The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 223, Issue 11, pp 2369–2382 | Cite as

From fracture to fragmentation: Discrete element modeling

Complexity of crackling noise and fragmentation phenomena revealed by discrete element simulations
  • Humberto A. Carmona
  • Falk K. Wittel
  • Ferenc Kun
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Dynamic Systems: From Statistical Mechanics to Engineering Applications


Discrete element modelling (DEM) is one of the most efficient computational approaches to the fracture processes of heterogeneous materials on mesoscopic scales. From the dynamics of single crack propagation through the statistics of crack ensembles to the rapid fragmentation of materials DEM had a substantial contribution to our understanding over the past decades. Recently, the combination of DEM with other simulation techniques like Finite Element Modelling further extended the field of applicability. In this paper we briefly review the motivations and basic idea behind the DEM approach to cohesive particulate matter and then we give an overview of on-going developments and applications of the method focusing on two fields where recent success has been achieved. We discuss current challenges of this rapidly evolving field and outline possible future perspectives and debates.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Heterogeneous Material Burst Size Hard Wall Discrete Element Modelling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Humberto A. Carmona
    • 1
  • Falk K. Wittel
    • 2
  • Ferenc Kun
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do CearáFortalezaBrazil
  2. 2.Computational Physics, IfB, ETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

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