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
April 29, 2018
A total of 39 teams (with 123 students) from the PNW School of Engineering delivered their senior design II project presentations on Friday, April 27, 2018, in the Hammond campus’s Gyte building. Areas of research focus included such diverse topics as 3D printed robotic prosthetic arms, search-and-rescue drones, Formula SAE chassis/powertrain/suspension design, virtual reality–based safety training modules and biomedical interactive programs, crack-resistant (“self-healing”) concrete, and, of course, steel refining and processing.read more ... Senior Design Teams Showcase Engineering Research Range, CIVS Handiwork
April 24, 2018
His voice’s cadence is ever measured, his delivery thoughtful, and his articulation clear. After all, if a message is worth broadcasting, let it be done simply and distinctly! Nor are words wasted in his message; appropriate for an accountant, his “PNW Day of Giving”–themed video lasts less than 90 seconds. Yet in the video, PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon is animated in a way few have ever seen—though that may change, as video views on YouTube are accumulating.
In a display of excellent sportsmanship, Chancellor Keon became a computer-animated “hero-figure” in a video created and produced by CIVS’s Justin Heffron, “Virtual Leo and Virtual Chancellor Keon encourage you to ‘Get Your Cape On!’”read more ... CIVS Animates Chancellor Keon for PNW Day of Giving
April 23, 2018
As part of a PNW political science project, six student teams representing six international cities each made their adoptive city’s case for hosting the 2032 Summer Olympics, through presentations delivered at the CIVS Immersive Theater on April 20, 2018.
The Olympics Bid Day presentations are the culmination of a multi-class/group project directed by PNW Professor Meg Rincker and involving students from Political Science 390 and the Honors College course (392). This year’s presentations were officially judged by a six-member “stand-in” International Olympic Committee panel—Jennifer Madgiak (PNW), Jose Gutierrez (GE Digital), Bogdan Cucucz (Ford Motor Company), Daniel Delgado (DHS), Michael Bergin (Orcastra, Inc.), and Kathryn Bergin (CIBC Atlantic Trust)—whose breadth of subject expertise reflected the many dimensions necessary for competitive international proposal submission.read more ... 2032 Olympics Bid Day Project Convenes at CIVS Theater
April 23, 2018
Through their monthly dinner meetings with associated technical presentations, regional member chapters of the AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology) and ASM (formerly known as the American Society for Metals) continue to provide CIVS and materials science and engineering students with professional information, networking, and leadership opportunities, as well as additional benefits such as travel grants and more.read more ... AIST and ASM Chapters Foster Student Growth, Opportunities
April 17, 2018
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NiSource Inc., parent company of NIPSCO and Columbia Gas, awarded a $100,000 grant to the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation on the Hammond campus to encourage research in workplace safety education.
The money will be used to improve training for employees and first responders in the electrical and natural gas fields through virtual simulations and visualization technologies.read more ... CIVS Receives Grant to Improve Training--PNW Pioneer
April 14, 2018
Purdue University Northwest–Hammond and CIVS hosted 30 steel industry/association professionals, from the 11 SMSVC member companies and the AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute), for the spring semi-annual meeting of the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium, held April 11-12, 2018. Event highlights included a tour of the ArcelorMittal Global R&D facilities in East Chicago, IN; invited dinner lectures by PNW Professors Don Gray and Bin Chen; and student presentations and progress reports on seven technical projects, with accompanying question-and-answer sessions and industry-expert review and input.read more ... Semi-Annual SMSVC Meeting Showcases Research Progress
April 10, 2018
Two CIVS-mentored undergraduate student teams won research awards at the PNW–Hammond Day of Discovery, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
College of Engineering and Sciences (CES) students Edwin Salazar and Aaron Morgan won the 2nd-Place Award for Undergraduate Oral Presentation for their presentation, “Analysis of dye set improvement at Unilever,” while CES students Zhengting Zhu, Jianglin Fan, and Yu Wang won the 2nd-Place Award for Undergraduate Poster Presentation for “Analysis of steel refining process in an electric arc furnace.” Faculty mentor/advisor to both teams was CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou.read more ... CIVS Undergraduate Teams Win Research Awards at 2018 PNW Discovery Day
April 10, 2018
Nearly 60 CIVS-mentored students showcased their investigative and presentation skills at the Student Union–Library building/Alumni Hall on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, for the PNW Hammond campus annual Day of Discovery, where current research results from numerous grant-funded projects were on display. The students also showcased the breadth of research and development topics CIVS members are engaged in at any particular time, and the pipeline of next-generation researchers gaining real-world experience through their involvement with SMSVC (Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium) and CIVS projects.read more ... Nearly 60 CIVS-Mentored Students Present Research at 2018 PNW Discovery Day
April 9, 2018
On Friday, April 6, 2018, CIVS staff and facilities welcomed a nearly 50-member delegation from northwest Indiana’s One Region, an organization focused on “attracting and retaining talent” and on advocating for selected development/quality of life initiatives in a three-county (Lake, Porter, and LaPorte) region of northwest Indiana.
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, assisted by Senior Research Scientist John Moreland and graduate research student Kyle Toth, led the assembly through several 3D video presentations and explanations of applied research that resulted in significant economic and capability benefits to region industries.read more ... “One Region” Members See Multiple CIVS Research Benefits
April 7, 2018
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Merrillville-based NiSource, the parent company of the utility NIPSCO and Columbia Gas, offered Purdue University Northwest a $100,000 grant to fund research into first-responder and workplace safety.
The university’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation in Hammond will use virtual reality training to train workers and first responders on how to handle any issues with its power lines, pipelines or power plants.read more ... NiSource gives Purdue Northwest a big grant for workplace safety research--NWI Times
April 7, 2018
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) are excited to announce a $100,000 grant from NiSource Inc., the parent company of NIPSCO and Columbia Gas companies. The grant furthers innovative, student-engaged research and education in the area of first responder and workplace safety.
“NiSource’s generosity amplifies educational and research opportunities for our students, while also helping communities and companies to be safer and more productive,” said PNW Dean of Engineering and Sciences Kenneth Holford. The grant enhances the relationship between PNW and the electric and natural gas utility.read more ... NISOURCE BOOSTS TECH DEVELOPMENT WITH $100,000 GRANT TO PNW--Building Indiana
April 4, 2018
On April 3, 2018, NiSource, Inc., the parent company of NIPSCO, officially announced the awarding of a $100,000 grant to Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), in furtherance of education and research in first responder and work area/environment safety training.
The grant is being applied towards development of advanced-technology safety training materials for first responders and other employees, to increase their decision-making and safety preparedness and further improve employee, customer, and community safety. These next-generation safety training materials take full advantage of both CIVS expertise in visualization and virtual reality (VR) technologies and NiSource/NIPSCO professional experience and vision.read more ... NiSource Grant Infuses Safety Training Development at CIVS
March 24, 2018
More than 30 region girl scouts, from grades 3-5, explored virtual environments and performed virtual activities for the first time at the CIVS facilities, during a March 23, 2018, STEM Night held at the PNW Hammond campus.read more ... CIVS Digital Wizardry Aids Innovative Girl Scout Programming
March 20, 2018
Two more teams of CIVS-mentored undergraduate students and projects have received funding through the Undergraduate Research Grant program.
Recipient student research teams being advised by CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, and by Dr. Zhou and Dr. Shuhui Yang, and their project titles, are, respectively: Andie Wahlberg, Anthony Sotello, and Salim Suleiman, “Numerical Studies of Fluid Flow Characteristics in a Continuous Caster”; and Kyle Brantley, Anthony Delgado, Jacob Brunetti, Jesse Bigger, and Yuqi Lu, “Design of Indoor Navigation System Using Augmented Reality.”read more ... CIVS Projects, Students Receive Undergraduate Research Grants
March 16, 2018
Nearly 4000 presentations and discourses were on schedule at the 147th Annual Meeting of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (aka TMS 2018), held March 11-15, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona, and CIVS students Wenjie Liu and Kaile Tang delivered a pair of serious discussion-generators: “CFD Modeling of Flow and Chemical Reactions in a Submerged Lance Copper Smelting Furnace” (Tang), and “Investigation of Combustion and Heat Transfer in an Industrial Reheating Furnace Using CFD” (Liu).read more ... CFD Research Results Kindle Interest at TMS 2018
March 10, 2018
CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou performed double duty at the annual American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE) Conference, held March 4–7, 2018, at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. On Monday, March 5, Zhou presented SMSVC and CIVS collaborative research via a technical paper, “Analysis of Continuous Caster Flow Pattern Variations Relating to Argon Injection,” while on Tuesday, March 6, she was solo chair for Session II on Multiphase Flow research presentation and discussion.read more ... Zhou Chairs Session, Presents Research at International ASTFE Conference
March 8, 2018
Attendees at the second instalment of Purdue University Northwest’s Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series were treated to textbook—and eye-opening—cases of current real-world bridge engineering challenges, and innovative investigational techniques to solve those challenges, at Dr. Christos T. Georgakis’s presentation, “The Surprisingly Complex Structural Cable—Aerodynamics, Icing, and Fatigue,” given at the CIVS Theater on Friday, March 2, 2018.read more ... Bridge Design Expert Unravels Cable Phenomena, Enhances Safety
March 5, 2018
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and at the behest of Congressman Pete Visclosky, CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana and their regional partners were acknowledged and commended “for their truly remarkable contributions to the community of Northwest Indiana and their unwavering commitment to cultivate a culture of innovation.”read more ... Zhou Commended in December 2017 Congressional Record