Co-Simulation Solutions

December 11, 2014

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Co-Simulation Solutions
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DEM Solutions offers its new EDEM co-simulation solutions with three leading multi-body dynamics (MBD) software packages: MathWorks Simulink, Siemens LMS Virtual.Lab Motion, and MSC Adams. They allow manufacturers of heavy equipment to gain better insight into machine-material interaction and provide the capability to model and visualize dynamics of equipment movement and examine how loads exerted by bulk materials are distributed throughout the mechanical system.

“Our customers designing heavy construction, mining, and agricultural equipment have been looking to expand EDEM’s capabilities to integrate with MBD tools to gain crucial insight into machine-material interaction,” said Richard LaRoche, DEM Solutions VP of engineering & software development. “Being able to predict the loads and forces acting on equipment is the key to optimizing equipment performance and durability. Without EDEM, design engineers have to rely on “rules of thumb” and guesswork for the forces exerted by bulk material. EDEM-MBD co-simulation enables engineers to look at equipment interaction with different types of materials and different maneuvers with a high level of fidelity.”

EDEM simulates the bulk material behavior and provides a realistic representation of the loads and forces of a wide range of different materials, while the MBD solver controls and produces feedback on the motion of the equipment due to the force and torque imparted by the material.

For example, by coupling EDEM and MBD codes, engineers no longer need to estimate how deeply a bucket will penetrate into the ground, or how long a truck body will take to empty, this can now be simulated and incorporated directly into the MBD model.

The EDEM-MBD solutions make use of the EDEM Coupling Interface – a programmable interface that enables bi-directional communication between EDEM and other codes. By regularly exchanging information, the interaction between equipment and material can be more accurately modeled. Testing of design variations is performed virtually and the resulting changes in the material interaction are fed back directly to the model.

DEM Solutions Ltd, Edinburgh, UK +44 (0) 131 220 9840

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