Computational Particle Mechanics

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 175–189 | Cite as

On the computational aspects of comminution in discrete element method

  • Mohsin Ali Chaudry
  • Peter Wriggers


In this paper, computational aspects of crushing/comminution of granular materials are addressed. For crushing, maximum tensile stress-based criterion is used. Crushing model in discrete element method (DEM) is prone to problems of mass conservation and reduction in critical time step. The first problem is addressed by using an iterative scheme which, depending on geometric voids, recovers mass of a particle. In addition, a global–local framework for DEM problem is proposed which tends to alleviate the local unstable motion of particles and increases the computational efficiency.


Discrete element method Crushing Mass conservation Global–local framework 



The support of the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) under grant number WR 19/55-1 and DU 405/9-1 is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Continuum MechanicsLeibniz University HannoverHannoverGermany

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