Three Purdue University Calumet engineering students earned first place in the recent 2014 AISTech (Association for Iron & Steel Technology) Conference competition for an applied research project in which they identified a problem and solution for steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal. Hannah Amor of Plymouth, Stephen Builta of Munster and Michael Garcia of St. John were victorious presenting their senior design project, “Roughing Mill Vertical Edger and Strip Grade Analysis Using FEA”, in the Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest. The students used Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) to identify a cause and solution to an ArcelorMittal vertical edger failure.
Students learned key research skills
“These three students spent their senior year at CIVS, learning key research skills by working with CIVS’ research group, which led them to their success in both the AISTech Contest and career development,” Purdue Calumet CIVS Research Engineer Bin Wu said. “Two of them accepted job offers that started immediately after graduation (May 10), and the other has received admission to graduate school.” Kelly Dallas, a contest judge, ArcelorMittal project manager and chair of AISTech’s Midwest Chapter, said, “The students’ presentation was unique because it was applied research that was highly detailed and provided a thorough solution to an industry matter.”
1st place for 3rd consecutive year
Participants were judged on overall knowledge of their project topic, content and presentation skills.
This is the third straight year Purdue Calumet’s students have placed first in the contest.
Provided solution to ArcelorMittal’s failed vertical edger
For their project, the students responded to an unexpected vertical edger failure in the ArcelorMittal 80” hot mill. The failure produced a safety hazard and also required production suspension until the problem could be resolved.
The Purdue Calumet students used CIVS, an interdisciplinary applied research center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3D visualization and virtual reality technologies, to create a 3D structure model of the vertical edger.
Simplified dynamic and complex static analysis
To understand the nature of the problem, the students performed simplified dynamic and complex static analysis. Preliminary results from the analysis showed high stress in the area of failure. The completed structure model and related analysis the students conducted will enable ArcelorMittal engineers to better understand the failure cause, so they can help prevent future similar failures.
“Our students’ research work was very well recognized, not only by the judges, but also by the steel industry,” Wu said.
2014 AISTech Competition
The AISTech Undergraduate Student Project Presentation Contest is a highly selective international competition for undergraduate students. Topics are unlimited, but must be technical in nature. Eight projects were selected for presentation in the finals of the contest. Purdue Calumet had two project entries. The students presented their research and conclusions to a panel of judges. The three student winners received a cash prize of $1,500.
Purdue Calumet’s CIVS
Purdue Calumet’s CIVS enables simulation creation of a model of a real world operation or system. The model makes it possible to see, interact and understand complex technological data.
“By having opportunities to work with many CIVS collaborators directly from industry, our students are able to combine in-depth academic theory with a practical application-driven approach.” Wu said. “This also represents the quality of students’ research work at Purdue University Calumet.”