July 1, 2018
Fourteen members of an Italian Trade Agency (ITA) delegation, including representatives of leading Italian machinery manufacturing associations and engineering faculty from the polytechnics of Milan and Turin, toured CIVS facilities and explored possible opportunities for international collaboration, and educational and manufacturing advancement, on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Delegates were guided through a general overview of CIVS facilities, founding, and 10-year history of projects that chronicled innovative integration of simulation and visualization technologies; use of computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis to solve particular industrial and academic/research issues; ways in which integrated technologies were being used to solve community problems and promote learning in civil engineering and other engineering courses; and the development—and ongoing research and achievements—of the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) and its Technology Roadmap.read more ... CIVS Sojourn Expands Italian Trade Agency’s Technology Worldview
June 29, 2018
CIVS graduate research assistant Justin Heffron brought true class to the inaugural Camp Leo “college preparatory experience” program for region high school students, held June 26 – 27, 2018 at the Purdue Northwest Hammond campus.
In fact, Heffron created a true one-session introductory class, including a slide presentation sprinkled throughout with embedded videos, manipulable 3D imagery, and spatial visualization activities; taught it on both days to classes of around 30 students each; and led students through live experiences with a cutting-edge, interactive virtual reality forensic program also developed at CIVS. That he did it all with a matter-of-fact ease with the subject matter and technology was both classy and an unconscious demonstration of the value of education … which did not go unnoticed among the students.read more ... Graduate Research Assistant “Classes Up” Inaugural Camp Leo Program
June 26, 2018
In June of 2018, engineers at Dwyer Instruments in Michigan City, Indiana, implemented a “simple modification to current parts” that had taken three months of CIVS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model development and investigation alongside Dwyer professionals to arrive at—and the results surpassed all expectations.
“I was amazed by how quickly the problem was solved and the significant improvement this will have on our ability to manufacture our new Insertion Magmeter going forward,” said Bob Moss, Director of Engineering and New Product Development at Dwyer. “I shared my excitement with our senior team and emphasized how important this collaboration is to Dwyer. Without the alliance with PNW’s CIVS, we could have suffered with this issue for years.”read more ... Dwyer and PNW/CIVS Collaboration Produces Fundamental Insights and Practical Benefits
June 26, 2018
The international Future Steel Forum: Industry 4.0 conference held June 3-6, 2018, at the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, was developed to “look at how innovative technology can be brought together with the sole intention of revolutionising the way steel is made”; given that focus, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou’s appearance as both an invited lecturer and featured panelist was virtually standard practice.
After delivering her presentation “Simulation, Visualization, and Data Analytics for Smart Steel Manufacturing” on Thursday, June 7, to an audience of nearly 200 fellow international attendees, Zhou participated in an evening discussion panel on Engineering Education and Qualifying the Industry 4.0 Workforce, during which she emphasized the advancements that engineering and technologies have contributed to educational processes and workforce development.read more ... Zhou Highlights Smart Steel Manufacturing, Research Technologies at International Conference
June 26, 2018
On June 22, 2018, U.S. Steel – Gary Works Operational Excellence Specialist Aldo Lopez “turned the tables” on select CIVS members, treating the CIVS team of John Moreland, Armin Silaen, and John Estrada both to a tour of U.S. Steel’s 84″ Hot Strip Mill/Roughing Mill facility and to a “safety” PowerPoint presentation and kitting out with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the tour.read more ... Gary Works Visit Features Hot Strip Mill
June 25, 2018
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) helped host the PNW College of Technology’s GenCyber Summer Camps for high school students, held June 11 – 15 and 18 – 22, 2018.
The GenCyber Camps provided students with hands-on experiences in cybersecurity fundamentals and training, robot game design, cyber forensics, ethical hacking, and principal keys to cybersecurity awareness. Students could also participate in a team competition solving a simulated computer forensics case.read more ... CIVS Helps Host GenCyber High School Summer Camps
June 25, 2018
Buffalo, New York
Information exchange, research and project appraisal, and process immersion were among the underlying accomplishments of a June 20 – 21, 2018 trip to and tour of Praxair headquarters and facilities in upstate New York, where CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Senior Research Scientist John Moreland, and Dr. Ty Okosun delivered presentations on a variety of simulation- and visualization-based projects and Consortium accomplishments.read more ... Praxair Tour Aerates Research Progress
June 23, 2018
On June 5-6, 2018, CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland and graduate research assistant Kyle Toth joined a flurry of enthusiasm over new repair and inspection techniques, advanced materials application, and manufacturing and training processes in wind energy, at the NREL Advances in Wind Energy conference in Boulder, Colorado.read more ... Wind Energy Workshop Uplifts Advanced Technology Training
June 22, 2018
The educational partnership between Purdue University Northwest and Enbridge, established to help foster engineering interest and skills in middle school and high school students, successfully concluded another pair of week-long engineering summer camps held at the Purdue University Northwest Hammond campus on June 11 – 15 (middle school) and 18 – 22 (high school), 2018.
Students experienced a succession of mini-courses that began with an introduction to CIVS integration of 3D visualization and simulation technologies and included topics such as V-8 engine (model) assembly, bridge building, nanotechnology, surveying instruments and methodologies, 3D printing, beam deflection (fluid mechanics), and field trips to facilities that showed students real-world examples of engineering in action.read more ... PNW/Enbridge Summer Engineering Camps “Wow” Students
June 19, 2018
Two SMSVC-project-based technical papers were presented at the 2nd International Symposium on the Recent Developments in Plate Steels, held June 3-6, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
SMSVC and CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou delivered the technical presentations, “Analysis of Thermal Homogenization in a Steel Refining Ladle Using Bottom-Gas Injection,” and “Investigation of Combustion, Heat Transfer, and Slab Quality in Industrial Reheating Furnaces,” which will also be published in the official conference proceedings.read more ... SMSVC Research Presented at International Plate Steel Symposium
June 4, 2018
Around 40 members of the Calumet Area Industrial Commission, including many small-business owners and business development thought-leaders, toured both CIVS and CMEC (Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center) facilities on Thursday, May 31, 2018, looking for ways in which innovative and/or emerging technologies might be useful to them and to business associates.read more ... Calumet Area Industrial Commission Explores CIVS-Industry Innovations
June 1, 2018
Professor Somnath Basu, from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science, Centre of Excellence in Steel Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, was the special guest speaker at the Friday CIVS Seminar on June 1, 2018, delivering a presentation titled “Making the elephant fly: Adding metallurgical knowledge to data-based models for iron and steel processing.”read more ... Friday CIVS Seminars Continue: Prof. Somnath Basu
May 27, 2018
SMSVC projects and industry partners, CIVS students and staff, and Purdue University Northwest all received both individual recognition and broad acclaim at AISTech 2018, the world’s largest annual iron and steel technology event, held May 7-10, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA.
A total of six PNW/CIVS students—three graduate and three undergraduate students—were accepted into the international student competitions, for poster or project paper competitions. From that group, CIVS research assistant Bethany Worl received 2nd place in the Undergraduate Student Project Paper Presentation, for her paper “Analysis of Steel Oxidation Inside of a Reheating Furnace.”read more ... SMSVC Presence Abundant, Influential at AISTech 2018
CIVS Research Assistant Wins 2nd Place in International AISTech 2018 Undergraduate Paper Competition
May 26, 2018
CIVS research assistant and recent PNW graduate Bethany Worl received 2nd place in the international Undergraduate Student Project Paper Presentation at AISTech 2018 on May 7, 2018, for her paper “Analysis of Steel Oxidation Inside of a Reheating Furnace.”read more ... CIVS Research Assistant Wins 2nd Place in International AISTech 2018 Undergraduate Paper Competition
May 25, 2018
The CIVS team captained by graduate research assistant Kyle Toth received the Grand Prize in the AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology) Foundation’s 2018 international “Real Steel” Video Challenge, for their entry titled “Steelworkers Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond.” Toth, who received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2016, is pursuing his master’s degree at PNW, and is President of PNW’s student Material Advantage Chapter.read more ... CIVS Team Wins Grand Prize in International AIST 2018 "Real Steel" Video Challenge Competition
May 24, 2018
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou’s invited lecture and presentation, “Blast Furnace Visualization and Modelling,” was among two dozen lectures invited and/or selected for the prestigious, international 25th McMaster University Blast Furnace Ironmaking Course, held May 13 – 18, 2018, in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada).read more ... Zhou Lectures at 25th McMaster University Ironmaking Course
May 23, 2018
More than 80 northwest Indiana middle-school students, along with their teachers and PNW liaisons, visited the CIVS facilities and took in a range of simulation and visualization initiatives, as part of an Educational Talent Search “Day on Campus” tour on May 22, 2018.
From 3D modeling of a McDonald’s two-lane drive-through ordering and vehicle-flow process, to correction of an underperforming utility exhaust system, to the creation and use of virtual reality safety training simulators, the variety of CIVS-involved projects was showcased, as was the influence of engineers and engineering on the educational process itself.read more ... CIVS Initiatives Engage Region Middle-Schoolers
May 18, 2018
CIVS Senior Research Scientist John Moreland and graduate research assistant Zhaoyang Li toured Steel Dynamics, Inc.’s flat-roll steelmaking complex in Butler, Indiana on May 16, 2018, as part of a scheduled maintenance day at the facility.read more ... SDI Tour Helps Refine Safety Simulators
May 3, 2018
Numerous SMSVC projects will be showcased at AISTech 2018, in Philadelphia, PA (May 7-10), and Praxair will be hosting SMSVC/CIVS visual and related displays and personnel at both #2149 on the Exhibition Floor. Presentations and other events, in chronological order, are scheduled as follows:
Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest: Monday, May 7th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Andie Wahlberg – Slide Gate Design in a Continuous Caster
- Yu Wang – Analysis of Steel Refining Process in an Electric Arc Furnace
- Bethany Worl – Analysis of Steel Oxidation Inside of a Reheating Furnace
Graduate Student Poster Contest: Monday, May 7th, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Xiang Liu – A Numerical Model to Predict Scale Formation in an Industrial Reheating Furnace
- Haibo Ma – Numerical Modeling of Water Impingement and Heat Transfer with Solid Slab during Secondary Cooling at a Continuous Caster
- Kyle Toth – Development of an Interactive Virtual Casting Environment for Operation and Safety
Technical Presentations, Monday, May 7th:
- “Flow and Thermal Stress Analysis of Blast Furnace Blowpipe”
- Authors: Justina Lee, Nicholas Walla, Armin K. Silaen, Dale D. Goodloe (ArcelorMittal), and Chenn Q. Zhou
- Monday, May 7, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Room 118B.
- “Examination of Injected Fuel Combustion in a Generic Blast Furnace Test Rig”
- Authors: Tyamo Okosun, Megha Jampani (Praxair), Michael F. Riley (Praxair), Armin K. Silaen, and Chenn Q. Zhou
- Monday, May 7, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 201C.
- “A Numerical Method to Simulate Scale Formation in a Reheating Furnace”
- Authors: Xiang Liu, Bethany M. Worl, Armin K. Silaen, Jeffrey Cox (ArcelorMittal), Kurt Johnson (ArcelorMittal), and Chenn Q. Zhou
- Monday, May 7, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM; Room 118B.
- “Analysis of Thermal Homogenization in Steel Refining Ladle Using Bottom Gas Injection”
- Authors: Justina Lee, Dan Yan, Armin K. Silaen, Helmut Oltmann (Nucor), April Pitts-Baggett (Nucor), Vivek Thapliyal (Nucor), Eugene Pretorius (Nucor), and Chenn Q. Zhou
- Monday, May 7, 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 113A.
President’s Award Breakfast, Tuesday, May 8th: 8:00 – 9:45 am, Grand Ballroom
- Grand Prize-winning video “Steelworkers Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond” to be featured
Technical Presentations, Tuesday, May 8th:
- “Modeling of Scrap Preheating by Oxy-fuel Combustion in an Electric Arc Furnace”
- Authors: Guangwu Tang, Yuchao Chen, Armin K. Silaen, Andrew Spencer (Steel Dynamics, Inc.), and Chenn Q. Zhou
- Tuesday, May 8, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 114.
- “Development of a Safety Training Simulator for Lockout Tagout”
- Authors: Yihong Liu, John Moreland, Garrett Page (Steel Dynamics, Inc.), Shawn Crites (SSAB), and Chenn Q. Zhou
- Tuesday, May 8, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Room 203A.
April 30, 2018
Two CIVS-associated student research teams received awards for their senior design II presentations on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the PNW-Hammond campus. Aaron Morgan and Edwin (Salazar) Mosquera reprised their previous 2nd-Place accomplishment—for their Day of Discovery research presentation—with another 2nd-Place award for their work, “Simulation and Analysis of the Unilever Glue Nozzle Dispenser.”read more ... Engineering Senior Design Teams Reap Awards