This article is part of a series titled Abaqus FEA Tutorial Series

Abaqus Basics

Last Updated:
(Published: )
This tutorial covers the basic usage of Abaqus and the general workflow for creating and running finite element simulations using the software. If you are new to Abaqus I strongly recommend that you watch this tutorial before moving forward with the rest of the series.


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).

A. Overview

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

O. Meshing

P. Create and Run a Job

Q. Post-Processing

R. Wrap-Up


This article is part of a series titled Abaqus FEA Tutorial Series
Did you find this article interesting?
Get notified when Gautam writes more articles:
This website uses cookies to deliver services, improve usability, and measure performance. By continuing to use this site you opt-in to receive these cookies. You may disable some of them on the Cookie Settings page. You also acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service.