“Designing no-surprise teapots” by Tycowicz and Loviscach

  • ©Christoph von Tycowicz and Jörn Loviscach




    Designing no-surprise teapots



     Many designs of teapots exhibit bad pouring behaviors: Depending on the amount of tea present in the pot, it may merely drip or may  suddenly spourt out. Such effects are common for teapots with con- cavities, but are not limited to this class. We introduce a physical  quantity called Tea Flow Rate (TFR) to describe such irregulari- ties. We created design software that interactively displays the TFR  characteristics of a 3D teapot model, allowing the user to apply changes to the model and immediately see the effect they have.  


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