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.
“Challenges to technology adoption in the steel industry were discussed both formally and informally over the course of nearly thirty technical sessions, as were the benefits of improved operational efficiency and stable production,” Zhou said. “And numerous presentations surveyed the development and (some) current use of technologies such as deep learning, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing.
“But, the best comments and highest compliments we at CIVS received, were from the participants who said, Out of all those presentations, only the CIVS presentation really showed us the future.”read more ... ‘CIVS 10.0’ Brings Visualization Insight to Digital Transformation Forum
April 23, 2019
To be directed to full-sized images of photos from the CIVS 10-Year Anniversary Celebration, simply click on individual thumbnail photos in the gallery below.read more ... CIVS 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Photos
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.
The meting out of medals for the Graduate Oral Presentation category resulted in an anomalous though amusing metals motif, as 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.”
Within the Graduate Poster Presentation category, Aunsree Poduval won third place with her “Developing Virtual SCADA for Wind Turbine Technician Education.”
Xu Yining and Zhang Liting won third place for their “CFD Study of the Hot Blast System for a Blast Furnace,” in Undergraduate Oral Presentation, while Weilin Jin, Xiwen Dengxiong, and Yifan Cheng received a third-place award in the Undergraduate Poster Presentation category for their study, “Optical Sensing System to Determine Temperature Inside a Tunnel from Light Emanating from Tunnel Opening.”
Mentors for these student teams included CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Professor Bin Chen, and CIVS Research Engineer Kyle Toth.
Congratulations to these and all participating students for their contributions to the 2019 Days of Discovery!
read more ... Student Researchers Show Mettle at 2019 Days of Discovery
March 27, 2019
The virtual reality (VR) fire extinguisher safety training program collaboratively developed between Purdue Northwest’s CIVS and ArcelorMittal has been “burning up” social media posts lately, with recognition and feature on ArcelorMittal USA’s Facebook and other accounts.read more ... VR Fire Extinguisher Training Featured on ArcelorMittal (Web)Sites
March 25, 2019
The Friday, March 22 edition of Purdue Northwest’s “Chancellor’s Corner” not only highlighted the many accomplishments and ongoing activities of four prominent PNW centers and labs, CIVS among them, but also discerningly situated those centers’ roles within the surrounding NWI and larger communities that the centers interact with and influence.
Chancellor Keon’s introduction of CIVS, for viewer-listeners, was clear-cut and meticulous enough to please an engineering audience, yet was so enthusiastically delivered that Keon might well have been discoursing on U.S. global liquidity overflow under a quantitative easing monetary policy.
“Centers are a significant part of what we do and how we’re considered amongst other academics,” Keon said. “Centers generally have two mains reasons : one is to have an academic focus area in which our faculty can do research and scholarship and expand knowledge in that area, and the second part is of course to educate our students.”read more ... “Chancellor’s Corner” Circulates Center Successes
March 12, 2019
Purdue Northwest’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) officially gained another international steel manufacturer in January 2019, as Tata Steel Nederland BV, based in Velsen-Noord, the Netherlands, was accepted for membership.
SMSVC and CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou welcomed the new addition, observing that “Tata Steel Nederland’s focus on health and safety in steelmaking operations, including its construction of a dedicated Safety Centre and investment in simulation technologies for innovative product development, mesh very well with SMSVC and CIVS strengths. We greatly look forward to creating successful collaborations with Tata Steel Nederland through shared Consortium interests.”read more ... Tata Steel Nederland BV Joins SMSVC
March 8, 2019
A research team mentored by CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou has been awarded a PNW Undergraduate Research Grant for Spring 2019.
Haihua Huang and Francisco Martinez are recipients of a $600 grant for their project, “3D Modeling and Simulation for Lifetime Prediction of an Electronic Component.”read more ... Undergraduate Team Receives Spring 2019 Research Grant
March 7, 2019
CIVS researchers Kyle Toth and John Moreland gained real-world, on-site knowledge about various steel industry operations and equipment, and used 360° video to capture the experiences, during a tour of ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility on March 5, 2019. That 360° and “surround-sound” footage will, in-turn, be used to produce a virtual reality informational/promotional video for events such as job fairs and K-12 outreach. The film will show what it’s like to work in certain areas of a steelmaking facility and broadly illustrate select operation environments and activities.read more ... CIVS, ArcelorMittal Team Up on 360° Promotional Video Project
March 7, 2019
The Purdue Northwest School of Engineering, CIVS, and numerous administrators, faculty, staff, and students hosted a STEM Experience Event on Friday, March 1, 2019, for a contingent of Homewood-Flossmoor high school students who experienced first-hand the extent to which engineers can organize and coordinate an informational tour … and pack the “E” into a STEM event.read more ... Homewood-Flossmoor High Schoolers Engage in Heavy-E STEM Experience at PNW
March 6, 2019
A February 27, 2019 visit by CIVS staff and student researchers to ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility opened windows to advancements in both “traditional” ongoing blast furnace CFD modeling and cutting-edge optical sensing systems.
CIVS Research Engineer Tyamo Okosun, accompanied by Senior Research Engineer Armin Silaen and Graduate Research Assistant Sam Nielson, delivered a presentation highlighting updates to a CIVS/ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Blast Furnace D modeling project and reviewed study data and implications with ArcelorMittal’s Jim Keith and Dennis Lu.read more ... Blast Furnace Working Tour Boosts Senior Design, CIVS Research
February 28, 2019
Advanced, discounted registration for STEELSIM2019 at The Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, from August 13-15, is now open—but only until July 2, 2019. For further information about registration fees, student rates, and company discounts, please visit https://www.aist.org/conference-expositions/steelsim/registration/.read more ... STEELSIM 2019 Advanced Registration Now Open
February 28, 2019
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou gave an invited presentation, “Simulation and Visualization for Industrial Applications,” to around 30 collective members of the ASM – Peoria Chapter (Illinois) and AFS on February 11, 2019.read more ... Zhou Presents at Peoria Chapter of ASM/AFS
February 27, 2019
Please join us on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, as we toast a decade’s worth of research and educational advancements, student and collaborator success stories, beneficial community quality-of-life and economic impacts, the innovative people and technologies that make such accomplishments possible, and the real refreshments and entertainment (including virtual worlds) that will doubtless be on hand.read more ... CIVS Celebrates 10
February 25, 2019
Steel industry manufacturing achievements and technological advancements, and fundamental industry importance to the northwest Indiana region, will be recognized the week of April 8-12, 2019, with activities to include:
•ArcelorMittal Evening, Monday, April 8, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm: Attendees (students VERY encouraged, and this event is open to the public) can learn about steel industry internship and career opportunities from PNW alumni working in the field, and explore foreseen industry skills and growth needs
•AIST Midwest Chapter Dinner Meeting & Presentation: On Tuesday evening, April 9, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, IN … CIVS’s own Tyamo Okosun will be the featured speaker, delivering a presentation on SMSVC/CIVS blast furnace research
•Industry Site Tour: Wednesday, April 10, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Caster and Finishing facilities will host a field trip/site tour for SMSVC attendees
•SMSVC Reception and Dinner in PNW’s Student Union Library Building first-floor “Room With a View,” Wednesday evening, April 10, with Invited Guest Speaker John Dyck, CEO of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII); the reception will begin at 5:30 with dinner and presentation, “A Practical Vision for Smart Manufacturing,” to follow beginning at 6:30
•and Steel Industry Engineering Distinguished Speaker John Mengel, Vice President & General Manager, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, who will deliver a presentation, “On the threshold of a dream: steel careers with advancement opportunities,” in the CIVS Immersive Theater, on Friday, April 12, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
February 25, 2019
Nine members of a Highland/Hammond – area Girl Scout troop, and their associated adult attendants, toured CIVS facilities on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, explored technology demonstrations and walk-throughs of virtual reality environments, and were treated to accessible overviews of the importance of engineers to our current society and world (courtesy of SoE Director Dr. Dietmar Rempfer), and what modern engineering and engineering education involves (Dr. Chenn Zhou).
Guiding the scouts—and their leaders—through both foundational and cutting-edge CIVS research projects and the technologies used were research assistants Bethany Worl (who provided explanation and perspective on the simulation side) and Komal Sharma (ditto, for the visualization side), and research engineer Kyle Toth.read more ... Region Girl Scouts Fêted by CIVS, School of Engineering
February 24, 2019
A four-member team from CIVS, along with their display and virtual reality technology and an entire digital portfolio of CIVS projects, were among an elite set of Purdue Northwest research and educational units selected to host a booth and represent PNW at the annual “Purdue Day,” held this year on Monday, Feb. 18, in the South Atrium of the Indiana Statehouse.read more ... Virtual Education, CIVS Innovations Showcased at Indiana Statehouse “Purdue Day 2019”
February 22, 2019
Collaborators and metalcasting consortium members on the “High-Pressure Die-Casting Process Simulation Development for the Shop Floor” project gathered at Purdue Northwest’s CIVS and again at the Arlington Heights, Ill., NADCA R&D meeting on February 5 and 7, 2019, respectively, to survey evolution of die-casting machine simulator schematics and “interactivity,” examine aspects of the training scenarios likely to be of greatest benefit to operators in improving safety and overall operations, and discuss preferred output platforms—and dissemination about effectiveness—of the final product(s).read more ... Die-Casting Collaborators Convene for CIVS, NADCA R&D Reviews