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A hybrid optimization approach in non-isothermal glass molding

: Vu, Anh-Tuan; Kreilkamp, Holger; Krishnamoorthi, Bharathwaj Janaki; Dambon, Olaf; Klocke, Fritz


Chinesta, F. ; American Institute of Physics -AIP-, New York:
19th International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming 2016. Proceedings : 27-29 April 2016, Nantes, France
Woodbury, N.Y.: AIP, 2016 (AIP Conference Proceedings 1769)
ISBN: 978-0-7354-1427-3
Art. 040006, 6 pp.
International Conference on Material Forming (ESAFORM) <19, 2016, Nantes>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPT ()
FE-Simulation; nonisothermal glass molding; Optimierung; optimization; simulation; back-propagation neural network (BPNN); genetic algorithm (GA)

Intensively growing demands on complex yet low-cost precision glass optics from the todays photonic market motivate the development of an efficient and economically viable manufacturing technology for complex shaped optics. Against the state-of-the-art replication-based methods, Non-isothermal Glass Molding turns out to be a promising innovative technology for cost-efficient manufacturing because of increased mold lifetime, less energy consumption and high throughput from a fast process chain. However, the selection of parameters for the molding process usually requires a huge effort to satisfy precious requirements of the molded optics and to avoid negative effects on the expensive tool molds. Therefore, to reduce experimental work at the beginning, a coupling CFD/FEM numerical modeling was developed to study the molding process. This research focuses on the development of a hybrid optimization approach in Non-isothermal glass molding. To this end, an optimal configuration with two optimization stages for multiple quality characteristics of the glass optics is addressed. The hybrid Back-Propagation Neural Network (BPNN)-Genetic Algorithm (GA) is first carried out to realize the optimal process parameters and the stability of the process. The second stage continues with the optimization of glass preform using those optimal parameters to guarantee the accuracy of the molded optics. Experiments are performed to evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of the model for the process development in Non-isothermal glass molding.