Discrete Element Modelling - DEM


Our engineers utilise cutting edge Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) software to simulate particulate flow in 3D for a wide range of applications.

Material flow can be extremely challenging to predict which in turn introduces significant risk to any related design project. LC Engineering utilise an extensive experience and knowledge base in DEM to create customised material handling solutions. Models are calibrated to replicate the bulk material characteristics experienced on site by our clients. Extensive material testing becomes the foundation on which the validity of each DEM model is built.

DEM simulations can provide value through product design optimisation, reducing unforseen risk in product suitability, predicting required maintenance, comparing design concepts and increasing overall productivity. LC Engineering provides thorough analysis and interpretation of results to maximise potential value of each study.

Please Contact Us to learn how LC Engineering can improve your product design through clearly illustrating the cost benefits.



LC Engineering utilises Newton to construct and analyse DEM simulations for various clients.

Newton allows for almost any particulate material to be simulated in both static and dynamic environments. A combination of materials can also be simulated individually or as a mixture within a single simulation.

Models are specifically calibrated for purpose and in many cases verified with physical testing.

Wear analysis of products can be conducted to reinforce predictive maintenance, leading to an increase in overall productivity.

DEM Modelling Animations

DEM is a powerful design tool and can also be used to create animations for marketing and promotional content. Simulation results can be visualised in both still and video formats.


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Kador 150kL Mine Tanker

The Mining Chronicle magazine featured an article in the November 2012 edition on the newly designed 150kL Water Tanks. [Read More] [Read Article]

QLD Engineering Excellence Awards:
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