Abaqus Step Manager: Load Step Dialog

Use the Load Step dialog to define the *STEP-*END STEP block as well as the associated Abaqus history keywords.

To open this dialog, double-click on the load step name in the Name: column on the Step tab or select the load step from the Name column and click Edit. Options vary according to the active template. There are three vertical sections in this dialog.
Left-Most Section
Contains a tree structure with various Abaqus history options. Selecting an option from the tree changes the dialog layout.
Middle Section
Contains the corresponding collectors in a table and relevant buttons to create, review, organize, reorder, rename, or delete these collectors. All loads must be organized into load collectors and all output requests must be under output blocks. When you select a load type, output request type, or interface control from the tree, the load collector table, output block table, or interfaces table is displayed in the middle section.
Right-Most Section
Contains the various tabs and options to define, edit, review, or delete the currently selected tree item. If the tree item needs to be organized in a collector, such as a load or output request, a collector must be selected from the middle section.
Table 1.
Button Action
Review Reviews all load collectors in the current load step. All loads in the load collectors are highlighted in the graphic area. The highlighted loads show through the solid mesh in performance graphics. If a load is defined with set, the underlying nodes or elements are highlighted. Right-click Review to clear the highlighted selections.
Text... Reviews the current load step in a text window.
Synchronize Updates the Step Manager with the current Engineering Solutions database. If you manually create, update, or delete load steps, load collectors, output blocks, groups, or entity sets from panels while the Step Manager is open, click Synchronize to update the Step Manager with the new changes.
Close Closes the Load Step window and opens the Step Manager window.
The following options are available on the Load Step dialog tree:
Load Step
Analysis procedure
Load collector
  • Boundary
  • Concentrated loads
    • CLOAD
    • CFILM
  • Distributed loads
    • DLOAD
    • FILM
  • Surface Loads
    • DSLOAD
    • SFILM
  • Temperature
  • Inertia Relief
  • Interface controls
    • Contact Pair
    • Surface Interaction
    • General Contact
    • Contact Controls
    • Clearance
    • Contact Interface
    • Model Change
    • Change Friction
    • Controls
  • Output requests
    • ODB file
    • Result file (.fil)
    • Data file (.dat)
  • Monitor
  • Print
  • File Format
  • File Output
  • Restart write
  • Unsupported cards