Pulling rate, thermal and capillary conditions setting for the growth of a thin sheet

  • Agneta M. Balint
  • Stefan Balint
  • Robert Szabo


In this paper a mathematical model based procedure is presented for the setting of the pulling rate, capillary and thermal conditions to grow a thin sheet with prior established half-thickness and length by edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) method. The model is defined by a set of two differential equations governing the evolution of the sheet half thickness and crystallization front level. The right hand members of this system of differential equations serve as basic mathematical tools for setting the above parameters. Numerical illustration and simulation of the growth process are presented.