Elfen Glass Design (GD) is a suite of numerical modelling programs which are designed to provide glassmakers with decision support system tools to aid in the design, production and quality control of glass containers. The programs combine the latest numerical technology and years of glassmaking measurements and experience to provide practical, representative simulation tools that glassmakers can use and benefit from.
ELFEN GD may be used to simulate the forming process of round glass containers on an IS machine from gob load through parison forming, invert and final blow to mould open.
In addition the software can assess the integrity of the formed containers subject to head loads, internal pressure and impact loads. ELFEN GD has its origins in joint research with IPGR*.
The joint research programme was a blend of numerical modelling developments, experimental measurements and considerable trialling by the partners
*Note: IPGR – International Partners in Glass Research is an organisation originally comprising: Emhart, Rockware, ACI, Yamamura, Wiegand, Consumer and Brockway.