27 November 2017
PMI and its collaborators released AeroSolved, a free and open source software for simulating physical properties and dynamics of aerosols.
The website and the open source code are the result of a collaborative project designed to enable scientists to learn and explore multiple facets of aerosol physics using Computational Fluid Dynamics.
The software shows how droplets in an aerosol – a smoke-free aerosol for example – move, change or deposit in devices or in the respiratory tract.
AeroSolved, as a complement to laboratory experiments, has contributed to PMI’s scientific knowledge about aerosols and played a key role in the development of reduced-risk products*.
The release of the simulation code is the first step towards establishing a community that builds on AeroSolved to improve its models and answers new scientific questions. The software is freely available for anyone to download and use under the GNU General Public License 3.0.
* Reduced-Risk Products (“RRPs”) is the term we use to refer to products that present, are likely to present, or have the potential to present less risk of harm to smokers who switch to these products versus continued smoking. We have a range of RRPs in various stages of development, scientific assessment and commercialization. Our RRPs are smoke-free products that produce an aerosol that contains far lower quantities of harmful and potentially harmful constituents than found in cigarette smoke.