ESSS Releases Rocky DEM Version 4.2 Software
Discrete element method simulation software enhances particle collision analysis, spring and damper motion, fiber modeling improvements, and ANSYS Workbench integrated fluid–particle simulation.
December 20, 2018
The latest version of Rocky DEM high-fidelity particulate software from ESSS adds to and deepens modeling capabilities, including particle collision analysis, spring and damper motion, fiber modeling improvements, and ANSYS Workbench integrated fluid–particle simulation.
Intra-Particle Collision Statistics
Rocky DEM 4.2 predicts how collisions happen within a particle, adding more value to its collision energy spectra. Statistical information like duration, impact and shear help designers accurately estimate particle abrasion, edge chipping and damage—as well as determine how collisions affect the system.
Spring and Damper Motions
Rocky’s motion body dynamics kernel incorporates spring and damper motion capabilities designed to enable broader simulation while simplifying configuration and post-processing. Users no longer need to couple with external motion-body dynamic software to simulate complete models like passive valves and gates, independent multi-wheel suspensions, damped actuators and pre-tensioned systems, according to the company.
Expanded ANSYS Workbench Integration
Rocky 4.2 offers more-robust Workbench integration when coupling with ANSYS Fluent. The project schematic shows on-the-fly simulation progress updates and robust multiple design-point projects, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to discrete element method (DEM). ESSS says the seamless ANSYS SpaceClaim–Rocky geometry-unit handling enables simulations on different scales inside the same project schematic.
Improvements to Fiber Particles
The 4.2 release expands the modeling range of real fibers and particles, and it further improves simulation speed. A new search algorithm speeds up packed-fiber system simulation by an average of two times, along with the ability to configure different elastic ratios for each fiber segment.
According to ESSS, other Rocky DEM 4.2 enhancements include:
- For fluid–particle–thermal setups, Solid and Porous Media Domains provide tight coupling so particles move through and between multiple fluid domains when coupling with ANSYS Fluent.
- CFD Mesh Decomposition on multi-GPU ensures that the run is executed in parallel through a domain decomposition approach based on CFD mesh cells.
- Context Save/Restore functionality in Rocky 4.2 eliminates the customization needed to compare differences in multiple simulations.
- The new Particle Generation Preview provides immediate feedback of estimated number of particles to be released into the system, based on setup parameters.
- Custom Output Control optimizes disk I/O and minimizes data storage issues so users can independently configure output frequency from simulation summary curves and particle results.
Source: Press materials from the company.