4.1. Introduction

The Abaqus2Matlab application includes:

Odb2Matlab, a postprocessor for the exploration or transfer of data written in Abaqus output data base (odb) files into Matlab;

Fil2Matlab, a postprocessor for the transfer of data written in Abaqus results (fil) files into Matlab;

Mtx2Matlab, a postprocessor for the transfer of data written in Abaqus matrix (mtx) files into Matlab;


Overview of this guide

Using Abaqus2Matlab

Overview of this guide

This guide is a reference to using Odb2Matlab, Fil2Matlab and Mtx2Matlab. Odb2Matlab uses Python scripts executed through Matlab to retrieve Abaqus results. In contrast, Fil2Matlab and Mtx2Matlab do not use any third-party software, but purely Matlab scripts.

The term Abaqus2Matlab is most commonly used to refer collectively to all its components: Odb2Matlab, Fil2Matlab and Mtx2Matlab throughout the guide. When information concerns an individual component, it is mentioned by its name. MATLAB and ABAQUS, and their associated logos, are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. and Dassault Systemes, respectively.

The guide is divided into the following parts:

Part 1: 4.1. Introduction, provides general information about the application and its components.

Part 2: 4.2. Abaqus2Matlab Execution, describes the postprocessing capabilities and result types that can be postprocessed. Detailed discussions about the way the various postprocessors work are provided in this section.

Using Abaqus2Matlab

Abaqus/Standard, Abaqus/Explicit, and Abaqus/CFD can be run as batch applications (e.g. from inside Matlab scripts) or through the interactive Abaqus/CAE environment. These products, after the analysis is finished, generate a number of output files: the odb file, the fil file and the mtx file. In order for the last two files to be generated for the first time, the appropriate options in the input file have to be specified before running the analysis in Abaqus. In addition, if the results (fil) file is not in ascii format, further options have to be run in Abaqus to convert it to ascii format, before it is postprocessed by Abaqus2Matlab.

In addition, many postprocessing tasks that demonstrate the numerous capabilities of Abaqus2Matlab are discussed in the Abaqus2Matlab Verification Guide. The examples contained in the last guide, when used as a supplement to the Abaqus2Matlab Analysis User's Guide, can help the user become familiar with the functionalities of Abaqus2Matlab, and in which ways this application can be utilized for Abaqus postprocessing.

Abaqus2Matlab - www.abaqus2matlab.com
Copyright (c) 2017 by George Papazafeiropoulos

If using this application for research or industrial purposes, please cite:
G. Papazafeiropoulos, M. Muniz-Calvente, E. Martinez-Paneda.
Abaqus2Matlab: a suitable tool for finite element post-processing.
Advances in Engineering Software. Vol 105. March 2017. Pages 9-16. (2017)

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