A collaborative research project that began in 2016, and partnered Carbontec Energy Corporation and Purdue Northwest’s CIVS with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is now on track for large-scale commercial development—and is helping to cement the usefulness of high-performance computing (HPC) in analyzing and developing new technologies and processes.
The 8th International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Metallurgical Processes in Steelmaking (STEELSIM2019) will be held August 13-15, 2019, at the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Sponsored by the AIST’s Computer Applications Technology Committee and the Metallury and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, STEELSIM2019 will bring together researchers and producers from top universities and manufacturers around the world.
International experts in their fields from institutions such as Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Technical University of Denmark, Åbo Akademi University (Finland), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur, University of Science and Technology Beijing, and the University of Queensland (Australia), will be joined by North American luminaries from the Colorado School of Mines, McMaster University, and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as several others.
“See and test exciting technologies that deliver safe and reliable service to our customers and protect the public!” Thus did the digital marquee welcome attendees to the first official NiSource Innovation Expo, held at Columbia Gas of Ohio headquarters in Columbus, Ohio on June 4, 2019—and re-iterated again on June 6 at the NIPSCO corporate headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana.
More than a dozen technology vendor and/or demonstration stations were situated throughout the Expo, prime among them the Virtual Safety Training series of projects being produced collaboratively by NiSource and PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), and including other names recognizable for their forays into advanced technologies as well, such as Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, and Verizon.
Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) has been awarded a 2019 – 2020 research grant under the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) program, through the Department of the Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane). The project, “Visualization of Repair Operations Management for Networked Systems Resilience,” will research and develop visualization approaches to help efficiently find solutions for optimizing repair operations and mitigating network failure, for a model-based decision support system.
The research team includes faculty both from Purdue University Northwest, who provide expertise in advanced visualization technologies and machine learning applications, and from Purdue West Lafayette, who developed a prototype software to model and analyze networked systems and potential responses to disruptions.
The 2019 Plant Management Conference organized by the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA), and held May 1-3 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, reached its maximum registered capacity weeks before the conference opened. “And we’d like to take credit for that,” said Kyle Toth, CIVS Associate Research Engineer. “But we know there were other attractions, in addition to our virtual reality die casting simulator and project presentation.”
To the burgeoning interest in simulation and visualization technology tools for the steel industry, CIVS staff and students contributed five technical presentations and seven entries in student contests (poster and oral), and received many accolades, inquiries about SMSVC membership and activities from yet more steel manufacturers, and a second-place award for YiNing Xu in the Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest for her “CFD Study of the Hot Blast System for a Blast Furnace.”
Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal, working in concert with Purdue Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), had developed and begun deploying—in early 2019—an innovative, new safety program for fire extinguisher and procedural training. Now, they’ve deployed a video featuring that program.
Nearly 240 steel industry representatives and technology providers, from a dozen countries worldwide, gathered at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh on March 26-29, 2019, for the AIST’s first-ever major Digital Transformation Forum for the Steel Industry. To this event, CIVS and SMSVC Director Dr. Chenn Zhou brought 10+ years of expertise in advanced visualization technologies, a much-complimented vision for steel industry technology advancement, and a presentation on “Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Visualization for Digital Transformation.”
While the conference provided an arena for steel manufacturers and suppliers to interface with technology providers and explore opportunities for business-need developments, many participants were there primarily to gain understanding about the ‘Industry 4.0’ technologies that would most make sense for them.
“Chance meetings” between academics and industry professionals/entrepreneurs, from previous research-project collaborations, are sometimes less about chance and more about real-world research application successes—as CIVS Graduate Research Assistant Haibo Ma discovered at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Section of SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration), held in Duluth, Minnesota on April 15-17, 2019.
Ma had traveled to Duluth and the SME MN 2019 Conference to give a presentation on one of CIVS’s longest-running research projects: the development of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models that simulate the blast furnace ironmaking process and that have been effectively implemented to troubleshoot and optimize blast furnace operations.
Full-sized images from the CIVS 10th-Anniversary Open House and Gala events can be accessed by clicking on individual images in the photo gallery.