ABAQUS(Simulia) makes virtual testing a standard business practice that improves product performance, reduces physical prototypes, and drives innovation. 

ABAQUS(Simulia) Simulation Technology

Structural Analysis Software

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Mechanical and Civil Engineering 

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and other structural mechanics solutions simulate how products and assemblies behave under real-world loading and temperature conditions. 


Will my design perform as expected, and how can that performance be improved? 

Will it break during service or due to misuse? How will it break? 

Will it leak? 

How long will my product last? 

How can I make it last even longer? 


The new knowledge generated by answering these questions with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) reduces costs, eliminates errors, and shortens design cycles. 


Unlike typical prototype testing, virtual prototypes can tell you much more than just pass/fail. It can tell you why a part will fail and can help you understand whether your improvements will prevent it from falling, and unlike physical testing, mechanical simulation is available 24/7/365. 


SIMULIA Structural Analysis Technologies 


The SIMULIA portfolio in the Structures domain includes Abaqus, fe-safe, and Tosca Structure technologies. Abaqus is a market and technology leader in linear and nonlinear finite element analysis. Both implicit and explicit solution techniques are available and are complementary. Fe-safe technology provides modern algorithms for durability and fatigue life cycle predictions, and Tosca Structure technology provides the ability to optimize the 3D shape and topology of your part to reduce weight and improve strength and stiffness. These technologies are well-known for their power, flexibility, feature set, and performance on modern HPC computer architectures including GPUs and Cloud. 


SIMULIA Structural Analysis software products:


Structures on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform 

3DEXPERIENCE Works Structures 


Simulation for Designers 



Isight & the SIMULIA Execution Engine 

Electromagnetic Simulation Software

Electromagnetic simulation software enables engineers to investigate the electromagnetic properties of components or whole systems efficiently. 


Electromagnetic Simulation Software – Simulation and Analysis of Electromagnetic Fields 


EM Simulation can be applied throughout the entire design process, from the inception of an idea to the synthesis of components to meet specifications, to analyzing the electromagnetic performance under operational conditions. 


Our software for electromagnetic field simulation covers the whole frequency spectrum, from static to optical frequencies, for devices such as antennas, rf-components, electrical machines, medical devices, and electronics. 


Virtual Prototypes are Transforming the Design Cycle 


EM Simulation software is a game-changer when it comes to reducing the time and cost of bringing a product to market, not just in the high-tech industries of electronics and communication, but also in aerospace, defense, transportation, and life sciences. Analysis with EM software ranges from individual components such as antennas, sensors, and chips up to entire devices, including aircraft, smartphones, and MRI. 


Co-design within the SIMULIA product portfolio integrates EM Simulation into industry processes, accelerating the process of evaluating the performance, reliability, and safety of materials and products before committing to physical prototypes. Multiphysics design flows on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform drive the development process from the earliest stages. 


Electromagnetic applications: 



Microwave Filters and Components Simulation 

Bioelectromagnetics (BioEM) 

Electromagnetic Compatibility 


Particle Dynamics 

Low Frequency (LF) 

Optical Device Simulation, Plasmonics, and Nanophotonics 


SIMULIA Electromagnetic Simulation products: 


SIMULIA develops simulation technology that can be used to calculate electromagnetic fields in a wide range of application areas. 

Electromagnetics on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform 

3DEXPERIENCE Works Electromagnetics 

CST Studio Suite 

Antenna Magus 





Fluid Dynamics Simulation Software

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) allows users to engineer products and tackle problems in aerodynamics, noise, lubrication, and plastic injection molding. 


Simulations to Improve Real-World Performance 

SIMULIA’s Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation allows engineers to design products with accurate real-world performance predictions and fast turnaround speeds. SIMULIA’s Fluids technologies allow users to solve a vast array of challenges including eVTOL flight and community noise testing, optimizing race car aerodynamics designs for best performance, certifying automotive designs for WLTP fuel efficiency regulations, or testing the newest airplane models for in-flight safety. 


SIMULIA Fluids Simulation is driven by three complimentary technologies that provide powerful, scalable fluids simulation to address a broad range of real-world applications. PowerFLOW and XFlow offer world class Lattice Boltzmann (LBM) for high-fidelity simulations that accurately predict real-world performance. Fluid Dynamics Engineer enables multi-scale multi-physical vision by embedding CFD into design, simulation, optimization, data management, and business intelligence applications within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. And finally, a dedicated Plastics Injection Molding application allows validation and optimization of plastic part and mold tooling designs earlier in your product development process. 


 SIMULIA Fluid & CFD Simulation software solutions: 


Fluid Simulation on 3DEXPERIENCE platform 

3DEXPERIENCE Works Fluid Dynamics 




Multibody Dynamics Simulation

Multibody Dynamics (MBD) simulation software allows engineers to study and investigate the kinematic and dynamic motion of mechanical and mechatronic systems. 


Advanced Mechanical Motion Simulation and Analysis Solution 


Multibody dynamics is the science of studying the motion of complex mechanical systems under the application of mechanical forces. 


Multibody Dynamics (MBD) simulation software enables engineers to observe the kinematic and dynamic motion of mechanical and mechatronic systems, enabling them to generate 3D models to predict and visualize motion, coupling forces, and stresses. 


Study Systems from Beginning to End 


Multibody dynamics is used throughout the design cycle from initial concept to final detailed design. With multibody dynamics simulation, engineers can: 

make informed decisions for quick design changes and study sub- and complete systems 

reduce the number of prototypes 

avoid costly last-minute changes 

speed up time to market 


Thanks to its high-end technology, the SIMULIA multibody dynamics product line (which inherits Simpack technology) powers all the SIMULIA applications and is available on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. 


Simulia Motion and Multibody Dynamics Simulation products: 


Motion Simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform 

3DEXPERIENCE Works Motion Creator 



Multibody Dynamics Simulation applications: 

  • Rail Vehicle Dynamics Simulation 

Automation and Optimization

Create robust simulation flows with process automation, design exploration, and automatic optimization. Automation technology establishes simulation process flows to reduce errors and increase efficiency, as well as methods that automatically explore the design space to find optimal solutions. 


Isight & The Simulia Execution Engine – Process Automation and Design Exploration 


In today’s complex product development and manufacturing environment, designers and engineers use a wide range of software tools to design and simulate their products. Often, chained simulation process flows are required in which the parameters and results from one software package are needed as inputs to another package, and the manual process of entering this data can reduce efficiency, slow product development, and lead to errors in modeling and simulation assumptions. 


Isight and the SIMULIA Execution Engine (formerly Fiper) are used to combine multiple cross-disciplinary models and applications together in a simulation process flow, automate their execution across distributed compute resources, explore the resulting design space, and identify the optimal design parameters subject to required constraints. 


Key benefits: 

Drastically reduce design cycle time through integrating workflow processes in an automated environment 

Deliver more reliable, better-quality products through accelerated evaluation of design alternatives 

Lower hardware investments through effective use of legacy systems and more efficient job distribution 

Eliminate the bottlenecks of ineffective communication by enabling secure design collaboration among partners 


Tosca Optimization Technology – Topology and Non-parametric Optimization 

The Tosca optimization suite provides dedicated fast and powerful structural and flow optimization solutions based on finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. 


Product development costs are often determined in the early concept phase. The automatic generation of optimized design proposals reduces your number of product development cycles and the number of physical prototypes. Product performance is increased, and the development costs are significantly reduced. Starting with the definition of the maximum allowed design space, Tosca Optimization helps you to find the design that fits the design space and considers all product requirements. 


Structure Optimization delivers powerful optimization solutions for design of lightweight, stiff, and durable parts and assemblies within shorter development cycles to maximize performance, minimize material and weight, and discover new design possibilities. 


Tosca Structure offers functionalities for topology, shape, bead, and sizing optimization. Existing designs often only need small changes to improve the overall product performance. Using Tosca Structure’s optimization methods, the relevant product requirements can be considered. Design improvements are realized in a shorter development time. 


Fluid Optimization enables topology optimization-driven design concepts for fluid flow systems and components. Use its capabilities to create innovative designs automatically for a defined flow task and available package space. Fluid Optimization’s unique technology helps you achieve the highest flow performance, quality, and eco-efficiency. 


Key benefits: 

Accelerate conceptual design, reducing time-to-market 

Support ready-to-manufacture product design 

Save weight and ensure the highest result quality for reliable components 

Avoid error-prone and time-consuming model simplification 

Handle nonlinearities directly within the optimization 

Define structural optimization tasks interactively 

Create fluid flow devices with reduced pressure drop and improved flow uniformity 

Vibro-Acoustic Simulation

Efficiently and accurately simulating noise and vibration across the entire audible frequency range is crucial to meeting customer expectations and complying with regulations. 


Next Generation Vibro-Acoustics and Aero-Vibro-Acoustics Simulation 


Noise and vibration analysis is becoming increasingly important in virtually every industry. The need to reduce noise and vibration is increasing due to government environmental legislation, new lightweight materials and constructions, detectability, fatigue, consumer expectations, and competitive pressures. 


Characterize the complex sources acting on your systems (including complex unsteady flow sources), diagnose and rank the various transmission paths of noise through the system, and get accurate models of the frequency-dependent dissipation and isolation that arises from poroelastic noise control treatments and structural isolators. 


Wave6 provides unique analysis methods for efficiently and accurately simulating noise and vibration across the entire audible frequency range. These methods are integrated into a single, common engine and controlled by a single license. This enables you to combine methods in the same model and efficiently analyze noise and vibration problems in ways that are simply not possible in other software packages. By integrating Wave6 into your design process you can ensure noise and vibration performance is built into your product at the design stage, which reduces the risk of discovering expensive problems during physical prototyping and testing. 


Key benefits: 

Aeroacoustics of exterior flow noise from a rigid structure 

Vibro-acoustics via airborne and structure-borne transmission paths 

Aero-vibro-acoustics of interior wind noise due to fluctuating surface pressures 

Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) methods for analyzing vibro-acoustic response of components at mid and high frequencies and wave propagation through arbitrary cross-sections 

Structural finite elements for analyzing vibration of components at low frequencies 

Acoustic Boundary Elements for simulating acoustic wave propagation in bounded or unbounded acoustic spaces at low frequencies 

Acoustic finite elements for describing the response of bounded acoustic spaces at low frequencies 

Linear and quadratic acoustic elements account for variations in acoustic properties due to temperature and pressure variations computed using CFD 

Simulation Disciplines


A Comprehensive Set of Structural Analysis Solutions Using Abaqus FEA To Guide Design Decisions and Improve Product Performance and Quality 


Structures simulation includes Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using Abaqus for solids and structures to model linear and nonlinear static, thermal, dynamic, and impact effects. The realistic simulation includes complete material behavior (for metals, elastomers, composites, and many other materials), contact and impact, and large motion. Fracture/failure analysis can be included. Fatigue simulation and lifecycle estimation is provided using fe-safe technology. Integrated directly with CAD models generated within CATIA & SOLIDWORKS, a wide range of scenarios can be efficiently modeled and simulated from single parts to complete assemblies, allowing simulation to become a core part of product design and engineering processes. 


Key benefits: 


  • Assess the structural performance of products under a wide range of loading conditions using Abaqus and fe-safe technologies 
  • Delivers a unique design workflow for modeling and simulation in an intuitive interface linked directly to CATIA or SOLIDWORKS design geometry 
  • Provides a range of capabilities from a simple linear analysis of a single component to a complete simulation of the entire assembly with contact and other nonlinearities 


Explore these 3DEXPERIENCE roles: 


  • Additive Manufacturing Analysis Engineer 
  • Composite Structures Analysis Engineer 
  • Composite Structures Performance Engineer 
  • Material Calibration Engineer 
  • Product and Packaging Analysis Engineer 
  • Simulation Model Build Engineer 
  • Steel Structures Engineer for Marine and Offshore 
  • Structural Analysis Engineer 
  • Structural Performance Engineer 
  • Structural and Durability Engineer 
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Electromagnetics Simulation-Driven Design Decisions for Higher Product Performance and Quality 


The Electromagnetics simulation discipline includes technology for simulation of electromagnetic wave propagation and signal strength related to design and positioning of devices for communication and detection. Technology from CST Studio Suite connects to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to efficiently simulate electromagnetic performance and device placement for a wide range of high- and low-frequency scenarios.  


Key benefits: 


  • Validate the best location and design for electromagnetic devices early in the design process, without having to test a physical prototype 
  • Assess trade-offs based on predefined KPIs and requirements 
  • Reduce electromagnetic design studies from weeks down to days 
  • Leverage SIMULIA CST Studio Suite technology to validate installed electromagnetic performance directly on the CATIA or SOLIDWORKS design geometry 


Explore these 3DEXPERIENCE roles: 


  • Antenna Placement Electromagnetics Engineer 
  • Electromagnetics Engineer 


Steady-State and Transient Internal And External Flow, Including Heat Transfer, Around and Through Solids and Structures Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Directly Connected to Design Geometry 


The Fluids discipline covers steady-state and transient internal and external flow around and through solids and structures using Computational Fluid Dynamics technology. A fully featured Navier-Stokes solver is used for native roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Internal and external fluid domain models can be developed directly from the CATIA or SOLIDWORKS design geometry providing an integrated modeling and simulation capability. On the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, fluid simulation methods can be defined, stored, replayed, and maintained allowing customers to develop and centralize on their own best-practices to increase quality, reliability, and efficiency of structural validation. 


Key benefits: 


  • Access to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation for flow around and through parts, sub-assemblies, and complete assemblies to validate designs and identify favorable design alternatives, as well as reduce risk and design uncertainty through virtual testing 
  • Powerful built-in Navier-Stokes solver for compressible and compressible flow simulation, including thermal effects 
  • Simulation guides to help the ‘occasional user’ efficiently complete their simulation tasks 
  • Simulation performed directly on the design geometry from CATIA or SOLIDWORKS within a unified user environment 


Explore these 3DEXPERIENCE roles: 


  • Aerospace Cabin Thermal Engineer 
  • Fluid Dynamics Engineer 
  • Plastic Injection Engineer 
  • Thermal Engineer 
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Multibody Dynamics 

Multibody Simulation Technology to Verify Complex Product Motion 


The Multibody Dynamics discipline includes technology enabling engineers to simulate the complex non-linear kinematic and dynamic motion behavior and performance of any mechanical or mechatronic system. A browser-based environment powered by the Simpack multibody simulation solver validates and improves the behavior of product mechanisms and systems. 


Key benefits: 


  • Leverage Simpack solver technology to simulate multibody performance directly in a browser-based design environment 
  • Validate the kinematic and dynamic motion behavior of any mechanism early in the design process without having to build a physical prototype 

3DEXPERIENCE Automation  

A Comprehensive Set of Process Capture, Management, Replay, and Deployment Capabilities 


To increase the value of your simulation investment, the Automation discipline enables your teams to develop, store, manage, deploy, share, and replay standard methods for simulation-driven design.  Use of standardized methods reduces error, increases efficiency, and maximizes simulation value by spreading the knowledge and know-how embedded in simulation processes and allowing replication of these processes throughout the enterprise. 


Key benefits: 


  • Build, save, replay, manage, deploy, and share simulation methods with other users 
  • Adopt validated methods as corporate standard to reduce simulation effort and error while increasing efficiency and throughput 
  • Explore your design space using automated simulation execution, processing, and analytics 


Explore these 3DEXPERIENCE roles: 


  • Aerospace HVAC and ECS Engineer 
  • Simulation Process Engineer 
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3DEXPERIENCE Optimization 

Drive Innovation by Exploring Multiple Alternatives Across the Complete Range of Operating Scenarios to Make Better Decisions and Find Optimal Designs 


The Optimization discipline provides capabilities to automatically run and re-run simulation methods with varying parameters allowing design space exploration and optimization using Isight technology.  Tens, hundreds, or even thousands of simulations can be automatically run to provide an entire neighborhood of data points for comparison and selection. Discover optimal designs faster with these data sets, and choose how best to reduce weight and cost and increase durability, strength, and lifespan. 


Key benefits: 


  • Investigate the relationships between design parameters and their influence on performance objectives 
  • Improve the efficiency of design exploration using Isight technology 
  • Systematically explore variations of and trade-offs between design parameters with analytics and visualization to identify the best design that satisfies requirements 
  • Assess the influence of variability to reduce the probability of design failures and increase robustness 
  • Enable intelligent decision-making collaboratively across the organization 


Explore these 3DEXPERIENCE roles: 


  • Multidisciplinary Optimization Engineer 
  • Tire Analysis Engineer 

PLM Services for SIMULIA 

Connect Standalone Simulation Products to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform for Collaboration, Sharing, and Connection with Platform Technologies 


Existing users of SIMULIA standalone products can take advantage of the many benefits offered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, including Capture and Sharing of existing analysis methods, easy collaboration with other analysts, and publishing their work for others to build upon.  Abaqus, SimPack, XFlow, and CST Studio Suite are all currently supported. 


Key benefits: 


  • Run SIMULIA standalone products in a “connected” mode, leveraging 3DEXPERIENCE capabilities for collaboration, visualization, version control and knowledge capture 
  • Support for all standalone product functionality including continued openness to run any custom plug-ins or scripts 
  • Configure, submit, monitor, and manage simulation jobs from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform 


Explore these 3DEXPERIENCE roles: 


  • All Physics Analyst 
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Capabilities to Model and Simulate Complex Multi-Disciplinary Systems 


The Systems discipline provides capabilities to model and simulates complex multi-disciplinary systems that include control systems, mechanisms, flexible bodies, and multiple simulation domains such as fluid-structure interaction. Logical and physical models can be coupled together. Multidisciplinary experiments can be run and re-run to evaluate and validate system performance reducing design time and risk-of-failure in physical testing. 


Key benefits: 


  • Couple 3D models together to capture the interaction of multiple physics, including Structures and Fluids, using virtual testing 
  • Couple Logical (0D) and Physical (3D) models of plant and controller to capture key behaviors across multiple scales using Dymola technology 
  • Utilize a unique web environment for assembly and execution of multi-physics, multiscale systems 


Explore these 3DEXPERIENCE roles: 


  • Living Heart Human Model 
  • Multidiscipline Performance Engineer 

ABAQUS(Simulia) Industries

Aerospace & Defense 

  • Leveraging simulation early in the design phase can help to reduce development time, reduce the cost of physical testing, and reduce the risk of not meeting certification requirements. SIMULIA solutions enable the Aerospace & Defense industry to rise to these complex challenges. 

Transportation & Mobility 

  • SIMULIA provides the Transportation & Mobility industry with multiscale-multidisciplinary simulation powers, discovery, innovation, and optimization. Reach the market quickly with predictable cost, reduced risk, and an exciting product that consumers want. 

Industrial Equipment 

  • Industrial equipment manufacturers make some of the most complex products in the world under highly competitive market conditions. SIMULIA provides realistic simulation solutions that address a multitude of engineering challenges for industrial equipment manufacturers with easy-to-use analysis tools that allow engineers to optimize designs and make better-informed design decisions. 

High Tech 

  • Stay competitive in the fast-paced High-Tech industry leveraging data-driven, model-based virtual prototyping with multi-scale high-accuracy simulation across physical domains (mechanical, electromagnetic, fluid, and thermal) at all stages of your product design process, for everything from early concept evaluation to virtual compliance testing. 

Life Sciences & Healthcare 

  • SIMULIA tools accurately model the wide variety of materials, procedures, and load types needed to simulate the human body, medical and surgical equipment, and the manner in which the equipment is used. Structural, thermal, electromagnetic, and fluid interactions can all be simulated in the body. 

Infrastructure, Energy, & Materials 

  • SIMULIA solutions help the Infrastructure, Energy & Materials industry to predict the complex real-world behavior of large structures and equipment, perform linear and non-linear static/dynamic analysis, including effects due to thermal loads and corrosion/degradation, simulate vibrations, fracture, and failure, as well as study the interaction of fluids, gasses, and structures. 

Consumer Packaged Goods & Retail 

  • Virtual testing enables designers to simulate how a new product design will behave at every stage of its lifecycle. SIMULIA’s realistic simulation applications for Consumer Packaged Goods manufactures span the entire range of a product’s lifecycle. 

Construction, Cities, & Territories 

  • SIMULIA offers simulation solutions for predicting the strength and deformations in structures in the linear and nonlinear regime. Pre- and postprocessing technology and sophisticated solvers provide a comprehensive and reliable solution for all your simulation and structural analysis needs. 

Marine & Offshore 

  • In the Marine & Offshore industry concerns of safety, reliability, durability, weight, efficiency, environmental impacts, and cost must all be balanced. The SIMULIA multi-discipline framework enables cross-functional collaboration required to cut design cycles, optimize designs, and provide increased value to businesses and safer products for end users. 

Home & Lifestyle 

  • SIMULIA solutions allow you to troubleshoot potential design problems before beginning to make prototypes, saving you substantial time and money. 

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