CAD data (preferred format is Parasolid, STEP, IGES, or CATIA), material information, and loading scenario.  We can create a secure FTP or use your organization’s file transfer methods.  Be prepared with clean, complete, up-to-date data, and we can get started without delay!

At minimum, a yield strength, ultimate strength, and elongation at break, as this trio allows us to create a “three-point curve” for simple project analysis.  This is sufficient for many use cases, although proper stress-strain curves are, of course, preferred.

From there, what is necessary will depend on the type of analysis being done.  Temperature is often a consideration, in which case temperature-dependent stress-strain curves, thermal expansion, conductivity, specific heat, etc., become essential for accurate simulation.

FEA solvers can get extremely advanced with material modeling when necessary!

Caelynx mostly uses Abaqus for mechanical simulation, fe-safe and FEMFAT for fatigue simulation, 3DEXPERIENCE and Xflow for CFD simulation, and Isight and Tosca for process automation and design optimization.  However, we are also very comfortable with LS-Dyna, Nastran, and Optistruct, and have done solver results correlation studies.

Caelynx uses primarily Abaqus/CAE and HyperWorks for modeling and reporting, depending on the analyst, the client, and the specific task.

It’s hard to answer this in general terms, but at the extremes, the simplest analyses can be conducted in less than a week, while comprehensive analyses of large assemblies can take a month or two to develop and execute.  Most things, of course, fall in between.

When a project analysis can be structured and staffed with repeatability in mind, it becomes a very wise investment, as turnaround time for new iterations and product variations can get much faster.

That’s up to you!  Typically, we deliver results in a PowerPoint presentation on the Caelynx template.  However, we can use your own company templates, and we can produce Word documents or PDFs if preferred.  We like to close a project with a screenshare meeting during which we can answer your questions and interactively explore the results in 3D, but we can also do face-to-face meetings with you and/or your customer.  We can also send you our input decks and results databases, including standalone H3D viewer files.

Caelynx has ‘round-the-clock FE modeling resources in Europe and Asia, and significant engineering presence in Europe with Caelynx Europe, which is run by one of the first and most experienced Caelynx employees.

A typical FEA project budget could range from a couple days and a couple thousand dollars, to several months or years and hundreds of thousands of dollars.  On our end, we try to keep services cost down by leveraging global partners, investing in high-performance computing, and being as capable and efficient as possible with our CAE tools.

Either, depending on the project and on your preference.  Assignments with well-defined scope and short-term timelines can often be quoted on a fixed price basis.  Projects with developing scope (i.e. scope and direction of subsequent steps depends on outcome of prior steps) and/or long-term timelines are often quoted as T&M.  We also consider what your quoting preference is and work to accommodate that.  Please contact us if you’d like to talk about fixed price vs. T&M in more detail.

Abaqus (SIMULIA) Support & Training

Check the SIMULIA Knowledge Base.  If you can’t find an answer there, then you can:

Since Abaqus 2017, we do not recommend the locally installed HTML manual due to severe restrictions in its search capability.  Visit 3DS Help and choose a version that ends with the word “SIMULIA”, or just click here for the 2020 version.

There are still PDF versions of the manual available for download as Knowledge Base articles.  Start with this pre-entered Knowledge Base search.

Yes, please see our training page or contact us to let us know what you’d like to learn.  The SIMULIA Learning Community also has many useful articles and examples.

You can show your expertise through certifications. Visit our certifications section to learn more, and contact us to schedule an exam.

Abaqus (SIMULIA) Purchasing & Implementation

Abaqus 2019 supports the following:

  • Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016 (with or without HPC Pack)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • Abaqus 2018 was the last release to support Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Abaqus 2018 was the last release to support RHEL 6 and SLES 11

For more details regarding compilers, interconnects, and other SIMULIA products, contact us or view this page with your 3DS account.

This really depends on what you’re trying to run.  Our absolute minimum would be 4 CPU cores (WITHOUT hyperthreading), 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, and an Nvidia GeForce for pre-/post- (NOT compute).

These are by no means recommended specs – do not make a hardware purchase without consulting us to discuss your individual needs, as they will dramatically affect your ideal hardware configuration.

Contact us to have a discussion and benchmark your analysis.  With the right information, we can optimize your ROI on this significant software/hardware purchase.

Visit our CST hardware requirements page for detailed answers.

To update your Abaqus license, you will find step-by-step instructions on our blog.  You can also contact us.

The GA release is the initial release of a specific version (year).  Cumulative Fix Packs may be optionally applied once the GA is installed; the FP number corresponds with the time of date of the revision.  For example, FP1923 was released in the 23rd week of 2019.

The HF number is a sequentially increasing revision number, similar to the old “dash” number.  The Fix Pack Table found in the online Program Directories shows the conversion between this FP number and the HF number.

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