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DEM Solutions’ EDEM® 2.5 Software Extends the Scale and Capability of DEM Simulation for Bulk Solids Equipment Design and Manufacturing Processes

18 March 2013
EDEM 2.5 Provides a Highly-Scalable Solution and Expands Model Customization Tools for Simulation of Complex Bulk Particle Processes Utilizing Todays’ High Performance Computing Systems

Edinburgh, Scotland and Denver, CO, USA – 18 March, 2013 DEM Solutions, the company setting the standard for engineering application of discrete element method (DEM) simulation, today announced the release of EDEM 2.5 Software with increased scalability and performance to simulate complex bulk particle processes required by the global equipment manufacturing and process industries. The EDEM solver is highly parallelized for operation on multi-core shared memory parallel computers, delivering the fastest and most scalable DEM simulation on the market. EDEM 2.5 further expands the functionality of the EDEM API to model particle processes such as drying, sorption, coating and comminution involved in manufacturing processes in industries including Minerals Processing, Metals Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Packaged Goods and Food Processing.

“EDEM provides an easy-to-use yet highly extensible platform for modeling a wide range of particle-scale physics and multi-physics through co-simulation with CFD and EMAG solvers,” stated Dr John Favier, CEO of DEM Solutions. “EDEM 2.5’s new API capabilities provide engineers an enhanced set of capabilities for simulation of particle processes such as particle breakage in crushing and milling of ore in comminution circuits, coating of tablets, pellets and food products, and removal or take-up of liquids and gases by particles. EDEM 2.5 expands on the existing capability to customize the properties of each particle, contacts with other particles and interaction with equipment and surrounding fluid or EMAG fields by enabling the size and shape of particles to change, as well as dynamic creation and disappearance of particles in response to the physical process conditions.”

EDEM 2.5 Simulator and new API’s enable advanced DEM simulation capabilities for optimizing product design of equipment that handle or process bulk particles by enabling application-specific simulation of bulk particle behavior in manufacturing processes.

Industry applications to benefit from EDEM 2.5 enhanced capabilities include:

  • Minerals Processing: Simulation of crushing and milling of ore used in design and optimization of comminution equipment to better control the interaction between the bulk material and the equipment surfaces to increase product yield, prolong equipment life and reduce risk of malfunction.
  • Metals Manufacturing:Simulation of phase transition and reduction of coke particles within a steel blast furnace to improve the energy efficiency and steel quality through improved handling of the bulk material and better process control.
  • Pharmaceutical Solid Dose Production and Food Processing: Simulation of spray coating of tablets, confectioneries and baked goods to provide key information on the dynamics of individual tablets or food items interacting with coating spray, enabling prediction of coating efficiency to use in design and operational configuration of coating equipment.
  • Asphalt Production: Simulation of the drying of aggregates and the application of liquid bitumen used in design of asphalt manufacturing plant to predict drying behavior, and to prototype the interaction between bitumen spray or stream with the aggregates to maximize coating efficiency.

Dr Favier added, “Almost every manufacturing industry handles or processes bulk particles and can benefit from the use of simulation to improve the performance of their equipment and processes involving particles, reduce design prototyping time and costs, and increase process efficiency and product innovation. Simulation of bulk particles requires a particle-based modeling approach uniquely provided by DEM. The technology, while compute-intensive, employs parallel computing that allows application within engineering workflows. EDEM 2.5 Simulator is the most advanced DEM solver on the market and provides customers with a highly scalable, compute-efficient solution for large-scale, data intensive DEM simulation of complex particle processes on multi-core shared memory computer systems.

DEM Solutions continues to innovate to bring greater benefits to the manufacturing and process industries, and with EDEM 2.5 we aim to provide customers with the most cost-efficient, scalable and advanced DEM simulation-based engineering tool to meet their application needs.”

More information about EDEM 2.5 can be found on the DEM Solutions software pages. and an extensive video library of Particle-scale Physics Modeled using EDEM and Industrial Application of EDEM Simulation is available for viewing from the Video Gallery. Additional related material for EDEM customers are also available for viewing and download from the DEM Solutions website.


About DEM Solutions
DEM Solutions is 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 expertise provides advanced engineering and operational benefits of the Company’s unique predictive modeling capability to all industries handling and processing bulk materials, enabling them to optimize equipment performance, increase productivity and operational efficiencies, and enhance 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, the Company is headquartered in Edinburgh (UK) with offices in Denver (USA), Yokohama (Japan) and Shenzhen (China) supporting direct sales in Europe, Americas, Japan, China, and Australia, and channel sales in the rest of the world. DEM Solutions also works with a network of industry-expert engineering service partners worldwide supporting customers in deployment of EDEM simulation technology to address engineering challenges involving bulk particles.


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