Abaqus2Matlab: A suitable tool for finite element post-processing

George Papazafeiropoulos, Miguel Muñiz-Calvente, Emilio Martínez Pañeda

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A suitable piece of software is presented to connect Abaqus, a sophisticated finite element package, with Matlab, the most comprehensive program for mathematical analysis. This interface between these well- known codes not only benefits from the image processing and the integrated graph-plotting features of Matlab but also opens up new opportunities in results post-processing, statistical analysis and mathemat- ical optimization, among many other possibilities. The software architecture and usage are appropriately described and two problems of particular engineering significance are addressed to demonstrate its capa- bilities. Firstly, the software is employed to assess cleavage fracture through a novel 3-parameter Weibull probabilistic framework. Then, its potential to create and train neural networks is used to identify damage parameters through a hybrid experimental–numerical scheme, and model crack propagation in structural materials by means of a cohesive zone approach. The source code, detailed documentation and a large number of tutorials can be freely downloaded from www.abaqus2matlab.com .
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Engineering Software
Pages (from-to)9-16
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Abaqus2Matlab
  • Post-processing
  • Finite Element Method
  • Weibull stress model
  • Inverse analysis

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