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EDEM software aids asphalt plant manufacturer

Astec has signed up for DEM Solutions’ EDEM software to use within discrete element modelling.

Astec, which designs and manufactures a complete line of continuous and batch-process hot-mix asphalt facilities and associated equipment, is implementing a perpetual license for EDEM software to aid in its design and process optimisation.

DEM Solutions’ EDEM is a Discrete Element Method computer simulation software used to model, analyse and visualise the interaction of bulk solids with each segment of a facility’s handling and processing equipment.

EDEM provides a means of testing the performance of design prototypes to determine the best system configuration for each material and operating condition. Full integration with CAD design software allows users to import 3D solid models of their equipment; and EDEM’s tools let users define specific material properties and the movement of components, such as mixers and conveyor belts.

With short simulation times and extensive data visualisation and analysis capabilities, EDEM enables engineers to quickly identify the optimum design while also gaining useful insights into the key components controlling the physical interaction between bulk solids, equipment design, and operating parameters.

Astec produces stationary, relocatable, and portable asphalt production facilities, which include materials handling and processing equipment such as asphalt mixers and dryers, grinders and mills, particulate emission control devices, belt conveyors, bucket elevators, transfer points, bins, and silos. To meet their modelling needs, Astec has selected the optional Fluent coupling module available with EDEM, which models and analyses particle-fluid interactions.

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