Discrete element modelling
Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) is used to simulate the flow of bulk materials through, for example, transfer chutes, hoppers, rail and road loadout facilities. DEM is a standard tool used by DemcoTECH during our design process to optimise the equipment design, minimise degradation and to prolong the life of the platework. Material characteristics and properties are employed to assess the effects which changing operating conditions will have on the performance of the chutework and the system.
DemcoTECH has also used DEM to design transfer chutes where both coal and iron ore are conveyed. The significant differences in properties and conveyor speeds, mixed with the need for free-flowing and dead-box type chutes relied heavily on DEM simulations to arrive at workable solutions.