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ABAQUS (released by Dassault Systemes under their SIMULIA software line) is a widely used finite-element analysis (FEA) software toolkit released for Window and Linux. ABAQUS is used for undergraduate teaching and research under separate licenses. The license renewal date is October 15th of each year.

Our ABAQUS package includes:

  • ABAQUS/Standard and ABAQUS/Explicit Simulation Engines
  • ABAQUS/CAE - complete solution for Abaqus finite element modeling, visualization, and process automation
  • fe-safe - accurate, reliable multiaxial fatigue analysis, regardless of the complexity of your loadings and model
  • Isight - combines multiple cross-disciplinary models and applications together in a simulation process flow, automates their execution across distributed compute resources, explores the resulting design space, and identifies the optimal design parameters subject to required constraints
  • Tosca - provides fast and powerful structural and flow optimization solutions based on FEA and CFD simulations

Installing on Personal Computers

Students from any major may download the Abaqus Student Edition for installation on their personal computer. The student edition is only available for Windows PCs and is limited to 1000 nodes.

Academic Teaching Suite

ABAQUS is installed in physical and virtual computer labs available to

  • MEM Undergrads
  • MSE Undergrads
  • CAEE Undergrads

ABAQUS Teaching License Restrictions

The teaching version installed in our computer labs strictly disallows research use -- if you need access to a research version, please read more below. Models in the teaching version are limited in model complexity and programmability.

Academic Research Suite

ABAQUS is available to researchers in the following research groups:

Group PI Max Tokens
CAEE BRG Bartoli 16
MSE PMG Zavaliangos 24
MEM MCMB Najafi 32

Click here to view license usage

Access to these tokens is controlled via an options file fed to the licensing daemon based on domain account names submitting the jobs. If you are a member of one of these research groups but are unable to obtain tokens, please make sure that your PI has requested that you be added to the research group's list of members.

Installers for Windows and Linux can be found on the File Server Software share. Abaqus is also available on the Picotte cluster.

Abaqus Documentation

Documentation for Abaqus and other SIMULIA products is hosted at You will need to create a free 3DEXPERIENCE account for access if you don't already have one. Once logged in, choose the version of Abaqus you need documentation for and then click the link underneath for SIMULIA Established Products (Abaqus, fe-safe, Isight, and Tosca).

Calculating Token Needs

Abaqus uses a formula to calculate how many tokens are needed for a given simulation, based on the number of "slots" (in most cases, this translates to the number of available processor cores it can run parallel calculations on).

No. of Slots (N) No. of Tokens (M)
1 5
4 8
8 12
16 16
32 21
64 28
128 38

When running Abaqus, please note the number of slots/CPU cores can be specified in the job submission command via the cpus=x argument.

e.g. abaqus job=myjob cpus=8 interactive

Information on specifying the number of tokens when submitting a job on Proteus can be found on the Proteus wiki.