WHY GET INVOLVED
NEW WAYS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
Imagine that you have an idea for a device to increase blast furnace productivity. Previously, you would have had to do some “trial-and-error” testing on-site, costing tremendous effort and money. Now, you can test it virtually.
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) has technology that can create a blast furnace model based on real operating conditions, analyze the effectiveness of the device based on scientific principles and mathematic methods, visualize detailed data using virtual reality, and optimize performance by manipulating variables to explore possible scenarios and discover the optimal operating conditions.
CIVS has worked with U.S. Steel Co. to improve the performance of their blast furnace by examining ways to inject pulverized coal, resulting in more than $8.5 million in annual savings and 50% less downtime.
In many other examples, the advanced simulation and visualization technologies have proven to be invaluable for designing, troubleshooting, and optimizing processes and products which reduce both time and cost.
NEW APPROACH TO TRAINING
The integration of simulation and visualization technologies also opens up new avenues for training and learning. In CIVS’s 3-D Immersive Theater, we can “fly” into a virtual blast furnace and observe how iron ore is heated up, softened, and reduced to liquid from the top to the bottom of the furnace. We can inspect the internal structures, temperatures, and other flow properties inside the furnace in great detail.
This new approach creates an interactive virtual world of real processes and can be presented on multiple platforms, including desktop computers, mobile devices, and online. The virtual blast furnaces have already been used in training sessions and short courses by the steel industry.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Interested parties should contact Sonia Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1.219.989.2765. You can find examples of successful simulation and visualization projects online at centers.pnw.edu/civs/