3 methods to use python in Abaqus for absolute beginners

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Before explaining how to use python in Abauas, it is necessary to know what Abaqus is.


Abaqus is an FEA software to analyze models with high complexity. The provided option by this software creates a great environment to study various models. Not even solid mechanics but also thermal and fluid mechanic models can be simulated in this software. It worth to mention the fluid mechanic model was separated after Abaqus 6.16 and since version 2017 the company strat to develop an independent solver for it. In order to increase the complexity of models, engineers can use FORTRAN to develop subroutine code and Python to create a model by scripting.

Scripting Python in Abaqus:

Imagine you want to create a part with holes randomly distributed inside it. You need to bring a calculator and a piece of paper to find some random number to find the center and radius of those holes. The other option is to use Matlab code or any other coding languages to find those random values. However, after finding those values you still need to create those holes inside your models. You need to modify your part at least one time per each hole. Fortunately, Abauqs provided Python scripting to avoid it. You can easily create your code there and use the provided function to create and modify those holes inside your part. Consequently, you don’t need to do it by clicking and modifying your part. You can develop a code in Python to does the job for you.

More examples to explain the usage of Python in Abaqus:

1- For the shot peening process you need to shoot more than 100 balls to a designed surface in a short amount of time. You need to place the ball randomly and even with random speed. Thus, you need to use Python code to place and define an initial speed for each ball.

2- You want to do a parametric study to find a critical load for a designed part. You need to change the value and the trend of the applied load and run your model.

3- You want to add material for an AM process. You need to use the element birth technic for each step. The whole model requires more than 30 steps and interactions. Thus, you need to use Python to define them.

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Using Python helps you to create a larger model and save you time.  In this video, you will learn how to use Python in Abaqus. For creating a model for additive manufacturing, Welding or doing parametric study it is necessary to use Python in Abaqus. In this video 3 methods are provided which help you to learn Python scripting. By watching this video you will learn how to use and improve your skills in developing codes for Python in Abaqus. This video is short so you can learn this in less than 20 minutes and you will have the output and Abaqus CAE file.

 In this video, we avoid giving too many details so you can easily use these products. Here, you can find the following files:

Abaqus files: CAE, and JNL.

Video files: How to create this model.

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1 review for 3 methods to use python in Abaqus for absolute beginners

  1. HyperLyceum Team (verified owner)

    It is easy to follow and good for beginners to start learning python.

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