Jenike & Johanson and Clarkson University Awarded NASA Contract to Develop New Modeling Approaches for Bulk Granular Material

The need to design equipment to move and store bulk solids exists in a wide variety of industries. Indeed, almost every industry handles one and often more bulk solids in production plants. Solids handling problems are common, and engineers need a variety of tools to solve and prevent them. One tool that is being increasingly recognized for its ability to drive cost out of product development and shorten time-to-market by reducing physical prototypes is computer-aided-engineering (CAE). NASA has specialized needs in modeling of bulk solid systems such as designing equipment to operate in lunar or Martian environments and modeling the degradation of insulation material in storage tanks for space shuttle fuel.

Discrete element modeling (DEM) is the most common approach to provide a CAE tool for designing and analyzing bulk material flow. The Jenike & Johanson /Clarkson University team will use the EDEM software from DEM Solutions and develop methodologies to calibrate the software with physical tests and extend the range of problems that can be effectively analyzed with DEM.

According to physicist Philip Metzger of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, "space exploration is heavily dependent upon granular materials, not only because we use bulk solids extensively in the technology to enable spaceflight, but because many of the places where we go in space are literally covered with bulk solids in the form of soil and dust. Advancing our ability to predict their behavior is of paramount importance to the economics and success of the space program. We are excited to sponsor important research and development in this field."

About Jenike & Johanson

Jenike & Johanson is a specialized engineering firm whose primary focus is to provide a means for its worldwide clients in virtually every industry to obtain reliable bulk solids flow. Its engineers strive to find the most economical, efficient and innovative ways to eliminate or reduce bulk solids flow problems in existing facilities, and to prevent such problems from occurring in new facilities. The firm provides a range of services, which includes consulting, testing, detail design, and equipment supply, all in the area of bulk solids flow technology. Jenike & Johanson's corporate headquarters are in Tyngsboro MA with offices in California, Canada and Chile. For more information:

About Clarkson University

Clarkson, University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health and the humanities. At Clarkson 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving. Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) has a long history working with a broad range of fine particle industry. CAMP is a multi-disciplinary center within Clarkson dedicated to developing research and educational programs in high-technology materials processing. As one of the Centers for Advance Technology (CATs) at New York State Universities, CAMP receives support from the New York State Science and Technology Foundation for research and operating expenses. In addition, CAMP-related work receives grants from the federal government and private industry.

About DEM Solutions

DEM Solutions is a leader in discrete element modeling software. Its EDEM software is used to simulate particulate handling, processing and manufacturing operations in pharmaceutical, chemical, mineral and materials processing as well as oil & gas production, agricultural and construction and geo-technical engineering. EDEM provides high-resolution information on particle kinematics, momentum, heat and mass transfer in particulate flows. DEM Solutions' consultancy team works with customers to solve design and production problems by simulating and analyzing the processes at the particle scale. DEM Solutions' corporate headquarters are located in Edinburgh, UK with offices in Lebanon, NH, USA. For more information:

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