The Bonding (legacy) Model

EDEM has two Bonding Models - original and updated. The original (legacy) model is not GPU compatible and marked as deprecated to be removed in a later version.

An updated model Bonding V2 has been included which is GPU compatible.  The Bonding V2 model also has updated physics capabilities and is recommended over the legacy Bonded model.

The Bonding contact model bonds spheres together. To bond spheres, enable the bonding model for particle-particle interactions.

Bonds are created between particles at the formation start time. 

If the bulk material Active Bonds are defined and the Particles that comprise of the Bulk Material are in contact at the formation start time, then the bonds are formed according the bond parameters. This occurs once per simulation and once the bond time has passed no new bonds will be formed.

After bonding, the forces (Fn,t)/torques (Tn,t) on the particle are set to zero and are adjusted incrementally every Time Step as follows:


RB is the radius of the “glue”, Sn,t are the normal and shear stiffness respectively and  δt is the Time Step. vn,t are the normal and tangential velocities of the particles and ωn,t the normal and tangential angular velocities.

The bond is broken when the normal and tangential shear stresses exceed some predefined value as follows: 

These bond forces/torques are in addition to the Base Contact Model. Since the bonds involved in this model can act when the particles are no longer physically in contact, the contact radius should be set to higher than the actual radius of the spheres. This model may only be used between particles. 

Interaction Configurable Parameters Position
Particle to Particle     Select an active bond then set the Bond Formation Time and the following parameters:
Normal Stiffness: the tensile/compressive stiffness along the bond’s principal axis.
Shear Stiffness: Shear stiffness in the orthogonal plane to the bond’s principal axis.
Critical Normal Stress: the maximum normal stress the bond can withstand before it fails.
Critical Shear Stress: The maximum tangential stress the bond can withstand before it fails.
Bonded Disk Radius: The radius of the cylindrical bond between the particles.
Torque Feedback: Enables the Bond Torque to be returned to the Particle.

Set the bond stress and stiffness values to represent the material that is been modeled. A high stiffness value will produce high bond forces and stresses. A lower than normal Time Step may be required to accurately capture these high forces.

When the Bond Formation Time is reached, all defined particles in contact will be bonded together. Before this time, particles interact based on the Hertz-Mindlin contact model.

A bond between two particles will cease to exist whenever one or both of the bonded particles leaves the simulation domain. If periodic boundaries are applied when the particle leaves the domain, then the particle will exist on the opposite side of the domain; in this case the two particles will remain bonded across the periodic boundary.

When Torque Feedback is selected, the bonded structure has a greater resistance to bending when considering a bond between two spheres, for a bonded structure where rotation is limited this setting has less impact.

Bonds can be post-processed in the EDEM Analyst under Bond information.

The Bonded V2 model uses Custom Contacts and the post-processing uses Contact information in the Analyst.

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