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Please note that this session was withdrawn and is no longer available in the respective programme.

Discrete Element Method (DEM) simulations in geoscience - Methods and Applications (co-organized)
Co-Convener: D. Weatherley 
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Recent advances in method development and available computing power have made the Discrete Element Method (DEM) an increasingly valuable tool for the simulation of brittle phenomena in a geological context. The method has been successfully applied in areas ranging from tectonics and structural geology to the mechanics of earthquakes, landslides and rockfalls. This session is intended to bring together researchers working on the further development of the Discrete Element Method itself and those who apply the DEM in a geological, geophysical or geotechnical context. We therefore encourage submissions relating to improvements and extensions of the Discrete Element Method, in particular as they apply to the earth sciences. We invite submissions relating to the application of DEM simulations in geology, geophysics and
geotechnics and the validation of DEM models against field observations or laboratory experiments.

Invited Speakers:
M.P.J. Schöpfer "Applications of the Distinct Element Method in Structural Geology: A critical review of common practices in model presentation and suggestions for a more quantitative approach."

L. Goren "Shearing fluid-filled granular media: A coupled discrete element - continuous approach."