542-0928/01 – Advanced DEM simulations in processes (PSDEM)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Mining Engineering and SafetyCredits10
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Jan Nečas, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Jan Nečas, Ph.D.
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2021/2022Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesDoctoral
Instruction secured by
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NEC37 doc. Ing. Jan Nečas, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
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Full-time Examination 20+0
Part-time Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The graduate of the course is acquainted with a comprehensive approach to the modeling of particulates in process systems using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). The graduates will gain their theoretical knowledge, basic methods describtion and extensions for the numerical models. The whole process of numerical modeling is described including calibration and validation procedures. The whole scientific basis of modeling is applied at the end of the course to process systems in the field of geological engineering.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The course deepens students' knowledge of numerical simulation methods of discrete elements (DEM). In the course of the study the students will get acquainted with the classification of particulate matter and with the determination of 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. They will learn to use the methods of CFD, FEM. The whole scientific basis of modeling is applied at the end of the course to process systems in the field of geological engineering.

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



Other requirements

Attendance at seminars, creation of reports


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Introduction, Bulk solids and DEM simulation Mechanical and physical properties of bulk solids Bulk materials - important parameters, testing Discrete Element Method - history, principle, commercial use, R&D Contact models and their use Virtual particulate matter definition Calibration of virtual material and optimization of input data DEM simulations in process systems Data analysis, impacts on practical applications Advanced DEM modeling and CFD, FEM, MBD coupling

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2021/2022 Winter semester)
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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2021/2022 (P0724D290004) Mining and Mining Geomechanics P Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2021/2022 (P0724D290004) Mining and Mining Geomechanics K Czech Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan

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