Development of an ABAQUS Plugin Tool for Periodic RVE Homogenisation

Sadik L. Omairey* (Corresponding Author), Peter D. Dunning, Srinivas Sriramula

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EasyPBC is an ABAQUS CAE plugin developed to estimate the homogenised effective elastic properties of user created periodic Representative Volume Element (RVE), all within ABAQUS without the need to use third-party software. The plugin automatically applies the concepts of the periodic RVE homogenisation method in the software’s user interface by categorising, creating, and linking sets necessary for achieving deformable periodic boundary surfaces, which can distort and no longer remain plane. Additionally, it allows the user to benefit from finite element analysis data within ABAQUS CAE interface after calculating homogenised properties. In this article, the algorithm of the plugin based on periodic RVE homogenisation method is explained, which could be developed for other commercial FE software packages. Furthermore, examples of its implementation and verification are illustrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-577
Number of pages11
JournalEngineering with Computers
Issue number2
Early online date21 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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Open Access through Springer Compact Agreement.


  • Homogenisation
  • elastic properties
  • periodic boundary conditions
  • RVE
  • finite element
  • composites
  • Composites
  • Periodic boundary conditions
  • Elastic properties
  • Finite element


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