Refractory Ceramics Division
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.
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.
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The ACerS St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division had a great joint meeting in St. Louis, March 26-27, 2014. Read a recap and see from photos from the meeting here.
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.
The Theodore J. Planje — St. Louis Refractories Award Winners:
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.
Refractories Applications and News – a bimonthly publication, RAN, covers the latest advances in raw materials, finished products, installation and research.
The Refractories Institute – Promoting the interests of the refractories community, providing service and support to a vital industry.
refractories WORLDFORUM is 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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