AISI Board Takes 3-D Tour-Virtual Blast Furnace

3D Blast Furnace TourAISI Board members were taken on an immersive 3-dimensional simulated tour of a virtual blast furnace thanks to Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modeling technology developed by Purdue University Calumet under an ongoing AISI/Department of Energy (DOE) research grant. Donning 3-D glasses, viewers experience the Advanced Simulation and Virtual Reality Visualization for Steel Manufacturing exhibit by getting “inside” structures—including a blast furnace— to gain a better understand of the complex phenomena involved in the processes.

“The technology can now be applied to any blast furnace and represents a significant technological leap for the steel industry in the U.S,” said Joe Vehec, AISI senior director of Collaborative R&D. “Its potential for reducing steel’s energy use and GHG emissions is promising.”

Since May 2008, Purdue University Calumet, in cooperation with AISI and industry partners including ArcelorMittal-USA, ArcelorMittal-Dofasco, Severstal, U.S. Steel, U.S. Steel Stelco Inc. and Union Gas, have developed the technical know-how and data on furnace design, operation and necessary measurements on their blast furnaces to refine and validate the model’s output.

AISI is planning a workshop early 2011 at Purdue University Calumet’s campus to further demonstrate the blast furnace model and present information to companies interested in commercial licensing opportunities. For more information, contact Joe Vehec.