Advanced simulation, visualization, and interactive devices can be powerful technologies used to enhance education and training in effective and intuitive learning environments.


CFD model and 3D VR model of the FGD unit.

3D Interactive Training Package for Power Plant Flue Gas Desulphurization System

NIPSCO has two new Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) systems at its Schahfer Generating Station. The FGD systems are designed to remove SO2 from flue gas generated by the boiler. The flue gas enters the absorber just above the reaction tank liquid level and rises upwards. As it rises, it contacts fine droplets of recycled ...

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3D Interactive Virtual Blast Furnace for Training

Virtual training provides the utility of expanding the understanding of a system through simulation and visualization of aspects that cannot be viewed physically. Utilizing the Unity engine, this project involves the creation of a virtual training environment that is based on a real blast furnace from U. S. Steel as the base case. ...

Character model for simulation.

3D Visualization of Steelmaking for Safety Training

Many jobs in the steel industry take place in a hazardous environment. The possibility of workplace accidents causing severe injuries or fatalities is very real and ever present. 3D technique is an appropriate method that presents all the situations to workers intuitively, thus providing them with a better understanding about the accidents and instructions to ...

Overhead view of the 3D hospital and simulation.

Active Threat Emergency Response Visualization

St. Margaret Health wished to create a series of 3d video segments to focus on important elements of an active threat situation. Video segments are intended to be mixed in with a presentation that will include an already existing live-action video sequence showing an active threat incident in the hospital. The 3d video segments are ...

Surface rendered deskull brain with color coded segmented regions

Human Brain

Magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional MRI (fMRI) are two active research areas in neuroimaging. DTI is sensitive to the anisotropic diffusion of water exerted by its macromolecular environment and has been shown useful in characterizing structures of ordered tissues such as the brain white matter, myocardium, and cartilage. Functional MRI measures brain ...

Immersive Chemistry

Two immersive 3-D chemistry applications used to augment chemistry & chemical engineering labs. The objective is to provide a 3-dimensional environment for students to interact with chemistry software. Faculty Collaborator: Libbie Pelter, Chemistry and Physics

mission ocean simulation

Mission Ocean

Fifteen-year-old students in the United States ranked 25th of 34 countries on the OECD international math test and 17th on the science test, raising serious concerns that the United States is not prepared to succeed in the global economy. The science and technology fields are exploding with employment possibilities, yet many young people are unprepared ...

Isometric view of the boiler

Power Plant Boiler

Boiler-operations trainees at NIPSCO coal-fired power stations receive comprehensive training in boiler operation procedures and are given 2D, non-scaled representations of the plant’s steam, coal cycle, and limited key components. These 2D representations are limited therefore field observation is needed to complete the training. However, due to the extreme heat and toxic gases, the internals ...

HAST students work on designing models for a virtual representation of Hammond

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national program which provides rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. The Hammond Academy of Science and Technology (HAST) is collaborating with CIVS to teach students advanced simulation and visualization tools to help solve real ...

Visualization of protein strands.

Protein Visualization

GIRK channels (G protein-coupled inwardly-rectifying potassium channel) are a type of protein found in neurons and have many roles in the nervous system, including memory and pain perception. Improper function of this protein has been linked to altered neural signaling and cell death. A better understanding of how these channels function is important to determine ...

Pyxis MedStation 3500

Pyxis MedStation

As automated medication dispensing stations become more prominent in hospitals, errors decrease and patient care increases. However, this requires user training and does not eliminate human error. Exploring new training options using virtual reality can lead to increased efficiency and a further reduction in medication errors.

Screen capture of the High School level

Reality University Simulation

Using the interactive art form of the videogame as an educational tool and a vessel for training has become an integral part of society today. Utilizing the Unity engine, our team was tasked with creating an educational game that would be entertaining for students that had attended previous conferences as well as informative in ...

Sinter Cooler Geometry

Sinter Cooler

The sinter cooler is used to reduce the hot sinter produced. The cooling efficiency of the sinter cooler is significant to the sinter quality. In addition, reducing cooling time by optimizing the operation condition can save energy. Advanced in-house simulation code has been previously developed to investigate the cooling processor of the sinter cooler. However, ...

Top view of the SiO2-CaO-FeO Liquidus surface steel making

Ternary Phase Diagram

A phase diagram is a type of chart used to mark conditions where multiple phases can coexist at equilibrium. Most metallurgy and materials science curricula teach basic thermodynamics courses and cover phase diagrams beginning in either the sophomore or junior year. Often times, student comprehension of phase diagrams is good for binary systems, but not ...

planck satellite

The Planck Mission

Planck is an international satellite mission led by the European Space Agency with significant contribution by NASA, designed to measure the anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The Planck Mission’s Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) stated goals are to: Strengthen science and technology education in the US, raise public awareness about the value of ...


Virtual Blast Furnace

The blast furnace is one of the most energy and capital intensive processes in iron and steelmaking. Complex phenomena and difficulties in taking measurements have led to using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) numerical simulations for optimization and better understanding of processes within blast furnaces. However, increasingly complex CFD results are difficult to interpret and communicate ...

Virtual backhoe from virtual construction project.

Virtual Construction

Virtual Construction of a Single-Family Wood Framed House. The simulation affords Constructions Science students to observe the process of building a house from a vacant site through the wood framing necessary to build the shell and interior partitions of a house. The virtual depiction of the construction gives the students a visual understanding of how ...

Virtual Groundwater isometric view

Virtual Groundwater

Groundwater, as the major contributor to the fresh water resource, has been contaminated by agricultural and industrial activities in recent years. However, it is extremely difficult to obtain data to assess the current pollution situation or to predict contaminates’ movement trend. The problem also renders challenges in education. Civil Engineering Students are easy to get ...


Virtual Poetry

“Correspondences” by Baudelaire (1821-1867) is one of the most influential and beautiful poems in French literature. The poem established two different relationships of distinct natures: 1) the relationship among our human senses and the relationship between the physical and spiritual worlds, and 2) how these distinct relationships also correspond and intensify one another. It can ...


Wind Energy

The issue of transferring learned concepts to practical applications is a widespread problem in postsecondary education. Related to this issue is a critical demand to educate and train a generation of professionals for the wind energy industry. With initiatives such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s “20% Wind Energy by 2030” outlining an exponential increase ...

Wind Turbine Component

Wind Turbine Simulators – Tutorial Software

A wind turbine is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy. Understanding the wind turbine organization and the energy transformation has long been challenging for many engineering students. As a new approach in teaching wind energy, an interactive computer program was developed to provide students with hands-on experience in visualizing ...

Study of twist angle along the length of the blade and velocity contours at different angles of attack.

Wind Turbine Simulators – Wind Turbine Design

A wind turbine is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy. Understanding the wind turbine organization and the energy transformation has long been challenging for many engineering students. As a new approach in teaching wind energy, an interactive computer program was developed to provide students with hands-on experience in visualizing ...