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BMS Simulates over 10 million particles using Rocky DEM

Pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb used Rocky DEM Multi-GPU capabilities

Pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb uses Rocky DEM 4 to simulate lab equipment tests, such as high-shear wet granulation and tablet coating studies, using Discrete Element Modeling (DEM). They discovered that the multi-GPU capabilities and non-spherical, polygonal particle shapes exclusive to Rocky DEM enable them to exactly match their experimental values.

"The highlight of the Rocky DEM software is certainly its speed and realistic particle shapes. For us, being able to simulate the exact number of particles in the exact same size distributions and shape representations that we have in our experimental studies is the primary benefit to using Rocky DEM.”

Preetanshu Pandey, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

BMS needed accurate and fast DEM models to predict flow behavior in their unit operations and reduce the need for expensive scale-up experiments.

BMS used the processing speed of Rocky DEM’s multi- GPU solver to create realistic simulations by matching the particle shape, size distributions, and quantities used in the experiments.

By using Rocky DEM with multi-GPU processing, BMS not only acquired faster computing times and improved postprocessing capabilities, but was also able to perform more realistic simulations with 100 times more particles than they were able to simulate before.

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