Member Login

Remember Me
Forgot Password?
Join Us!

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

Join Eng-Tips
*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Link To This Forum!

Partner Button
Add Stickiness To Your Site By Linking To This Professionally Managed Technical Forum.
Just copy and paste the
code below into your site.

Modelling Bullet Impact using Abaqus

Modelling Bullet Impact using Abaqus

Hi there,

Please can anyone help with a video tutorial or a step by step guide or a CAE or INP file of bullet impacting a material. I would to use this approach to model penetration of soft tissue using a bed of needles in Abaqus. I urgently require your help and would appreciate your prompt response.

Many thanks,


RE: Modelling Bullet Impact using Abaqus

There are a couple of projectile examples in the help file. In 6.9 one of them is "2.1.4 Eroding projectile impacting eroding plate". The exact location might be a little different if you are using a different version, but this should show how the problem should be set up.


Han primo incensus

RE: Modelling Bullet Impact using Abaqus

Hi k1ke!

We could be more helpful if you would provide more specific question. Projectile examples in help can be a good start as DanStro suggested (2.1.3 RIGID PROJECTILE IMPACTING ERODING PLATE, 2.1.4 ERODING PROJECTILE IMPACTING ERODING PLATE for Abaqus 6.10-1). However, here is few steps how to do it:

1. Create parts either in Abaqus either with other software and then import in Abaqus.
2. Create an assembly in a way that bullet is in a position right before the impact.
3. Define boundary conditions: probably wall or other structure had constrained nodes, and for bullet CREATE PREDEFINED FIELD - impact velocity.
4. Define contact. General contact is much better for impact problems and much easier to model than contact pairs.
5. Of course you will also need appropriate material properties.

Do you expect bullet penetrating through the material? If so, I would suggest you to read this. However finding appropriate material properties do describe damage of the material will be pain. You can find some properties for aluminum, steel and titan with uncle Google, but anyway these parameters must be tuned for your specific problem.

Good luck and let as know about your progress.


RE: Modelling Bullet Impact using Abaqus

Hi Danstro and trickstersson,

Thank you for the info, which i'll get started on and will let you know if i'm successful.

Kind regards,


Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members!

Share a File


Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close