A vertical edger is responsible for molding steel slabs into much longer, thinner strips in preparation for going to a finishing mill. A recent failure in a vertical edger gear housing at a steel mill was the catalyst for a senior design project mentored by CIVS. To analyze the failure, the students created a 3D comprehensive FEA model specifically to simulate the vertical edger. The results of the structural analysis revealed several areas with higher degree of deformation and stress which likely led to the failure..
Representatives from over 300 steel industry companies attended the April dinner meeting organized by AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology) Midwest Chapter for a presentation by CIVS and collaborator Jamie Lash of U.S. Steel. The presentation titled “Process Optimization and Cost Savings for U.S. Steel Provided by the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation” focused on recent research projects on the virtual blast furnace for training, the QBOP vessel for minimizing kidney formation and life predication in industrial equipment.
CIVS is working with Professor Chandramouli Viswanathan (Civil Engineering), Dr. Emily Hixon (Education), and Dr. George Nnanna (Water Institute) to develop an NSF funded interactive 3D flood model simulator. Students at Purdue Calumet and three other universities (University of the District of Columbia, Florida Atlantic University, and University of Kentucky) are using the simulator to better understand and identify strategies to prevent flooding and protect lives and infrastructure. The simulator has already been used to recreate a 2008 flood that caused major damage to Northwest Indiana, and allowed students to evaluate the levee system put in place by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help prevent such disasters in the future..
Dr. Chenn Zhou, interim associate vice chancellor for research and graduate studies and director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Calumet, is already finding practical applications for virtual reality research going on at the campus. “Technology plays a key role in Northwest Indiana’s economy,” says Zhou. By focusing on how to integrate technology, how to apply its use and educating businesses about it, she is creating a platform for business expansion in Northwest Indiana…
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.