Fast and accurate DEM simulations integrated into 3D-CAD
Algoryx Simulation offers a custom solution for solving challenges in bulk material handling through simulation, by integrating the physics engine AGX Dynamics inside a powerful 3D-CAD editor. This allows engineers to optimize and evaluate industrial processes handling bulk materials such as mining ore and rocks, food processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
The solution enables articulated multibody dynamics with strong coupling to bulk material simulation using existing or new CAD-models.
The 3D editor is based on SpaceClaim Engineer, the world’s leading direct modeling tool for engineers, which provides interoperability with all major CAD systems. The solution is based on a special version of Algoryx Momentum, tailored for granular and bulk material simulation.
Granular matter and bulk material
Granular materials are the second-most manipulated and transported material in the world (the first is water). Examples include gravel, nuts, corn, potato, iron and mineral ore balls, wood pellets, coffee, fertilizer, asphalt, pharmaceutical tablets and sand. From a scientific point of view, these systems show many exciting properties, e.g. dynamic phase transitions, pattern formation and jamming. The economic relevance is very high in many industries, e.g. construction, mining, food, pharmaceutical and energy. Granulars also dominate the global transportation industry as bulk material in dry cargo ships, trucks and trains.
Consequently, engineering excellence in designing systems that handle granular materials has tremendous leverage.
Algoryx offers a solution for solving challenges in bulk and granular material handling with simulation driven design processes using AGX Dynamics integrated together with a powerful 3D-CAD editor. This enables engineers to easily simulate their bulk material processes using existing or new CAD-models. Early virtual simulation prototyping shortens the design process, improves process understanding, secures system reliability and prevents deployment of inefficient designs which reduces retrofit and maintenance costs.
- Optimization of iron ball plants
Simulate mineral processing such as large scale pelletizing processes of iron ore.
- Heavy mining equipment
Simulate heavy vehicle handling, wear and performance when handling rock or ore.
- Conveyor systems
Simulate and design conveying systems equipment transporting bulk materials such as rocks and ore.
- Conveyor transfer chutes
Simulate conveyor transfer chutes to predict wear and clogging, reducing overall maintenance costs.
Solving challenges in the mining industry
The mining industry is full of challenges. When handling rocks and ore in everything from conveying systems to vehicles, equipment needs to be reliable and able to function. Predicting wear and tear and performance in a process is important and hard. Responsible increases of production results in the need to optimize process to increase energy efficiency.
Predictability and virtual prototyping
AGX Dynamics provides mining engineers with the tools to perform bulk material flow simulation when designing bulk material handling processes. Virtual prototyping reduces testing costs and development times. Simulations can give engineers important insights in how design decision will affect the performance of their process, that are otherwise hard or almost impossible to obtain. This allows them to predict and avoid bad designs and finally deploy reliable and optimized equipment that reduces overall system wear and production downtime.
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Optimizing drum outlets for iron pellets
“Thanks to the AGX Dynamics bulk material solution, we can rapidly test and evaluate different optimized designs for our pellet processes with great success.”
LKAB is a world leading producer of processed iron ore products and minerals. Optimation AB is a specialized consultant firm that focuses on optimization and innovative solutions for the process industry. The goal of the project was to improve outlet designs in LKAB’s pelletizing processes. LKAB, Optimation, Umeå University and Algoryx cooperated to produce a tailored software solution and a robust and efficient work method for simulation based design of the drum outlet.
Atlas Copco mining truck
Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB is a manufacturer of underground and surface rock excavation equipment. Algoryx Simulation AB provides dynamics simulation.The interaction of vehicles with ore and muck can have huge impact on vehicle performance and lifetime. The goal of the project was to simulate the dynamic behavior of the ore-bodies in interaction with each other and the vehicle in order to gain understanding provide even more successful vehicle design. The project was part of Simovate, which was partially financed by Vinnova – Sweden’s Innovation Agency.