Published in Computational Particle Mechanics, Vol. 3(1), pp 29–41, 2016
The authors present results on the use of the discrete element method (DEM) for the simulation of drilling processes typical in the oil and gas exploration industry. The numerical method uses advanced DEM techniques using a local deﬁnition of the DEM parameters and combined FEM-DEM procedures. This paper presents a step by step procedure to build a DEM model for analysis of the soil region coupled to a FEM model for discretizing the drilling tool that reproduces the drilling mechanics of a particular drill bit. A parameter study has been performed to determine the model parameters in order to maintain accurate solutions with reduced computational cost.