USD 7 Million Grant to Purdue University Northwest for BF Research
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USD 7 Million Grant to Purdue University Northwest for BF Research

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy awarded Purdue University Northwest researchers and the Steel

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy awarded Purdue University Northwest researchers and the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium USD 7 million for the development of a next generation Integrated Virtual Blast Furnace to improve energy efficiency and emissions in real time and to develop a virtual training model. Set to begin this spring, the three year grant will allow Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation to bring together a team of experts from universities, national laboratories and industry. The project will provide the US steel industry with a unique and powerful platform for improving operational and energy efficiency in industrial blast furnaces both offline and in real time.

The project is expected to have a significant impact by reducing energy consumption by 4.5% to 10% in blast furnace and downstream processes, improving productivity and product quality, and reducing emissions from the manufacturing process, explained Tyamo Okosun, senior research engineer with Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation who will head the project. The project also is expected to generate education and training modules for students, engineers and operators to provide critically needed workforce development within the steel industry.

Created in 2009, Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation brings together Purdue University Northwest faculty, staff and students to work with industry, organizations and the community to solve real world problems and create innovative solutions through simulation and visualization.

Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium were formed in 2016 by Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Northwest. It brings together 15 member companies, including all US blast furnace owners, with the goal of advancing the steel manufacturing industry by developing and implementing simulation and visualization technologies to address major technological issues and related barriers.

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