Engineers working in agriculture and related industries increasingly use computational technologies and advanced engineering simulation tools to help move crops from fields to tables. There is a growing opportunity to accelerate the pace of improvement and innovation on how crops are planted, harvested, processed, transported, and turned to food.
This technical webinar presents applications of discrete element modeling (DEM) and related simulation software for the agriculture industry. Professor Carl Wassgren of Purdue University and Eric Veikle of CNH Industrial will present their perspective on using DEM in agriculture applications.
In addition, Dr. Rahul Bharadwaj of Rocky DEM highlight the need to model complex particle shape and size, including flexible and rigid fibers, and will provide additional insights into modeling agriculture, earthmoving machinery, and crop-handling equipment.
- Introduction and summary/overview
- Presentations from Purdue University and CNH Industrial
- Application case studies – Rocky DEM
Who should attend this webinar:
Engineers and engineering managers involved with design and operation of agriculture machinery, crop-handling equipment, and crop harvesting, transport, and processing. In addition, engineers working in biofuel and agrochemicals research and development who are interested in bulk material and particle handling systems.
Professor at Purdue University
Carl Wassgren is a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy (by courtesy) at Purdue University. Prof. Wassgren’s research has focused on developing models and experiments for predicting the dynamics of particulate systems. He has worked on a wide range of projects, such as coating, blending, hopper flow, segregation, wet granulation, powder compaction, and attrition. He also teaches several powder-related courses at Purdue, including particulate systems and powder characterization. He has received a number of awards for his research and teaching activities. Prof. Wassgren also serves as the Director for Purdue’s Center for Particulate Processes and Products (CP3).
Design Analysis & Simulation at CNH Industrial
Eric Veikle is a Design Analysis & Simulation specialist at CNH Industrial, responsible for simulations that involve crop flow in combine harvesters, mainly associated with the use of Discrete Element Methods (DEM) modeling, but also including stochastic, analytical and empirical models. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
VP of Engineering and Business Development at ESSS
Dr. Rahul Bharadwaj has over a decade of experience in the development, validation, and application of computational tools such as Discrete Element Modeling (DEM), CFD, and FEA. After completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, he was a senior scientist at Pfizer R&D and a senior engineer at Jenike and Johanson Inc, where he has several years of consulting experience in bulk material handling. Dr. Bharadwaj currently serves as the VP of Engineering and Business Development at ESSS, where he leads a global team of engineers in pre-sales, support, and engineering for a suite of simulation products that predict bulk material behavior. He is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and is the founder and past-chair of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), Process Modeling and Simulation Focus Group.