IPROCOM project

The development of in silico process models for roll compaction

IPROCOM is a multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral consortium funded by European Commission under the FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN Programme.

About the IPROCOM project

The goal of IPROCOM is to address scientific and technology challenges in the manufacturing of particulate products (pharmaceuticals, catalyst pellets, detergent tablets, fertilizer, biomass and metal components) through a coordinated and structured research training programme.
In particular, it 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.

The project consortium brings together experts from engineering, pharmaceutical science, materials science and computer science disciplines from 10 full partners and 4 associate partners specialising in pharmaceutical development, machine manufacturing, multimedia and science communications.

Structured research training in IPROCOM consists of three complementary work packages: 1. Process understanding through systematic experimental investigation. 2. Multiscale modeling with discrete element methods (DEM) and finite element methods (FEM). 3. Intelligent modeling with artificial neural networks, evolutionary computation and other heuristic techniques.

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Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
University of Surrey