Refractory Ceramics DivisionPublished on March 4th, 2009 | Edited by: Peter Wray
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 St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 49th Annual Symposium on the theme “Refractory Challenges in the Chemical and Petro-Chemical Industries” on March 27-28, 2013 and the kickoff event to be held the evening of March 26, 2013. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Jens Decker of Stellar Materials and Rick Volk of Uni-Ref, Inc.
View the complete program and then Register for the meeting! Register by March 23rd to get the reduced registration rate.
March 26th, 2013
5:00 P.M. Kickoff Event. Deadline to sign up for the hockey game is March 8th!
March 27th, 2013
8:00 Welcome and Introductions
Morning Technical Sessions:
8:45 Refinery Catalytic Cracking Units – Refractory Uses and Challenges
9:15 ASTM C-704 Abrasion Standard
9:45 Coffee Break
10:15 Elevated Temperature Abrasion Testing
Donavin Duhon – Robert J. Jenkins and Co.
10:45 Invited Paper – 2012 Al Allen Award Winner
11:30 Questions and Discussion
11:45-1:00 Luncheon Banquet
1:00-1:30 Presentation of the T.J. Planje St. Louis Refractories Award to J.P. Willi – Sunset Refractory
Afternoon Technical Sessions:
2:00 Deterioration of Calcium Aluminate Bonded Insulating Monolithics in Field Conditions
2:30 Coffee Break
3:00 Refractory Materials Based on Magnesia-Alumina Spinel for Improved Performance in Coal
3:30 The Use of Low Biopersistence Fibers in Refineries and Chemical Plants
4:00 Developing Better Refractories for The Steel Industry – The Steel Manufacturing Research
4:30 Questions & Discussion
4:45 RCD Annual Members Meeting
5:00 Closing Remarks
5:00-7:00 Exposition and Cocktail Hour
American Ceramic Society
Cilas Particle Size
DIFK GmbH, Germany
Great Lakes Minerals
Orton Ceramic Foundation
Possehl Erzkontor N.A.
P.T. Hutchins Company
RED Industrial Products
SQ Chemical Company / Overseas Trade Network
Thermo Fisher Scientific
7:00 Buffet Dinner
March 28th, 2013
8:15 Welcome and Introductions
Morning Technical Sessions
8:30 Evaluating the Resistance of Container-Glass Furnace Refractories to Alkali Attack
Dave Lankard – Lankard Materials Lab
9:00 Raw Material Concepts for SiO2-Free High Strength Castables in the Temperature Range up to
Dale Zacherl – Almatis
Andreas Buhr – Almatis GmbH, Germany
Bernd J. Baier – S. Schlussler Feuerungsbau GmbH
9:30 Energy Efficient Lining Designs for Today’s Fired Heaters
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Hydrogen Corrosion – General Principles and Experimental Approach
Prof. Peter Quirmbach – DIFK, Bonn Germany
11:00 Application of Cast-Off Materials as Proppants for Hydrofacturing
11:30 Cement Bonded Alumina Systems for Chemical and Petro-Chemical Applications
12:00 Questions & Discussion
12:30 St. Louis Section Business Meeting & Lunch
The 2013 Theodore J. Planje Refractories Award will be presented to J.P. Willi, Sunset Refractory Services, LLC on March 27th at 1:00pm.
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 dinner on Wednesday evening. If you are interested in participating in the Tabletop Expo, contact Patty Smith at (573) 341-6265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that a meeting of the ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories will be held on March 26th, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Kate McClung at (610) 832-9717 for more information on this meeting.
A block of rooms has been set aside for the evenings of March 25-28, 2013 at the Hilton (314) 426-5500. The rate is $104.00 for a single or double. To receive the $104 rate mention the Group Name: St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society or Group Code: CER when making your reservation. The web address to make online reservations is:
All hotel reservations must be received on or before March 8, 2013.
For further information please contact Patty Smith at tel: (573) 341-6265, Fax: (573) 341-2071 or email email@example.com.
The Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories is a biennial international conference that contributes to the progress and exchange of industrial knowledge and technologies concerning refractories.
September 10-13, 2013 | The Fairmont Empress and Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
THE REFRACTORIES INSTITUTE 2012 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The member companies of The Refractories Institute have an excellent academic scholarship program for the 2012-2013 academic year to support qualified students enrolled in degree programs who have exhibited an interest in refractory manufacturing through their course work or other activities, and who might be considering a career in the refractory industry. To be considered, interested individuals must submit a letter of application by March 30, 2012. Learn more today.
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
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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