A damage model for tensile test in Abaqus

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Abaqus damage model explanation

This product explanes the Abaqus damage model. It is beneficial to simulate the part failure during the process using element deletion. Before explananing the model in Abaqus it is necessary to understand the background of damage model and material behaviour.


Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit offer a general capability for predicting the onset of failure, and Abaqus/Explicit offers a capability for modeling progressive damage and failure of ductile metals. Damages in a structure are caused by material degradation due to initiation, growth and coalescence of mircocracks/voids in a ‘real-life’ material element from monotonic, cyclic/fatigue, thermo-mechanical loading or dynamic/explosive impact loading [1].

Damage mechanics 

The theory of damage mechanics takes into account the process of material degradation due to the initiation, growth and coalescence of micro-cracks/voids in a ‘real-life’ material element under monotonic or cyclic or impact or thermo-mechanical loading. A valid material failure criterion must therefore take into account the process of progressive material degradation/damage under either static or dynamic/fatigue loading [1].


Abaqus offers a general framework for material failure modeling that allows the combination of multiple failure mechanisms acting simultaneously on the same material. Material failure refers to the complete loss of loadcarrying capacity that results from progressive degradation of the material stiffness. The stiffness degradation process is modeled using damage mechanics [1]

Tutorial video

In this video, you will learn how to create a simple tensile test model by using damage criteria in Abaqus. Damage criteria help users to simulate the element deletion to study part failure. There are two factors that are necessary to define for damage model: part failure and element deletion. The first criteria is necessary to reduce the stiffness matrix in the element. The second one is necessary to remove the elements. An explicit model without the mass scaling factor was used in this model. The video is short and you can learn this in less than 11 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, ODB, INP, and JNL

Video files: How to create this model.

PowerPoint and Solidworks files

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[1] https://mashayekhi.iut.ac.ir/sites/mashayekhi.iut.ac.ir/files//u32/presentation11.pdf



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1 review for A damage model for tensile test in Abaqus

  1. HyperLyceum Team (verified owner)

    It has good explanation and animation

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