Austin Engineering Optimize Custom Truck Body Performance Using EDEM and ANSYS Software

Austin Engineering is a leading designer and manufacturer of customized dump truck bodies, buckets and ancillary products used in the mining industry.

EDEM and ANSYS simulation software tools are used extensively by Austin Engineering to model and virtually test the design of their truck bodies to improve durability and performance.



Austin Engineering designs and manufactures some of the world’s leading truck bodies for use in off-highway environments.

Each site where their equipment is deployed is different, and Austin Engineering has to customize their designs for each client to cope with the local environmental challenges and meet productivity requirements.

Optimized durability and performance efficiency is a key part of all Austin Engineering custom truck body designs. Physical prototyping at this scale is expensive, and so each custom design needs to be tested virtually to guarantee performance at each site.

EDEM's Role

Austin Engineering deploys EDEM and ANSYS software to evaluate each of their truck body designs.

EDEM, with its realistic material simulation, provides engineers with accurate pressure distributions of material acting on their equipment.

These loads are then transferred and used as inputs into structural and fatigue analysis in ANSYS Mechanical.

Austin Engineering is able to perform extensive ‘what-if’ analysis of operational scenarios such as alternative tray loadings and cornering conditions.


Using EDEM with ANSYS enables Austin Engineering to improve the durability and performance of each truck body design.

The realistic material loads from EDEM significantly improve accuracy compared to traditional approaches and mean truck body designs are strong, efficient and will perform in a range of operational conditions.

Combining EDEM insight with ANSYS tools allows Austin Engineering to show their clients how a design will perform on-site, and ensure that their needs are met before it is sent for fabrication.

EDEM and ANSYS software let us simulate any on-site condition and demonstrate to our clients that each solution will meet their specific needs. The EDEM [integration with] ANSYS provides an easy-to-use and streamlined interface for performing realistic analysis of our equipment designs. With this capability we can optimize the design and performance of each Austin Engineering truck body.

Lyndon Greeshaw, Mechanical Engineer Austin Engineering

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