Videos

Python and PFC
2015-08-24

Python is a general purpose, open-source programming language with good support for scientific and numerical programming.

Fully documented, Python has been extended to allow PFC distinct element models (DEM) to be manipulated from Python scripts.

The following 40 minute video covers these topics:

  • What is PFC?: An introduction to Distinct Element Modeling (DEM) and Itasca's Particle Flow Code (PFC).
  • ...
Powerful Scripting for Model Customization
2014-09-12

Particles float down a channel with a given velocity and fall into a mixing drum with rotating paddles. In addition to the standard contact physics inherent in PFC 5, FISH script are added to calculate and apply both drag and bouancy forces to the particles.

In this example, particles float down a channel with a given velocity and fall into a mixing drum with rotating paddles. The channel and stirring paddles were imported into PFC from a...

PFC3D Model of a Composite Material
2014-08-21

This video demonstrates the use of PFC 5 to simulate the compaction, cutting and 3 point testing of a composite material.

This video demonstrates the use of PFC 5 to simulate the compaction, cutting and 3 point testing of a composite material.

This test material is composed of individual fibers...

Mineral Processing using Magnetism
2014-08-14

This video demonstrates the use of PFC 5 to simulate the separation of minerals using both permanent and induced magnetization.

A set of permanent ferromagnets lie beneath the...

Brackets
2014-08-04

PFC3D 5.0 is used to simulate mechanical brackets moving through a chute and then along a conveyor into a bin. Each bracket consists of a clump of particles generated using a built-in...

Periodic Hopper Flow
2014-04-09

This video demonstrates the use of PFC to model the discharge of particles from a hopper. Periodic boundaries are used along the y-axis to reduce the influence of the hopper geometry while...

Continuous Binary Powder Mixer using Tetrahedral Clumps
2014-04-09

In the pharmaceutical industry, the overall performance of a continuous, binary powder mixer is measured by:

• how well components are mixed,
• limitations of the...
PFC 5.0 - Improving Gravity Flow for a Mine Orepass System
2014-04-09

Orepasses are critical infrastructure for an underground mine as the bulk of all production flows through them. Uneven draw may cause back-ups in the ore handling process and led to production...

PFC 5.0 — Espresso Machine Finger-guard/Hopper Simulation
2014-04-09

The engineering design problem is to design a finger-guard that prevents serious injury in the unlikely event that a small child inserts his or her fingers through the beans, and reaches the...

Self-assembly using Long-range Interactons
2014-04-09

PFC can simulate magnetic interactions and self-assembly using complex shaped clump templates, a custom contact model and long range contacts.

PFC 5 Beta Release Webinar
2013-11-27

Webinar held after the PFC 5.0 Beta version was released. The webinar is an overview of features with example models shown. The video is approximately 1.5 hours long, including Q&A sessions...