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