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June 25th, 2018

St. Louis Section

Published on June 25th, 2018 | By: Belinda Raines


The St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society was founded in 1965.




Chris Perry

Christy Refractories




Patty Smith

Missouri University of Science & Technology



Vice Chair

Zach Hall

AluChem of Little Rock




Kent Weisenstein



Ed Reeves







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Meetings and Events 


St. Louis Section/RCD 54th Annual Symposium of Refractories:  March 20 – 22, 2018


The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society sponsored the 54th Annual Symposium on Refractories on the theme “Refractories for the Cement, Glass, and Minerals Manufacturing Industry” on March 21-22, 2018. View full program here. The meeting took place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs were Andrew Domann of Bucher Emhart Glass and Steven Ashlock of Kyanite Mining Corporation. 


A partial list of presentations included . . .


“Refractory Challenges in Glass Melting”
Ruth Engel
Refractory Consulting Services


“Comparing bonding Systems Used in Preheat Tower Shotcrete Mixes”
Gus Hughes
Mt. Savage Specialty Refractories


“Update on Use of Spherical Particles in NCC”
Bjorn Myhre & Hong Peng
Elkem Silicon Materials, Norway


“Development of an Optimized Set for Application on Burner Pipes”
A.G.S. Mangualde, V.G. Domiciano, M.A.M. Brito, R.S. Lara & M.G. Oliveira
Magnesita R&D, Brazil


“Critical Factors Affecting the Performance of Refractory Repair Materials and the Influence of Calcium-Aluminates on these Factors”
Josh Pelletier


“Automated Rotary Drum Furnace for Testing Refractotries for Cement Rotary Kiln Applications”
Ralf Simmat, Christian Dannert & Peter Quirmbach
Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e.V. & Deutsches Institut fuer Feuerfest und Keramik GmbH, Germany


“How to Deal with Alkalis Infiltration in Mag-Spinel Bricks Used in Cement Rotary Kilns”
Daniela Mancini Fonseca, Eduardo Márcio Reis & Graziella Rajão Cota Pacheco
Magnesita Refractories S.A.


“Cold Setting Phosphate Bonded Castables for Repairs”
S.L.C. Silva, A.M. Correa, A. Mangualde, M.A.M. Brito
Magnesita R&D, Brazil


“Moisture Pick Up and Strength of Hydraulically Bonded Pre-Cast Shapes”
Dale Zacherl
Almatis, Inc.


“How Do We See the Refractory Future”
Dave Tucker
Imerys Refractory Minerals


“Minerals in the Glass Industry”
Craig Carmody
Glass Technology


“Determining the Water Content for Castable Slump Using Specific Volume Diagram Approach”
William M. Carty, Hyojin Lee, Martin Monk, Josh Onofrio & Greg Pomarico
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University


“Classical vs Modern Refractoriness Test Methods for Fireclay Brick”
Glenn McIntyre
HarbisonWalker International





All ACerS Meetings



The Theodore J. Planje – St. Louis Refractories Award Winners

   2017 Winner: Andreas Buhr, Almatis GmbH

   2016 Winner: Bjørn Myhre, Elkem Silicon Materials

   2015 Winner: Victor C. Pandolfelli, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil

   2014 Winner: Jeffrey D. Smith, Missouri University of Science and Technology

   2013 Winner: J.P. Willi, Sunset Refractory 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


Nomination deadline for 2018 Award: December 1, 2017


In December 1967, the St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society announced the establishment of  “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, 2017 will be held for the following year. To request a nomination form, please contact Patty Smith at P: (573) 341-6265, F: (573) 341-6151.



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