Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 968–973 | Cite as

Sloshing cargo in silo vehicles

  • Florian FleissnerEmail author
  • Vincenzo D’Alessandro
  • Werner Schiehlen
  • Peter Eberhard


The driving stability of silo vehicles is significantly affected by the type of cargo that is transported and the design of the tank. Cargo motion can have both beneficial and negative aspects in terms of driving stability and braking performance. Neglecting the influence of the dynamically moving cargo in driving simulations of silo vehicles leads to significant errors in the simulation results. We propose a new method for the dynamic simulation of silo vehicles carrying granulates. The method couples Lagrangian particle methods, such as the discrete element method, and multibody systems methods using co-simulations. We demonstrate the capability of the new approach by providing simulation results of two benchmark maneuvers.


Sloshing Co-simulation Discrete element method Multibody system dynamics 


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© The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Florian Fleissner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vincenzo D’Alessandro
    • 2
  • Werner Schiehlen
    • 1
  • Peter Eberhard
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Engineering and Computational MechanicsUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Department of MechanicsPolitecnico MilanoMilanoItaly

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