Our Mission: The Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society examines the science, production and application of ceramics for use at elevated temperatures and in other hostile environments. Members are involved in materials development, formulation, production, and engineering of refractories for the iron, steel, aluminum, and other nonferrous metal industries as well as the minerals processing, glass, cement, and petrochemical industries.
UNITECR Student Travel Support
The Refractory Ceramics Division (RCD) and St. Louis Section (STLSEC) of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in conjunction with The Refractories Institute (TRI) and ASTM International Committee C08 on Refractories would like to announce the availability of travel reimbursement funds for students to assist in attending UNITECR 2017 in Santiago Chile, September 26-29.
Requests should include student contact information, faculty reference information and amount of travel reimbursement requested with a brief statement of intent. RCD will contact selected students and provide a maximum reimbursement level available. Student will be required to submit expenses and a short paper on their experience at UNITECR to receive the funds as reimbursement for expenses after the meeting.
CentroParque Convention & Conference Center | Santiago, Chile
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Refractory products are nonmetallic materials that withstand severe high temperature service conditions. They must resist chemical attack; withstand molten metal and slag erosion; endure thermal shock, physical impact, catalytic heat; and other rigorous conditions. Generally, refractory products are needed in processes where temperatures exceed 700°F. Some applications call for service temperatures of 3500°F or higher. Refractory products are, in many cases, the only materials that can contain or control high temperature processes, making them critical to the United States industrial base. Refractories line the furnaces and smelters that refine steel, copper, aluminum, and other metals. They are used in cement kilns and glass furnaces, as well as in petroleum cracking and processing. Power generators, boilers, and other combustion equipment all use refractories. Refractories have been used by humankind since earliest recorded history. When humans first began to smelt metals and shape primitive knives, hunting weapons, and ornamental rings and jewelry, crude refractory materials were developed to facilitate the pyroprocessing of the ores. As refractory practice developed, materials evolved which were ever more durable, lasting longer and longer before replacement was necessary.
As a service to the members of the Refractory Ceramics Division and those interested in joining The American Ceramic Society, ACerS and Wiley are providing free access to articles published in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology that are relevant to the refractory ceramics industry. These articles will be unlocked until September 30, 2017. After that time, ACerS members can access these articles after logging in to www.ceramics.org.
CentroParque Convention & Conference Center | Santiago, Chile
March 21-22, 2018
St. Louis Section/RCD 54th Annual Symposium on Refractories
The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 54th Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Refractories for the Cement, Glass, and Minerals Manufacturing Industry” on March 21-22, 2018 and a kickoff event (TBD) will be held the evening of March 20, 2018. The meeting will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Andrew Domann of Bucher Emhart Glass and Steven Ashlock of Kyanite Mining Corporation.
The Tabletop Expo format is the same as previous years, with each vendor having a 6-foot table to display products and literature. The charge is $300, which will be used to cover the cost of the Expo Hall and provide an open two-hour bar during the “Meet and Greet” for the attendees prior to the dinner buffet on Wednesday evening. If you are interested in participating in the Tabletop Expo, contact Patty Smith at (573) 341-6265 or email@example.com.
This biennial award was established to honor Alfred W. Allen’s legacy as an educator, technical contributor and supporter of the Refractory Ceramics Division. The award committee shall select as the biennial award recipient, from the technical literature of the last two years, the author(s) of the technical paper on refractory ceramics which reflects the highest level of technical quality.
2016 Alfred W. Allen Award Recipient:
“Al2O3-based binders for corrosion resistance optimization of Al2O3-MgAl2O4 and Al2O3-MgO refractory castables” by A.G. Tomba Martinez, A.P. Luz, M.A.L. Braulio, and V.C. Pandolfelli, Ceramics International 41 (2015) 9947-9956
Recommended reading of the runners-up for the 2016 Alfred W. Allen Award:
“Magnesium fluoride role on alumina-magnesia cement-bonded castables” by T.M. Souza, A.P. Luz, and V.C. Pandolfelli in Ceramics International, 40 (2014) 14947-14056
“Causes of phosphate migration in high Cr2O3 gasifier refractories and the impact on slag wear and spalling” by James Bennett, Brent Riggs, Anna Nakano, Jinichiro Nakano, and Hugh Thomas, UNITECR 2015 paper 351.
2011 Winner: Rob Crolius – The Refractories Institute
2010 Winner: James L. Hill, Retired – ANH Refractories
2009 Winner: James W. Stendera, Vesuvius USA
In December 1967, the St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society announced the establishment of as “The St. Louis Refractories Award.” This has been provided in Article XII of the by-laws of the St. Louis Section “for the purpose of recognizing and honoring distinguished achievement in the refractories field.”
In March 1982, the St. Louis Section voted to amend Article XII of the by-laws. The award was renamed “The Theodore J. Planje — St. Louis Refractories Award” in honor of his many contributions.
Nominations received after December 1 shall be held for the following year. To request a nomination form please contact Patty Smith at P: (573) 341-6265, F: (573) 341-6151.
THE REFRACTORIES INSTITUTE 2017-2018 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Application Deadline Closed
The Refractories Institute (TRI) will once again award a limited number of scholarships based on academic merit and the applicant’s demonstrated experience and interest in the field of refractories. The scholarships will be awarded in the form of one time grants of $5,000 each and are available to an undergraduate or advanced degree in ceramic engineering, materials science, or a similar discipline at a North American college, university, or technical institute. Click here for more information.
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refractories WORLDFORUM. The new technical and scientific journal for the entire refractories sector: production, application and further development of high temperature materials. It addresses refractories professionals worldwide, i.e. in the production of refractories as well as in industries processing and consuming refractories, raw materials and additives, plant and machine suppliers. refractories WORLDFORUM is published four times per year in English.