EDEM BulkSim 2.0 Released for Transfer Point Design, Optimization in Mining Industry

EDEM BulkSim 2.0 Released for Transfer Point Design, Optimization in Mining Industry
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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Jul 18, 2019 – EDEM, the market leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology for bulk and granular materials simulation has released a new version of EDEM BulkSim software – a specialized tool for designing and optimizing transfer points and chutes in the mining industry.




EDEM BulkSim has been developed for engineers designing transfer points used in mine operations and minerals processing plants, such as conveyors, chutes, stockpile reclaimers, and material feed and discharge chutes in comminution circuits. Although such systems account for a small percentage of the infrastructure cost of a plant or mine, poorly-performing transfer points are often responsible for significant operational challenges, resulting in unplanned downtime, reduced throughput, and lost productivity.

EDEM BulkSim simulation enables engineers to evaluate and verify the design performance of transfer points and chutes. By predicting bulk material flow and interaction with equipment components, it enables design engineers to identify and remedy potential problems in a design, such as material build-up and blockage, flow dispersion, spillage, size segregation, and excessive belt and chute wear — before commissioning. EDEM BulkSim has been designed for easy deployment across teams and includes a suite of out of the box visualization and analysis tools for both quantitative and qualitative evaluation of transfer points designs.


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The latest version of the software includes a range of enhancements as well as increased capabilities and performance. EDEM BulkSim 2.0 includes a new user interface for quick simulation set-up and an intuitive workflow. Users now get access to the Generic EDEM Material Model (GEMM) Database to introduce materials in their simulation. The GEMM includes over 50,000 of pre-calibrated material models representing a wide range of rocks and ores. This means users get quick and easy access to fit-for-purpose material models that produce realistic material behavior and they can fully setup materials for a simulation without being a DEM expert. In terms of performance, users can expect a great speed-up with the possibility to run their simulation on their computers Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) – delivering simulation results up to 12 times faster than by using traditional desktop CPUs. On the post-processing, side users benefit from faster data export and advanced tools to create more realistic and dynamic videos.

Mark Cook, Product Manager of EDEM, commented, “EDEM BulkSim is a key design tool that enables engineers of all experience levels to get critical insight into transfer points performance. It has been developed to easily integrate into the design process and means engineers can increase the quality of their designs by performing ‘virtual testing’ to assess performance under differing operating conditions. Version 2.0 means users can introduce materials quickly and easily by selecting a fit-for-purpose material model from our extensive materials library. Performance has also greatly improved which means users can run their simulations much faster and perform analysis quicker, leading to increased productivity.”

For more information about EDEM BulkSim software the following resources are available:

  1. Ebook: Verification of the Design Performance of Conveyor Transfer Equipment with EDEM BulkSim Software
  2. Case study: Transfer Chute Redesign at Longking with EDEM BulkSim software

About EDEM

EDEM is the market leader in the Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology for bulk and granular 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 the USA, Japan and Korea and supported by a network of channel partners in South America, South Africa and Asia-Pacific. For more information visit: www.edemsimulation.com

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