DEM Releases EDEM-MBD Co-simulation Solution for Machine-Material Optimization

DEM Solutions is pleased to announce new EDEM®co-simulation solutions with three leading Multi-body dynamics (MBD) software packages;MathWorks Simulink®, Siemens LMS Virtual.Lab™ Motion and MSC Adams™

Allowing manufacturers of heavy equipment to gain better insight into machine-material interaction

Providing capability to model and visualize dynamics of equipment movement and examine how loads exerted by bulk materials are distributed throughout the mechanical system

Richard LaRoche, DEM Solutions VP of Engineering & Software Development commented on the new solutions:

“Our customers designing heavy construction, mining and agricultural equipment have been looking to expand EDEM’s capabilities to integrate with MBD tools to gain crucial insight into machine-material interaction. Being able to predict the loads and forces acting on equipment is the key to optimising equipment performance and durability.

Without EDEM, design engineers have to rely on “rules of thumb” and guesswork for the forces exerted by bulk material. EDEM-MBD co-simulation enables engineers to look at equipment interaction with different types of materials and different maneuvers with a high level of fidelity.”

EDEM simulates the bulk material behaviour and provides a realistic representation of the loads and forces of a wide range of different materials,while the MBD solver controls and produces feedback on the motion of the equipment due to the force and torque imparted by the material. For example, by coupling EDEM and MBD codes, engineers no longer need to estimate how deeply a bucket will penetrate into the ground, or how long a truck body will take to empty, this can now be simulated and incorporated directly into the MBD model.

The EDEM-MBD solutions make use of the EDEM Coupling Interface – a programmable interface that enablesbi-directional communication between EDEM and other codes.By regularly exchanging information, the interaction between equipment and material can be more accurately modelled.Testing of design variations is performed virtually and the resulting changes in the material interaction are fed back directly to the model.

The new capabilitiesrepresent another milestone in 2014 for DEM Solutions as the Company pursues a strategy to make EDEM highly integrated with other CAE tools. DEM Solutions aims to works closely with leading CAE software companies to develop co-simulation solutions.

Further information on EDEM-MBD co-simulation can be found on the DEM Solutions website. DEM Solutions will also be hosting a number of webinars in early 2015 to introduce each solution. Dates will be announced on the company’s Events Pagein due course.


DEM Solutions is a private company and the market leader in simulation software and services for the design and optimization of bulk particle handling and processing equipment. The Company’s ground-breaking Discrete Element Method (“DEM”) simulation technology and industry expertise provide many advanced engineering and operational benefits. DEM Solutions unique predictive modelling capability in all industries handling and processing bulk materials, enables the optimisation of equipment performance, increased productivity, operational efficiencies and enhanced product innovation. In addition to market leading EDEM® simulation software platform and EDEM BulkSim® software, the company provides simulation and engineering support services to blue-chip companies around the world in mining & energy, equipment manufacturing and process industries.

Founded in 2003, DEM Solutions is headquartered in Edinburgh (UK). The company also has global offices in Boston (USA), Yokohama (Japan) and Sydney (Australia) supporting direct sales into Europe, Americas, Japan, and Australia and channel sales in the rest of the world. The senior leadership team are Ian Williamson VP Sales & Marketing, Richard LaRoche VP Engineering and Software Development and Gordon Grant VP Finance.