On Monday June 6, 2016 the Steel Manufacturing Consortium (SMSVC) held its Semi-Annual project and board meetings at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) at Purdue University Northwest a�� Calumet Campus, in Hammond, Indiana. There were over 30 attendees from the nine consortium members representing steel producers and suppliers from the U.S and Canada.
The meeting covered technical presentations on projects selected in January by the consortium members that are focused on workplace & process safety, energy efficiency, operational efficiency, reliability and maintenance, workforce development, environmental impacts, raw materials utilization and smart manufacturing. Presentations were given in the Immersive Theater, and several other demos were given featuring computer simulation and 3-D technology such as Oculus Rift.A� To get the day started Chancellor Keon and Jean-Louis Staundenmann from NIST gave opening remarks.
The Annual meeting for the consortium will be held early November 2016.
Computer modelling a simulation has become a key enabling technology for many steel research and development projects. In fact, Chenn Zhou, founding director of both the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) and the Center for Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) at Purdue University Northwest, notes that it was said at the recent AISTech conference that there has never been a more exciting time for steel modelling and simulation, with the growing use of computational fluid dynamic (CFD) data modelling.
Zhou maintains that while there are many research groups that are able to do CFD simulations, the CVIS is one of the very few that are able to apply it to such industrial applications as steelmaking: a�?By adding visualization it greatly enhances the value of CFD. You can solve the problem quicker and you can also use the simulation for training and operations guidance.a�?
While formed in June 2014, the SMSVC was formally inaugurated in January and has already made some progress on its initial research projects, which include work related to the blast furnace, the electric arc furnace (EAF), the reheating furnace, secondary cooling of the caster, and primary cooling of the caster and the ladle. There is also a project related to virtual safety training using a 3-D interactive simulator with real work-based scenarios.