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ACerS Refractory Ceramics Division

Mission statement  

 

Refractory Ceramics Division logoOur 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.

 

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.

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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.

 

 Meeting Spotlight  

 

Read a recap—with photos—from the St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division’s 51st annual symposium, held March 24-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.  

 

Mark Your Calendar!
St. Louis Section/RCD 52nd Annual Symposium: March 29-31, 2016

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 52nd Annual Symposium on the theme “Refractories for the Ferrous Industry: A historical perspective, present, and future directions” on March 30-31, 2016 and a kickoff event (TBD) will held the evening of March 29, 2016. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Simon Leiderman of U.S. Steel Research and Technology and Bill Davis.

 

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 psmith@mst.edu.

 

Please note that a meeting of the ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories will be held on March 29th, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Kate McClung at (610) 832-9717 for more information on this meeting.

 

The pre-registration fee of $225.00 or on-site registration fee of $275.00 ($125.00 for Emeritus/Seniors and $50.00 for students) includes the cost of your bound copy of the Symposium Technical Papers, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Coffee Breaks.

 

A block of rooms has been set aside for the evenings of March 28 thru April 1, 2016 at the Hilton (314) 426-5500. The rate is $107.00 for a single or double. To receive the $107 rate mention the Group Name: St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society or Group Code: MUS when making your reservation. The web address to make online reservations is: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLHIHF-MUS-20160328/index.jhtml

 

All hotel reservations must be received on or before March 7, 2016.

 

For further information please contact Patty Smith at tel: (573) 341-6265, Fax: (573) 341-2071 or email: psmith@mst.edu.

 

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Division leadership  

Chair: Ben Markel | Resco Products |  Ph: (336) 299-1441 

Vice-Chair: Josh Pelletier | Kerneos, Inc.  | Ph: (757) 284-3254

Secretary:  Matt Lambert | Allied Mineral Products | Ph: (614) 876-3138

 

Division rules  

Refractory Ceramics Division Rules

 

Awards  

 

Alfred W. Allen Award

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.

 

Allen Award Recipients

 


 

The Theodore J. Planje — St. Louis Refractories Award 

  • 2015 Winner: Victor C. Pandolfelli, Federal University of São Carlos
  • 2014 Winner: Jeffrey D. Smith, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • 2013 Winner:  J.P. Willi, Sunset Regractory Services, LLC  
  • 2012 Winner:  Rick Volk, UNI-REF, Inc.
  • 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 2015 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Apply by March 13, 2015

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 college undergraduate or graduate students studying in North America who will be enrolled full time for the 2015-16 academic year in pursuit of an undergraduate or advanced degree in ceramic engineering, materials science or similar discipline. Deadline for applications is March 13, 2015. Find out more today.

 

 

Resources  

Refractories Applications and News. A bimonthly publication, RAN, covers the latest advances in raw materials, finished products, installation and research.

 

The Refractories InstitutePromoting the interests of the refractories community, providing service and support to a vital industry.

 

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.

 

Job opportunities  

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