Viewing the results of your analysis

You use the Visualization module to read the output database that Abaqus/CAE generated during the analysis and to view the results of the analysis. Because you named the job Deform when you created the job, Abaqus/CAE names the output database Deform.odb.

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Viewing results
Plotting the undeformed and deformed shapes
Contouring analysis results


For the tutorial you will view the undeformed and deformed shapes of the cantilever beam model and create a contour plot.

  1. After you select Results in the Model Tree, Abaqus/CAE enters the Visualization module, opens Deform.odb, and displays the undeformed shape of the model, as shown in Figure 1.

    Figure 1. Undeformed shape plot of model (title block suppressed).

    The title block indicates the following:

    • The job description.

    • The output database from which Abaqus/CAE read the data.

    • The release of Abaqus/Standard or Abaqus/Explicit that was used to generate the output database.

    • The date the output database was generated.

    The state block indicates the following:

    • The step name and the step description.

    • The increment within the step.

    • The step time.

    • When you are viewing a deformed plot, the deformed variable and the deformation scale factor.

    By default, Abaqus/CAE plots the last step and the last frame of your analysis. Buttons that allow you to control which analysis results are plotted are available in the prompt area.

  2. From the main menu bar, select PlotDeformed Shape to view a deformed shape plot.

  3. Click the auto-fit tool so that the entire plot is rescaled to fit in the viewport, as shown in Figure 2.

    Figure 2. Deformed shape plot of model (title block suppressed).

  4. From the main menu bar, select PlotContoursOn Deformed Shape to view a contour plot of the von Mises stress, as shown in Figure 3.

    Figure 3. Contour plot of Mises stress (title block suppressed).

  5. For a contour plot the default variable displayed depends on the analysis procedure; in this case, the default variable is the von Mises stress. From the main menu bar, select ResultField Output to examine the variables that are available for display.

    Abaqus/CAE displays the Field Output dialog box; click the Primary Variable tab to choose which variable to display and to select the invariant or component of interest. By default, the Mises invariant of the Stress components at integration points variable is selected.

    Tip: You can also use the Field Output toolbar to change the displayed field output variable. For more information, see Using the field output toolbar.

  6. Click Cancel to close the Field Output dialog box.

You have now finished this tutorial. Using Additional Techniques to Create and Analyze a Model in Abaqus/CAE, introduces additional techniques to create and analyze a model; for example, you will create and assemble multiple part instances and define contact. Viewing the Output from Your Analysis, covers the capabilities of the Visualization module in more detail.