Purdue - Calumet to helm steelmaking research group

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Purdue University Calumet researchers have been chosen to lead a national consortium that will explore ways to make American steelmaking more advanced and efficient.

The Hammond school's Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation won a $480,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the project.

That money will allow the university's research lab led by mechanical engineering professor Chenn Zhou to launch the industry-guided push. Zhou's lab uses virtual reality technology to simulate conditions engineers cannot see firsthand, such as a blast furnace's interior.

She tells The Times of Munster the project will mean more opportunities for Purdue Calumet's students and faculty.

Fourteen companies and groups, including steelmakers ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel, are sponsoring the consortium and will support it financially over the long term.

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