April 2014 Newsletter

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CIVS Graduate Receives PhD

Dong fu at computer deskSupervised by Prof. Chenn Zhou in CIVS, Dong Fu conducted his senior design project, Master thesis and Ph.D thesis in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The CFD software packages he developed are currently used by steel industry to design, optimize, and trouble shoot the blast furnace operation. “The research experience in CIVS has well prepared me for the real-world problem solving skills. The projects I worked on in CIVS significantly enhanced my technical knowledge on modeling, simulation and visualization.

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CIVS Develops Technique for Industrial Equipment Life Prediction

Many large-scale industrial processes require scheduled maintenance and repairs which are costly and can often be dangerous due to environmental hazards. Some of these processes utilize equipment that was designed manually in the past without the benefit of computational techniques such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Collaborating with one of the largest steelmakers in the US, CIVS developed a new methodology to improve scheduled maintenance.

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How to Work with CIVS

CIVS performs applied research projects with university faculty, industry and other partners. The Center has a variety of resources available and is able to collaborate on projects in many opportunities and many ways.

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CIVS Alumnus Successful as Engineer

Tom Roesel joined the research group that became CIVS as a freshman in 2007. During his four-year study, Tom was involved in numerous industry sponsored projects and worked directly with many engineering professionals from different companies in steelmaking, oil refining, manufacturing and power industries.

Working on real projects and interacting with industry motivated Tom throughout his degree.

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CIVS Showcases Capabilities at Purdue Expo

Visualization of a project is displayed on a large screen at the expo.

CIVS used 3D and interactive displays to present educational and industrial research capabilities at Purdue University’s Education and Outreach Expo held on March 13 in West Lafayette.

The Event was hosted by the Purdue Office of the Vice President for Research.

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CIVS Simulator Encourages Area Students to Pursue College

Reality University was a day-long conference targeted at local students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. The event took place at Purdue Calumet on February 7 and featured presentations of various pathways to college degrees. CIVS designed and hosted a game which exposed students to the rewards of college education as related to career choice.

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CIVS Develops Virtual Dance Program for Kids

CIVS partnered with Dr. Meg Rincker and Dr. Sue Misner from Purdue Calumet, and Katie Hughes from the Hughes Academy of Irish Dance to develop a virtual dance simulator that was used for 400 grade schoolers to teach an Irish Jig! The week-long physical education instruction was part of a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of virtual, face-to-face, and hybrid instruction.

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CIVS Projects Showcased at Student Research Day

A total of 41 CIVS graduate and undergraduate students presented 25 projects at the Purdue University Calumet Student Research Day. Students made both oral and poster presentations on projects including industry sponsored research, virtual education development, and other simulation and visualization research.

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Students Visit Steel Company to Develop Virtual Safety Training

3D model for steel safety training.Senior Design students being mentored by CIVS traveled to Crawfordsville, IN in February to visit a Nucor Sheet Mill Group plant.

The students are creating animated visualizations to improve safety training in the steel industry.

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CIVS Hosts Homeland Security Meeting

Homeland Security Meeting.CIVS hosted NWI District 1 Homeland Security Information Sharing Working Group (ISWG) monthly meeting on February 7, 2014. Attending the meeting were over 25 emergency response leaders from across the state. During discussion, CIVS and ISWG identified several projects for collaboration that will support and enhance ISWG’s mission to provide essential emergency medical care and patient evacuation during times of natural or man-made disaster, or in time of a national security emergency.

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Other Highlights

International Organizations Visit CIVS to Discuss Potential Collaborations

CIVS and U.S. Steel Give Keynote for AIST Midwest Chapter Meeting

CIVS Demonstrates Technologies for Educational Talent Search Students

Innovation Key to Region’s Future, Leaders Say

CIVS Students Win Four Awards at Student Research Day

CIVS Supports Efforts of the Alliance for Regional Development

CIVS Director Presents at 3rd ArcelorMittal CFD and Thermomechanical Days

CIVS Develops Game for Reality University Conference

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CIVS Facts and Impacts

CIVS’s multidisciplinary research projects are having substantial economic and intellectual impacts on local and global communities as well as providing great research opportunities for Purdue Calumet faculty and students.