1 Welcome

This is a resource to help you utilize Abaqus™ to analyze composite materials, and structures made with composite materials. The distinction between composite materials and structures is fuzzy because both the material and the structure are designed simultaneously [2]. For that reason, they are simply called composites.

This resource is focused on using Abaqus™. The idea is to answer questions that you may have when trying to analyze composites using Abaqus™. My previous textbook [3] presents finite element analysis of composite material organized by topics that are relevant to composites: mechanics, fundamentals of FEM, laminates, buckling, free edges, micromechanics, viscoelasticity, damage, and delaminations. Not here. This resources is organized around Abaqus™, and more specifically, to follow the way you will use CAE™ to do the analysis.

Abaqus™ documentation is a comprehensive and authoritative resource on the things that are available in Abaqus™, but it does not easily answer the question “How do I do this?”. If you somehow figure out what is the command, element, feature, etc. that you need to use to get where you want to go, then the documentation will tell you precisely how to use that command, what are the input data for that element, etc. But it will not show you a strategy for doing what you want, and it is pretty hard to figure out what to use–out of the several thousand pages in the documentation.

Then there are tutorials, and they are great. But, do you have time to do tutorials? And if you do, but forget; can you find what you forgot? Unlike tutorials, this resource is like Wikipedia. You search for what you need and you get answers. More that that, step-by-step how to examples, and advice.