The primary objective of this research work was the development of an engineering package integrated with the Internet, which will allow the user to perform rolling process simulation in a virtual environment on the World Wide Web (WWW). The package should completely analyze the rolling process, which includes plastic analysis of the rolling process using an enhanced slab method. The slab method is very fast and can provide real-time simulation of the process. The virtual environment was developed using tools like Java, VRML, CGI and HTML and is accessible over the Internet from anywhere in the world. This work is a part of a major ongoing project on Virtual Material Processing (VMP), which includes creation of software packages for other manufacturing processes such as extrusion, forging, drawing and sheet metal forming. The Virtual Material Processing (VMP) environment is hardware and operating system independent and does not require powerful workstations or graphics cards. The simulation runs on a powerful server located at Ohio University, while the input/output (text, graphics, animation) can be viewed and accessed by any computer supporting a web browser.

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