Abaqus FEA is a suite of software that can be used for finite element analysis and computer-aided engineering. The Abaqus product suite consists of five software tools.

Abaqus/CAE – an application used for both the modeling and analysis of mechanical components and assemblies (pre-processing) and visualizing the finite element analysis result.

Abaqus/Standard – a general-purpose Finite-Element analyzer that employs implicit integration scheme (traditional).

Abaqus/Explicit – a special-purpose Finite-Element analyzer that employs explicit integration scheme to solve highly nonlinear systems with many complex contacts under transient loads.

Abaqus/CFD – a Computational Fluid Dynamics software application which provides advanced computational fluid dynamics capabilities with extensive support for preprocessing and post processing provided in Abaqus/CAE.

Abaqus/Electromagnetic – a Computational electro-magnetics software application which solves advanced computational electromagnetic problems.


No cost for eligible users.


Faculty Staff Students

Personal Use

The Abaqus Student Edition is available for free to students, faculty, and staff.

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Teaching and Research Use

Another version of Abaqus is available for teaching and research use. Please contact Dr. Mark Barkey, the Department Head of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics to request access. The College of Engineering offers support installing engineering software tools. Contact support@eng.ua.edu for assistance.

Eligibility and Cost

No cost for eligible users.

Licensing Information

The Abaqus Student Edition is available to UA students, faculty and staff. Teaching and research licenses are restricted.

Software Information

Connection to campus VPN is not required to license student version, but is required for lab computers and research version.