“Process Optimization and Cost Savings for U.S. Steel Provided by the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation” was the title of the keynote address given by Jamie Lash, a U.S. Steel engineer, Chenn Zhou, CIVS director, and Bin Wu, CIVS research engineer. Representatives from over 300 steel industry companies were present for the AIST Midwest Chapter monthly meeting on April 9th in Merrillville, Indiana. This co-presentation included their recent research projects on the virtual blast furnace for training, the QBOP vessel for minimizing kidney formation and life predication in industrial equipment.
During his talk, Jamie Lash commented that “just by giving CIVS the parameters, they found what we found, without us telling them what was happening in vessel. They validated what was happening in the real-world and helped us to fully understand why the formation was happening.” This collaborative research will provide economic benefits to the company from increasing yield, improved approaches to inspections, and to improved training and education. The presentation given by Chenn Zhou provided the audience with an overview of how the Center is helping industry to address their challenges and how advanced simulation and visualization are essential to meet the needs for the future.