July 9, 2019
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.”read more ... SMSVC Welcomes Gerdau to its Membership
June 27, 2019
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.”read more ... Zhou Presents at Combined AISI, SMA Annual Meeting
June 25, 2019
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.read more ... NSF ATE Wind Turbine Simulator Project Featured at 2019 ASEE
June 25, 2019
In between the technology exhibits at the June 4 and 6, 2019, NiSource Innovation Expo days (see article, Safety Training Collaborations Featured at NiSource Innovation Expo(s) 2019), a nine-member NIPSCO leadership team took time on June 5 to examine in detail a range of CIVS wind energy, virtual training, wind-energy virtual training, and other advanced simulation and visualization projects and capabilities at the Purdue Northwest CIVS facilities.
Following an overview of the numerous past research projects performed in partnership with NIPSCO, the focus turned to extensive in-depth demonstrations of state-of-the-art technologies, and discussions of future potential collaboration opportunities and evolving technology applications.read more ... NIPSCO Leadership Team Expands Vanguard Technology
June 22, 2019
The Purdue Northwest Hammond campus, and CIVS facilities, hosted a pair of week-long engineering summer camps for both middle-school and high-school students, from June 10-14 and June 17-21, respectively. Opening assemblies and introductions to simulation and visualization technologies took place in the CIVS theater and visualization lab, with numerous CIVS staff and students (Kyle Toth, John Estrada, Sam Nielson, Edwin Mosquera, Bethany Worl, and John Moreland) assisting Engineering Technical Lab Supervisor Williams Oged.
Students rotated through different areas of engineering—civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering—and performed hands-on activities within those areas, including activities in nanotechnology, robotics, water filtering, surveying, bridge building and stress testing, fluid mechanics, and 3D printing and computer aided design (CAD).read more ... PNW Enbridge Engineering Summer Camps Show Technology Applications
June 21, 2019
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.read more ... CIVS-Modeled “E-Iron Nugget Process” on Track for First Commercial Plant Construction
June 19, 2019
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.read more ... 8th International STEELSIM Conference to Feature Top Modeling Talent
June 6, 2019
“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.read more ... Safety Training Collaborations Featured at NiSource Innovation Expo(s) 2019
June 6, 2019
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.read more ... CIVS Receives Naval Engineering Education Consortium Research Grant
May 26, 2019
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.”read more ... Virtual Die Casting Simulator “Core Attraction” at 2019 NADCA Plant Management Conference
May 18, 2019
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.”read more ... Digital Transformation Trend Continues at AISTech 2019
May 8, 2019
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.read more ... ArcelorMittal Releases YouTube Video Highlighting Virtual Fire Extinguisher Training Program
April 29, 2019
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.read more ... ‘CIVS 10.0’ Brings Visualization Expertise, Insights to AIST Digital Transformation Forum
April 24, 2019
“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.read more ... SME Conference Mines CIVS Modeling Expertise, Previous Collaboration Success
April 23, 2019
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.read more ... CIVS 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Photos
April 19, 2019
The Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) held its Spring Semi-Annual Meeting at PNW’s CIVS facilities on April 10-11, 2019. The event drew steel manufacturing engineers, and materials/utilities and process professionals, from across the globe, for review of ongoing student-and-industry collaborative research projects that continue to advance steel industry safety, energy and process efficiency, and product quality.
Growth in industry-academia collaborations and activities, membership, and “Industry 4.0/Digital Transformation” emphasis highlighted this year’s semi-annual meeting, as PNW dedicated April 8-12 as Steel Week 2019 on the Hammond campus, and new member Tata Steel was introduced by Tata Steel Research Project Coordinator Gerard Louwerse.read more ... Steel Consortium Grows as PNW Steel Week Launches
April 15, 2019
CIVS Graduate Research Assistant Bethany Worl won a 2nd-place award at Purdue University Northwest’s 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition on April 2, for her presentation “Taming Oxidation through Numerical Modeling.”
Worl’s presentation summarized the problematic issue of iron oxide (“scale”) formation on the outer surfaces of steel slabs as they undergo heating in reheating furnaces, to temperatures adequate for further processing (such as rolling): “These iron oxides form an insulating layer on the outsides of steel slabs,” she said, “reducing the heating efficiency of the reheating furnace.” Worl went on to explain how the use of numerical modeling and simulation could be used to analyse the reheating process and the physics of iron oxide accumulation, reduce furnace emissions, improve energy efficiency, and gain insight into fundamental physical phenomena.read more ... Graduate Research Assistant Places in 3MT Competition
International Journal “Special Issue” Features Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization, CIVS Research
April 8, 2019
While Purdue University Northwest’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) has officially been in existence for only three years, its research performed in collaboration with CIVS students, staff, and faculty has become international in scope and impact—and continues to elicit accolades from colleagues and journal editors alike.read more ... International Journal “Special Issue” Features Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization, CIVS Research
April 5, 2019
The PNW School of Engineering is pleased to host John Mengel, an industry veteran, for his presentation of “On the threshold of a dream,” and his dispensation of wisdom about finding satisfaction in a career of your choice.read more ... Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series to Feature Heavy Metal Icon
April 5, 2019
The diligent background preparation and presentation efforts by numerous CIVS student research teams were brought to fruition as five different CIVS student teams, and nine CIVS students altogether, medaled in four different categories during the 2019 PNW Days of Discovery, held on April 2 – 3, 2019.
In the Graduate Oral Presentation category, the team of Bethany Worl and Jiliang Fan were awarded first place for “Analysis of Oxidant Effects on Industrial Reheating Furnace Combustion and Energy Usage,” with Matt Moore taking home second place for his presentation, “Adaptive Mesh Refinement of the Solidification Front in a Continuous Caster Simulation.”read more ... Student Researchers Show Mettle at 2019 Days of Discovery