Multibody Dynamics and Discrete Element Method Co-Simulations for Large-Scale Industrial Equipment

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This work presents the developments in the use of coupled Discrete Element Method and Multibody Dynamics (DEM–MBD) in particle-based system-related fields with a particular focus on the applications in design of bulk handling and processing equipment. We first show the trends in the use of DEM–MBD and present applications in five categories: load-bearing terramechanics, load-loosening terramechanics, bulk material processing, bulk material handling, and vibration attenuation. We present a set of reference simulations with analytical solutions that can be used for DEM–MBD coupling verification. In addition, we address the coupling stability and an approach on its assessment. Furthermore, we present a general framework describing how DEM–MBD models can be developed for specific applications. This includes calibration and validation and shows how these models can be used ultimately for design optimisation. Finally, we give an outlook on the role of DEM–MBD in advancing analysis and design of granular systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSimulations in Bulk Solids Handling
Subtitle of host publicationApplications of DEM and other Methods
EditorsDon McGlinchey
ISBN (Electronic)9783527835935
ISBN (Print)9783527350100
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Calibration
  • Co-simulation
  • Coupling
  • DEM
  • MBD
  • Validation
  • Verification


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