SS-T: 0000 EDEM, Transfer Chute Deflector Plate

Learn how to export data from Altair EDEM for use in linear structural analysis in SimSolid.


This tutorial is intended for users with experience using EDEM. In this tutorial, you will do the following:
  • Export force data from EDEM.
  • Prepare, solve, and post process the model in SimSolid.

Model Description

The following file is needed for this tutorial:
  • Transfer Chute for SimSolid.dem

Figure 1.

Export Force Data

  1. Launch EDEM.
  2. In the main menu, click File > Open.
  3. Select the file Transfer Chute for SimSolid.dem and click Open.
  4. In the main menu, click File > Simulator to switch to the Simulator view.
  5. Click to run the simulation for 10 seconds.

    Figure 2.
  6. In the main menu, go to File > Analyst to switch to the Analyst view.
  7. Go to File > Export > SimSolid Data....
  8. Verify the Average to File option is activated.
    This averages any forces acting on the plate over a chosen time range. For instantaneous forces, select timestep per file.
  9. For the Start Timestep, enter 2 seconds.
  10. For the End Timestep, enter 10 seconds.
  11. For Geometry, select the Deflector Plate.
  12. For Contact Force, add a file name.
  13. Click Export.
  14. Click Close.

Import Geometry

  1. Open a new SimSolid session.
  2. Click the (Import from file) icon.

    Figure 3.
  3. In the Open geometry files dialog, choose Deflector plate.step.
  4. Click Open.
    The assembly will load in the modeling window.

Assign Materials

  1. In the Project Tree, click on the Assembly branch.
  2. In the Assembly workbench, click (Apply materials).
  3. Pick Steel from the Generic materials list.
  4. Click Apply to all parts.
  5. Click Close.
    In the Assembly branch of the Project Tree, material properties are identified for each part.

Create Structural Linear Analysis

  1. On the main window toolbar, click > Structural linear.
  2. On the Analysis Workbench toolbar, select (Immovable support).
  3. Select the Face radio button.
  4. In the modeling window, select the faces highlighted in Figure 4.

    Figure 4.
  5. On the Analysis Workbench toolbar, select > Imported forces.
  6. Click Import from CSV.
  7. Select the .csv file created previously.
    The units should be set to mm and N.
  8. Click OK.

Run Analysis

Solve the analysis.

  1. In the Project Tree, open the Analysis Workbench.
  2. Click (Solve).

Review Results

  1. On the Analysis workbench toolbar, click the (Results plot) icon.
  2. Select any plot option from the menu.
    The Legend opens and displays a contour plot of the chosen results.
  3. Use the display options in the Legend to alter the results view.