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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.

 

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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  

 

August 21 – 26, 2016
International Congress on Ceramics (ICC6)
Dresden, Germany

 

March 28 – 30, 2017

St. Louis Section/RCD 53rd Annual Syposium of Refractories

 

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor this event, with the theme, “Real World Applications of Refractory Testing”, on Wednesday  and Thursday, March 29 and 30, 2017.  A kickoff event (TBD) will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 28. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel.  Co-program chairs are Ashley Hampton of Vesuvius and Brian Rayner of The Orton Ceramic Foundation.

 

The Tabletop Expo format is the same as previous years, with each vendor having a 6-foot table on which to display products and literature.  The charge is $300, which will be used to cover the cost of the Expo Hall and provide a two-hour open 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 28, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Katie Chalfin at 610-832-9717 for more information on this meeting.

 

The pre-registration fee of $225 or onsite registration fee of $275 ($125 for emeritus/seniors and $50 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 27 – 31 at the Hilton (314-426-5500).  The rate is $110 for a single or double. To receive the $110 rate, mention the group name, St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society, or the group code, SLC, when making your reservations.  The web address for online reservations is: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLHIHF-SLC-20170327/index.jhtml.  All hotel reservations must be received on or before February 27, 2017.

 

For further information, please contact Patty Smith at 573-341-6265 or fax at 573-341-2071 or email at psmith@mst.edu.

 

 

In conjunction with the ACerS St. Louis Section/RCD meeting, ASTM will hold their C08 March 2017 Meeting on Refractories
Date: Tuesday March 28th 2017 
Location: Hilton St. Louis Airport; St. Louis, MO

 

September 27 – 29, 2017
UNITECR 2017
CentroParque Convention & Conference Center  |  Santiago, Chile

 

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Division leadership  

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

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

Secretary:  Simon Leiderman | Shinagawa Advanced Materials | Ph: (412) 660-6798

Trustee: Louis J. Trostel, Jr. | Ph: (978)464-2469

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 

  • 2016 Winner: Bjørn Myhre, Elkem Silicon Materials
  • 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 2016 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Apply by March 11, 2016

The Refractories Institute (TRI) will once again award a limited number of scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year, 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 are 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 11, 2016. 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.

 

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