CIVS Research Paper Featured in AIST Publication

Iron and Steel Tech

Iron and Steel Tech

The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) was one of six papers to be featured in the December 2014 edition of Iron & Steel Technology. The paper used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to study the relationship between iron ore reducibility, coke reactivity, and blast furnace operations.  The paper’s findings will help the iron and steel industry better understand the processes involved in the blast furnace and the effects that the different components have on those processes.

AIST Reliability Achievement Award


U. S. Steel’s George Cingle III accepted the Bronze Reliability Achievement Award for “Life Prediction in Industrial Equipment”, a project done with CIVS that was presented at last year’s AISTech conference. The award is presented by the Association for Iron & Steel Technology to recognize iron and steel companies for unique or first in the industry reliability improvements. The project developed a methodology for simulating fatigue to predict how soon structural failure may occur in industrial equipment.

ArcelorMittal Plant Managers Think of New Applications for CIVS Technology

ArcelorMittal Manager

ArcelorMittal ManagerAn auditorium full of ArcelorMittal  plant managers brainstormed broader applications of CIVS technologies during a workshop held at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor on January 15. The event generated 110 project ideas and was arranged by Plant General Manager John Mengel and Manager of Continuous Improvement Larry Fabina.  A variety of high-impact simulation project results were shown through through a joint presentation by CIVS and Al Kirk and Jeff Cox of ArcelorMittal.

U.S. Steel Uses Virtual Blast Furnace for Second Time with Ironmaking Academy

Ironmaking Academy

Ironmaking AcademyTwenty-three iron and steel industry professionals took part in virtual training at CIVS on January 28th as part of U. S. Steel’s week-long Ironmaking Academy. The participants flew inside a virtual blast furnace during operation and learned details about the complex phenomena and operating conditions that control the properties of the liquid iron that is produced by one of the most energy intensive systems in the industry.

CIVS Presents at Tri-State Summit

Allinace for Regional Development

Allinace for Regional DevelopmentCIVS was a major contributor at the second annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness held Dec 19, 2014 at the Federal Reserve in Chicago. CIVS Director Chenn Zhou spoke at the event along with collaborators and showcased projects for logistics transportation planning and human capital development. Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan, Outreach and Business Development Manager for CIVS and 3 students also attended.