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Abaqus2Matlab: A suitable tool for finite element post-processing

Emilio Martínez Pañeda's picture

A new piece of software has been presented that connects the well-known FE code Abaqus with Matlab. The source code, detailed documentation and a large number of tutorials can be freely downloaded from 

Some interesting applications are addressed in the associated journal article: (a pre-print is available at

I believe that this information may be of interest for those of you familiar with both packages.


Abaqus2Matlab: A suitable tool for finite element post-processing

George Papazafeiropoulos, Miguel Muñiz-Calvente, Emilio Martínez-Pañeda

Advances in Engineering Software, 105, pp. 9-16

A suitable piece of software is presented to connect Abaqus, a sophisticated finite element package, with Matlab, the most comprehensive program for mathematical analysis. This interface between these well-known codes not only benefits from the image processing and the integrated graph-plotting features of Matlab but also opens up new opportunities in results post-processing, statistical analysis and mathematical optimization, among many other possibilities. The software architecture and usage are appropriately described and two problems of particular engineering significance are addressed to demonstrate its capabilities. Firstly, the software is employed to assess cleavage fracture through a novel 3-parameter Weibull probabilistic framework. Then, its potential to create and train neural networks is used to identify damage parameters through a hybrid experimental–numerical scheme, and model crack propagation in structural materials by means of a cohesive zone approach. The source code, detailed documentation and a large number of tutorials can be freely downloaded from


Emilio Martínez Pañeda's picture

Just a follow-up on this to let you know that a new version of Abaqus2Matlab has just been released.

This new release constitutes a very significant step forward in the development of this well-known software to connect Abaqus and Matlab.


Abaqus2Matlab is now offered as an easy-to-install Matlab App that includes the following novelties:


  • The possibility to postprocess not only .fil files, but also .odb and .mtx
  • A new Graphical User Interface (GUI) that enables the user to easily request output variables and automatically creates a Matlab script with all the required information.


Everything has been extensively documented, including video tutorials. For more information visit


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