Altair EDEM is the market-leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology for bulk and granular material simulation.
First introduced to the market in 2006 by DEM Solutions, Ltd., EDEM software is used for virtual testing of equipment that handles or processes bulk materials in the manufacturing of mining, construction, off-highway and agricultural machinery, as well as in the mining and process industries.
Blue-chip companies around the world use EDEM to optimize equipment design, increase productivity, reduce costs of operations, shorten product development cycles and drive product innovation. In addition, EDEM is used for research at over 300 academic institutions worldwide.
In November 2019, DEM Solutions Ltd. was acquired by Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high-performance computing and data analytics. EDEM is now part of the Altair solution portfolio and remains available globally through Altair and a robust network of channel partners.
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Quality and Performance
Award winning, state-of-the art premium simulation software, developed to deliver consistent and valuable results. Supported by world-class knowledge and expertise.
Integrity and Trust
Validated by over 1,000 leading academics. Trusted by the world’s leading engineering companies and industry experts.
Innovation and Growth
EDEM is supported by the continuous research and development of a global community of academic and industry users.
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Key milestones in EDEM’s development
DEM Solutions Ltd. – the company behind EDEM simulation technology – is formed in Edinburgh, UK.
First release of EDEM
EDEM 1.0 is launched to the market. The first EDEM-CFD Coupling module for ANSYS Fluent is available for simulating particle-fluid interactions.
EDEM 2.0 Released
EDEM 2.0 is released and makes use of Multi-core parallel computing.
Launch of the EDEM Academic Partner Program including EDEM Academic and EDEM Classroom editions tailored for research and teaching.
OpenCL implementation of EDEM on ATI FirePro™ hardware. Release of EDEM 2.3 with new tools for manipulating design prototypes and visualizing bulk material interaction with equipment
EDEM BulkSim Launch
*Specialized version of EDEM software for transfer chute design & optimization.
*EDEM 2.4 released – new contact models available & faster visualization.
EDEM Coupling Interface for CFD
Enables co-simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes.
EDEM Coupling Interface for MBD
Enables co-simulation with Multi-body dynamics codes and implementation of user-defined kinematics and rigid body dynamics models.
EDEM Add-in for ANSYS Workbench launched. EDEM now has the functionality to couple with all the major CAE technologies: FEA, MBD, CFD.
EDEM 2.7 Released & Key resources
*EDEM 2.7: Huge performance boost with new simulator engine.
*Generic EDEM Material Model (GEMM) Database launched: includes thousands of material models.
*EDEM eLearning launched: free online video courses.
EDEM 2017 Released
EDEM 2017 is released with a new user interface and a GPU solver.
EDEM for CAE & EDEM 2018 Released
*World first in Computer Aided Engineering – New EDEM for CAE tools makes bulk material simulation accessible to all engineers using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Multi-body Dynamics (MBD) in the design of heavy equipment.
*EDEM for ANSYS, EDEM for Adams, EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion released
*EDEM 2018 released: new set-up tools, faster and improved GPU solver engine, enhanced post-processing and new coupling solutions
EDEM 2019 Released
EDEM 2019 is released and features a multi-GPU solver, the ability to run API models on the GPU solver as well as innovative features and tools including a Python library for easier post-processing of large amounts of data, the ability to simulate deformable geometries as well as a new breakage model.
EDEM BulkSim 2.0
EDEM BulkSim 2.0 for transfer chute design & optimization is released. This version includes a new interface, access to the GEMM database and a GPU solver.
EDEM (DEM Solutions Ltd.) acquired by Altair
In November 2019, DEM Solutions Ltd. was acquired by Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high-performance computing and data analytics.
EDEM 2020 released
EDEM 2020 focuses on speeding up the workflow and introduces new tools for a faster and even easier simulation set-up. New coupling solutions are also being introduced with multi-body dynamics software Altair MotionSolve and open source, computational fluid dynamics software OpenFOAM.