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					                              Short Course
 Modelling of Particulate Systems using Distinct Element Method (DEM)
                                         15 & 16 June 2010

                          Institute of Particle Science and Engineering
                                        University of Leeds

                  Organised by Prof. Mojtaba Ghadiri and Dr Ali Hassanpour

Understanding the bulk behaviour of powders is of great interest in many particulate processes, but
it is at the same time very challenging due to the discrete nature of particles. The Distinct Element
Method (DEM) is a computational modelling tool for the simulation of the behaviour of particulate
assemblages based on Newton’s second law of motion and contact mechanics. It is based on a
discrete numerical approach, hence particularly suitable for analysing particulate processes and
products. DEM is rapidly gaining popularity due to its simplicity, cheap computer memory and
increased speed to calculate the movement of a large number of particles. This short course is
designed to outline the principles of modelling of particulate systems by this method. It provides an
opportunity for the participants to learn and implement the DEM for analysing a number of common
processes, such as compression, shear deformation, granular behaviour, mixing, etc. It is
intended for scientists, engineers and technologists who wish to gain a better understanding of
particulate processes and products behaviour based on single particle properties in order to enable
them to address processing and manufacturing issues from a fundamental base.

As a modelling tool, the state-of-the-art computer code developed by EDEM Solutions will be used
for addressing the issues in relation with particulate processes. In a separate but related event, we
are also organising a one-day seminar on the 17th June 2010 to address the current state of the
DEM capability and future trends and challenges by leading researchers in this field. A separate
announcement is made for the seminar day with its own separate registration.

The course will be given by a number of international experts in the DEM analysis, with close
tutorial assistance provided by a number of scientists who are active in this field.

                                   Provisional Programme


          Introductory lecture on modelling of particulate systems using Distinct Element Method
          Contact mechanics
              o Deformation
              o Friction
              o Damping
              o Adhesion
          Software training for beginners I
               o Introduction to the Creator and Simulator levels of the software
               o Introduction to the models of vessel geometry
               o Introduction to the Analyst level of software
          Case Study 1
           Shape Modelling
           Fluid-Particle Two-way Coupling

            Software training for beginners II (broader applications)
                o Introduction to built-in and plug-in contact models
                o Particle shape consideration in EDEM
                o Modelling of the complicated vessel geometries in particulate processes

           Case Study 2

Short Course Lecturers
Professor Mojtaba Ghadiri (University of Leeds, UK)
Dr Ali Hassanpour (University of Leeds, UK)
Dr Xiodong Jia (University of Leeds, UK)
Dr Alberto Di Renzo (University of Calabria, Italy)
Dr Engelbert Tijskens (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven)

The total cost for the whole course will be £1000 + VAT inclusive of lunches, refreshments and course
dinner. If you would like to attend, please fill the enclosed form, and send it to Mrs K.K. Jutlla, Institute of
Particle Science & Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK, or fax to + 44 (0)113 343 2405.
You may also contact at +44 (0)113 343 2404, or e-mail:
            Modelling of Particulate Systems using Distinct Element Method (DEM)
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                             Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 June 2010

Registrations and payment should be sent before Monday 10 May 2010.

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COURSE FEES including refreshments, lunches and course dinner: Total: £ 1000 + VAT (to be paid to the
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VENUE The course is held at the University of Leeds, exact venue tba.

ACCOMMODATION – The participants are responsible for booking own accommodation.                 Further
information on local hotels may be obtained from the course secretary (please see below).

Please send completed form to: Mrs K.K. Jutlla, IPSE, Houldsworth Building, University of Leeds, LEEDS,
LS2 9JT, UK, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2404, Fax: +44 (0)113 343 2405, Email: