Video/animation icon  Steel Plate Rolling for Engineering Students @ Liverpool University

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This short video shows how an interactive plate rolling simulation, freely available at, was used with 2nd year Engineering undergraduates at the University of Liverpool. The students, working in groups, had to compete to supply plates for an offshore wind turbine tower at the correct specification and at the lowest possible cost. From the customer's specification, the students had to:

  • calculate the required plate sizes for each section of the tower
  • select an appropriate steel grade (composition) and rolling schedule to achieve the required mechanical properties
  • work out the suitable slab sizes, bearing in mind that some end and edge trims must be made after rolling
  • roll the plates using the interactive controls within the simulation

At the end of each run, the students were presented with test-house and production reports, stating whether the required mechanical properties were met, and also the size, number and cost of saleable plates.

Each result was recorded on the database, allowing the module tutors to monitor the progress of each group.

Keywords: engineering • education • teaching • scenario-based learning • University of Liverpool • undergraduate • student • steeluniversity • steel • plate • rolling • simulation • offshore • wind turbine • tower • competition • group-work
Categories: Science approaches > Modelling & simulation
Materials > Metals & alloys > Carbon steels
Processes > Shaping > Deformation > Rolling
Applications > Energy > Renewable energy
Product Forms > Flat > Plate
Other topics > Teaching (pedagogy)
Other topics > Business & economics
Created by: Andrew Green, The University of Liverpool
Tim Bullough, The University of Liverpool
Liam Comerford, The University of Liverpool
John Connor, The University of Liverpool
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Date created: 28 September 2010
Date added: 30 September 2010
Resource ID: 3220