The purpose of this tutorial to teach you the basics of running simulations in Abaqus using Abaqus - this includes creating parts, assigning materials and sections, applying loads and boundary conditions, meshing, running a simulation, and examining the results.
To be more precise, this is an introduction to using Abaqus with Abaqus/CAE. Abaqus is a finite element solver, and Abaqus/CAE is the graphical user interface that is used for pre-processing (setting up the model) and post-processing (visualizing the simulation results). CAE stands for Complete Abaqus Environment. It is possible to use Abaqus without using Abaqus/CAE; you can write input files (*.inp) and submit them to the solver directly - in fact this is actually what Abaqus/CAE does in the background - but most Abaqus users use Abaqus/CAE, and that is what I demonstrate in this tutorial and in the rest of the series.
To demonstrate how to use the software I will analyze a barbell stand which must support the weight of a barbell.
The dimensions of the barbell stand (metric units) are:
We won't actually model the barbell, just one stand, and apply a load equivalent to half the weight of a barbell.
The following videos will walk you through the simulation. (I apologize for the audio quality; the sound is a little distorted but you should be able to follow along just fine).
b. Models and Model Databases
C. Create A Part
D. Units in Abaqus
E. Rotate and Autofit View
F. Edit a Part
G. Create a Material
H. Create and assign a Section
I. Create A Profile
J. Create An Assembly
K. Create Steps
L. Field Output and History Output Requests
M. Apply A Load
N. Assign Boundary Conditions
P. Create and Run a Job