The Brimacombe Memorial Lecture will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The Brimacombe Memorial Lecture was established in 1999 to honor Dr. J. Keith Brimacombe’s outstanding accomplishments in the area of process metallurgy, his dedication to the steel industry and his profound effect on people in the industry.
The award is granted in recognition of an individual dedicated to the steel industry to acquaint members, students and engineers with the many exciting opportunities that exist in the area of process metallurgy and to inspire them to pursue careers in this field. The Brimacombe Memorial Lecture is also the 2010 AIME Keynote.
The 2010 lecturer is Chenn Q. Zhou. Dr. Zhou is currently professor and department head of mechanical engineering, as well as the director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CVIS) at Purdue University Calumet (PUC). She received her B.S. (1982) and M.S. (1984) degrees from Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. In 1991, she received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Zhou joined PUC in 1994 after more than three years of industrial experience. Dr. Zhou has more than 27 years of experience in the areas of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multiphase reacting flows, combustion, and air pollution control. She has conducted a large number of funded research projects and collaborated with many experts from academia, national laboratories, and industries. She has been developing state-of-the-art CFD models and virtual reality visualizations for various industrial applications. Currently, Dr. Zhou is leading a research consortium to help the steel industry improve blast furnace campaign life and energy efficiency. She has also been applying CFD simulations to various manufacturing processes in aluminum, automobile, glass, refinery, steel and power industries. Dr. Zhou has published more than 170 technical papers, five copyrighted CFD codes, and two patents. She has received a number of awards, including Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2003, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Institute Medal Award in 2005, and Best Paper Awards for ironmaking from AIST in 2005 and 2006.
Dr. Zhou’s lecture is entitled, “Visualizing the Future in Steel Manufacturing.”
Abstract: Simulation and virtual reality visualization have quickly evolved as a critical emerging technology to create immersive virtual environments in numerous fields. The ability to allow people to “go inside” these virtual environments provides a unique and effective tool to understand complex physical processes, and thus to innovate and to make significant improvements. It empowers people to work collaboratively and intuitively, and enables engineers to produce better designs as well as better solutions for troubleshooting and process/product optimizations more efficiently. As industry forges its way into the future, advanced simulation and visualization technologies will play an ever-increasing role in addressing the issues of productivity, energy, environment and quality, as well as training a workforce to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The use of these technologies has already begun, and examples in steel manufacturing will be presented.
Lecturer, Dr. Chenn Q. Zhou, Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, Purdue University Calumet