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DEM Solutions Release Latest Enhancements to EDEM Software

June 25, 2010
DEM Solutions, a bulk material flow simulation specialist that helps companies streamline their equipment prototyping and process design, has announced the latest version of EDEM, a leading DEM-based simulation software technology.

DEM Solutions provides software technology and deployment support for optimizing bulk materials handling and processing operations. Utilizing EDEM 2.3, the latest version of the company’s unique simulation technology platform, companies can substantially reduce the number of physical prototypes and tests required to get a product to market or a process on-stream.

EDEM’s physics-based analysis greatly improves the understanding of system fundamentals, enabling engineers to test virtual prototypes of bulk solids handling and processing equipment to help optimize the material flow and to trouble-shoot difficult particle processes -- leading to better process design, innovation, and improved control over final product quality.

New features and enhancements help customers:
* Speed up prototype design with CAD-related workflow improvements
* Easily visualize Particle-Structure Interactions (PSI)
* Benefit from increased capability in the EDEM software platform - expanded range of advanced simulation solutions, increased options for advanced customization, and wider range of EDEM research applications    

EDEM 2.3 extends features for multi-format CAD file import and automatic meshing, allowing users to manipulate geometry components such as chutes, baffles, mixing blades, and other structures in imported CAD models of equipment. Users can now directly modify, translate, and rotate CAD model elements within EDEM--without going back to the original CAD model.

EDEM now offers viewing of models with perspective or orthographic projection, and improved camera control and image rendering functions increase the flexibility, speed, and ease of visualizing complex models. The latest EDEM visualization features provide excellent results when generating videos to highlight specific aspects of equipment performance for use in engineering analysis, as well as for product marketing and sales presentations.

Users of EDEM 2.3 will find it easier to visualize the effect of interaction between bulk particles and equipment surfaces. Particle-Structure Interactions (PSI) such as impact loads, surface pressure, and charge distribution can be visualized on all equipment surfaces, even those with complex shapes – to help users identify problems areas and explore the effects of changes in design and process conditions.

The highly versatile EDEM Applications Programming Interface (API) in EDEM 2.3 has been further developed to increase the flexibility and extensibility of the software. In addition to customizable particle properties, it is now possible to associate any user-defined attribute with any model element – particle or geometry – at the level of a contact event, the equipment or globally within a simulation. These user-defined attributes or variables can be dynamically updated during a simulation from models implemented using User Defined Libraries or linked to external models and third party solvers coupled with EDEM in a multi-physics solution. This powerful capability enables development of solutions for highly complex processes involving particles. DEM Solutions has extensive experience in partnering with customers to provide technical services needed to develop and implement advanced bulk materials modeling solutions to meet specific customer needs.

“Many of the features in EDEM 2.3 are the direct result of working with our customers to help them solve their bulk material flow challenges,” said John Favier, CEO DEM Solutions. “Our responsiveness to user needs, in a very wide variety of application areas, has led us to continually improve and upgrade our software platform.  As a result, DEM Solutions remains the DEM technology leader and EDEM continues to set the industry standard for state-of-the-art DEM software.”

For more information, visit www.dem-solutions.com.