Numerical simulations are increasingly being used for research and development. Such simulations can provide fundamental insights of complex phenomena and practical foresights for process/product design, troubleshooting, scale-up, and optimization. Recently, virtual reality (VR) visualization has provided an effective means of visualizing and analyzing huge amounts of simulation data in a virtual environment. The integration of simulation and visualization can provide a powerful tool for 1) analyzing numerical simulation data in detail by “walking” inside a virtual process or system; 2) sharing insights about complex phenomena among non-experts; 3) developing effective virtual learning/training materials; and 4) providing cost-effective solutions in a timely fashion.
Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) at Purdue University Northwest, recognized globally for applied research, is the foundation of the consortium SMSVC. Since 2009, CIVS has been working with more than 85 companies and organization to solve real world problems in various industries. More than 70 projects were directly related to steel industry. CIVS projects have made significant economic and educational impacts, including saving millions of dollars and reducing downtime significantly.
This SMSVC consortium are expected to make broader impacts on a larger scale through collective efforts for further developing, applying, and assessing simulation and visualization technologies. The work of the consortium will be led by industrial leaders and coordinated and operated by CIVS. The following are the CIVS’ expertise, facility, and examples of existing projects.
CIVS EXPERTISE AND OFFERINGS
- Conduct computational simulations and data visualization for computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA), electric magnetic field (EMF), geographic information system (GIS), logistics, and others in various disciplines
- Develop the application of cutting-edge technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 3D Printing, and motion tracking (Kinect, Leap Motion, and others)
- Develop interactive virtual learning/training modules and curriculum by integrating simulation and visualization based on real phenomena
- Create 3-D interactive video and software for education, planning, marketing, and presentation with multiple platforms including virtual environment, personal computers, mobile, or web in all disciplines
- Offer short-courses, workshops, summer camps, and summer internships
The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation is located on the first floor of Powers Building at Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, Indiana. The facility features an 3DImmersive Theater, Simulation Lab, Visualization Lab, Innovation Conference Room, and offices. CIVS houses graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff, as well as a variety of research equipment. See more details at CIVS website link.