Chemical Engineering Science, Vol.160, 321-334, 2017
An efficient approximate moment method for multi-dimensional population balance models - Application to virus replication in multi-cellular systems
Many particulate processes in process and bioprocess engineering can be described with multi-dimensional population balances. Approximate moment methods are frequently used for their solution. In the present paper a new approach is presented, which is particular efficient when the number of internal coordinates is high. It combines the direct quadrature method of moments with monomial cubatures. With the new method the computational effort increases only polynornially, in the simplest case even only linearly with the number of internal coordinates, compared to an exponential increase for the well known Gausssian cubatures. The technique is evaluated for a five dimensional benchmark problem describing virus replication in continuous cell cultures. Furthermore, the algorithm is applied to analyze influenza virus replication in genetically modified cell lines. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.