Abaqus Guide

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Abaqus FEA

The Abaqus FEA (Simulia, Providence, RI) is a software suite for finite element analysis and computer-aided engineering, originally released in 1978. Abaqus FEA has been installed and configured on the School of Engineering HPC (code name: Hornet). Currently Abaqus 6.12 and 6.11 are both available on Hornet.

Loading Abaqus Modules

To use Abaqus 6.12 on Hornet you will need first load the Abaqus module using this command:

 module load abaqus/6.12

To load Abaqus 6.11, use this command instead:

 module load abaqus/6.11

Only one Abaqus version could be loaded in one session. For example, if Abaqus 6.11 has been loaded and you want to run Abaqus 6.12 command, at first you need to unload the Abaqus 6.11 module using this command:

 module unload abaqus/6.11

Then, load the Abaqus 6.12 module. If you intend to use subroutine with your simulation, load FORTRAN compiler as well:

 module load intelics/2012.0.032

Running Abaqus Through LSF

On Hornet Abaqus jobs are managed by LSF. To submit a job to Abaqus through LSF, run this command:

  Abq6122 job=job-1 user=code.f cpus=2 que=standard:fslocal

where “Abq6122” is the command to invoke Abaqus FEA 6.12, “job-1” is the file name of your input file (job-1.inp), “code.f” is the file name of the user subroutine, “cpus=2” will request two CPUs to run current job and “que=standard:fslocal” will allow Abaqus to run the simulation in a local file system. The simulation will most likely run on another compute node. The simulation result files will be copied back upon completion. To run ABAQUS in a shared file system, “que=strandard:fsshared” should be used instead.

To run Abaqus 6.11, use "abq6111" instead.


At this time, the Abaqus script written in C++ has not been tested.