HALT: Heads-Up Assisted Lock-Out / Tag-Out


Lock-out / Tag-out is a standard safety procedure used in industry to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not started again during maintenance or troubleshooting procedures. This project has developed a system that uses smart glasses to provide employees with hands-free access to Lock-Out / Tag-Out procedures in the field.

Investigation of Natural Gas and PCI Co-Injection in a Blast Furnace Subtitle

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Pulverized Coal Injection (PCI) has been widely utilized across the steelmaking industry as a substitute for coke in blast furnaces since the 1960s.

Flood Modeling 3D Lab for Civil Engineering


Flooding can lead to significant damage and loss of life. Flood planning is critical to mitigating losses in the event of disasters. In most civil engineering programs that teach about flood planning, it is not economically viable to develop a physical laboratory setup to simulate flood scenarios. A simulated flood based on a 2008 flood in Northwest Indiana was modeled to provide a virtual laboratory using HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS models but only in the form of numbers or graphs. A three dimensional (3D) virtual lab module was needed to engage civil engineering students to explore flooding case studies, visualize hydraulic simulation results, and improve learning about flood planning.

NIST: AMTech Planning Grant

A collection of images showing CIVS simulations and visitors watching the visualizations with 3D glasses.

In order to maintain global competitiveness, steel manufacturing in the U.S. needs to optimize its manufacturing capabilities, and improve both efficiency and workforce training. Newly developed and emerging simulation and visualization technologies have recently provided efficient, effective, and economical tools for improving process and product design, troubleshooting, optimization, and workplace safety, while also providing state-of-the-art, cost-effective, and efficient workforce training to address debilitating skill gaps.