Discrete element method: An effective way for particle scale research of particulate matter

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Discrete element method (DEM) has been extensively used in the laboratory of particulate and multiphase processing at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to study the fundamentals of particulate matter at a particle scale. This paper briefly reviews the work in the laboratory, which covers the development of simulation techniques and their application to the study of particle packing and flow, transport properties and constitutive relationships of typical static or dynamic particulate systems. It is concluded, through representative comparison between simulated and measured results under different conditions, that DEM, as a major technique for discrete particle simulation, is an effective method for particle scale research of particulate matter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-214
Number of pages10
JournalEngineering Computations
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Particle physics
  • Simulation

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