Products: ABAQUS/Standard ABAQUS/Explicit ABAQUS/CAE
The submodeling technique:
is used to study a local part of a model with a refined mesh based on interpolation of the solution from an initial (undeformed), relatively coarse, global model;
is most useful when it is necessary to obtain an accurate, detailed solution in a local region and the detailed modeling of that local region has negligible effect on the overall solution;
can be used to analyze an acoustic model driven by displacements from a structural, global model when the acoustic fluid has negligible effect on the structural solution;
can be used for the analysis of a structure driven by acoustic pressures from an acoustic or coupled acoustic-structural, global model;
can use a combination of ABAQUS/Explicit and ABAQUS/Standard procedures;
can use a combination of linear and nonlinear procedures; and
cannot be used with import analyses.
Different element types can be used in the submodel than those used to model the corresponding region in the global model. The following types of submodeling are provided (global-to-submodel):
A global or submodel region that is meshed with continuum shell elements constitutes a three-dimensional solid region in the submodeling technique. Hence, the use of the submodeling technique for models involving continuum shell elements is the same as with models involving continuum solid elements such as C3D8R or C3D6.
See Shell-to-solid submodeling and shell-to-solid coupling of a pipe joint, Section 1.1.9 of the ABAQUS Example Problems Manual, for an example application of the submodeling technique.
The model whose solution is interpolated onto the relevant parts of the boundary of the submodel is referred to as the “global” model (even though it may itself be a submodel of a larger “global” model). Those degrees of freedom at nodes on the submodel boundary whose values are defined by interpolating the solution from the global model are called “driven variables.”
A submodeling analysis consists of:
running a global analysis and saving the results in the vicinity of the submodel boundary;
defining the total set of driven nodes in the submodel;
defining the time variation of the driven variables in the submodel analysis by specifying the actual nodes and degrees of freedom to be driven in each step; and
running the submodel analysis using the “driven variables” to drive the solution.
The submodel is run as a separate analysis from the global analysis. The only link between the submodel and the global model is the transfer of the time-dependent values of variables saved in the global analysis to the relevant boundary nodes of the submodel. This transfer is accomplished by saving the results from the global model either in the results (.fil) file (default) or in the output database (.odb), then reading these results into the submodel analysis. If the global model is defined in terms of an assembly of part instances or the output database is used to transfer results from the global model to the submodel, the part (.prt) file from the global model is required for the submodel analysis from either results or output database file. If you run the submodel analysis in a newer version than the global model, the output database (.odb) needs to be upgraded. The part (.prt) for the global analysis for the new version can be recreated through a datacheck.
Since the submodel is a separate analysis, submodeling can be used to any number of levels; a submodel can be used as the global model for a subsequent submodel.
The results from the global model are interpolated onto the nodes on the appropriate parts of the boundary of the submodel (see Figure 10.2.11). Thus, the response at the boundary of the local region is defined by the solution for the global model. The driven nodes and any loads applied to the local region determine the solution in the submodel.
Submodeling can be applied quite generally in ABAQUS. The material response defined for the submodel may be different from that defined for the global model. Both the global model and the submodel can have nonlinear response and can be analyzed for any sequence of analysis procedures. These procedures do not have to be the same for both models. For example, the linear or nonlinear dynamic response of the global model can be used to drive the static, nonlinear response of the submodel on the grounds that the submodel is too small for dynamic effects to be significant in that local region. The global procedure can be performed in ABAQUS/Standard to drive a submodeling procedure in ABAQUS/Explicit and vice versa. For example, a static analysis performed in ABAQUS/Standard can drive a quasi-static ABAQUS/Explicit analysis in the submodel. The step time used in these analyses can be different; the time variable of the amplitude functions generated at the driven nodes can be scaled to the step time used in the submodel.
The linear or nonlinear response of a global, structural model can be used to drive the acoustic response of a fluid region of any size if the forces exerted on the structure by the fluid are small. This is often the case for metal structures in air, building interiors, or for sound propagation from a liquid to air. In the case of a liquid and a gas, no special procedures need be followed; the pressure degrees of freedom couple straightforwardly. In the case of a structure driving a fluid, you must ensure that the degrees of freedom to be driven in the submodel exist among the global model results. Several alternatives exist. A thin layer of fluid elements, with the same properties as the submodel fluid, can be added to the global model; this element set and its nodes can then be used to drive the submodel in the usual manner. Alternatively, you can create acoustic interface elements on the surface of the submodel and drive the corresponding nodes with the structural displacements (see Fully and sequentially coupled acoustic-structural analysis of a muffler, Section 8.1.1 of the ABAQUS Example Problems Manual).
In problems where the fluid exerts large pressures on the structure, the mechanical response of the structure may be of interest. Acoustic-to-structure submodeling can be used in such problems. The submodel in these problems is a part of the structural component of the global model. The acoustic pressure obtained from solving a coupled acoustic-structural global analysis is used to drive the submodel on the surface it shares with the fluid medium. Other boundaries of the submodel may be driven using the displacements of the structural component of the global model via solid-to-solid submodeling. The acoustic-to-structure submodel analysis solves an uncoupled structural force-displacement problem. The acoustic pressure from the global model is interpolated to the submodel driven nodes. The tributary area and the outward normal associated with the driven node are used to convert the interpolated acoustic pressure to a concentrated load acting at that location (see Miscellaneous submodeling tests, Section 3.6.16 of the ABAQUS Verification Manual).
The global model in a submodeling analysis must define the submodel boundary response with sufficient accuracy. It is your responsibility to ensure that any particular use of the submodeling technique provides physically meaningful results. In general, the solution at the boundary of the submodel must not be altered significantly by the different local modeling. There is no built-in check of this criterion in ABAQUS; it is a matter of judgment on your part. In general, accuracy can be checked by comparing contour plots of important variables near the boundaries of the submodeled region.
The results from the global analysis must be saved at all nodes required for the interpolation of the driven variables to the boundary of the submodel (see Figure 10.2.11). The results file or the output database can be used for this purpose.
In each step of the global model whose solution will be used to drive the submodel, write the nodal results for all driven variables to the results file (see Output to the data and results files, Section 4.1.2). These results must be written in the global coordinate system of the model. The submodel can refer only to a global model results file that is from a binary compatible platform.
When the global model is run in ABAQUS/Explicit and results file output is requested, the results are written to the selected results (.sel) file; this file needs to be converted into a results (.fil) file using the convert option (see Execution procedure for ABAQUS/Standard and ABAQUS/Explicit, Section 3.2.2).
|Input File Usage:|
*NODE FILE (In ABAQUS/Standard GLOBAL=NO should not be used on the *NODE FILE option.)
|ABAQUS/CAE Usage:||You cannot write output to the results file in ABAQUS/CAE.|
In each step of the global model whose solution will be used to drive the submodel, write the nodal results for all driven variables to the output database (see Output to the output database, Section 4.1.3). Unlike the results file, nodal output to the output database is always written in the global directions. The output database can be transferred to any platform since it is binary neutral.
|Input File Usage:||Use both of the following options:|
*OUTPUT, FIELD *NODE OUTPUT
Step module: OutputField Output RequestsCreate
By default, the nodal output to the output database is written using single precision, which may not be sufficient for certain classes of problems; for example, submodels undergoing large rigid body motions. For such analyses request the nodal output to the fullest possible precision (see Execution procedure for ABAQUS/Standard and ABAQUS/Explicit, Section 3.2.2).
|Input File Usage:||abaqus job=global_model_input_file output_precision=full|
Job module: Create Job: Precision: Nodal output precision: Full
The size of the results file or the output database can be minimized for a submodeling analysis by requesting output for only those global nodes that are used to drive the submodel. To determine which global nodes are used to drive the submodel, do the following:
Run a data check analysis on the global model with any combination of results file or output database file output requests.
Run a data check analysis on the submodel.
Pay special attention to the frequency at which you request output in the global model (see Output to the data and results files, Section 4.1.2, and Output to the output database, Section 4.1.3). It is possible to define the results file output or nodal output to the output database file such that the information is written at different frequencies for different nodes, although that should not be done for nodes involved in the interpolation to define values at a driven node since ABAQUS will take values at the coarsest frequency only. To avoid this problem, write the nodal output to the output database or the results file using the same frequency for all nodes involved in the interpolation and choose a frequency that will allow the history in the submodel to be reproduced accurately.
|Input File Usage:||Use one of the following options:|
*NODE FILE, FREQUENCY (specifies the frequency for ABAQUS/Standard results file output) *FILE OUTPUT, NUMBER INTERVAL (specifies the frequency for ABAQUS/Explicit results file output) *OUTPUT, FIELD, FREQUENCY (specifies the frequency for output database output)
Step module: OutputField Output RequestsCreate: Save output at
If the global analysis in ABAQUS/Standard involves a physical time scale and the results file is to be used in the submodel analysis, request that the results file output be written at the beginning of the step (the zero increment) for all steps in the global analysis (see Output, Section 4.1.1). ABAQUS will then have the complete solution history (including the solution state at the beginning of a step) from which a submodel may be driven. If the zero increment results are not requested, incorrect results will be obtained if the step time in the submodel is less than the step time of the first increment on the results file. Instead of interpolating between the results at the start of the step and the results of the first increment on the results file, ABAQUS will simply use the results of the first increment as long as the submodel step time is less than the step time of the first increment on the results file. The zero increment request is not required in ABAQUS/Explicit, because the results are always written to the results file at the beginning of each step. Similarly, the results will always be correctly interpolated when using the output database to transfer the results from the global model to the submodel, because the zero increment is always written to the output database.
|Input File Usage:|
*FILE FORMAT, ZERO INCREMENT
|ABAQUS/CAE Usage:||You cannot write output to the results file in ABAQUS/CAE.|
You must define the source of the global solution results. Provide the name of the global results file or output database file; the file extension is optional. If the file extension is omitted, ABAQUS will correctly choose the extension if only the results file or the output database file exists. If the file extension is omitted and both results and output database files exist, the results file will be used.
|Input File Usage:||abaqus job=submodel_input_file globalmodel=global_results_file or global_output_database|
Any module: ModelEdit Attributessubmodel: Submodel: Read data from job: global_results_file or global_output_database
By default, the global model in the vicinity of the submodel is searched for elements that contain driven nodes; the submodel is then driven by the response of these elements. To preclude certain elements from driving the submodel, you can specify a global element set to limit the search to this subset of the global model. This may be necessary if the model has closely spaced entities that, when meshed, contain coincident nodes. It can also be useful when creating a submodel near a contact pair that may include the response from nodes on the incorrect side of the contact pair (which will occur unless the entire submodel lies within the discretized geometry of the body that is intended to be overlaid by the submodel).
If the global model is defined in terms of an assembly of part instances, and the submodel is not, the dots in the global element set name must be replaced by underscores, e.g.: Assembly-1.I-1.top should be replaced by Assembly-1_I-1_top. In this case, the transfer of results from the global analysis to the submodel can be achieved only by accessing the output database (.odb file) for the global analysis. For doing this, the extension .odb has to be explicitly added to the jobname of the global analysis when prompted.
|Input File Usage:|
*SUBMODEL, GLOBAL ELSET=name
If the global model is defined in terms of an assembly of part instances, give the complete name—including the assembly and part instance names—when specifying the global element set. For example, an element set named top in part instance I-1 of assembly Assembly-1 must be referred to by Assembly-1.I-1.top.
If the submodel is not defined in terms of an assembly of part instances, the dots in the global element set name must be replaced by underscores: Assembly-1_I-1_top.
If the global element set is defined at the assembly level, you may provide the element set name without qualifying it with the assembly name in a submodel analysis.
Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: Driving region: Specify
Specifying the driven nodes does not activate the driven variables: they must be activated by specifying the appropriate submodel boundary conditions.
All nodes of the submodel where variables will be driven in any step (see Figure 10.2.12) must be specified as driven nodes since the list of nodes cannot be extended subsequent to its initial definition (even at restart). However, variables at the nodes given do not have to be driven in all steps: the choice of which variables are driven in a particular step is made as part of a submodel boundary condition definition, as discussed later.
|Input File Usage:|
*SUBMODEL list of nodes or node set labels or, for acoustic-to-structure submodeling, the name of an element-based structural surface
The *SUBMODEL option must be included in the model definition portion of the input file for the submodel analysis. Multiple *SUBMODEL options are allowed; however, in this case you must ensure that the driven nodes specified on the data line of one option are separate and distinct from the nodes specified on the data lines of all the other options.
Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: select regions for the boundary condition to define the driven nodes
In shell-to-solid submodeling, the submodel is made up of solid elements and replaces a region where conventional shell elements are used in the global model. In this case ABAQUS expects that all the driven nodes on the submodel belong to solid elements and are driven from a global model region that is entirely made up of shell elements. The boundary where the submodel is driven is a set of surfaces in the submodel but is a set of lines in the shell reference surface in the global model, as shown in Figure 10.2.13. The dashed line on the shell model is replaced by the shaded surfaces of the solid element submodel.
Whenever shell-to-solid submodeling is used, you must define the maximum shell thickness in the global model, given in the units used for the models. If a shell offset is defined in the global model, the shell thickness must be set equal to twice the maximum distance from the top or bottom shell surface to the shell reference surface.
Any module: ModelEdit Attributessubmodel: Submodel: Shell global model drives a solid submodel Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: Shell thickness
The global analysis for acoustic-to-structure submodeling problems is performed as a coupled acoustic-structural analysis. The acoustic nodal pressures from the global analysis must be written to the results file for the acoustic mesh in contact with the structural surface of interest. In the submodel analysis acoustic pressures from the global analysis drive the user-specified structural surface of interest. The driven nodes for the submodel are the nodes lying on the specified surface. Only element-based surfaces are allowed in acoustic-to-structure submodeling.
|Input File Usage:|
*SUBMODEL, ACOUSTIC TO STRUCTURE, ABSOLUTE EXTERIOR TOLERANCE=value
|ABAQUS/CAE Usage:||Acoustic-to-structure submodeling is not supported in ABAQUS/CAE.|
In certain problems the acoustic pressure may act on both sides of a shell structure. Figure 10.2.14 shows a section of a global model consisting of a shell structure that is sandwiched between two acoustic media.
Figure 10.2.14 A cross-section of the acoustic-to-structure global model with acoustic regions on both sides of the shell.
Figure 10.2.15 The acoustic-to-structure submodel with acoustic pressure on both sides of the shell.
|ABAQUS/CAE Usage:||Acoustic-to-structure submodeling is not supported in ABAQUS/CAE.|
A geometric tolerance is used to define how far a boundary node in the submodel can lie outside the exterior surface of the global model, as that surface is interpolated in the global, undeformed finite element model. By default, nodes in the submodel must lie within a distance calculated by multiplying the average element size in the global model by 0.05; however, you can change the tolerance.
You can define the geometric tolerance as a fraction of the size of the average element in the global model or as an absolute distance in the length units chosen for the model. If both tolerances are defined, ABAQUS uses the tighter tolerance.
|Input File Usage:||Use the following option to define the geometric tolerance as an absolute distance:|
*SUBMODEL, ABSOLUTE EXTERIOR TOLERANCE=tolerance
Use the following option to define the geometric tolerance as a fraction of the size of the average element in the global model:
*SUBMODEL, EXTERIOR TOLERANCE=tolerance
Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: Exterior tolerance: absolute or relative
The exterior tolerance for a solid-to-solid submodel analysis is indicated by the shaded region in Figure 10.2.16. If the distance between the driven nodes and the free surface of the global model falls within the specified tolerance, the solution variables from the global model are extrapolated to the submodel.
In a shell-to-shell submodel analysis ABAQUS checks whether the driven nodes of the submodel lie sufficiently close to the reference surface of the shell elements in the global model. To simplify calculations, the closest point in the global model is calculated as the intersection of a line drawn through the node on the submodel with the reference surface of the shell in the global model. The direction of the line is normal to a flat surface approximation to each shell element. The normal to the flat surface is the average of the normals at the nodes of the shell element. If the geometry of the submodel cut boundary is such that multiple flat surface approximations exist along the normal direction, the values of the isoparametric coordinates of each global model shell element whose distance is smaller than or equal to the user-specified tolerance are compared. Therefore, the tolerance value plays a significant role in such cases. We advise that the resulting absolute tolerance should be less than or equal to half the shell thickness for this particular global element region. Alternatively, you can use global element sets to associate the submodel driven nodes with the appropriate global model elements.
The distance checked against the specified exterior tolerance is shown in Figure 10.2.17.
For shell-to-solid submodeling ABAQUS uses two kinds of tolerances to determine the relationship between the submodel and the global model. First, the closest point on the shell reference surface of the global model is determined. This point, the “image node,” is shown in Figure 10.2.18. The user-specified exterior tolerance is used to check if the image node lies within the domain of the global model. Then the distance, D, between the driven node and its image is checked; if the distance is less than half the value of the specified shell thickness plus the exterior tolerance, it is accepted. This check is only approximate if the global model has varying shell thickness or if the shell reference surface is offset from the midsurface.
The actual driven variables are defined in any step as a submodel boundary condition. The boundary conditions are “driven variables” obtained from the results or output database file of the global analysis.
The degrees of freedom on the driven nodes of the submodel must exist at the forcing nodes of the global model. In a problem involving an acoustic fluid submodel driven by a structural global model, for example, acoustic interface elements should be created on the submodel's driven boundary with the structure.
For solid-to-solid and shell-to-shell submodeling specify the individual degrees of freedom to be driven. In most cases all components of the solution variables (displacements, rotations, temperatures, etc.) at these nodes are driven by the global solution, although you may choose to drive only some components at any of the driven nodes. For shell-to-solid submodeling the driven degrees of freedom are chosen automatically based on a user-specified zone around the shell reference surface, as explained later.
It is not recommended to have all the variables at all the nodes in the submodel driven by the global solution.
For acoustic-to-structure submodeling, the loads due to acoustic pressure acting at the driven nodes of the submodel are activated by specifying pressure (degree of freedom 8) along with the driven node set.
Only one submodel boundary condition can be specified in each step of the analysis.
|Input File Usage:|
Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: Degrees of freedom
You specify the step of the global model history that is to be used for the driven variables in the current submodel analysis step. When the global solution is obtained from the results file, the zero increment is included if it was requested in the global analysis (see Output, Section 4.1.1).
In a general analysis step or a direct-solution steady-state dynamic analysis step, ABAQUS calculates the amplitudes for the driven variables as functions of time or frequency from the results of the global model.
|Input File Usage:|
*BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=step
Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: Global step number
The global analysis and submodel analysis can have different time steps. You can scale the time variable of the driven nodes from the global analysis to the step time of the submodel analysis. This technique is useful when the analyses are static or quasi-static in nature; the use of this technique in dynamic analyses with significant inertial effects is not recommended. If the same step time is used in both the global model and the submodel, the time scale has no effect. The time scale cannot be specified in frequency domain analyses or in linear perturbation steps.
ABAQUS will determine the values that the driven variables will follow throughout the step in the submodel analysis by using the points in time at which the global solution results or output database file was written. When the time variable of the driven nodes of the global analysis is scaled and if the step time is different from the submodel step time, the points in time of the driven variables are scaled to the submodel step time.
|Input File Usage:|
*BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=step, TIMESCALE
Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: Scale time period of global step to time period of submodel step.
You can modify the submodel boundary condition to add new variables to the list of driven variables, you can remove variables from the driven variable set, and you can reintroduce them later (see Boundary conditions, Section 27.3.1). New nodes cannot be added to the total set of driven nodes defined for the submodel; this set of driven nodes is a fixed part of the model definition.
Load module: boundary condition editor: Degrees of freedom
For shell-to-solid submodeling the driven degrees of freedom at the driven nodes are chosen automatically, depending on the distance between the driven node and the global model shell reference surface. All displacement components are driven at nodes that lie on the reference surface or within a “center zone,” as shown in Figure 10.2.19.
The center zone method of prescribing driven variables usually provides a reasonable transfer of the plane stress assumption in the shell model. The width of this zone around the reference surface where all displacement components are driven may be different for various driven nodes or node sets. If you do not provide values for the center zone size, a default value of 10% of the maximum of the specified shell thicknesses is assumed.
For complicated geometries it can be advantageous to assign a different center zone size to different nodes or node sets.
You can view the driven nodes lying inside and outside the center zone in ABAQUS/CAE by displaying the model boundary conditions (ViewODB Display Options) in the Visualization module.
|Input File Usage:|
*BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=step nodes, center zone size
Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: Center zone size: center zone size
Usually it is enough for the layer of nodes closest to the shell reference surface to lie inside the center zone. If a very fine solid mesh is used in the thickness direction and substantial transverse shear stresses are transferred, it may be necessary to make the center zone size large enough that multiple layers of nodes lie inside the zone. However, if the transverse shear stresses at the submodel boundary are high and the submodel is highly refined in the thickness direction, high local stresses may develop since the shear force at the submodel boundary is transferred only at the driven nodes within the center zone. High transverse shear stresses occur only in regions where bending moments vary rapidly; it is better not to locate the submodel boundary in such regions. It is best to locate the submodel boundary in areas of low transverse shear stress in the global model.
There are several special considerations that are worth noting.
For shell-to-shell submodeling the shell thickness generally is not changed between the models. You can specify different shell thicknesses if, for example, a local thickness change is being investigated; however, ABAQUS does not check the validity of these differences.
The following limitations and special cases apply to the shell-to-solid capability:
The global model can contain both solid and shell elements; however, when the shell-to-solid capability is used, all driven nodes must lie within shell elements in the global model. If the driven boundary lies at the border between a solid and a shell region, the driven nodes must be moved a small distance away from the solid region (see Figure 10.2.110).
Corners or kinks may exist in global models made of shell elements. At such corners or kinks the shell elements only approximate the distribution of the material away from the midsurface of the shell (see Figure 10.2.111). Because of such approximations, it is not possible to drive a submodel correctly if the driven nodes of the submodel lie within a shell thickness from a corner or a kink. If necessary, use the approach shown in Figure 10.2.111.Figure 10.2.112).
Temperature degrees of freedom cannot be driven in shell-to-solid submodeling.
An alternative to shell-to-solid submodeling is the surface-based shell-to-solid coupling capability discussed in Shell-to-solid coupling, Section 28.3.3.
Neither the coupled thermal-electrical procedure nor any of the mode-based dynamics procedures can be used on the submodel level. In addition, submodeling cannot be used in conjunction with symmetric model generation or symmetric results transfer. Adaptive meshes should not be used in the global model. However, they can be used in the submodel analysis; ABAQUS will always treat the driven nodes in the submodel as Lagrangian nodes.
Both general (possibly nonlinear) and linear perturbation steps can be used in submodeling (see General and linear perturbation procedures, Section 6.1.2, for a discussion of general and linear perturbation steps).
The submodeling capability can be used in the dynamic procedures using explicit integration (in ABAQUS/Explicit) and in the dynamic procedures using direct integration (in ABAQUS/Standard). The following combinations of procedures between the global model and the submodel can be considered: explicit dynamic, implicit dynamic, dynamic coupled thermal-stress, and coupled thermal-stress. In dynamic problems in which inertial forces are significant, the global model and the submodel need to be run for the same step time intervals.
In ABAQUS/Explicit a quasi-static analysis is performed as a dynamic procedure. For this case and for the static analyses performed in ABAQUS/Standard, the time step of the global model and submodel can be different. The time variable of the driven nodes from the global analysis must be scaled to the step time of the submodel analysis to match the time variable of the amplitude functions generated at the driven nodes to the step time used in the submodel.
For significantly dynamic problems in ABAQUS/Explicit, a sufficiently large number of intervals need to be written to the results or output database file for the global model. Preferably the displacement results for the nodes that are used to drive the submodel should be saved for each increment. This caution is necessary in particular for problems with elastic material properties to avoid possible aliasing (under sampling), which can cause solution distortion in the submodel. These requirements do not apply to quasi-static problems.
In ABAQUS/Standard it is possible to study the submodel's linearized response corresponding to a particular point in time in the global solution by using a static, linear perturbation procedure in the submodel analysis. You can select the increment in the global analysis step that is to be used as the basis for calculating the values for the driven variables. If you do not select an increment in a static linear perturbation step, the last increment of the selected step in the global analysis is used as the basis for calculating the values for the driven variables. You cannot select an increment in a general submodel step.
|Input File Usage:|
*BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=step, INC=increment
Load module: Create Boundary Condition: choose Other for the Category and Submodel for the Types for Selected Step: Global step number and Global increment
The submodeling capability can be used in the frequency domain by using the direct-solution steady-state dynamics procedure. Mode-based steady-state dynamics cannot be used at the submodel level.
The only restriction on the specification of the frequency range in the submodel is that the minimum and maximum frequency should lie within the range of calculated frequencies in the global model. ABAQUS will interpolate the solution variables from the global model in the frequency domain, as well as spatially, before applying them to the submodel. The results will be most accurate if the frequencies at which the response in the submodel is requested match the frequencies at which the response was calculated in the global model. This is particularly true in the vicinity of the eigenfrequencies of the global model.
In the global model you must write both the amplitude and the phase of the nodal displacements to the results file so that ABAQUS can apply the real and imaginary parts of the solution at the driven nodes in the submodel.
It is possible to mix general steps and linear perturbation steps in both the global and the submodel analyses. ABAQUS allows general analysis steps to be treated as linear perturbation steps during submodeling, and vice versa.
For an example of submodeling that uses both general and linear perturbation steps, consider the following situation. The global analysis consists of a static preload—done as a general, nonlinear, analysis step—followed by extraction of the eigenmodes of the preloaded structure, then a step of 5 seconds of modal dynamic response analysis:
*STEP ** Apply preload *STATIC 0.1, 1.0 … ** Write out results for nodes needed to ** interpolate to the submodel's boundary *NODE FILE, NSET=DETAIL U *END STEP *STEP ** Calculate modes and frequencies *FREQUENCY … ** The *NODE FILE option is repeated because ** this is the first linear perturbation step *NODE FILE, NSET=DETAIL U *END STEP *STEP ** Dynamic response of preloaded system *MODAL DYNAMIC 0.01, 5.0 … *END STEPWe wish to study the local, possibly nonlinear, response of a part of this model that is so small that we do not need to model dynamic effects locally and can, thus, perform two steps of static analysis:
** Define submodel boundary (driven nodes) *SUBMODEL PERIM *STEP ** Preload *STATIC 0.1, 1.0 *BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=1 … *END STEP *STEP ** Local static response to global dynamic step *STATIC 0.01, 5.0 *BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=3 … *END STEPIt is perfectly acceptable that the submodel analysis requests general, possibly nonlinear, analysis for both steps, while in the global analysis the dynamic step was a linear perturbation step (modal dynamics is always a linear perturbation analysis). It is your responsibility to judge that this use of the submodeling feature is reasonable. For example, suppose that the global analysis were continued with a fourth step of general, nonlinear static response:
*RESTART, READ, STEP=3 ** Read state at end of initial preload ** (could equally well use *RESTART, READ, STEP=1) *STEP ** Add more preload *STATIC 0.2, 1.0 … *END STEPThis fourth general analysis step starts with the state at the end of general analysis Step 1 because the frequency extraction and the modal dynamic steps are both linear perturbation steps. However, if we restart the submodel analysis in the same way, the solution may not be comparable with the global model solution:
*RESTART, READ, STEP=2 ** Read state at end of step 2 *STEP ** Add more preload *STATIC 0.2, 1.0 *BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=4 … *END STEPThe second step in the submodel is a general analysis step, to which the response may be nonlinear, thus changing the state of the model. A valid alternative would be to apply the Step 4 response to the submodel immediately after the first step:
*RESTART, READ, STEP=1 ** Read state at end of preload step *STEP ** Add more preload *STATIC 0.2, 1.0 *BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=4 … *END STEP
During general analysis steps ABAQUS works in terms of total solution variables such as the displacements, u. In linear perturbation steps ABAQUS works in terms of the displacement perturbation, , about a base state, . When general analysis steps and linear perturbation steps are reinterpreted in the submodel analysis, the global analysis results are treated as defined in Table 10.2.11.
Table 10.2.11 Reinterpreting solution variables in the submodel analysis.
|Global analysis step basis||Submodel step basis||Global increment specified in definition of submodel boundary condition||Driven variable basis|
|General||Static, linear perturbation||i|
|Linear perturbation||Static, linear perturbation||i|
is the current value of a driven variable in the submodel at any time during a general, nonlinear, analysis step;
is the value of the perturbation of a driven variable in the submodel during a linear perturbation step;
are the corresponding values of the same (geometrically interpolated) variable in the global model;
is the “base state” value of the variable during a linear perturbation step in the global analysis;
is the “base state” value of the variable during a linear perturbation step in the submodel analysis;
is the value of at increment i of the global analysis step; and
is the value of at increment i of the global analysis step.
Additional assumptions must be made for the shell-to-solid case when a general procedure on the global model drives a linear perturbation procedure on the submodel and vice versa. The assumptions depend on the geometric formulation used (linear or nonlinear) and on the procedure combination. For details and governing equations for these cases, see Submodeling analysis, Section 2.15.1 of the ABAQUS Theory Manual.
The definition of initial conditions should be consistent between the global model and the submodel.
Boundary conditions (other than submodel boundary conditions) prescribed on the degrees of freedom that are driven will replace those prescribed using submodel boundary conditions.
A node can be driven from the global model in some steps and have user-prescribed boundary conditions in other steps. In these cases all relevant boundary conditions must be respecified (see Boundary conditions, Section 27.3.1).
Any other boundary conditions that are applied in the submodel region should be imposed in the submodel analysis in the usual way. It is your responsibility to apply such prescribed boundary conditions to the submodel correctly so that they correspond to the loading of the global model.
Be careful with submodel boundary nodes that are also on planes of symmetry, where both forms of boundary conditions can be applied. It may be helpful in such cases to apply boundary conditions in a local coordinate system (see Transformed coordinate systems, Section 2.1.5). The local coordinate system should be applied only to the boundary conditions that are intended to override the submodel boundary conditions, since the submodel boundary conditions are always output in the global coordinate directions by the global model.
Any loads that are applied in the submodel region must be imposed in the submodel analysis in the usual way. It is your responsibility to apply such loads to the submodel correctly so that they correspond to the loading of the global model. See Applying loads: overview, Section 27.4.1, for an overview of the loads available in ABAQUS.
The following predefined fields can be specified in a submodeling analysis, as described in Predefined fields, Section 27.6.1:
Nodal temperatures can be specified. Any difference between the applied and initial temperatures will cause thermal strain if a thermal expansion coefficient is given for the material (Thermal expansion, Section 20.1.2). The specified temperature also affects temperature-dependent material properties, if any.
The values of user-defined field variables can be specified. These values affect only field-variable-dependent material properties, if any.
ABAQUS interpolates solution variables onto the submodel driven nodes. It can also interpolate temperatures as field variables (see Interpolating temperatures between meshes” in “Predefined fields, Section 27.6.1, for details). Other predefined fields will not be interpolated to the nodes of the submodel; they must be available from the input data for all nodes of the submodel where they are required.
ABAQUS/Standard provides multiple approaches for cases where a submodel thermal-stress analysis must be performed using temperature solutions from a global heat transfer analysis.
Run a heat transfer analysis of the global model, and write the nodal temperatures to the results or output database file. Run a sequentially coupled thermal-stress analysis of the global model. The temperatures obtained from the results or output database file of the global heat transfer analysis are field variables in this case. If the mesh used in the thermal-stress analysis is different from the mesh in the heat transfer analysis, specify that ABAQUS/Standard should interpolate the temperature field from the heat transfer analysis mesh to the thermal-stress analysis mesh. Run a thermal-stress analysis of the submodel using the results or output database file for the global thermal-stress analysis to read the driven variables (displacement field) and using the results or output database file from either the global heat transfer analysis or the global thermal-stress analysis to read the temperatures as field variables. In either case the temperature field will have to be interpolated to the current submodel nodes. If interpolation between dissimilar meshes is necessary, the global output database file must be used to read the temperatures. For details, see Figure 10.2.113 and Figure 10.2.114.
Figure 10.2.113 Sequentially coupled thermal-stress analysis for the global model with only a thermal-stress analysis for the submodel.
Run a heat transfer analysis of the global model, and write the nodal temperatures to the results or output database file. Run a sequentially coupled thermal-stress analysis (the global thermal-stress analysis) using the same mesh (mesh1) as the global heat transfer analysis and the temperatures from the results or output database file for the global heat transfer analysis. Next, run a submodel heat transfer analysis using the mesh (mesh2) that is required for the final submodel thermal-stress analysis, and write the nodal temperatures to the results or output database file. Use the temperature solution from the global heat transfer analysis to drive the solution of the submodel heat transfer analysis. Finally, run the submodel thermal-stress analysis using the temperatures (as field variables) obtained from the results or output database file for the submodel heat transfer analysis and the displacements (as driven variables) obtained from the global thermal-stress analysis. See the detailed flow chart in Figure 10.2.115.
Any of the material models described in Part V, Materials,” can be used in the global and submodel analyses. The material response defined for the submodel may be different from that defined for the global model.
The dimensionality of the submodel must be the same as that of the global model: both models must be either two-dimensional or three-dimensional. The following limitations apply:
The boundary nodes of the submodel must lie within regions of the global model where ABAQUS is able to perform spatial interpolation to define the values of the driven variables. Therefore, they must lie within (or, as allowed by the exterior tolerance, near to) two- or three-dimensional geometrically-defined elements in the global model. Such geometrically-defined elements are:
first- or second-order triangles or quadrilaterals in two dimensions;
first- or second-order triangular or quadrilateral shells; and
first- or second-order tetrahedra, wedges, or bricks in three dimensions.
When shell elements with five degrees of freedom per node (S4R5, S8R5, etc.) are used in the global model, the rotations are not written to the results file; therefore, only the displacement degrees of freedom can be driven. This restriction suggests that submodeling should not be used with these elements or that the submodel should include a set of narrow elements around its driven edges so that the interpolated displacements at these nodes effectively transfer the rotation. Five degree of freedom shells cannot be used in shell-to-solid submodeling.
The boundary nodes cannot lie in regions of the global model where there are only one-dimensional elements (beams, trusses, links, axisymmetric shells) since ABAQUS does not provide the necessary interpolation of results for such elements.
The boundary nodes cannot lie in regions of the global model where there are only user elements, substructures, springs, dashpots, etc. since those element types do not allow for geometric interpolation.
The boundary nodes cannot lie in regions of the global model where there are only axisymmetric solid elements with nonlinear, asymmetric deformation (CAXA elements). The submodeling capability is currently not supported for these elements.
The reference node associated with generalized plane strain elements (CPEG) cannot be used as a driven boundary node in a submodeling analysis.
Any of the output normally available within a particular procedure is also available during a submodeling analysis (see ABAQUS/Standard output variable identifiers, Section 4.2.1, and ABAQUS/Explicit output variable identifiers, Section 4.2.2).
As described above, nodal output requests to the results file or output database file must be used in the global analysis to save the values of the driven variables at the submodel boundary.
*HEADING … *STEP Step 1 *STATIC (or *DYNAMIC, etc.) Data line to define step time and control incrementation … *NODE FILE List of solution variables to be used to drive the submodel *OUTPUT, FIELD *NODE OUTPUT List of solution variables to be used to drive the submodel *END STEP
*HEADING … *SUBMODEL, EXTERIOR TOLERANCE=tolerance List of all nodes to be driven ** *STEP *STATIC (or any other allowable procedure) Data line to define step time (must be the same as the step time in the global analysis unless the TIMESCALE parameter is used on the *BOUNDARY option) and control incrementation … *BOUNDARY, SUBMODEL, STEP=1 Data lines listing nodes and degrees of freedom to be driven in this step … *END STEP