Discrete Element Method


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Context

The Discrete Element Method (DEM) is acknowledged in the scientific community as an effective procedure for the study of granular media. This method considers basic physics principles, acting on representative entities named particles. The discrete elements are created in order to idealize granular media, rocks or even molecules.

Characteristics

The goal of DEM is to investigate the dynamic behavior of these discrete media. In general, this process requires a high computational effort in the numerical simulation steps, in the visualizations of results, and in the steps that produce the models. Besides, the manipulation of large volumes of data is common during this process.

Actions

LCCV has tradition and excellence deploying high performance computational tools which support the engineering analysis involving the DEM.