IPROCOM (The development of in silico process models for roll compaction) is a multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral consortium funded by European Commission under the FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN Programme.
The goal of IPROCOM is to address scientific and technology challenges in the manufacture of particulate products (pharmaceuticals, catalyst pellets, detergent tablets, fertilizer, biomass and metal components) through a coordinated and structured research training programme.
In particular, IPROCOM aims to develop robust in silico process models that can be used to predict the properties of intermediate (ribbons/granules) and final products (tablets/pellets/components) based on the properties of individual particles and to provide structured training for the next generation of researchers who will comprehend such models, associated knowledge and techniques and apply them to a number of particulate products manufacturing industries.
IPROCOM consortium brings together experts from engineering, pharmaceutical science, materials science and computer science disciplines from 10 full partners and 4 associate partners specializing pharmaceutical development, machine manufacturing, multimedia & science communications.
Structured research training in IPROCOM consists of 3 complementary work packages: i) process understanding through systematic experimental investigation, ii) multiscale modeling with discrete element methods (DEM) & Finite element methods (FEM) and iii) intelligent modeling with artificial neural networks, evolutionary computation and other heuristic techniques.