October 14, 2019
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 such as the electric arc furnace, reheating furnace, and more.
EVRAZ North America Research Engineer Dr. Bikram Konar said, “EVRAZ North America is excited to become a member of the SMSVC and looking forward to participating and contributing to the group as well as benefiting from utilizing the knowledge and resources the consortium offers.”
Headquartered in nearby Chicago, IL, EVRAZ North America has production sites located in Oregon and Colorado in the United States and Saskatchewan and Alberta in Canada. EVRAZ produces a variety of specialty steel products including plate, coiled plate, rail, and more, with leading positions in the West Coast plate and Western Canada oil country tubular goods markets.
The Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) is an industry-led, self-sustained consortium that was launched in 2016 through a US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiative aimed at establishing new or strengthening existing industry-driven consortia to promote advanced manufacturing. The SMSVC is housed at Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) and encompasses steel producers, raw materials and energy/utility suppliers, and steel users.read more ... EVRAZ North America Welcomed to SMSVC
October 7, 2019
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 Consortium’s focus and research on EAF operations, ladle metallurgy, and especially casting,” Zhou continued, “and we’re equally pleased that our PNW campus and their facilities are so geographically close.
“The on-site visit and tour that NLMK hosted for us last May (1st) was informative for our end, and the Consortium research presentations that I and CIVS researchers Haibo Ma and Nick Walla delivered were received well and with thoughtful questions in return. We look forward to many fruitful collaborations with NLMK to benefit the steel industry and further research into steel manufacturing.”
H.B. Kincaid, Vice President of Operations for NLMK Indiana stated:
“NLMK Indiana is excited to become a member of Purdue University Northwest’s Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium, (SMSVC). It is an opportunity for our company to engage in research conducted on new Steel Making technologies and to expand our use of computerized modeling on technical subjects and processes leading to continuous improvement and operational efficiency. NLMK also welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the members of SMSVC on best practices in our dynamic industry.”
Through its electric arc furnace (EAF), ladle metallurgy furnace, continuous slab casting, and hot strip mill operations, NLMK Indiana is a prime supplier of hot-rolled products for major markets such as pipe and tube, energy, automotive and service centers, agriculture, and construction industries. NLMK facilities are strategically located in the Port of Indiana area on the shores of Lake Michigan, enabling barge shipment as well and truck and rail.read more ... SMSVC Welcomes 15th Member Company—NLMK Indiana
PNW to Partner with Argonne National Laboratory, ArcelorMittal for DOE Manufacturing Research Project
September 5, 2019
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.read more ... PNW to Partner with Argonne National Laboratory, ArcelorMittal for DOE Manufacturing Research Project
August 22, 2019
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.read more ... Purdue Northwest Casts Significant Presence at STEELSIM 2019
August 14, 2019
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.read more ... “Energy Ambassadors” Student Group Delves into CIVS Virtualized Engineering
July 30, 2019
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.read more ... SMSVC Welcomes Charter Steel to Membership
July 15, 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.”read more ... Gerdau (Internally) Live-Streams CIVS Steel Research Presentations
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