EDEM collaborates with Dassault Systemes to deliver new coupling application for optimizing heavy equipment design

EDEM, the Discrete Element Method (DEM) specialist and market leader, today announced the availability of a coupling application with Dassault Systèmes enabling engineers to include realistic bulk material loads in their Finite Element Analysis.

Using EDEM software technology in combination with Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA Abaqus application provides engineers designing bulk materials handling equipment such as front-end loaders, truck bodies and bulldozers with a detailed understanding of the impact materials have on their designs.

EDEM is used daily by engineers in multiple industries around the world as an integral part of their design processes. EDEM recreates a wide range of bulk material types and real-world behaviors from gravel, sand and rocks; to compressible soils, clays, and highly cohesive ores. Materials can be selected from a library of over 40,000 ready-to-use material models, or customized to suit specific application needs.

With an easy-to-use interface, highly-optimized CPU & GPU solvers and powerful analysis tools, EDEM delivers realistic predictions of material loads and forces acting on equipment parts during operation. With the EDEM-Abaqus sequential coupling, engineers are able to export these realistic loads from EDEM and use them as a direct input to SIMULIA Abaqus FE simulations.

Using high-fidelity loads in SIMULIA Abaqus provides engineers with greater insight into equipment performance and means improved design accuracy. By removing the reliance on hand-calculation and assumption to determine equipment loading, engineers using EDEM with SIMULIA Abaqus are also able to reduce the frequency and cost of expensive physical prototyping.

Richard LaRoche, Chief Executive Officer of EDEM, commented:

“When designing heavy equipment intended to handle bulk materials, getting representative load data is critical to have confidence in a design and ensure its durability and performance. We’re pleased to be working with the Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA team to enable SIMULIA Abaqus users to benefit from EDEM’s realistic material loads – leading to greater understanding of equipment performance ahead of prototyping.”

Sumanth Kumar, Vice President, Growth, SIMULIA, at Dassault Systemes, added:

“This application will help SIMULIA Abaqus users by providing alternative means to remove material modeling assumptions in their FE analysis. This will lead to more optimal designs being produced with confidence.”

The EDEM-Abaqus coupling is available as part of EDEM 2018 – the latest release of EDEM software. For more information download the EDEM-Abaqus ebook.