DEM – Discrete Element Method

The processing and handling of solids in the form of bulk materials is omnipresent in a variety of industries. From the process industry to mining and feeding technology, each of these sectors faces its own very complex challenges that could previously only be overcome using traditional approaches such as ‘trial and error’.

For the first time, the Discrete Element Method offers the possibility to fully model the unique properties of each bulk material, starting with the particle geometry, through the physical material properties to the interaction of different bulk materials with each other.

This makes it possible to simulate both very complex component geometries, such as those used in the manufacture of electronic contacts, and special flow properties, such as those of cohesive powders.

Almost all solid bodies can be simulated, whereby these can be divided into solids, surfaces and fibres according to increasing complexity. There are therefore no limits to the modelling of real processes and systems.