Project title : A Glass Slumping Simulator
Author : Aaron Damyen
Year : 2011
Abstract : Glass slumping is a time consuming and expensive process. The simple learning process of trial and error hinders the proper education of a student due to disruptions caused by the delay in receiving results and feedback and discourages the student with the high costs of failure. The Glass Slumping Simulator provides a means to preview a potential glass slumping process before expending large amounts of time and resources. The simulator utilizes a finite element analysis application to calculate the position of the glass sheet using parameters coinciding with the actual physical properties of the glass. The simulator allows the student to enter their own program for how the kiln should behave and will generate a graphical representation of the glass sheet and mold for the student’s inspection. Standard features such as saving and loading of results will allow the student to share their work and advanced features such as creating new types of glass allow the advanced user to experiment freely.