Solid (continuum) elements

Solid (continuum) elements:

  • are the standard volume elements of Abaqus;

  • do not include structural elements such as beams, shells, membranes, and trusses; special-purpose elements such as gap elements; or connector elements such as connectors, springs, and dashpots;

  • can be composed of a single homogeneous material or, in Abaqus/Standard, can include several layers of different materials for the analysis of laminated composite solids; and

  • are more accurate if not distorted, particularly for quadrilaterals and hexahedra. The triangular and tetrahedral elements are less sensitive to distortion.

The following topics are discussed:

Related Topics
Choosing the element's dimensionality
One-dimensional solid (link) element library
Two-dimensional solid element library
Three-dimensional solid element library
Cylindrical solid element library
Axisymmetric solid element library
Axisymmetric solid elements with nonlinear, asymmetric deformation
In Other Guides
Creating homogeneous solid sections
Creating composite solid sections
Creating electromagnetic solid sections
Assigning a material orientation
Composite layups