About us

The DEM Research Group is part of the division Mechatronics, bio-statistics and Sensors of the K.U.Leuven university. The group aims at advancing the state of the art in Particle Based Simulation techniques such as the Discrete Element Method (DEM) and Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH).

Our expertise

This research domain opened up a whole new set of new possibilities to simulate increasingly complex problems. A couple of examples are: Simulation of a stack of drums during an earthquake, predication of efficiency of a ball mill, simulation of straw particles trhough a harvester to allow machinie optimizaiton.

During the last 10 years we developed a powerfull and versatile simulation tool called DEMeter, a fast and flexible set of C++ modules. At the same time we have developed an experimental expertise in determining and obtaining relevant parameters needed for physically accurate simulations. These experimental techniques range from determining the Youngs modulus of cells using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) over velocity measurements using high speed cameras with image processing.

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