Finite Element Method

Profile and Objective

As a well-established universal simulation and optimization tool, the finite element method (FEM) enables the optimization of single components such as turbine blades or clutch couplings, up to the simulation of entire vehicles. The simulation of complex accident scenarios helps the designer to identify weak points without having to produce expensive prototypes.

Abaqus Expanded Teaching Edition:

  • Abaqus/CAE
  • Abaqus/Standard
  • Abaqus/Explicit


Limitations compared to the Research Edition:

  • Maximum model size: 250000 nodes
  • No user subroutines

Number of licences: 20

FEM I: Statics and dynamics

  • Geometry and meshing
  • Loads and boundary conditions
  • Procedures
  • Linear elasticity and damping
  • Elements
  • Contact and interactions
  • Post processing


Corresponding lecture: Introduction to Abaqus FEA


FEM II: Material models

  • Hyperelasticity
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Plasticity
  • Damage and failure
  • Anisotropy