scripting Interface, which is an application programming interface (API) to the models and data used by Abaqus. The manual describes how commands can be used to create and analyze Abaqus/CAE models, to view the results of the analysis, and to automate repetitive tasks. It also contains information on using the Abaqus Scripting Interface or C++ as an API to the output database.

This manual provides a command reference that lists the syntax of each command in the Abaqus Scripting Interface.

This manual provides a description of the Abaqus GUI Toolkit, which allows you to customize the Abaqus/CAE Graphical User Interface by creating your own dialog boxes, GUI modules, and even applications. The manual explains how to use the components of the toolkit by providing snippets of example code.

This manual provides a complete listing of the Abaqus GUI Toolkit programming interface, but it does not describe how to use the toolkit. For an explanation of how to use the Abaqus GUI Toolkit see the Abaqus GUI Toolkit User's Manual.

This manual describes how to use the Abaqus Interface for MSC.ADAMS, which creates Abaqus models of MSC.ADAMS components and converts the Abaqus results into an MSC.ADAMS modal neutral file that can be used by the ADAMS/Flex program.

This manual describes how to use the Abaqus Interface for Moldflow, which creates a partial Abaqus input file by translating results from a Moldflow polymer processing simulation.

This manual contains brief descriptions of the new features available in the latest release of the Abaqus product line.