Development of a computational system for modelling of ground engaging processes with application to mining

Author(s)
D.R.J. Owen, J. M. Rance, J.G. Loughran, K.M. Mak, S.I. Anderson
Publisher
Elsevier
Source
Computational Mechanics–New Frontiers for the New Millennium
Keywords
Discrete elements, Finite elements, ground engaging processes, mining, particulates
Year
2001

The Discrete Element Method (DEM) represents a powerful tool when coupled with conventional finite element techniques for modelling of industrial granular processes. The paper reports on the development of a computational system which accounts for particle angularity, and inter-particle adhesion. Results are presented for a case study involving 3 dimensional modelling of dragline bucket filling.

Keywords: Finite elements, discrete elements, particulates, mining, ground engaging processes

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