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acers spotlight 49th refractory symposium March 26-28 “Refractory Challenges in the Chemical and Petro-Chemical Industries” is a timely topic, particularly given the boom in shale gas production, and it is the theme of the annual symposium organized by ACerS’ St. Louis Section and the Society’s Refractory Ceramics Division. The meeting, to be held in St. Louis, Mo., at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, will also honor the distinguished J.P. Willi with its 2013 Theodore J. Planje–St. Louis Refractories Award. Organizers for the event include Section chair Dilip Jain (Kyanite Mining), RCD chair Bill Headrick (Missouri Refractories Company), and program coordinators, Jens Decker (Stellar Materials) and Rick Volk (Uni-Ref). Although the technical sessions get underway Wednesday, March 27, organizers are planning a special kickoff and mixer event Tuesday night. A discounted block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton for this meeting. Please refer to Group Code CER when reserving a room for which the rate is $104.00 single/double per night. Reservations must be made before March 8, 2013. For more information about the symposium, contact Patty Smith, Univ. of Missouri S&T, 573-341-6265, psmith@ mst.edu. Exposition participants Participants include Almatis, AluChem, Alteo, The American Ceramic Society, BassTech International, Calucem, CE Minerals, Christy Minerals, Cilas Particle Size, DIFK GmbH, Fibercon Int’l., Great Lakes Minerals, Kerneos, Kyanite Mining, LAEIS GmbH, Lancaster Products, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Orton Ceramic Foundation, Possehl Erzkontor N.A., Refractories Worldforum, Refractory Minerals, TAM Ceramics, and Washington Mills Planje Award The annual T.J. Planje–St. Louis Refractories Award will presented to J.P. Willi. Willi has long been an outstanding fixture in the refractories field and is the principal of Sunset Refractories Services, a consulting firm specializing in manufacturing and quality control, ISO 9000, and environmental compliance for the refractory industry. Willi, a native of Chicago, joined ACerS in 1961 and is a Fellow of the Society. n Willi Schedule-at-a-glance March 26, 2013 Kickoff Event 5:00 p.m. March 27th, 2013 Registration and Coffee 7:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Morning Technical Sessions 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. • 60 Years of Petroleum & Petrochemicals Industry Refractories History & Opportunities for the Future • Refinery Catalytic Cracking Units—Refractory Uses and Challenges • ASTM C-704 Abrasion Standard • Evaluating the Resistance of Container-Glass Furnace Refractories to Alkali Attack • Elevated Temperature Abrasion Testing Luncheon Banquet 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Presentation of the T.J. Planje Award 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Technical Sessions 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. • Metal Selection for Gunite Veneer Repairs • Deterioration of Calcium Aluminate Bonded Insulated Monolithics in Field Conditions • Refractory Materials Based on Magnesia–Alumina Spinel for Improved Performance in Coal Gasification Environments • The Use of Low Biopersistence Fibers in Refineries and Chemical Plants • Developing Better Refractories for The Steel Industry: The Steel Manufacturing Research Center RCD Annual Members Meeting 4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks 5:00 p.m. Exposition and Cocktail Hour 5:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner 7:00 p.m. March 28th, 2013 RCD Exec. Committee Breakfast Meeting 6:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Morning Technical Sessions 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. • Hydrogen Corrosion: General Principles and Experimental Approach • Raw Material Concepts for SiO2-Free High Strength Castables in the Temperature Range up to 1,200°C • Energy Efficient Lining Designs for Today’s Fired Heaters • Application of Cast-Off Materials as Proppants for Hydrofacturing • Cement Bonded Alumina Systems for Chemical and Petro-Chemical Applications Closing remarks 11:45 a.m. – Noon St. Louis Section Officer Business Meeting Noon 8 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 2


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