SIMULIA Academic Program

Complete Realistic Simulation Solutions for Academic Research and Engineering Education

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The Academic Team at SIMULIA is dedicated to helping you achieve your research and educational goals by providing you with our entire collection of Finite Element Simulation tools and community-based resources.

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Academic Software Portfolio

From undergraduate coursework to PhD thesis, the SIMULIA Academic Portfolio has what you need for Realistic Simulation, Optimization, Durability studies, Multibody Simulation, CFD and Electromagnetic Simulation.

We’ve taken our entire collection of commercial products and packaged them into simple, affordable offerings for academic budgets. Our Licensing model enables you to purchase exactly what you need now, with the flexibility to explore the additional products on your own schedule

  • SIMULIA Academic Research Suite – Commercial-level functionality for advanced research; priced for academic budgets.
  • SIMULIA Academic Teaching Suite – Feature-rich educational licenses for classrooms and computer labs. Model sizes limited.
  • SIMULIA Simpack Teaching and Research License – Commercial-level Multibody Simulation for research and education.
  • XFlow Academic Research – Commercial-level CFD for advanced research
  • XFlow Academic Teaching – Educational licenses for classrooms and computer labs.
  • CST Studio Suite products for Academics Electromagnetic Simulation options to support Learning, Teaching and Research at academic institutions.
  • PowerFlow products for Academics Commercial-level CFD solution for advanced research.

For more information on CST Studio Suite and PowerFLOW, please Contact Us.


The academic portfolio is designed to provide access to our full software portfolio including Abaqus, Isight, Tosca, fe-safe and Simpack with three simple-to-order products priced for academic budgets. Our licensing model enables you to purchase exactly what you need now, with the flexibility to explore the additional products on your own schedule.

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Products & Technology
Abaqus/CAE, the Complete Abaqus Environment, provides for parametric, feature-based modeling, analysis monitoring, and results evaluation. Inclusion of both Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit allows the choice of appropriate analysis techniques or even a combination of analysis techniques for different types of simulations. Powerful user-defined subroutines allow flexibility in modeling advanced research materials, complex element, surface and contact behaviors, and other user-specific features.  
  • Abaqus/Standard, Abaqus/Explicit
  • Abaqus/CAE pre/post processor
  • Linear and non-linear analysis
  • Implicit and Explicit analysis
  • Parallel processing capabilities (including GPGPU)
  • User subroutines (not available with Teaching Suite)
  • Associative Interfaces for both CATIA and Solidworks
  • Complete Abaqus Documentation in HTML and PDF format
Isight is an open-desktop solution used to combine multiple cross-disciplinary models and applications together in a simulation process flow, automate their execution, explore the resulting design space, and identify the optimal design parameters subject to required constraints.  
  • Drag-and-drop process flow creation, parameter mapping, and problem formulation
  • Branching, looping, conditional, and other execution logic
  • Same as the commercial edition, but restricted to academic use
  • Process Integration: Abaqus, CATIA V5, MS Word and Excel, MATLAB, OS Command, Calculator, and much more – including many commercially available software codes and open-source software with ASCII based input/output
  • Design Optimization: DOE, Optimization & Target Solver, Data Matching, Approximations, Monte Carlo, Six Sigma, Taguchi
  • Complete Isight Documentation Collection in HTML and PDF format
  • Tosca Structure is a flexible, modular software system for non-parametric structural optimization. The setup is simple – model parameterization is not necessary. Existing solver input files are used for the optimization. Tosca Structure is based on market-leading technology and provides advanced capabilities for optimization with nonlinear analysis and fatigue as well as a specific non-parametric morphing approach.
    • Topology Optimization
    • Sizing Optimization
    • Shape Optimization
    • Bead Optimization
    • Support for nonlinear analysis
    • Advanced shape optimization based on durability analysis
    • Shape Morphing based on node sets
  • Tosca Fluid is a unique, modular software system for non-parametric fluid flow optimization that enables topology optimization with some industry-standard CFD solvers.
fe-safe is the technical leader in fatigue analysis software for Finite Element models. It offers its users the most accurate and advanced fatigue analysis technology for real-world industrial applications. fe-safe is used by leading companies in automotive, heavy truck, off-highway, marine, defense, offshore, power generation, wind energy, medical engineering and many other industries. fe-safe is renowned for its accuracy, speed, comprehensive capabilities and ease of use. Regardless of the complexity of our fatigue analysis, fe-safe fits smoothly into your design process, enabling you to develop products that are designed for durability.  
  • Automatic detection of fatigue hot-spots
  • Strain-based multiaxial fatigue algorithms
  • S-N curve analysis
  • Plots of material data including temperature effects
  • Analysis of welded joints
  • High temperature fatuge
  • Automatic detection of surfaces
  • Much more…
Simpack is a general purpose multibody simulation (MBS) software used for the dynamic analysis of any mechanical or mechatronic system. It enables engineers to generate and solve virtual 3D models in order to predict and visualize motion, coupling forces and stresses. From initial concept designs, through to production and redesigns, Simpack is used to help engineers fully comprehend and optimize systems, vastly reduce the need for physical prototyping, reduce time-to-market and to improve product quality and lifespan. In essence Simpack enables manufacturers to gain a competitive edge by offering the ability create high quality products in a time and materially efficient manner thus reducing overall costs in design, production and maintenance. Simpack is the market leader for simulating transient non-linear system behavior with flexible bodies, even up into the acoustic range. Diversity and good connectivity to various control, hydraulic and FE software enable Simpack to be easily integrated into any manufacturer’s already-established development processes.   XFlow XFlow is a high performance kinetic particle based solver for efficient Large Eddy Simulation (LES) calculations. This particle-based technology is able to circumvent much of the time-consuming meshing and model development tasks typically associated with traditional Navier-Stokes approaches allowing engineers to focus more of their attention on design evaluation and optimization.  
  • Unique, particle-based Lattice Boltzmann technology for high fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • State-of-the-art technology enables users to address complex CFD problems involving high frequency transient aerodynamics,
  • Real moving geometries,
  • Complex multiphase flows,
  • Fluid structure interactions,
  • Aero acoustics
  • and much more!
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Teaching vs Research Comparison
The SIMULIA Academic Research Suite has the same functionality as our commercial code, and is a powerful tool for conducting state of the art research. Students from Bachelor through to Masters and Doctoral level programs, as well as Post-Doctoral Researchers, are able to analyze and solve realistic engineering problems. Powerful, user-defined subroutines allow flexibility in modeling advanced research materials, and unlimited model sizes and parallel processing capabilities make all simulation jobs possible The SIMULIA Academic Research Suite may be used for research or teaching purposes. The SIMULIA Academic Teaching Suite also includes the same functionality as our commercial codes, but limits the model sizes of the Abaqus structural simulations to a very workable 250,000 nodes The Teaching Suite contains a license size appropriate for supporting a classroom of users, and is priced with teaching and educational budgets in mind. The SIMULIA Academic Teaching Suite is limited to teaching and project-based work and is not allowed for fundamental research associated with post-graduate level thesis projects. The Simpack Teaching and Research license contains commercial-level functionality and may be used for either Academic research or teaching. The XFlow Academic Research license contains commercial-level functionality and may be used for either academic research or teaching. The XFlow Academic Teaching license contains the following limitations:
  • Model size limited to 5M elements 
  • Solver run limited to 8 cores
  • Contractually restricted for education purposes only
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Software Licensing
The SIMULIA Academic Portfolio of products:
  • Use a floating network licensing system, in which a pool of licenses is shared among a group of authorized users. Each time an application is executed, one or more licenses are “checked out” from the pool, reducing the number of licenses available for others. When the application is closed, the licenses are “checked in” and made available for other users.
  •   One computer on your network, referred to as the license server, is designated to keep track of the number and types of licenses used. Requests to run software are granted or denied depending upon current availability. The license server may or may not be the same computer you use to actually run the software. Large user groups should use a license server that’s consistently on the network and accessible at all time by all users. Conversely, a customer with a single-user license may choose to use their lap-top as both the license server and to execute the software.
  • Common to all products, with the exception of Simpack, is the ability to purchase GUIs (seats) and analysis functionality separately. This allows the flexibility to control both the number of users and the processing power separately to support your specific needs.
  Contact Us for help determining a suitable configuration.
Learning Resources

Abaqus Student Edition

The Abaqus Student Edition is a zero-cost personal finite element analysis tool for solving limited size problems,1000 nodes for Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/Explicit, not requiring user subroutines. It is governed by a personal use license and may be used on a perpetual basis. The Abaqus Student Edition includes the full set of online Abaqus documentation and is supported on Windows 7 & Windows 8 (64-bit only). The Abaqus Student Edition is available free download at the 3DS Academy and the SIMULIA Community. SIMULIA Community SIMULIA Community The SIMULIA Community was created with academic users in mind. It is free of charge and new information is added daily. You’ll find the following useful resources:
  • Product tutorials (both video and text)
  • The complete Abaqus Documentation Collection in HTML format
  • Access to the Abaqus Student Edition free of charge
  • Research papers
  • iQuestions and answers
  • Competitions and prizes
  • Selected training course notes for download

3DS Academy

3DS Academy contains resources for Students and Educators covering the entire Dassault Systemes Academic Software portfolio.
  • Go to LEARN ONLINE and find many training courses available through the Companion format for academia.
  • Check out the PROJECT SHOWROOM to view great student projects and get information about the next Project Of The Year competition!
  • BE RECOGNIZED! Learn about our Academic Certification Program
  • and much more!
Onsite/Online Training Courses Regularly scheduled training courses are available both online and on premise. All online training is heavily discounted for academic customers, and many geographies offer significant discounting for on-premise training when space is available
Simulia Academic support
SIMULIA products are made available to qualifying Academic Institutions at a significant discount compared to commercial pricing. Support for academic customers is limited to installation and licensing related topics only, and is available through our support portal at Access to the support portal requires login/password and is typically limited to two individuals per academic site. Technical Support (engineering, simulation, and modeling) is not included with the price of an Academic License but is available for purchase. Please Contact us if you’d like pricing information for an academic technical support account. Many of the most common questions can be answered online at the SIMULIA Community or the SIMULIA Platforms & Configuration Support Page.
Eligibility for Academic Licensing of SIMULIA Products
SIMULIA offers academic licenses to accredited, degree granting institutions for use in teaching and fundamental research. Academic licenses are offered at substantially reduced rates compared to the commercial versions of the software. Eligibility for academic licensing requires that the software:
  • is licensed to degree-granting, educational institutions only, and
  • is used only by enrolled students and/or faculty dedicated to education and research, and
  • is used for educational and/or grant research purposes only, and
  • is used for non-commercial work, where results are non-proprietary and are publicly available, and
  • cannot be used for work-for-hire under commercial and/or government contract terms.
Academic Licenses are governed by the Dassault Systèmes Customer License Agreement which will be provided to you with an official quotation or upon request. Several commercial licensing options are available for fundamental or applied research that does not meet all of the above criteria.
Contests and Sponsorships
Did you know that SIMULIA offers free software to degree granting academic institutions for student competition teams such as Formula SAE, World Solar Challenge, and others? Visit the SIMULIA Academic Sponsorship page for more information.


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