Featured Work

Some examples for academic and industrial work from the community, using codes of CFDEM®project
This contains of course only the work we've heard of and is not comprehensive.
If you have published a paper using LIGGGHTS® or CFDEM®coupling results or want to share interesting reports, videos or pics, please contact us.

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Numerical investigation of agitated beds homogenization for different blade rake angle and RPM via DEM
M. Kohout, T. Trávníčková and J. Havlica
Proc. MGMAS2014

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Tree root mounds and their role in transporting soil on forested landscapes
Benjamin S. S. Hoffman and Robert S. Anderson
Earth Surf. Process. Landforms (2013), Published online in Wiley Online, DOI: 10.1002/esp.3470

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Simulation of Fluid Suspended Particle Behaviour subject to Transverse Standing Acoustic Fields
Mihajlo Dabic
MSc thesis, University of Cape Town

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Effects of Contact Force Model and Size Distribution on Microsized Granular Packing
Xin Dou et al
Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, APRIL 2014, Vol. 136 / 021003-1

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Investigation of screening performance of banana screens using LIGGGHTS DEM solver
M. Jahani, A. Farzanegan, , M. Noaparast
Powder Technology, Volume 283, October 2015, Pages 32–47

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DEM-PM Contact Model with Multi-Step Tangential Contact Displacement History
Jonathan Fleischmann
Proejct work, Univ. Wisc.

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Laboratory Tests and Numerical Simulation of Mixing Superheated Virgin Aggregate with RAP Materials
Kun Zhang, Haifang Wen, Andrew Hobbs
FHWA Binder ETGs, Fall River, April 10th, 2015

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COMPARISON OF DEM AND TRADITIONAL MODELING METHODS FOR SIMULATING STEADY-STATE WHEEL-TERRAIN INTERACTION FOR SMALL VEHICLES
William Smith, Daniel Melanz, Carmine Senatore, Karl Iagnemm, and Huei Peng
Proceedings of the 7th Americas Regional Conference of the ISTVS 2013

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A hybrid tabulation-scaling implementation of Thornton and Ning's plastic–adhesive particle contact theory
Jonathan C.Y. Loh, William R. Ketterhagen, James A. Elliott,
Powder Technology 264 (2014) 599–607

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Coupled LBM–DEM Micro-scale Simulations of Cohesive Particle Erosion Due to Shear Flows
Paul E. Brumby, Toru Sato, Jiro Nagao, Norio Tenma, Hideo Narita
Transport in Porous Media, August 2015, Volume 109, Issue 1, pp 43-60

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SIMULATIONS OF ICE RUBBLING AGAINST CONICAL STRUCTURES USING 3D DEM
David Morgan, Robert Sarracino et. al.
Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions

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Coupling ParScale®, LIGGGHTS® and CFDEM®coupling
Latest development of the NanoSim Project (TUG, DCS Computing, etc.) - 2D fluidized Bed with detailed temperature modelling inside the particles using ParScale®.
Stefan Radl, TUG

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Modeling Proppant Flow in Fractures using LIGGGHTS, a Scalable Granular Simulator
Roman J. Shor
MSc Thesis, The University of Texas at Austin

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The birth of a dinosaur footprint: Subsurface 3D motion reconstruction and discrete element simulation reveal track ontogeny
Falkingham PL, Gatesy SM
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Dec 23;111(51):18279-84. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416252111. Epub 2014 Dec 8.

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Simulation of the Peristaltic Conveying of Parcels as Bulk
Publication by Liu Cao et al. 2014.

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New geometry representation for complex motion.
Some very nice new functionality has been developed at DCS Computing in cooperation with Bruno Blais.
See here a gear box with liquid particle suspension:

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Review and future options for computer modelling in the sugar industry
F Plaza, G Kent, D Rackemann, D Stephens
Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 36th Conference, Gold Coast, QLD.

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Decoding the structure of granular and porous materials from speckled phase contrast X-ray images
R. P. Carnibella, M. J. Kitchen, and A. Fouras
Journal of Terramechanics 50 (2013) 277–287

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Modeling of wheel–soil interaction over rough terrain using the discrete element method
William Smith, Huei Peng
12 August 2013 | Vol. 21, No. 16 | DOI:10.1364/OE.21.019153 | OPTICS EXPRESS 19153

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DEM modelling and identification of representative element volume of soil skeleton
Sadaghiani, Jentsch, Faulstich, Winkler, Witt
Fundamentals of Ground Engineering, pp 403 ff

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Simulation of a bechererite
Christian Richter; OVGU Magdeburg / IBAF

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Unexpected trapping of particles at a T junction
Daniele Vigolo, Stefan Radl, and Howard A. Stone
PNAS paper

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Modélisation du frittage par une approche dynamique des contacts
Sylvain MARTIN, Mohamed GUESSASMA, Jérôme FORTIN, Khashayar SALEH,
Jacques LECHELLE, Frédéric ADENOT
CSMA 2013 (11e Colloque National en Calcul des Structures)

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Computational modelling of submerged-arc furnace burden
Proc. 13th Intl. Ferroalloys Congress, Quinn Reynolds, Mintec

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Particle Laden Jet by OpenFOAM and CFDEM
Video from International Conference on Multiphase Flow 2013 talk
Ruo-Qian Wang, MIT

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Turbulence- and particle-resolving
numerical modeling of sediment transport

Mark Schmeeckle, Arizona State University

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DEM simulation of particles of complex shapes using the
multisphere method: application for additive manufacturing

Eric J. R. Parteli

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Coupled CFD–DEM simulation of fluid–particle interaction in geomechanics
Powder Technology 239 (2013) 248–258
Jidong Zhao, Tong Shan,

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METHODOLODGY FOR CFD-DEM MODELLING OF PARTICULATE SUSPENSION RHEOLOGY
Ninth International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries
CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia, 10-12 December 2012
Evan M. SMUTS , Dave A. DEGLON and Chris J. MEYER

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Plattform- und Softwareunabhängige Simulation der Erdstoff-Maschine Interaktion
5. Fachtagung Baumaschinentechnik 2012
Günter Kunze, André Katterfeld, Christian Richter, Hendrik Otto, Christian Schubert

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Simulation of Conveying Processes in Vibratory Conveyors
Logistics Journal
Niels Dallinger, Thomas Risch, Klaus Nendel
DOI: 10.2195/lj_Proc_dallinger_de_201210_01 URN: urn:nbn:de:0009-14-34266

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The dependence of mantle thermal conductivity on particle shape and size
Conference proceeding
M.S. Bentley. G. Kargl, N.I. Kömle and W. Macher
European Planetary Science Congress 2012, Vol. 7 EPSC2012-566-1 2012

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Vibration Induced Granular Flow Through An Elbow
Iván Sánchez, J.R. Darias, O. P. Michelangelli
International Conference of Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng2012

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(ongoing) PhD thesis - Daniel Nasato (JKU)

Die Filling:

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Master thesis - Markus Schörgenhumer (JKU)

Flexible fibres in fluid flow:

Simulation of a liquid column damper:

Thesis (funded by the Austrian Center of Competence in Mechatronics, www.accm.eu):
Fluid-Structure Interaction: Coupling of Flexible Multibody Dynamics with Particle-Based Fluid Mechanics

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Master thesis - Klemens Gruber (JKU)

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DEM - MBD Co-Simulation, coupled via FMI

Wheelloader model by C. Schubert, TU Dresden, Professorship of Construction Machines and Conveying Technology (http://www.tu-dresden.de/bft)
Simulation by C. Richter and Jun. Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Katterfeld, University Magdeburg “Otto-von-Guericke”, Department of Material Handling (http://www.ilm.ovgu.de)
Simulation was perfomed using LIGGGHTS and FMI (http://www.modelisar.org)

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Master thesis - Fabian Uhlig
Numerische Simulation komplexer Partikel-Fluid-Wechselwirkungen in CFD und DEM: feuchte Kontakte und Sedimentationsprozesse in nichtnewtonschen Fluiden.

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Master thesis - Vinodh Vedachalam
Discrete Element Modelling Of Granular Snow Particles Using LIGGGHTS.

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PhD thesis - Gijsbert Wierink

A Computational Framework for Coupled Modelling of Three-Phase Systems with Soluble Surfactants.

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Molecular Dynamics simulation for PBR pebble tracking simulation
Journal Paper
Molecular Dynamics simulation for PBR pebble tracking simulation
via a random walk approach using Monte Carlo simulation
Kyoung O. Lee, Thomas W. Holmes, Adan F. Calderon, Robin P. Gardner
Applied Radiation and Isotopes 70 (2012) 827–830
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.11.043
Report
http://www.cearonline.com/sites/default/CEAR_Annual/2011/14_StochasticMo...

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Forces subies par un objet en mouvement dans un milieu granulaire
F. Guillard, O. Pouliquen, Y. Forterre
20ème Congrès Français de Mécanique
http://documents.irevues.inist.fr/bitstream/handle/2042/46273/cfm2011_36...

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DEM Simulation of the Spheronization Process
M. Köster, M. Thommes
AAPS Annual Meeting 2011, Washington
http://abstracts.aapspharmaceutica.com/aaps2011/ViewPDF.asp?sbmID=2914&v...

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Spherical shock-wave propagation in three-dimensional granular packings
Kun Xue and Chun-Hua Bai
Phys. Rev. E 83, 021305 (2011)
http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevE.83.021305

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Simulation of radial segregation in horizontally rotating drum
Discrete particle simulation of radial segregation in horizontally rotating drum: Effects of drum-length and non-rotating end-plates, Physica A
Ram Chand , Murad Ali Khaskheli, Abdul Qadir, Baoliang Ge, Qingfan Shi
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2012.05.019

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Vibratory bowl feeder
This is work by Niels Dallinger (TU Chemnitz) simulating a vibratory bowl feeder.

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Screw Conveyor
This is work by Michael Aigner and Klaus Straka (both JKU) simulating a screw conveyor. Michael Aigner (ipeb) and Klaus Straka (ipim) did simulations on a feeding zone of a single screw plastification unit.

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Conveyor Transfer Station
This is work by Pieter Nienaber from Foxprojects, ZA, simulating a conveyor transfer station of an actual (flawed)
design involving two conveyor belts, a chute with lipliners, and skirts.

Example Video

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Die Filling - FE Coupling
This is work by Plansee SE , http://www.plansee.com coupling LIGGGHTS to a FE code for the simulation of die filling.
LINK.