542-0512/01 – Simulation of process systems (SPS)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Mining Engineering and SafetyCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Jan Nečas, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Jan Nečas, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFAST, FS, HGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
HLO060 Ing. Jakub Hlosta, Ph.D.
NEC37 doc. Ing. Jan Nečas, Ph.D.
ZUR071 Ing. David Žurovec, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The graduate of the course is acquainted with a complex approach to modeling of particulate matter in process systems using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). He / she is able to determine necessary input parameters for DEM, perform calibration of virtual particulate material and validate simulated process system.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


The course introduces students to the numerical simulation method of discrete elements (DEM). In the course of the study the students will get acquainted with the basic classification of particulate matter and with the determination of input parameters for DEM based on the mechanical-physical properties of particulate matter. The whole process of numerical modeling including calibration and validation procedures is gradually described. The whole theoretical basis of modeling is applied at the end of the course to process systems in the field of geological engineering and treatment.

Compulsory literature:

McGlinchey, D. Characterisation of bulk solids. (Blackwell Publishing, 2005). Jenike, A. W. Storage and Flow of Solids. (University of Utah, 1964). Schulze, D. Powders and Bulk Solids. (Springer, 2007). Jaluria, Y. Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing. Springer, 2017. ISBN 978-3-319-76983-7

Recommended literature:

Woodcock, C. R., and J. S. Mason. Bulk solids handling: an introduction to the practice and technology. Springer Science & Business Media, 2012. Arnold, Peter C.; Mclean, Arnold G.; Roberts, Alan William. Bulk solids: storage, flow and handling. Tunra, 1978. McGlinchey, Don. Bulk solids handling. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. Reicks, Allen, and Michael T. Myers, eds. Bulk Material Handling by Conveyor Belt 5. SME, 2004.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

2 zápočtové projekty s jejich úspěšnou obhajobou před skupinou Zkouška s písemnou a ústní části


Other requirements

Attendance at seminars, creation of reports


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to the course, bulk materials and their classification in process systems 2. Discrete element method - introduction, history, commercial use, R&D 3. Contact models 4. Input parameters and their experimental determination 5. Defining virtual particulate matter 6. Calibration of virtual material and optimization of input data 7. Validation of transport, handling, storage and process systems 8. Data visualization and analysis 9. Simulation of transport and handling equipment in process systems 10. Simulation of storage facilities in process systems 11. Simulation of mixing processes 12. Simulation of separation processes 13. Simulation of crushing, disconnecting and conditioning processes 14. Advanced DEM modeling and interconnection with other numerical methods (CFD, FEM, MBD)

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2020/2021 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 40  20
        Examination Examination 60  30
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: 70% attendance at seminars

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2021/2022 (N0724A290005) Process Engineering in Raw Materials PPT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0724A290005) Process Engineering in Raw Materials PPT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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