Review of the hybrid finite-discrete element method (FDEM)

Guanhua Sun, Tan Sui, Alexander M. Korsunsky

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


The hybrid finite-discrete element method (FDEM) has become a highly popular means of simulating the failure process in natural and engineered materials due to its ability to model the transition from continuum to discontinuum by means of fracture and fragmentation processes. In this article the progress and status of FDEM application in research is reviewed systematically from the following four aspects: the fundamentals of theory and methodology, fracture and contact models, graphical user interface, and applications. In addition, the authors point out the primary research directions in which FDEM is being applied to good effect.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCE 2016 - World Congress on Engineering 2016
EditorsS. I. Ao, S. I. Ao, Len Gelman, S. I. Ao, Len Gelman, David W.L. Hukins, Andrew Hunter, Alexander M. Korsunsky
PublisherNewswood Limited
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789881404800
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventWorld Congress on Engineering 2016, WCE 2016 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science
ISSN (Print)2078-0958


ConferenceWorld Congress on Engineering 2016, WCE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Discrete element method
  • Finite element method
  • Finite-discrete element method


Dive into the research topics of 'Review of the hybrid finite-discrete element method (FDEM)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this