Structural Performance Engineer

Design Simulation powered by the world-class Abaqus® Solver

Extend SOLIDWORKS Simulation with a tightly integrated, cloud-based solution and solve complex physics with confidence. Built on the cloud-based Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, Structural Performance Engineer can run simulations on both your local machine or in the cloud.

Structural Performance Engineer with Abaqus

Design Simulation for SOLIDWORKS Users powered by proven world-class Abaqus Realistic Simulation technology in a seamless, intuitive, and modern user interface within the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Cloud-based simulation software

Structural Performance Engineer provides a broad environment to conduct structural static, frequency, buckling, modal dynamic response, and structural thermal simulation of parts and assemblies within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It boosts innovation in product engineering and fosters collaboration in an intuitive environment using state-of-the art Abaqus simulation technology.

Combined with SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Structural Professional Engineer delivers a unique, easy and integrated workflow to solve more advanced problems while allowing customers to reuse their SOLIDWORKS geometry, loads, restraints and materials.

You can run simulations on both your local machine or in the cloud. Leverage the growing suite of apps available on the platform aiming to help you with all facets of creating innovative, successful products.


Understanding product performance under extreme loading and deformation requires a robust non-linear solution. Structural Performance Engineer enables analysts to tackle the most challenging of static non-linear problems

SIMULIA Analysis

Structural Performance Engineer delivers proven world class Abaqus technology in a seamless and powerful user interface on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform so that design engineers can get the benefits of virtual testing for informed technical decisions-makings. It offers:

  • Analysis of sequential loading events (multi-step analysis).
  • Linear and nonlinear structural static analysis.
  • Thermal, coupled and sequential thermal-structural analysis.
  • Dynamic response analysis including frequency, modal transient and modal harmonic analysis, as well as complex eigenvalue extraction.
  • Advanced nonlinear material options including engineering plasticity for metals and hyperelasticity for rubber.
  • Simulation of realistic behavior under a variety of structural loading and boundary conditions.
  • Robust meshing tools, including rule-based meshing, with 1D, 2D, and 3D elements.
  • Advanced capabilities for deformable, intermittent contact (surface pairs, automatic detection, general contact and initialization) between parts and assemblies.
  • A wide selection of connection and connector options for modeling fasteners and mechanisms.
  • Efficient post processing and reporting tools to interpret, understand and share product behavior and validation.

Simulation management and collaboration leveraging cloud computing on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform

Simulation is managed as a core value of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform through the capture, management, and re-use of simulation IP allowing it to become a true corporate asset.

The 3D Space of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform offers for all users simplified and powerful management of data and content. The embedded 3D Search enables engineers to easily find data such as geometry, material and simulation models improving productivity.

3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation Product Matrix

Key CapabilitiesSOLIDWORKS
CAD Integration
Intuitive handling in the familiar CAD-UI for early design decisions
CAD Associativity
Enable efficient what-if scenarios that update your simulation model for any CAD change made
With UESWith UESWith UESWith UES
Collaborate in real time, exchange ideas, and manage tasks across disciplines on the cloud
The 'SOLIDWORKS Simulation solver' includeng mainstream functionalities (e.g. basic contact)
Abaqus Solver
Market-leading structural simulation solver technology
Abaqus General Contact
Automatically set uup component contact deploying market-leading contact algorithms
Sequential Multi-Step Simulations
Set up automatic sequential loading in one simulation
(bolt preload only)(bolt preload only)(bolt preload only)
Linear Analysis
Linear static analysis of assemblies
Extended Linear Analysis
Thermal, frequency, and buckling studies
Advanced Linear Analysis
Run modal transient and model harmonic studies
Nonliner Analysis
Run nonlinear static, thermal (transient), visco/creep studies and axisymmetric idealization of 3D models
Advanced Nonlinear Analysis
Study explicit dynamic, post-buckling, random vibration, complex frequencies (with possible preloading effects), piezoelectric response, and unstable collapse of nonlinear structures
Design Exploration / DOE
Find the best design based on performance
Topology Optimization
Find optimial designs while minimizing mass
With Separate RoleWith Separate RoleWith Separate RoleWith Separate Role
Fatigue Analysis
Run realistic fatigue loading defined by any number of structural events from elastic or elastic-plastic structural analysis, miltiple load events can be used to replicate entire test schedules, including manufacturing effects
(basic high cycle metal fatigue)(basic high cycle metal fatigue)(basic high cycle metal fatigue)With FGPWith FGM
Geometry Preparation & Simplification
Remove undesired geometry (holes, fillets, logos), extract mid-surface
With UESWith UESWith UES
Define connectors / coupling / virutal bolts/ ... between components in an assembly
(most common)(most common)(most common)
Comprehensive Meshing Capabilities
Create high-quality meshes for solids, shells, and beams
(most common)(most common)(most common)(limited)
Nonlinear Materal Models
Hyper-elasticity, platic or permanent deformation, creep deformation, viscoelasticity, material failure and more
(most common)
Material Calibration
Use test data to calibrate model behavio
Material Library
Local Computing
Run simulations no your local computer
4 cores
4 cores
8 cores
8 cores
Cloud Computing
Run simulations in the cloud
4 cores
4 cores
8 cores
8 cores
High Performance Computing (HPC)
Expand the computing capacity of your local computer and on the cloud up to 144 cores

UES - Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS (connectors to other CAD software available). SOLIDWORKS CAD required.

FGP - Durability Performance Engineer = SFO plus fatigue capabilities (database of factigue materials with high-quality stress- and strain-based data for over 350 common materials)

FGM - Durability and Mechanics Engineer = SSU plus fatigue capabilities
(database of factigue materials with high-quality stress- and strain-based data for over 350 common materials)

*requires one of the following:

SRU - SimUnit tokens
SUN-1K - SimUnit 1K credits


Structural Performance Engineer Benefits

Assess structural integrity of products with powerful FEA simulation

SIMULIA data management

Interaction between CAD & PLM

With Structural Performance Engineer, users build simulation models directly on the design geometry.

Tight associativity with CATIA and SOLIDWORKS means that simulation and CAD always remain synchronized even after design changes. It provides access to advanced simulation technology within a consistent and intuitive interface.

SIMULIA visualization Results

Large-scale Visualization

Visualization tools support efficient post-processing of large-scale simulation data including an option to use remote machines for rendering and visualization computation.

SIMULIAworks Structural Performance Engineer enables interrogation of realistic simulation results with speed, clarity, and control on the desktop for enhanced decision making.

SIMULIA high performance computing

High Performance Computing

Extensive tools and controls for results display can be used for advanced and collaborative post-processing while utilizing High Performance Computing (HPC) resources to perform results visualization. Simulation Review application offers Web based visualization of the geometry and simulation results for a unique collaborative experience around Simulation assets.


The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a Safe, Social, Connected, Informed and Structured environment for team leaders, project managers and other professionals who want to manage data on the cloud and collaborate without constraints.

Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe—no overwrite, no loss of data.

Social: Integrated structured and unstructured collaboration tools enabling social innovation. Collaborate on product design or engage with your stakeholders early in product development.

Connected: Every user always connected to a single, common database. Access data anywhere, anytime, on any device. Review and markup models.

Informed: Choose from the widget library, Create and share Dashboards. Get the latest information about your product development. Always have access to your latest data.

Structured: Zero overhead data management - store and manage data across collaborative spaces, share information in communities. Find indexed data faster by using tags, custom search, etc.

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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