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New Tool for Discrete Element Modeling



"EDEM, a provider of discrete element method (DEM) technology, is changing the face of computer aided engineering (CAE) with a new software that will make bulk material simulation accessible to all engineers using finite element analysis (FEA) and multi-body dynamics (MBD) software in the design of heavy equipment," said a company spokesperson.

The new products, called "EDEM for," integrate with leading CAE software tools from ANSYS, MSC Software and Siemens and do not require any DEM expertise to use. "'EDEM for' will provide design engineers with an easy to use, bulk material simulation system that links with their MBD and FEA software, extending the capability of the host software and providing engineers with unique insights into how materials interact with their equipment," said the spokesperson.

"Traditionally, bulk material simulation has been the realm of a small pool of DEM experts due to its complexity," continued the spokesperson. "This has acted as a major barrier to uptake for many design engineers, with only a small number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) currently using DEM capability. `EDEM for' will make DEM accessible to a wider number of engineers, who can now benefit from new insights into material-machine interactions, without the need to learn a new technology."

Through "EDEM for," design engineers working in the construction, off-highway, mining and heavy industry sectors, will no longer have to rely on hand calculations and assumptions to predict the effect of materials on their equipment. "EDEM for" provides engineers with a library of thousands of material models, representing a wide range of real materials such as rocks, soils and ores. The database delivers accurate and realistic information on the forces and material loads acting on equipment. All of the analysis is then carried out by the host software, in an environment familiar to the engineer. "Having easy access to a bulk material simulation capability will help improve design accuracy, reduce expensive physical prototyping and ensure confidence that the design requirements will be met," said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson continued, "The launch of `EDEM for' comes at a time when the CAE industry is rapidly moving towards software integration and multi-physics platforms, providing maximum functionality and capability for the user. The next challenge is to ensure complex simulation tools that sit within their host program are accessible and easy to use. `EDEM for' is the first DEM tool to be offered as an add-on to FEA/MBD software to achieve this."

Richard LaRoche, CEO of EDEM, said, "We have been working closely with our technology partners and our customers to develop co-simulation solutions between EDEM and their FEA and MBD tools. The drive to multi-physics platforms is a trend that is only going to continue, but the challenge remains, ensuring that the software, which integrates with the host platform, is actually usable for engineers without the need for extensive training. With `EDEM for,' we are taking co-simulation to the next level by enabling engineers with no DEM knowledge to benefit from the key insights that this technology brings. Our ultimate goal is to fully democratize DEM so it is available to all engineers, not just the experts."

For more information contact:

EDEM USA

866-234-3336

sales-us@edemsimulation.com

www.edemsimulation.com

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