October 9, 2018
Mini-lectures and related hands-on activities in various engineering disciplines—electrical, mechanical, civil/structural, and metallurgical/materials science—were the order of the day as nearly 300 region high school students toured the PNW Hammond campus and CIVS facilities on Friday, October 5, 2018, for the 11th Annual AIST High School Engineering Seminar.
Following an early morning networking assembly at PNW’s Student Union, and introductory remarks by ArcelorMittal’s Tony Kmitta and EQ Engineers’ Rich Trzcinski, student groups progressed through a series of five presentations, each of which delved briefly into real-world engineering processes and scenarios and challenged students with a hands-on activity or problem to solve. “Old Faithful” challenges such as the building of gumdrop-and-spaghetti-strand towers, and hand-launched gliders made from a single foam plate, were joined by explorations of computer controls using state-of-the-art micro-controllers, and of crime scenes in virtual reality.read more ... Engineering Diversity Featured at 11th Annual High School Seminar
October 3, 2018
A pair of photographic illustrations and a fly-through video tour of the facilities at PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) will be included in an upcoming Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins publication, Online Toolkit for Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection, 1st edition, edited and written by Colette Foisy-Doll and Kimberly L. Leighton.read more ... Publication Recognizes CIVS Facilities for Integrating Form and Function
September 28, 2018
The Purdue Northwest Hammond campus and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) hosted a pair of technology committees from the Association for Iron & Steel Technology for a two-day meeting on September 25 – 26, 2018.
Among the activities arranged by lead organizer and AIST Technology Programs Engineer Charlie Bender were on-site tours to regional Hammond facilities, including ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor Hot Strip Mill and Roll Shop, and the CIVS facilities; discussions about safety, major projects, and mill upgrades; and an expert-panel-led roundtable on roll and mill design for advanced high-strength steel. Around 70 attendees total, from the AIST’s Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee and Rolls Technology Committee, participated in the event.read more ... AIST Technology Committees Roll Through Steel Industry Advancements
September 26, 2018
On the strength of its proven record and methodology for developing virtual models of industrial processes and environments, Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) has been selected as a subcontractor for a new American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC) program—the Innovative Casting Technologies (ICT) program, which was awarded through the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to address targeted DLA metal-casting research-and-development areas of interest.
CIVS project roles and objectives center on developing a “smart” shop floor for die-casting. In other words, through their trademark integration of simulation and visualization technologies, CIVS staff will create virtual die-casting machines and melting furnaces for process optimization. The development of virtual interactive simulators will be based on real operating conditions and environments, and will leverage expertise and input from the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) and associated members. Anticipated benefits include enhancement of shop floor workers’ knowledge of the die-casting process; concomitant improvement in process efficiency, troubleshooting, and decision-making; and improved product quality and workplace safety.read more ... Die-Casting Program Selects CIVS for Smart Shop Floor Development
September 26, 2018
The 8th International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Metallurgical Processes in Steelmaking, also known as STEELSIM2019, will be held 13–15 August 2019 in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)—and submissions remain open for papers on all aspects related to new developments in modeling and simulation of metallurgical processes in steelmaking … but only until November 1, 2018.
In addition, the STEELSIM2019 sponsor (AIST—the Association for Iron & Steel Technology), and STEELSIM 2019 organizer (PNW Professor and SMSVC Director Chenn Zhou) are pleased to announce that all papers chosen for the final program will be added to an international scientific index (https://www.aist.org/conference-expositions/steelsim).read more ... Submission Deadline Nears for International STEELSIM 2019 Paper Abstracts
Naval Cooperative Agreement Grant Seeds CIVS Research into 3D Modeling for Materials Lifetime Prediction
September 21, 2018
In September 2018, Purdue University Northwest researchers and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) were recognized as recipients of a Cooperative Agreement Grant awarded through the NSWC Crane federal laboratory in Crane, Indiana. The Principal Investigators, CIVS Director and Professor Chenn Zhou and Professor Hansung Kim, received this competitive award for their research proposal on 3D modeling and simulation for lifetime prediction of electronic components.
This research aims to determine component lifetime and identify both interactive materials effects and secondary environmental effects on components. This research has the potential to serve as the foundation for updating system models with real-time operational environments to both provide accurate component lifetime predictions and identify specific factors that can cause and/or accelerate materials degradation. The Cooperative Agreement Program provides seed funding for university research that can be guided by the awarding federal laboratory, NSWC Crane.read more ... Naval Cooperative Agreement Grant Seeds CIVS Research into 3D Modeling for Materials Lifetime Prediction
September 21, 2018
Letter from the Dean
Dear Friend of CIVS,
As Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences, I feel great pride in watching our students explore, learn, and discover from our committed faculty and staff.
I also feel great pride and gratitude for the practical advancements, beneficial roles, and sometimes-amazing innovations our students and alumni achieve and bring to our educational world and the world at large. In the spirit of supporting such innovation and achievement, I encourage you to designate a gift to the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS).
Over the past 10 years, CIVS and its Director have provided innovative solutions for the benefit of industry, region, and human/environmental sustainability. Throughout its history, PNW students have been an integral part of these solutions, and have received invaluable real-world experience. To celebrate our decade of success, an endowment is being created to support the Director of CIVS in perpetuity. This endowed directorship is being created to ensure that the next decade for CIVS will be as productive as the first.
- Generated cost savings of more than $40 million for companies through projects
- Produced more than $18 million in external grant funding
- Instructed over 9,500 PNW students in applied research projects
You can help us endow the Director of CIVS position. Your generosity ensures that the achievements over the last decade are only the beginning for this one-of-a-kind program.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting a region garden-of-innovation with a contribution to CIVS. Let’s discover what we can accomplish together! To complete your gift online, simply click the link above. Or, to make gift or pledge by other means, complete and return the CIVS Gift Form to the Office of Institutional Advancement (instructions on form).
Kenneth C. Holford, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences
read more ... Opportunity to Support CIVS 10-Year Anniversary Initiatives!
September 19, 2018
In her special presentation “Walking Beam Reheat Furnaces Project at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor,” delivered to a packed CIVS Theater on Friday, September 14, 2018, PNW Outstanding Alumna and current ArcelorMittal Principal Engineer Kelly Dallas provided multiple perspectives, both figuratively and literally, on the evolution of ArcelorMittal’s installation plans for a pair of 500-ton (U.S. ton) capacity walking beam furnaces at the company’s Burns Harbor facility.
Opening with a synopsized history of the major steel industry players and NWI plant locations (and their topographies) in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dallas related her initial experiences as an intern at U.S. Steel and subsequently as a new hire in 1999 at Bethlehem Steel, where automation programs were written in FORTRAN (still useful to know, Dallas added). Pusher-type furnaces were also generally resulting in high enough maintenance costs and enough sub-par product that plans were discussed for future upgrades in the form of walking beam furnaces … though industry consolidation and other factors put such plans on hold.read more ... PNW Alumna Provides Perspectives on Furnace Project Development
September 19, 2018
On September 18, 2018, a diverse team of CIVS researchers and engineers were treated to a comprehensive tour of U.S. Steel’s Gary Works facilities and discussed—with an equally diverse team of U.S. Steel professionals—plans for development of a virtual roughing mill for operator training and process efficiency.
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Senior Research Engineer Dr. Armin Silaen, and Senior Research Scientist John Moreland gave presentations on previous CIVS projects of related interest, such as a vertical edger simulation and the AMTEC virtual trainer. U.S. Steel personnel, including Operational Excellence Manager Michael Schwentor, in turn presented on the roughing mill layout, operations, current training, and plans/expectations for the future; and joint discussions ensued on the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) for analyzing, modeling, and helping improve roughing mill operations, training, and safety.read more ... Roughing Mill Project Plans Permeate USS Gary Works Tour
September 13, 2018
Burns Harbor, Indiana
The CIVS team of Kyle Toth, Youxin Luo, and John Moreland presented an overview of virtual safety training and demonstrated SMSVC safety simulators at an ArcelorMittal USA Union/Management Joint Safety Meeting, held at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor on September 13, 2018.
Mike Ryan, an ArcelorMittal USA Health and Safety manager, who serves on the SMSVC Safety Project Technical Committee, invited the team to present at this fall’s two-day meeting. The joint meetings are held several times each year to cover a variety of safety topics and are generally attended by around 50 site safety managers, staff members, and union safety coordinators from multiple ArcelorMittal facilities from around the nation and world.read more ... ArcelorMittal Union/Management Safety Meeting Hosts CIVS Virtual Safety Presentation
September 12, 2018
Purdue University Northwest’s Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series returned for its second season and opened with a splash on Friday, September 7, 2018, as Dr. Jie Xu, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois – Chicago, delivered a presentation on small-scale fluid and particle flow and control, “Microfluidic Manipulation Using Sound Waves: A Sound Idea?”
Xu heads the Microfluidics Laboratory at UIC, at which the overall research focus is on exploring micro/interfacial interactions (fluids, bubbles/microbubbles, particles/structures), and the overall application focus is on developing and testing micro- and nanofluidic systems that may be applied broadly to such areas as energy, engineering, health, and environment. More specific research foci include design of microfluidic devices (e.g., piezoelectric sensors and instruments) for bioanalysis, biomedicine, and element transport.
Extensive collaboration among UIC Microfluidics Lab researchers from different departments, and “melding” of expertise for problem-solving, has also resulted in an array of interwoven projects funded by an equally diverse group of sponsors, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Among the project examples Xu explored in his presentation were:
- Advances in the development of miniaturized “labs-on-a-chip,” through which reactions can be monitored and much data gathered at minimal materials costs and with greater efficiency in terms of storage, analysis, and energy/system maintenance
- Use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in the design and development of microfluidic devices/flow channels for the study of noise-induced damage to zebrafish hair cells—applicable to research in human hearing loss from death of similar sensory hair cells
- Use of acoustic actuation (sound waves) to create a microbubble “flow-switch” by which microstream flows can be controlled; applications include on-chip particle transport and potential drug/chemical delivery systems
Employing mnemonics as unique as the research array he presented, Xu suggested that attendees remember aspects of his presentation by thinking of … Fish & Chips.
Xu received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 2010, accepted a position at UIC in 2014, was named a Faculty Fellow in the Honors College at UIC in 2015, and was the recipient of a 2017 NASA Early Career Faculty Award.read more ... UIC Professor’s Microfluidics Focus Generates Research Streams
August 29, 2018
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Associate Research Engineer Kyle Toth, and Research Assistant Edwin Mosquera collectively parceled and then unwrapped a select bundle of CIVS research and application capabilities for a Tuesday, August 28 tour and presentation for Unilever visitors Steve Goldman and Dave Kujawa.read more ... Unilever Visit Sweeps Through CIVS Facilities
August 23, 2018
The collaborative efforts of more than 120 individual contributors, including members of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC), and CIVS, culminated in the August 22, 2018 official release and dissemination of the AMTech Program–commissioned report: Technology Roadmap for Advanced Simulation and Visualization for Steel Optimization.read more ... SMSVC Technology Roadmap Stands Out from the Cloud
August 20, 2018
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and PNW/CIVS alumnus Bangju Chen reunited recently in Beijing, China, for the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference, held August 10 – 15, 2018, at which Zhou was part of the international organizing committee, a pair of technical presentations related to steel casting/cooling were delivered, and the research accomplishments of the SMSVC, CIVS, and Purdue Northwest were shared with international audiences.read more ... Director, CIVS Alumnus Present at International Heat Transfer Conference
August 6, 2018
On August 3, 2018, PNW professors Chandra Viswanathan Chandramouli and Chenn Zhou, CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, CIVS graduate researcher Komal Sharma, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Grant Specialist Sarah Nimetz celebrated the closeout meeting and last-review-prior-to-final-report for the Virtual 3D Model of a Septic System project.read more ... Virtual Septic System Project Promotes Safeguards
August 6, 2018
Recognizing the need for repair and troubleshooting skills to keep pace with ongoing advances in technology, whether in industry or in service, eight members and representatives of the U.S. Army visited CIVS facilities on July 30, 2018, and took in presentations on state-of-the-art technician training and simulators developed through CIVS projects.
Together, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and Graduate Research Engineer Kyle Toth led the group through the initiation and evolution of flagship projects such as the AMTEC Virtual Training Simulator and the NSF/ATE–sponsored Wind Technician Safety and Troubleshooting Simulator, demonstrating how various problem-solving and troubleshooting scenarios for machining and electrical-circuitry issues could be created, customized as needed, and compiled into virtual “reference libraries” for use in training and assessment as needed.
July 31, 2018
As CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) can attest to, modeling and simulation play crucial roles in research into metallurgical processes and properties, particularly in optimizing production operations, reducing costs, and improving steel quality. Consistent with their own professional missions, Dr. Zhou and the AIST are playing equally crucial roles in advancing knowledge about and application of modeling and simulation in metallurgical processes, through their organization and sponsorship of the 8th International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Metallurgical Processes in Steelmaking (STEELSIM2019), to be held 13–15 August 2019 in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
July 28, 2018
Exploring mutual long-term strategies for development of high-level talent and internationalization, administrators and faculty from Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and Shanghai University (SHU) discussed arrangements for student and faculty exchange programs, and cooperative research programs, during a visit by Shanghai University delegates to the PNW Hammond campus, on July 17, 2018.
From Shanghai University, Professor Wei Cui (Director of the International Office at SHU), Professor Lilan Liu, Associate Professors Nanyan Shen and Jing Li, and Counselor Yunying Zhou (from the School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation at SHU) were welcomed by PNW’s Dr. Kenneth Holford (Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences), Dr. Dietmar Rempfer (Director of the School of Engineering), Dr. George Kacenga (Executive Director of Global Engagement), Dr. Chenn Zhou (Director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation), and Erya Zhao (International Program Coordinator at PNW).read more ... PNW and Shanghai University Engage in Exchange Programs
July 26, 2018
On April 7, 2017, AK Steel officially celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art, 135,000-square-foot Research and Innovation Center in Middletown, Ohio, at which CEO Roger Newport reaffirmed AK Steel’s commitment to innovation and industry leadership in carbon, stainless, and electrical steels.
On July 19-20, 2018, a CIVS team consisting of Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Dr. Tyamo Okosun, Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, and graduate researchers Matt Moore and Bethany Worl visited the Research and Innovation Center, on an in-depth and at-length tour hosted by AK Steel Process Research Manager Bill King … and came away laden with positive impressions and potential collaborative research projects.read more ... AK Steel Visit Adds to Project Creative Loop
Industry-CIVS Collaboration Success Showcased at Chamber of Commerce/Manufacturers Association Meeting
July 16, 2018
On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou and graduate research assistant Haibo Ma were both honored guests and discussion participants at the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce’s LaPorte Manufacturers Association meeting and dinner, hosted by Dwyer Instruments of Michigan City.
Following on the noteworthy research-industry project partnership in which CIVS researchers and Dwyer engineers collaborated to model and resolve a “needle-in-a-haystack” fluid flow problem—and significantly reduce instrument calibration time—Dr. Zhou was invited to give the keynote speech/presentation, “CFD Analysis of an Insertion Magmeter.”read more ... Industry-CIVS Collaboration Success Showcased at Chamber of Commerce/Manufacturers Association Meeting