The list of member companies participating in the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) continues to grow with the addition of EVRAZ North America. Discussions between CIVS and SMSVC Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and EVRAZ NA engineers at AIST’s SteelSIM 2019 conference played a role in expanding collaborations, particularly with regard to improving processes […]
While Purdue University Northwest’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) continues to draw attention and research collaborators from far and wide, the Consortium’s 15th member, NLMK Indiana, comes from “our own backyard—right here in the Burns Harbor/Portage area,” SMSVC Director Chenn Zhou said. “We’re very pleased to have another steel manufacturer to enhance the […]
Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal and Purdue University Northwest (PNW) are partnering with Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois, on a research project funded under the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program. The research project, “Application of High-Performance Computing (HPC) to Optimize Reheat Furnace Efficiency in Steel Manufacturing,” will focus on improving steel reheat furnace efficiency by simulating furnace and process phenomena and developing databases of criteria for optimized furnace operation.
Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) will conduct computational modeling to simulate reheat furnace operation under a variety of conditions, to balance the many factors involved in consistently bringing steel slabs to target temperatures, maintaining desired metallurgical properties, and optimizing production schedules—while also minimizing fuel use. Using data and process insights provided by ArcelorMittal and other members of PNW’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC), students at CIVS will perform process modeling and simulation, and conduct studies on different factors influencing operation performance and output quality.
The 8th International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Metallurgical Processes in Steelmaking (aka STEELSIM 2019) took place on August 13–15 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and attendees came from 22 countries worldwide to exchange recent research and development findings on advanced technological applications for the steel industry. With a total of nearly 170 attendees from 98 companies and universities internationally, the importance of the continuing digital technology transformation to the steel industry was made clear, as “almost everybody sent somebody” to the conference.
Purdue University Northwest’s significant links to steel manufacturing and to process simulation research also gleamed throughout the conference, as fully 12 PNW and CIVS faculty, limited-term lecturer, visiting scholar, staff, and students (5 students!) attended the conference—the most by any single company or university. Nearby McMaster University, another stalwart in steel industry research, meanwhile contributed one Assistant Professor and 5 Master’s/Ph.D. students to the attendance list.
Around 35 region high school students toured CIVS facilities, learned about basic principles and engineering & educational advances in energy generation technologies, and experimented with virtual reality environments on Thursday, August 8, 2019, as part of the NIPSCO-sponsored Energy Ambassador Program for Lake and LaPorte counties.
Increased use of simulation and visualization technologies by steel manufacturers, along with increased recognition of the economic and operational benefits derived from those technologies, has helped increase interest and membership in PNW’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) yet again, as Charter Steel officially joined the Consortium in July 2019.
“If the research presentation format we just experienced at Gerdau was anything to go by, we can expect Gerdau’s contributions to the Steel Consortium to include a lot of to-the-point, practical project questions, and an efficient way of structuring interactions.” So summarized CIVS Associate Research Engineer Kyle Toth, on a five-member CIVS tour and presentation event at Gerdau facilities in Jackson, Michigan, on July 10, 2019.
“There were around 25 people at any time in the conference room we presented in,” Toth explained, “but the presentations were being streamed to upwards of 75 or so people who were participating remotely.”
In June of 2019, Purdue Northwest’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) gained its second new member of the calendar year, as Gerdau was accepted for membership.
“Gerdau is more than just a steel company,” said Adam Tabor, Gerdau Vice President of Order Fulfillment, S&OP, IT & Logistics. “Our greater purpose is to empower people who build the future, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Purdue, and the consortium, to help build the future together.”
At the combined American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) & Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) annual meeting, “Steel in Washington 2019,” held June 3-5 in Washington, DC, CIVS and SMSVC Director Chenn Zhou gave a 75-minute presentation on the importance of Industry 4.0 / technology advancements for the future of steel, as part of the Joint AISI & SMA Associate Members Program.
Attendants at the three-day event included member-company CEOs, members of Congress, industry and market-sector experts, and top Administration officials, such as the Honorable Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the Honorable Andrew Wheeler, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—who gave a presentation on “Commitment to Modernizing and Improving Environmental Protections.”
Purdue Northwest’s NSF ATE – funded project, “Development of an Educational Wind Turbine Troubleshooting and Safety Simulator,” was the title subject for both the poster presented at, and technical paper now available from, the 126th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), held in Tampa, Florida, from June 16 – 19, 2019.
CIVS Associate Research Engineer Kyle Toth traveled to Tampa to represent PNW and the multi-educational institution project at the NSF Grantees Poster Session on Monday, June 17.