Esys-particle couple with openfoam

Asked by Chendi Cao

Hi all,

I am new to the CFD-DEM research area. I want to know is there any tutorials online for coupling Esys-particle and OpenFOAM? My project is to simulate soil and water interaction using OpenFOAM and Esys-partile. Now, I installed OpenFOAM 7, Esys-particle 2.3.5 on ubuntu 18.04.
Here is an interesting paper I found online: Coupled DEM-CFD investigation on the formation of landslide dams in narrow rivers.
Can I get a similar tutorial for that?

Thanks for the help.

Chendi Cao

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Dion Weatherley (d-weatherley) said :

Hi Chendi Cao,

To the best of my knowledge, the paper you mentioned is making use of a branch of ESyS-Particle called esys-foam-dem ( This branch was developed by Feng Chen some years ago and has been used quite a bit by the authors of the cited paper. They may have further developed this branch independently. I believe the source code includes a couple of examples on DEM-CFD coupled simulations but I have not personally used this branch.

I would recommend you contact the authors of that paper for further information.



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Feng Chen (fchen3-gmail) said :

Hi, Chendi and Dion:

Just noticed this thread, as mentioned by Dion, the paper by Zhao et al is probably using a code developed in house by them based on the branch (, for details please contact the authors directly as I myself do not have further information about it.

Best Regards,

Feng Chen

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Dion Weatherley (d-weatherley) said :

Thanks Feng.


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