Issues with Running Abaqus Vabs GUI

  1. Christophe Floreani

    I have tried following all the instructions from the youtube tutorial. However, my university does not store the Abaqus files locally and therefore, although I can locate the C:Simula folder, it does not have Abaqus in it. Therefore, I have not managed to install it manually.

    I run example files found on the web, the python script cannot find the right python modules and I get an error listed below. The module it cannot find is in the Abaqus_VABS_GUI_code file, which I’ve extracted but failed to place in the right C:SimuliaAbaqus file.

    Error message 1: 

    File "", line 4, in <module>

    from sgd2Airfoil import *

    I have then tried another option. In the same folder, I've placed the VABS III application file, all the python files from the Abaqus GUI and the example files downloaded from the tutorial. I then obtained another error shown in the screenshot attached. 


    I am not sure how to get started with this software. I have read the manuals available but I cannot find any tutorial online. Thank you for your help. 






  2. Su Tian

    Hi Christophe,

    Thank you for your interest in the VABS GUI.

    Your last option is correct. The '' script should be at the same place with other scripts if you cannot install the GUI manually.

    The error message in the screenshot is caused by an analysis flag in the 'Head.xml' file. The number for '<recover>' should be 0 for homogenization, instead of 1 for recovery. I believe this is because I forgot to change it back after testing. I apologize for your confusion. I have re-uploaded the example files. Or you can download the attachment here.

    Besides, we published a new preprocessor for VABS recently, PreVABS. The Abaqus GUI is slow when building parts and meshing, even using the 'nogui' option. PreVABS is faster and does not rely on any commercial software. It can be downloaded here if you are interested:


  3. Christophe Floreani

    Hi Su,

    Thank you very much for your answer. I'll give it a go.