STTR Phase II: An Inference Engine for an Intelligent Imaging System for Detecting and Eliminating Hot Rolled Surface Defects

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0646502
Agency Tracking Number: 0512749
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 04-604
Small Business Information
DUNS: 072247088
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tzyy-Shuh Chang
 (734) 973-7500
Business Contact
 Tzyy-Shuh Chang
Title: Dr
Phone: (734) 973-7500
Research Institution
 OH State Univ
 Rajiv W Shivpuri
 190 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH, 43210-1321
 (614) 292-7874
 Nonprofit college or university
The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase II project will develop an inference engine for an intelligent imaging system that can detect and eliminate surface defects in hot rolling operations. These defects account for roughly 50% of steel rejects. The proposed product is an automatic system that generates appropriate corrective actions for defect elimination. It is proposed to further develop the inference engine and validate it on selected industrial cases. The potential value of the research is to reduce material waste by over 200,000 tons of steel, or $120 million in productivity, per year for the US steel industry. It is also expected to deliver benefits in North America with energy savings of 1.14 Tetra W-hr and reduced carbon-equivalent emission of 94,000 tons per year. Other benefits include reduced water usage and more efficient downstream processes. The project carries strong educational implication, with the company working closely with academia and facilitating student interns.

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