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February 16th, 2018

St. Louis Section

Published on February 16th, 2018 | By: Belinda Raines


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




Bill Davis

Harbison Walker International

573-594-6425, ext. 293



Patty Smith

Missouri University of Science & Technology



Vice Chair

Chris Perry

Christy Refractories




Kent Weisenstein



Zach Hall

AluChem of Little Rock







Dues of $5 per year can be paid on your annual ACerS membership renewal form. Be sure to include your complete mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and your email address.


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 will sponsor 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. A kickoff event of food, drinks and games at the 99 Hops House, Hollywood Casino will be held the evening of March 20, 2018. The meeting will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. Co-program chairs are Andrew Domann of Bucher Emhart Glass and Steven Ashlock of Kyanite Mining Corporation.  Click here for the registration form.



A partial list of presentations include . . .


“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


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 or click here for the Tabletop Registration Form.


Please note that a meeting of the ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories will be held on March 20, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Molly Lynyak at mlynyak@astm.org 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. Click here to complete the registration form. 


A block of rooms has been set aside for the evenings of March 19-23, 2018 at the Hilton (314-426-5500). The rate is $111.00 for a single or double. To receive the $111 rate, mention the Group Name: “St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society” or Group Code: “SCS” when making your reservation. The web address to make online reservations is: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLHIHF-SCS-20180319/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

All hotel reservations must be received on or before March 1, 2018.
For further information please contact Patty Smith by phone at 573-341-6265, or fax: 573-341-2071 or email: psmith@mst.edu.



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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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