Kyanite Mining Company
P: (434) 983-2085
Missouri University of Science & Technology
P: (573) 341-6265
P: (573) 437-2132
P: (636) 479-7770
Alsey Refractories Company
P: (217) 742-55012132
Missouri University of Science and Technology
303 Materials Research Center
Rolla, MO 65401
St. Louis Section/RCD 49th Annual Symposium: March 26-28, 2013
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. The deadline to sign up for the Kickoff Event Hockey Game is March 8th!
March 26th, 2013
5:00 P.M. Kickoff Event
March 27th, 2013
7:15 A.M. Registration and Coffee
8:00 Welcome and Introductions
Morning Technical Sessions:
8:15: 60 Years of Petroleum & Petrochemicals Industry Refractories History & Opportunities for the
Ed Linck - Linck Refractory Services and Paul Schlett - Valero Energy Corporation
8:45: Refinery Catalytic Cracking Units - Refractory Uses and Challenges
Richard Parkinson - UOP, LLC
9:15 ASTM C-704 Abrasion Standard
Ben Markel - Resco Products
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
Wagner M. Silva and Modestino A. M. Brito - Magnesita Refractories S.A., Brazil
Christos G. Aneziris - Institute for Ceramics, Glass and Construction Materials, Technical University Freiberg, Germany
Appeared in the J. Amer. Ceram. Soc., 94(12) 4218-4225 (2011)
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:
1:30 Material Selection for Gunite Veneer Repairs
Stephen Libby & Jim Stendera - Vesuvius Advanced Refractories R&D
2:00 Deterioration of Calcium Aluminate Bonded Insulating Monolithics in Field Conditions
Ken Moody - Refractory System Solutions
2:30 Coffee Break
3:00 Refractory Materials Based on Magnesia-Alumina Spinel for Improved Performance in Coal
James Hemrick - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
3:30 The Use of Low Biopersistence Fibers in Refineries and Chemical Plants
Steve Chernack - Morgan Thermal Ceramics
4:00 Developing Better Refractories for The Steel Industry - The Steel Manufacturing Research
Center (SMRC) at Missouri S&T
Kent Peaslee - Missouri S&T
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
Thermo Fisher Scientific
7:00 Buffet Dinner
March 28th, 2013
6:30 A.M. Refractory Ceramics Division (RCD) Breakfast Meeting
8:15 Welcome and Introductions
Morning Technical Sessions
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
Steve Chernack - Morgan Thermal Ceramics
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
John R. Hellmann & Barry E. Scheetz - The Pennsylvania State University
11:30 Cement Bonded Alumina Systems for Chemical and Petro-Chemical Applications
Jake Wieland - AluChem
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.
Register for the meeting now! Register by March 23rd to get the reduced registration rate.
The deadline to sign up for the hockey game kickoff event is March 8th.
For further information please contact Patty Smith at tel: (573) 341-6265, Fax: (573) 341-2071 or email email@example.com.
The Theodore J. Planje - St. Louis Refractories Award
Nomination deadline for 2014 Award: December 1, 2013
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, 2013 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.