Adding realistic loads in Adams with bulk material simulation


Adams from MSC Software is a key multi-body dynamics tool used in the design of heavy equipment such as excavators, grab buckets, tractors and ploughs. The operational performance of such equipment – from stresses on load arms, to the hydraulic forces, to the traction of the tyres and delivery of power – is dependent on the bulk materials being handled. Getting an accurate representation of the material loads during design process is critical to secure confidence in the structural durability and equipment designs.

Rocks, soils, sand and ores are complex and highly variable in their behavior and predicting the loads they produce on equipment is challenging using traditional techniques and load spreading assumption methods.

In this webinar we will introduce an alternative to those methods using EDEM bulk material simulation technology. We will provide an overview of ‘EDEM for Adams’ - a tool that enables to include realistic material loads directly in Adams system dynamics analysis.

Want to increase design accuracy and reduce assumptions & cost of physical prototyping? Register for the webinar.

Topics covered:

  • Challenges of Heavy Equipment Design
  • Traditional approaches for calculating material loads
  • Getting realistic loads with bulk material simulation
  • Benefits of using EDEM technology with Adams
  • Application examples: excavator,  skid steer loader, dozer and dragline bucket
  • Introducing ‘EDEM for Adams': Overview & Workflow
  • Live Q&A with our engineer

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1st November, 2018

“With a coupled Adams and EDEM methodology, headaches associated with crude force models or exhaustive efforts to develop and correlate a semi-empirical mathematical approximation can now be in the past. Using EDEM and Adams allows our CAE process to flourish and provide customers more accurate results with increased design insight in less time.”

Darren Simoni, Senior Engineer

DSIM Technologies

EDEM is the market-leading software for bulk material simulation.

Powered by state-of-the-art Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) technology, EDEM quickly and accurately simulates and analyzes the behavior of bulk materials such as coal, mined ores, soil, tablets, and powders.

EDEM simulation provides engineers with crucial insight into how bulk materials will interact with their equipment during a range of operation and process conditions.

Simulate Material. Deliver Results.