EDINBURGH, UK, June 1, 2017 – EDEM, the market leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology, announced the release of EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion – a simulation tool that enables engineers to include realistic bulk material loads as standard in LMS Virtual.Lab Motion multi-body solution without the need for DEM knowledge or expertise in bulk material simulation.
EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion has been developed specifically for engineers who use LMS Virtual.Lab Motion of Siemens PLM Software in the design of heavy equipment such as diggers, excavators and bull dozers that are intended to handle bulk materials like rocks, ores, soils and ores.
When in operation, the performance of such equipment – from stresses on load arms, to the hydraulic forces, to the traction of the tyres and delivery of power – is dependent to some degree on the bulk material being handled. Understanding how equipment will perform in a specific material environment is critical to ensuring an optimal design that combines strength and durability, with performance efficiency.
EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion addresses these challenges by providing engineers with the capability to simulate bulk materials and use these realistic loads in LMS Virtual.Lab Motion simulations. Including high-fidelity representation of the loads and the forces acting on equipment reduces the need to rely on hand calculations and approximation when designing heavy equipment and allows for optimized equipment design, reduced physical testing and improved product quality.
EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion is a standalone software tool which connects to LMS Virtual.Lab Motion using motion control elements and co-simulation files. During simulation, the coupling transfers the realistic material loads from EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion directly into LMS Virtual.Lab Motion where they are used to calculate the effect on equipment dynamics. The updated dynamics are then passed back to EDEM to provide realistic force-feedback.
EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion has a modern and intuitive user interface which enables quick and easy set-up of bulk material simulations. Users benefit from direct access to a library of thousands of material models representing ores, soils, gravels, and more which provides realistic loads for a range of real life materials.
Richard LaRoche, chief executive officer of EDEM commented: “Using EDEM together with LMS Virtual.Lab Motion provides engineers with key insight into material-machine interaction and enables them to explore the larger design space which includes the wide range of materials that the heavy equipment will experience. With EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion we are making this capability available to more engineers by removing a key barrier to adoption – the need for specialist know-how and expertise in bulk material simulation.”
Dan Kinne, business line manager, Siemens PLM Software added: “The release of EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion is a great milestone in our partnership with EDEM. Introducing EDEM to the workflow means equipment design can be done entirely in a digital environment and it is possible to test a wide range of materials. Including high-fidelity loads is key to optimizing equipment performance and durability.”
For more information about EDEM for LMS Virtual.Lab Motion, visit https://www.edemsimulation.com/software/edem-for-lms-virtual-lab-motion/.
EDEM is the market-leading Discrete Element Method (DEM) software for bulk material simulation. EDEM simulation technology is used for ‘virtual testing’ of equipment that handles or processes bulk materials in the mining, equipment manufacturing and process industries. Companies worldwide use EDEM to optimize equipment design, increase productivity, reduce costs of operations, shorten product development cycles and drive product innovation.
EDEM is a global company established in 2003 as DEM Solutions Ltd. and headquartered in Edinburgh, UK with offices in USA and Japan and supported by a network of channel partners in South America, South Africa and Asia-Pacific.
For more information, visit www.edemsimulation.com.