Modelling the Mechanical Behaviour of a Pharmaceutical Tablet Using PDEs

  • Norhayati Ahmat
  • Hassan Ugail
  • Gabriela González Castro
Conference paper
Part of the Mathematics in Industry book series (MATHINDUSTRY, volume 17)


Detailed design of pharmaceutical tablets is essential nowadays in order to produce robust tablets with tailor-made properties. Compressibility and compactibility are the main compaction properties involved in the design and development of solid dosage forms. The data obtained from measured forces and displacements of the punch are normally analysed using the Heckel model to assess the mechanical behaviour of pharmaceutical powders. In this paper, we present a technique for shape modelling of pharmaceutical tablets based on the PDE method. We extended the formulation of the PDE method to a higher dimensional space in order to generate a solid tablet and a cuboid mesh is created to represent the tablet’s components. We also modelled the displacement components of a compressed PDE-based representation of a tablet by utilising the solution of the axisymmetric boundary value problem for a finite cylinder subject to a uniform axial load. The experimental data and the results obtained from the developed model are shown in Heckel plots and a good agreement is found between both.


Remainder Function Lactose Monohydrate Pharmaceutical Tablet Pharmaceutical Powder Lactose Powder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norhayati Ahmat
    • 1
  • Hassan Ugail
    • 1
  • Gabriela González Castro
    • 1
  1. 1.CVCUniversity of BradfordBradfordUK

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