EDEM Simulation

How to apply realistic material loads in Finite Element Analysis and Multi-body Dynamics simulations – Webinar series

By Corinne Bossy

Do you design heavy equipment such as truck bodies, dozers and excavators?

If so then I’m sure you are very familiar with tools such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Multi-body Dynamics (MBD) to help design your equipment. When using such tools one challenge is to determine the loads acting on equipment.  Hand-calculations, assumptions, or physical testing are common methods but they have limitations especially when it comes to equipment intended to handle bulk materials such as rocks, ores, soils or sand. You could be dealing with large quarry rocks that are generating high force impacts; or perhaps a fine but highly abrasive material such as sand; or a cohesive soil that might stick to equipment. This sort of variability means it is very difficult to predict how materials will behave with a piece of equipment and impact on its performance.

This is where bulk material simulation and EDEM software technology come into play. EDEM simulates the behavior of bulk materials and provides accurate loads for a range of materials types including rocks, gravels, ores and more cohesive materials like clays and soils.

While this technology has traditionally mainly been used by a small pool of experts in the field, latest developments mean it is now easily available to a wider number of engineers.

The development of key partnerships between EDEM and leading CAE companies has led to the release of specialized products known as ‘EDEM for CAE’ which connect to widely used FEA and MBD platforms. With these tools, design engineers can add realistic bulk material loads directly and easily in their structural analysis and their system dynamics analysis. This means they no longer have to rely on hand calculations and assumptions to predict the effect of materials on their equipment, which in turn leads to improved designed accuracy and performance, not to forget reduction in the frequency and cost of physical prototyping.

At present the EDEM for CAE range includes EDEM for ANSYS, EDEM for Adams and EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion. The tools have a very easy-to-use interface and do not require any expertise in bulk material simulation to operate. All the analysis is performed in the host software in an environment familiar to the user.

To find out more about the EDEM for CAE tools and how they can benefit your design processes check our webinar series. Our EDEM engineers will take you through applications examples and show you the workflow of each tool.


In addition, if you’re ready to jump-in and learn how to use each tool, check our free eLearning courses. You’ll even get a free trial once you complete a course.

Note: if you are interested in bulk material simulation but use another FEA or MBD tool, we do offer coupling solutions with other providers. Just get in touch to discuss your needs.

Source: EDEM Simulation Blog