Funding Will Support Steel Industry

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Purdue University Calumet has received a nearly $500,000 grant that involves work force training and technical solutions for the steel industry. The money will be used to launch a consortium at its Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation. May 16, 2014

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HAMMOND, Ind. - Purdue University Calumet's Center for Innovation through Visualization (CIVS) and Simulation has received a $480,000 federal grant to launch a consortium intended to benefit the United States steel industry.

More specifically, the consortium will work toward developing long term technical solutions for improving efficiency, lowering production costs, advancing steel manufacturing quality and improving workforce training in the U.S.

"CIVS is honored to lead the development of a national consortium to address critical issues in steel manufacturing," Chenn Zhou, CIVS director, professor of mechanical engineering and interim associate vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at Purdue Calumet, said.

The two-year, advanced manufacturing technology planning grant is among 19 totaling $9 million awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to universities and other nonprofit organizations to further consortia development directed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance.

Initially, the Purdue Calumet CIVS consortium will develop an industry-led technology roadmap that identifies and prioritizes research projects that apply advanced simulation and visualization technologies in ways that strengthen steel industry manufacturing performance.

Through consortia development, the Purdue Calumet CIVS and other grant recipients will define workforce needs, identify and rank research and development goals, and strive to transfer and improve manufacturing capabilities. In the process, manufacturers and other stakeholders will contribute to technology roadmap development by identifying and prioritizing research projects that reduce barriers to advanced manufacturing growth.

"We look forward to working with stakeholders across the steel industry to optimize American steel production and strengthen its competitiveness and impact on the nation's economy," Zhou said.

Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation is an interdisciplinary applied research center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3D visualization and virtual reality technologies to provide innovative solutions in response to industrial and research challenges. CIVS has saved steel and other manufacturing employers millions of dollars in production costs.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to its web site, it serves to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life,

Source: Purdue University Calumet