Heavy industry equipment designers to get new EDEM bulk material simulation tools

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‘EDEM for’ is hoping to provide design engineers with an easy to use, bulk material simulation system that links with MBD and FEA software, extending the capability of the host software and providing engineers with unique insights into how materials interact with their heavy machinery equipment.

EDEM, a leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology, is hoping to change the face of CAE with a revolutionary new software to allow bulk material simulation accessible to all engineers using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Multi-body Dynamics (MBD) software, in the design of heavy equipment.

The new products, named ‘EDEM for’, integrate with leading CAE software tools from ANSYS, MSC Software and Siemens and require no prior DEM expertise to use.

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Traditionally, bulk material simulation has been the realm of a small pool of DEM experts due to its complexity – this has acted as a major barrier to uptake for many design engineers with only a small number of manufacturers currently using DEM capability.

‘EDEM for’ aims to 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.

The first release will be launched in April 2017, includes EDEM for ANSYS, EDEM for Adams and EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion, with plans to include solutions for other MBD and FEA software packages in the future.

Richard LaRoche, Chief Executive Officer of EDEM, said: “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.”

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