Naming convention and Release cycle synchronization

All versions of Portfolio Products will now follow the year-based naming convention to be consistent with each other and consistent with the other SIMULIA product releases that will be occurring at that time.

Abaqus 6.14 -> Abaqus 2016

Isight 5.9 -> Isight 2016

fe-safe 6.5 -> fe-safe 2016

Tosca Structure 8.1 -> Tosca Structure 2016

What’s New in Abaqus 2016

Product simulation is often performed today by engineering groups using niche simulation tools from different vendors to simulate various design attributes. The use of multiple vendor software products creates inefficiencies and increases costs. SIMULIA delivers a scalable suite of unified analysis products that allow all users, regardless of their simulation expertise or domain focus, to collaborate and seamlessly share simulation data and approved methods without loss of information fidelity.

The Abaqus Unified FEA product suite offers powerful and complete solutions for both routine and sophisticated engineering problems covering a vast spectrum of industrial applications. For example, in the automotive industry engineering work groups can consider full vehicle loads, dynamic vibration, multibody systems, impact/crash, nonlinear static, thermal coupling, and acoustic-structural coupling using a common model data structure and integrated solver technology. Best-in-class companies are taking advantage of Abaqus Unified FEA to consolidate their processes and tools, reduce costs and inefficiencies, and gain a competitive advantage.

Abaqus 2016 – Unified FEA Products






Enhanced Contact

Advances in Abaqus/Standard general contact

Improved heuristics for automatically transitioning between different contact formulations can significantly improve convergence behavior in Abaqus/Standard

New vertex-to-surface supplementary formulation improves contact behavior at convex corners.

Introducing Linearized contact

Efficiently address problems where the only source of nonlinearity is frictionless small sliding contact

Works best for small & medium size problems.

Initially available from select 3DEXPERIENCE applications

Updated Contact Output for Abaqus/Explicit

Now Abaqus Standard family of output variables, including CDISP, CTANDIR, CSTATUS and slip rate variables.

CAD-enhanced contact

Geometric correction technique has been extended to more general surface shapes

Provides both accuracy and robustness benefits

Initially available from select 3DEXPERIENCE applications


Enhanced Materials and Elements

Expanded element library

Pyramid element for stress analysis for compatible transition between tet and hex mesh

Multiphysics elements

Coupled temperature-displacement (CTD)

Coupled pore pressure-displacement (CPD)

Coupled pore pressure-temperature-displacement (CPTD)

Fluid pipe/connector elements based on Bernoulli’s equation can model 1D fluid flow.

Valid for incompressible steady-state conditions

Pressure, flow rate, & gravity loading

Can model losses arising from friction & pipe joints

Can couple with 3D pore pressure elements

Rigid body rotation of tied solid surfaces

Abaqus/Standard will by default account for rotations of offsets in solid mesh ties

Material modeling enhancements

Rate dependent nonlinear kinematic hardening plasticity

Orthotropic clay plasticity for geomechanics applications

Import of Johnson Cook plasticity for spring back after high rate impact events

GPU Acceleration of AMS

Tracer particles for CEL

Tracer particles follow the material motion in CEL simulations and allow extraction of material point results

DEM particle generation

Particle generation can now be based on:

Evolving inlet surfaces

User-specified size distribution

User-specified mass flow rate

User-specified inlet velocity

Improved treatment of SPH boundaries

Introduction of virtual particles improves accuracy of SPH wall conditions.

Uniform grid SPH particle generation

Generating SPH particles based on uniform background grid instead of parent element can improve accuracy of results.

Model instancing

Connectors, connector sections, and contact interactions are now copied from instanced models

Generate cohesive elements through Mesh Edit tool

Select geometry faces or element sets/surfaces

Creates sets for newly created nodes/elements

Mid-side node placement

New plug-in available in the Mesh Module

Selection based on sets, surfaces, or viewport picking

Undo/Redo enabled


Enhanced Interface and Usability

Improved Usability

Fixed Copy/Paste issues in past releases

Copy text from prompt area to clipboard

Copy content from GUI widgets and paste the contents after closing the widget window

Default font and glyph size updated to 12 point

Improved Viewport control

One click – link/unlink all viewports

Separate control for Linked Viewport Manager

Links all options by default

Expand viewport to Full Screen (F11)

F11 toggles back to default view

Freebody usability

Highlights the location of user-defined summation points

Improved default colors of Moment arrows


Reduction in a company’s FEA toolset and training expenses

Greater efficiency in model generation

Improved correlation between tests and analysis results

Improved data transfer between simulations

More flexible workforce