The Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) has officially been established on January 15, 2016. The Charter Member companies consist of AK Steel, ArcelorMittal, NIPSCO, NUCOR, Praxair, SSAB, Steel Dynamics, U.S. Steel and Union Gas.
The first Board of Directors meeting was held on December 6-7, 2015 to discuss the consortium vision and mission, technology roadmap, and 2016 research agenda. Through lively discussions and collaborative efforts, seven 2016 research projects were selected in the areas of Safety, Blast Furnace, EAF Furnace, Reheating Furnace, Secondary Cooling, Ladle, and Casting.read more ... Steel Consortium Launched
A technical paper written by researchers at CIVS and AK Steel has been selected to receive an international award this spring. The paper, titled “Investigation of Co-Injection of Natural Gas and Pulverized Coal in a Blast Furnace,” will receive the Association for Iron and Steel Technology’s (AIST) 2016 Josef S. Kapitan-Ironmaking Award, May 16 at the AIST conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.
AK Steel Technical Manager, Ironmaking Stuart Street initiated the collaborative project to utilize the unique skill set available at CIVS. The research found that natural gas utilization for pulverized coal injection could improve total burnout from 77 percent to 87 percent. Furthermore, natural gas as the PCI carrier also potentially could improve blast furnace productivity by some 2.5 percent.read more ... AIST Research Award to AK Steel/CIVS
Using augmented reality (AR), finite element analysis, and a gaming application, a Wind Turbine Borescope Simulator was developed by senior design students to provide a new and improved way for training wind turbine technicians. The wind turbine gearbox model was designed and built with detailed stress distribution inside the gearbox. The AR environment gives trainees a realistic inspection experience. The simulator will be deployed to industry, Riverland Community College and EDF Renewables in wind energy education/training courses for testing and improving the technology.read more ... Simulator Improves Wind Turbine Maintenance
A senior design project developed an app for both the Epson Moverio and the Google Glass devices that allow users to access a library of step-by-step instructions of lock out/tag out procedures using the head mounted device (HMD) that ensures the lock out or tag out is completed properly and in the safest way possible.read more ... Lockout/Tagout App for Safety
As part of the steel production process, steel slabs are often reheated in order to elevate their temperature. Before the hot rolling process, the steel slabs are heated to approximately 1,500K, and this reheating is one of the most energy consuming processes in steel product manufacturing. By developing a better understanding of the operation of a reheat furnace, steel companies could save big on fuel and productivity.read more ... Project Aims to Optimize SSAB Slab Reheating Furnace
Dr. Mark Mabrito collaborated with CIVS to create a 3D role-playing game (“Appealia”) designed to teach players about rhetorical appeals. The concept for the game developed from a summer workshop on Serious Games and Virtual Worlds that Professor Mabrito offered for several composition instructors.read more ... English Professor Uses Serious Gaming for Teaching
NIPSCO recently became the 9th charter member of the SMSVC consortium. NIPSCO is Northern Indiana’s gas and electricity provider. Company representatives and leadership are extremely excited about the membership and look forward to their continued involvement with SMSVC in support of the steel industry and the region.read more ... NIPSCO 9th Consortium Charter Member
CIVS collaborated with the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) in developing an innovative tool that enables greater understanding of the steelmaking process. CIVS students worked with AIST staff members and CIVS faculty and staff to create an online, interactive resource tool. The Steel Wheel includes three-dimensional imagery and videos plus descriptive text on each part of the Wheel.read more ... Students Contribute to Steel Wheel
Dr. Chenn Zhou served as a member of the advisory committee for the TMS’s 1st Summit on Integrated Manufacturing and Materials Innovations (IMMI) this past November in Pittsburgh. Dr. Zhou presented two papers: “The Integration of Advanced Simulation and Visualization for Manufacturing Process Optimization” and “Comprehensive Numerical Modeling of the Blast Furnace Ironmaking Process”. The Summit Organizing Chair is Dr. Frank Gayle, the NIST Deputy Director (see picture).read more ... Director Supports 1st TMS Summit on IMMI
CIVS researchers toured Steel Dynamics’ electric arc furnace located in Butler, IN on January 15, 2016. The tour and meeting at SDI in preparation for the steel consortium’s 2016 research project about the electric arc furnace. Pictured are Andrew Spencer, Chenn Zhou, Jesus Corona de la Fuente, Kenneth Gephart, Bin Wu, and Armin Silean.read more ... Steel Dynamics’ Butler Plant Toured
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CIVS’s multidisciplinary research projects are having substantial economic and intellectual impacts on
local and global communities as well as providing great research opportunities for Purdue Calumet
faculty and students. Following are highlights since 2009.