When setting up simulations (especially non-linear ones) analysts typically do not know what data they will need once the analysis completes. Therefore, they request more output than is usually necessary. This results in large output databases, which can take up significant disk space. Such large databases often can have slower than desired times for initial load, graphical response and data computation. We will discuss how the new ODB Reducer/Builder plug-in in Abaqus enables a user to generate reduced dataset odbs directly from an existing odb without the need for any additional files.
These odbs can be reduced to certain mesh regions, may contain a subset of the original model features such as sets and materials, and can filter down results data per frame per field (and per region in no-GUI execution). The new reduced database will load, perform operations and render graphics more quickly than the original database. It also can be moved along networks faster and/or passed from integration teams to downstream module or component level teams for further processing without fear of overburdening them with irrelevant data.