June 2014 Newsletter

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CIVS Gets Federal Grant for Steel Optimization Consortium

front pageCIVS has received a $480,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to launch a national effort to ensure a leadership role for U.S. steel manufacturing in the global market by developing innovative technical solutions using advanced simulation and visualization technologies.

The specific objectives are 1) to establish a new and sustainable industry-led steel manufacturing Consortium that will focus on supporting the development and implementation of simulation and visualization technologies to address major technological issues and related barriers that inhibit the growth of advanced manufacturing in the steel industry; and 2) to develop a technology roadmap to identify and prioritize relevant research projects that will advance steel manufacturing competitiveness across the steel manufacturing value chain.

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CIVS Students Take First Place at International Conference

First place photo of CIVS' studentsA team of three CIVS students won first place in the Undergraduate Student Project Presentation held at this year’s Association for Iron & Steel Technology conference (AISTech). Undergraduates Michael Garcia, Stephen Builta, and Hannah Amor presented on their project titled “Roughing Mill Vertical Edger and Strip Grade Analysis Using FEA” (see page 6). The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received second place and The University of Toronto received third. This international competition is highly selective, with only one third of the total applications being selected to participate in the final contest, which included undergraduate students from many top universities all over the world. This is the third year in a row that CIVS has won first place.

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Virtual Blast Furnace Highlighted at International Academy

international academyThe CIVS Virtual Blast Furnace was featured at the 23rd Blast Furnace Ironmaking Course held at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada in May 2014. The bi-annual Blast Furnace Ironmaking Course is an in-depth, week-long course. It covers every aspect of blast furnace ironmaking, making it invaluable to managers, operators, engineers, researchers and suppliers of equipment, refractories and raw materials. The lecturers in the course are acknowledged experts in their fields and the delegates come from diversified industrial backgrounds from various countries. Approximately 100 industry professionals from five continents attended the course this year.

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41 CIVS Students Present Research at Student Research Day

Student Research Day Winners pictures with their research advisors.Forty-one CIVS students presented 25 projects at the Purdue Calumet 2014 Student Research Day including four award winners out of the 12 awards presented at the event.

Student Research Day is an annual event in which many departments at Purdue University Calumet have students present their research in oral or poster form. Over 250 Purdue University Calumet students presented their research during this year’s event.

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Final Results Presented from HAST Project Lead the Way Collaboration

HAST students Marc Suarez and Neftali Arteaga discuss results of their 3-D printing research project.Four groups of seniors from the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology (HAST) made final presentations for their year-long Project Lead the Way projects at CIVS on Tuesday, April 29. The audience included representatives from HAST, Purdue Calumet, government organizations, and family members of the students.

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Franciscan Health Visualizes New Emergency Department

A still rendering showing some patient beds from the Emergency Department virtual tour.A virtual tour video and web-based interactive virtual environment were created for the new Emergency Department under construction at Franciscan St. Margaret Health, Dyer. 3D models of the space were made based on architectural drawings, equipment and wall layouts. The video and the virtual environment can be used for demonstration and walkthrough of the facility before and during construction as well as for promotion.

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IMAX 3D Showcases Microbiology Equipment in Boston

A 3D flythrough took viewers inside of automated microbiology lab equipment.CIVS developed an IMAX 3D movie that provides a flythrough of the WASPLab™, an automated specimen processing system developed by COPAN Diagnostics that is used in microbiology labs. The movie was shown at the New England Aquarium’s Simmons IMAX Theater to an audience of attendees from the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting.

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Interactive Power Plant Module for Virtual Training Completed

middle picCIVS developed a 3D training package of the Unit 14 flue gas desulphurization (FGD) at NIPSCO’s Schahfer Generating Station. The objective of the project was to provide a more efficient training method for the FGD operators and demonstrate the operation of key systems during potential failure scenarios. The package combined simulation and 3D visualization, using computational fluid dynamics to determine flow characteristics, absorber reactions, and SO2 removal.

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Student Successes

hannah2We are very proud of Hannah Amor, who received her B.S. in mechanical engineering this spring. She was a Chancellor’s Scholar and ArcelorMittal Scholar. During her internship with ArcelorMittal, she identified a research project and convinced her supervisor and other engineers to make it as a funded project to CIVS. She also formed a senior design team with fellow students Michael Garcia and Stephen Builta to conduct the project, solving a problem with a recent vertical edger failure.

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National Science Foundation Flood Modeling Grant

National Science Foundation Flood Modeling GrantCIVS 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..

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CIVS and US Steel present at AIST Midwest

CIVS and US Steel present at AIST MidwestRepresentatives 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.

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Vertical Edger Project Utilizes Methodology for Life Prediction

Vertical Edger Project Utilizes Methodology for Life Prediction.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..

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Visualization Developed for Teaching Retirement Planning

Visualization Developed for Teaching Retirement Planning.CIVS collaborated with Pat Obi from the Purdue Calumet Business College to create a video and interactive education module to teach retirement investment planning. The module will be used in a finance class and for investment workshops.

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CIVS Hosts Alliance for Regional Development Meeting

Alliance for Regional Development Meeting Alliance for Regional Development Meeting.The Alliance for Regional Development consisting of members from Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin held its June meeting at CIVS. The Alliance is working to form tools and methods to make real impact to benefit the Tri-state region.

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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.