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Abaqus 2d contact model not working




Sorry in advance, but this will be a long story...
Thank you for taking the time to look at it! :)


I have a 2D model that worked fine until a couple of
days ago where I tried changing the mesh a bit. Now when I try to run it aborts
calculation and gives some of the following errors:


- There are 14 unconnected regions in the model.

Question about UEL

Hi every body,

I'm a new user of UEL and have a questions. It would be very kind of you to help me with it.

I have a MATLAB code which gives me some big matrices. Is it
possible to save them as a file (.txt, .dat, etc) and call them inside
of the UEL? (It's almost impossible to change all of those codes to
FORTRAN or copy-paste them to UEL.)

Thanks in advance,

Best Regards,



Modeling a cardboard material model in Abaqus

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Hello all,

For a project I want to model a cardboard package model. Basically I can even approximate a material responses, but I just want some material that can be used as packaging, such as cardboard. I am solving this problem in Abaqus. However I do not need to write a UMAT for that, any built in 'similar' model can work for me. Can you suggest some such materials in Abaqus?

Abaqus Eigen Value Analysis Error


I am having issues running an Eigen value simulation on a bridge model that I have developed. The model consists of a bridge super-structure supported by pinned connections on the ends of the bridge length and a roller support in the middle.

The model runs without errors when I do not request an Eigen value analysis, but aborts when I request an Eigen analysis. The message file sites the cause as a factorization error. Warnings also appear stating a zero pivot when releasing the 1st dof of the nodes associated with the roller connection.

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Calling a File inside of the UEL

Hi everybody,

I'm writing a User Difined Element (UEL) for my research.

Would you please let me know if it's possible to call a file (txt, dat, etc) inside of the UEL or not?


    IF (LFLAGS(3)=1) THEN
        OPEN (UNIT = 10, FILE = "AAA.dat", STATUS = "OLD")
        READ (10, *), StiffnessTable
    END IF

Thanks in advance,


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fire simulation


My aim is simulate the structural response of a plate with pressure applied under fire condition in abaqus

To that extend I know how the temperature variates in time (known T(t) t from 0 too 3600 sec) also I know the material properties and Sy to every temperature.

I thought that the best way to do this is by applying the T(t) as BC in the structure and use coupled temp displacement in one step.

But I don't know if this approach is correct.

Extract natural frequencies in abaqus

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 I am doing a research in vibracion-based health monitoring based in CFRP beams. As a part of my research, I am modeling a composite beam in abaqus and apply transient analysis on it. Before I would like to validate my model with a very simple a easy model for this reason I have elaborated this procedure:

How to implement "steady state dynamic analysis" in abaqus

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Hi all,

Here is what I'm interested to model in Abaqus:

I have a shell model, clampled on the booundaries. I want to excite it in a frequency range of 10 to 100 Hz with 10Hz intervals and I want to report the complex displacement of a particular node set at each frequency.

I read in Abaqus documentation of "Direct-solution steady-state dynamic analysis" that:

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How to get nodes from a list of nodelabel in abaqus

 Hi everyone,

I am a working on a cube in abaqus. I had to remove some nodes from the face node sets. To be specific edge nodes. I have defined a function in such a way that after removing them what I have is a list of node labels. I am scripting in python. Can anyone help me in extracting nodes back from nodelabels? 

Or is there any better way to remove some nodes from nodelist and get the modified nodelist ? 


Curvature effect on nitinol aortic stent

high i am a student doing a project on curvature effect on thoracic stent. I want to curve the nitinol stent in abaqus. I am using RSURFU and doing static analysis. But am not able to curve it. Also when using implicit dynamic analysis with quasi static apllication my KE is high and comparable to IE. So can any body help me. Crimping and expansion is not a problem.


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How to use multiple GPUs in ABAQUS command line?


I am new to abaqus command line and trying to solve massive explicit dynamics and steady dynamics models. I want to use multiple CPUs and GPUs to sole this. I searched on internet and found the syntax as:

c:\Temp> abaqus job=Job-1 cpus=16 gpus=1 input=file1.inp double interactive

Is this syntax correct, especially gpus part? or do I need to write some more command to use GPU, such as type of GPU or something like that? Can someone tell me what "double interactive" in above syntax means?

Any suggestions or ideas on how to simulate a drop test in abaqus?


I am working on a research to simulate a drop test of a package box with ceramic saucer inside. I am not proficient in abaqus so I am looking for some suggestions.

Till now, I created a hollow box with 2 mm thickness to represent it as a cardboard box and a disc for a saucer. I have material properties for cardboard and saucer. Then I assembled the model in abaqus such that saucer is touching box at the bottom; this was initial condition.

Linking Abaqus 6.12-3 + VS 2012 pro+ Intel Compose XE 2013

Hi there,


Recently I had lots of problem with linking ABAQUS and Fortran compiler together. I did all of the things which has been described in forums but none of them worked for me. Finally I found the solution.

I'm using ABAQUS 6.12-3, Visual Studio 2012 Professional and Intel Composer XE Suites 2013. For linking them simply follow these steps:

1- find the file ifortvars.bat and its path.

ABAQUS Reinforced Concrete Beam Model

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Hi All,

I am trying to model a simply supported reinforced concrete beam with longitudinal reinforcement. I am using 8-node solid elements for the concrete, and 2-node truss elements for the longitudinal reinforcement bars. I have embedded the reinforcement bars in the concrete using an Embedded Region constraint. I am then applying a displacement at the midspan (deflection control). I am using the Concrete Damaged Plasticity model for the concrete. My model begins to run but will not converge. Some of the error messages that I get are:

Substructure Generation in ABAQUS


I have created a substructure in Abaqus. As output, I will like to see the substructure matrices (mass, stiffness and damping matrices). However, I'm only able to write the mass and stiffness matrices to an output file (*.mtx).

Does anyone know how to create an output file including both the mass, stiffness and damping matrices of the substructure? Below, I have shown what I have written in the input file (*.inp).

Thanks in advance,



Compatibility: Surface-Based Cohesive Behavior in UEL

Hi all,


I have been trying to model the surface interaction between two blocks of material using surface-based cohesive elements (*cohesive behavior). This works well in ABAQUS CAE (standard) when I set the material properties as "Mechanical, Elastic" so no problem with that.

However, I would now like to use the material properties from a fortran code. To do this, I was planning on defining the elements using *UEL with an overlay to record all the values. Is this compatible with cohesive zone elements? 



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