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ABAQUS is a general-purpose Finite Element program designed for advanced linear and nonlinear engineering analysis applications.

The Institute has ABAQUS/Standard, ABAQUS/Explicit and ABAQUS/Cae.

ABAQUS/Standard , provides ABAQUS analysis technology to solve traditional implicit finite element analyses, such as static, dynamics, and thermal, all powered with the widest range of contact and nonlinear material options. ABAQUS/Standard also has optional add-on and interface products with address design sensitivity analysis, offshore engineering, and integration with third party software, e.g., plastic injection molding analysis.

ABAQUS/Explicit , provides ABAQUS analysis technology focused on transient dynamics and quasi-static analyses using an explicit approach appropriate in many applications such as drop test, crushing and many manufacturing processes.

ABAQUS/CAE , provides a complete modeling and visualization environment for ABAQUS analysis products. It provides an access to CAD models, advanced meshing and visualization.

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To run this software interactively in a Linux environment use the commands:

module load abaqus 

abaqus cae


module load abaqus 

abaqus job=job_name inp=input interactive

To run this software under Windows, connect using the instructions provided in our Windows systems page.  Once logged in, navigate to:

Start --> All Programs --> Abaqus 6.13-2:

Programs can be submitted to a queue using PBS script such as the one below.:

#PBS -l nodes=1:ppn=1,mem=1gb,walltime=4:00:00

#PBS -m abe

module load abaqus

abaqus job=job_name input=data.inp interactive 


  • In order to allow all users access to Abaqus, users are allowed to have 2 Abaqus jobs running at one time. If licenses are available, users may run more than 2 jobs. But, for each user, all jobs beyond the 2 job limit are subject to being killed if licenses are needed by other users. The user's most recently started job will be killed first.
  • You must be on the Abaqus users list to run Abaqus. Contact help@msi.umn.edu to be added to the Abaqus users list.
  • Abaqus sometimes has graphical interface issues with the menus and tool bars not being displayed properly. If you run into this issue and are using KDE or GNOME, please try using a different Desktop Manager such as FVWM, ICEWM and MWM.
  • If you would prefer not to change your desktop manager then do the following:
     1. right click on the top bar of your abaqus window
     2. choose Configure window behavior 
     3. under Compositing State, click on Suspend Compositing
  • To submit a job in the queue, it is essential to have the keyword interactive next to the ABAQUS command line in the submission script, see the above example.
  • To run from the /scratch file systems, add the following line to the abaqus_v6.env:

    Where directoryname is the name of the directory you want to use as a scratch directory for temporary data storage.

  • ABAQUS CAE cannot use hardware graphics acceleration in Apple's X11. To run CAE on a Macintosh, use the -mesa option to disable hardware acceleration:
    module load abaqus
    abaqus cae -mesa

    Depending on the graphics drivers on your local computer, in order to run ABAQUS CAE over a remote connection, other non-Apple clients may also need to use the "-mesa" option. Note that this is an unsupported configuration and performance will be slow.

The manuals are only available on the MSI network: https://wwwr.msi.umn.edu/abaqus/Documentation/docs/

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