A Fast Guide to the Most Useful Tasks in Abaqus Visualization Module (PART A)

Abaqus visualization

In this practical post, you will learn the most useful task in the Abaqus visualization or Abaqus result module, how to get an Abaqus screenshot in Abaqus viewer.

1. Changing Fonts (Texts in results plot) in Abaqus visualization

From the main menu bar select Viewport > Viewport Annotations Options:

Abaqus visualization most useful tasks | Abaqus resultGo to the any of Legend, Title Block or State Block tabs. Now, click on the Set Font… button. In the Select Font form that appears you can set the size and type of font. The new size/type can be applied to the various categories:

1. Triad
2. Legend
3. Title Block
4. State Block

Tick the box you need.

You can also change the color of texts by selecting Color beneath the Set Font… button in Legend, Title Block or State Block tabs.

2. Showing items or not.

You can tell Abaqus weather to display different items in a plot or not. From the main menu bar, select Viewport > Viewport Annotations. Then in General tab, check/uncheck items as favorable:
Abaqus visualization | Abaqus result

3. Modifying legend display in Abaqus visualization

In section 1 of the current article and, more specifically, in Q&A:How can I change font size of the contour legend in an Abaqus plot?, we have learned about modifying the font and color of the legend text. You can also make these other modifications to the Abaqus legend options:

abaqus visualization
i) The position of the Abaqus legend (by changing the upper left corner (x,y) with respect to Viewport)
ii) Whether showing legend outlining the box or not
iii) Whether showing the legend title or not
iv) Showing Min/Max value in every frame with corresponding element and node No.
v) Format of the numbers in legend. Look at the table as a guide:
Table. Numbers Format in Legend
vi) Legend background

There are some more points about the Abaqus legend option that you can see in the next posts.

4. Displaying the beam profile and shell thickness

If you use wire parts to model beams, you can view an idealized representation (i.e. the 3D-shape) of the beam profile for results data.
Rendering Beam Profile for Cargo Crane
In the Visualization module, from the main menu bar, select View > ODB Display Options… (you can find that in left toolbox, too):
abaqus visualization
In the window appeared, on the first tab (General) there is a section called Idealizations. Check the Render beam profiles box. You can also choose the scale factor to increase the section size as you need.
In addition, you can visualize thickness for shell elements by checking the Render shell thickness box.
Beam and shell thickness rendering are available in the Visualization module for undeformed and deformed plots only. (Abaqus viewer )

5. Displaying boundary conditions (B.C.)

In the Abaqus visualization module or Abaqus result module, you can show the boundary conditions of problem besides the result contours. From the main menu bar, select View > ODB Display Options…. In Entity Display tab, select Show boundary conditions:
abaqus visualization
You can also decrease the size of the symbols if they are large and unsuitable or increase if required from Options section at the top.
Note: The display of model entities can affect Abaqus/CAE performance significantly and slowing down your computer.

6. Showing nodes and element labels

Element/node labels are numeric labels that identify each element/node in FEA.
To visualize the nodes and element labels within the Visualization module, from main menu bar select Options > Common… (or also Common Options from toolbox):

Displaying Node and Element Label in VisualizationIn the window appeared, go to Labels tab and tick Show element labels and/or Show node labels as required.
In addition, you can choose the Color of the element/nodes labels.

In the below video, I have summarized these tasks enjoy it and learn in a few minutes:


7. Changing Background

When reporting your results, the appearance of pictures you capture from Abaqus/CAE plots is affected by the difference in contrast between the model colors and the colors in the viewport background. You can improve this contrast by changing the color or colors displayed in the viewport background. You can display a single color or you can create a gradient background.
To change the background, from the main menu bar, select View > Graphics Options. Look at this Q&A:
How do I change the background color of the viewport?
This is general and works in every module of Abaqus. Follow the instructions in Visualization module.
It is recommended to select a solid white color.

8. Capture an image (Abaqus screenshot)

Abaqus/CAE allows you to take an Abaqus screenshot of viewports to a file for later use, for example, to include in a presentation or embed in a printed report. To capture an image, from the main menu bar in Abaqus viewer, select File > Print:
Abaqus result
You can also use CTRL+P shortcut on your keyboard.
Now, select an image format such as PNG or TIFF and assign a File name to be saved in your working directory (as default). You can change the save directory by choosing the File Select Browser icon (look at the above picture).

If you want to have the most options when saving the Abaqus screenshot, you must select EPS format, which allows selecting image resolution besides its size.
As a simple trick, to get rid of these settings and Print window, just press CTRL+C on your keyboard to Capture an image. This will make a Copy of your current Viewport that can be Paste anywhere else (Word, Presentation, etc.). The function of this shortcut is exactly like Print Screen key (but is limited to the area of current Viewport in Abaqus/CAE).
If you prefer any of these customizations to be applied automatically for each time Abaqus opens, follow the instruction in:
Q&A 119: How can I save graphical settings I made in Abaqus/CAE? I do not want repeat these settings when opening Abaqus again.

I hope you have got enough information about Abaqus visualization tasks or necessary points about the Abaqus result module in Abaqus viewer. It would be useful to see Abaqus Documentation to understand how it would be hard to start an Abaqus simulation without any Abaqus tutorial.

One thought on “A Fast Guide to the Most Useful Tasks in Abaqus Visualization Module (PART A)

  1. Avatar of ryan ryan says:

    This article was really useful for me. All the points I needed to prepare my report were told in this article. Is part B of this article printed now?

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