A group of four Korean undergraduates from Chonnam National University studied with CIVS for one month this summer, learning about simulation and visualization techniques. The students used computational fluid dynamics software to simulate chemical reactions taking place in a steel industry reheating furnace. They also used visualization software to interact with simulation results in virtual reality. Students also toured facilities at Tri-State Automation and took part in Purdue Calumet’s English Learning Program. The summer program was arranged by the Purdue Calumet Office of International Affairs. CIVS Director, Chenn Zhou, presented lectures in Korea this summer.
CIVS student, Arturo Saavedra was selected from a pool of students nationwide to take part in a summer program hosted at Purdue Calumet to provide research experiences for undergraduates. The program focused on providing real world research experience to students working on wireless communication systems. Students spent 9 weeks on research including conducting literature reviews, deciding specific research topic, conducting a research project, and writing a paper. Arturo is a senior in Computer Science and has worked on multiple CIVS projects developing 3D software.
Lucas Phillips joined the CIVS research group in 2012 while working on his Master’s Degree in Computer Graphics Technology (CGT). He began school at Purdue Calumet in 2006, receiving his B.S. in CGT in 2010, M.S. in CGT in 2012, and then completing another M.S. degree in Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization in 2014. While at Purdue Calumet, he taught multiple CGT courses and participated in SIGGRAPH.
At CIVS, Lucas worked on a variety of interactive 3D projects including development of 3D visualization for a Wrigley Company gum manufacturing facility, visualization for terrorism threat detection, microbiology automation facility planning and 3D visualization, Interactive Blast Furnace for Steel Industry Training, 3D animations of steel industry processes, and 3D modeling for NSF funded simulator for auto-industry technicians. He went on to accept a position as instructional designer for Sullair, a manufacturer of compressed air solutions, located in Michigan City, IN.
In July, CIVS director, staff and students traveled to Lake Erie Works in Canada to present research findings to U. S. Steel Canada and the ESM Group. The U. S. Steel project focused on modeling high rate natural gas injection in the Lake Erie Works blast furnace. Different lance designs were simulated to determine their impact on furnace operation. Several scenarios of varied production rates were also examined to determine the relationships between furnace production rate and operating stability and optimized performance. The ESM Group project focused on conducting a comparison between the mixing qualities of different lance designs inside a steelmaking ladle.
A group of commissioners from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) visited CIVS on August 12 to learn about the virtual learning tools being developed for academia and industry. The group experienced the virtual blast furnace used by the steel industry for training, and viewed multiple simulators that CIVS developed for wind energy education through a grant from the U. S. Department of Education. Commissioners also had hands on experience trying Google Cardboard and other devices used for bringing virtual reality into the classroom.