SMSVC Hosts Successful Virtual Annual Review Meeting

November 6, 2020

The Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) held its second virtual annual meeting via web conferencing on November 3rd and 4th, 2020.  More than 110 attendees, including professionals, engineers, researchers, and managers from 15 SMSVC member companies as well as CIVS staff and students, connected virtually over the second successful two-day online meeting.  The technical review of active SMSVC projects drew steel manufacturing engineers and process professionals from plants and research facilities here in the U.S. and internationally to see the results and offer guidance for ongoing academic-and-industry collaborative research in the fields of safety, energy and process efficiency, product quality, maintenance, and more.

SMSVC members reviewed presentations by CIVS researchers and graduate students on 7 project topics being conducted by the Consortium, including blast furnace, continuous caster primary and secondary cooling, electric arc furnace, reheating furnace, refining ladle, and safety training.  The presenters at this year’s annual meeting included CIVS PhD students Yuchao Chen, Xipeng Guo, and Haibo Ma, CIVS Masters’ students Sam Nielson, Francisco Martinez, and John Resa, as well as CIVS Research staff Armin Silaen, Nick Walla, and Tyamo Okosun.  Following the presentations and discussions of project topics, the SMSVC board met virtually to discuss project status, provide feedback to the Consortium, and define areas of focus for research and applications in 2021. The Board and attendees were impressed with the quality of work and the technical contents of the presentations.  Overtime, the Consortium has developed a solid knowledge base and technical expertise in different areas of steelmaking process.