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September 4th, 2013

Refractory Ceramics Division


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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.

 

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.

Chair

Ben Markel

Resco Products
3514 W. Wendover Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27407

ben.markel@rescoproducts.com
Phone: (336) 299-1441

 

Vice-Chair
Jens Decker

Director of Technical Services

Stellar Materials

916 Raymond Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

jens.decker@thermbond.com

Phone: (561)504-4305

 

Secretary

Josh Pelletier

Technical Development Engineer

Kerneos, Inc. 

joshua.pelletier@kerneos.com

Phone: (757)284-3254

 

 

Rules & Minutes  

Refractory Ceramics Division Rules

 

Meetings  
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


Mark your calendars!

St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division 51st Annual Symposium: March 24-26, 2015

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor the 51st Annual Symposium on the theme “Refractories as Engineered Ceramics” on March 25-26, 2015. A kickoff event (TBD) will held the evening of March 24, 2015. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Mike Alexander of Riverside Refractories and Matt Lambert of Allied Mineral Products.

 

Click here for a partial list of papers that will be presented.

 

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 24th, 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 23-27, 2015 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: SAC when making your reservation. Make your online hotel reservation no later than March 2, 2015.  

 

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

 

April 28 – 30, 2015

Ceramics Expo

Cleveland, Ohio USA

 

September 15 – 18, 2015
Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR 2015)
Vienna, Austria

Call for papers! Submit abstracts by November 13th.

 

October 4 – 8, 2015

Materials Science & Technology 2015, combined with ACerS 117th Annual Meeting (MS&T15)
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio USA

 

November 2 – 5, 2015

76th Conference on Glass Problems (76th GPC)

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio USA

 

All ACerS Meetings

 
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 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.

Resources  

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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