Mathematical Modeling of Some Glass Problems

  • K. Laevsky
  • R. M. M. Mattheij
Part of the Modeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology book series (MSSET)


In studying glass morphology one often uses models, which describe it as a strongly viscous Newtonian fluid. In this chapter we shall study two types of problems encountered in glass technology. One is dealing with so-called sintering, which plays a role in producing high-quality glasses, for example, and the other with producing packing glass by so-called pressing. We give a Stokes model to describe these processes and discuss various aspects of the evolution of both forming problems. The sintering problem is solved by a boundary element method, for which we use an interesting analytical tool to avoid numerical instabilities. The pressing problem actually deals with the morphology of a bottle or jar. Here we focus on simulating the glass flow. We first show how to deal with the temperature separately, by a suitable dimension analysis. Then we consider the flow of the glass in a domain with a partially free and partially moving boundary. We give a number of numerical examples to sustain our result.


Complex Flow Contact Radius Excess Free Energy Liquid Glass Contact Conductance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Laevsky
    • 1
  • R. M. M. Mattheij
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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