MercuryDPM: Fast, flexible particle simulations in complex geometries: Part B: Applications

Thomas Weinhart, Deepak R. Tunuguntla, Marnix P. van Schrojenstein Lantman, Irana F.C. Denissen, Christopher R. Windows-Yule, Harmen Polman, Jonathan M.F. Tsang, Binbin Jin, Luca Orefice, Kasper van der Vaart, Sudeshna Roy, Hao Shi, Arianna Pagano, Wouter den Breeijen, Bert J. Scheper, Ahmed Jarray, Stefan Luding, Anthony R. Thornton

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    MercuryDPM is a particle-simulation software developed open-source by a global network of researchers. It was designed ​ab initio to simulate realistic geometries and materials, thus it contains several unique features not found in any other particle simulation software. These features have been discussed in a companion paper published in the DEM7 conference proceedings; here we present several challenging setups implemented in MercuryDPM​. Via these setups, we demonstrate the unique capability of the code to simulate
    and analyse highly complex geotechnical and industrial applications. The setups implemented include complex geometries such as (i) a screw conveyor, (ii) steady-state inflow conditions for chute flows, (iii) a confined conveyor belt to simulate a steady-state breaking wave, and (iii) a quasi-2D cylindrical slice to efficiently study shear flows. ​MercuryDPM is also parallel, which we showcase via a multi-million particle simulations of a rotating drum. We further
    demonstrate how to simulate complex particle interactions, including: (i) deformable, charged clay particles; and (ii) liquid bridges and liquid migration in wet particulates, (iii) non-spherical particles implemented via superquadrics. Finally, we show how to analyse and complex systems using the unique micro-macro mapping (coarse-graining) tool MercuryCG.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationV International Conference on Particle-Based Methods
    Subtitle of host publicationFundamentals and Applications, PARTICLES 2017
    EditorsP. Wriggers, M. Bischoff, E. Oñate, D.R.J. Owen , T. Zohdi
    PublisherInternational Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
    ISBN (Print)9788494690976
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017
    Event5th International Conference on Particle-Based Methods, PARTICLES 2017 - Hannover, Germany
    Duration: 26 Sept 201728 Sept 2017
    Conference number: 5


    Conference5th International Conference on Particle-Based Methods, PARTICLES 2017
    Abbreviated titlePARTICLES
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    • Granular materials
    • DEM
    • Open-source
    • MercuryDPM


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