March 26–28, 2019
55th Annual St. Louis Section / Refractory Ceramics Division Symposium on Refractories
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel | St. Louis, MO USA
Credit: Fred Dunn; Flickr; CC BY-NC 2.0
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.
As a service to the members of the Refractory Ceramics Division and those interested in joining The American Ceramic Society, ACerS and Wiley are providing free access to articles published in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology that are relevant to the refractory ceramics industry.
We invite you to enjoy these articles, which are free to read until September 30, 2018 and suggest you take a look at the articles selected for all the divisions.
After September 30, ACerS members can access the articles by logging in to www.ceramics.org.
Corrosion behavior and microstructural evolution of BN–ZrO2–SiC composites in molten steel
Techno‐economic optimization model for “sustainable” insulation material developed for energy efficiency
Highly porous mullite ceramics from engineered alkali activated suspensions
March 20-22, 2018
St. Louis Section/RCD 54th Annual Symposium on Refractories
The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society held their 54th Annual Symposium on Refractories with the theme “Refractories for the Cement, Glass, and Minerals Manufacturing Industry” on March 21-22, 2018. Click here for photos from the event and the meeting recap article.
UNITECR 2017 in Santiago Chile, September 26-29
The Refractory Ceramics Division (RCD) and St. Louis Section (STLSEC) of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in conjunction with The Refractories Institute (TRI) and ASTM International Committee C08 on Refractories provided travel reimbursement funds for students attending UNITECR in Santiago, Chile.
Students were required to submit a brief paper on their experience at UNITECR after the meeting. Click on the name of the following students who received funding support to read their UNITECR experience:
Pedro Ivo Batistel Galiote Brossi Pelissari; Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil
Matheus Felipe dos Santos; Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil
Isadora de Borba Busch; UNSW Sydney
Jehane du Toit; University of Pretoria
Tongsheng Wang; Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China
Jun Liu; Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China
Sebastian E. Gass; National University of Mar del Plata Argentina
Marcos N. Moline; National University of Mar del Plata Argentina
Andres Calvo; National University of Mar del Plata Argentina
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Chair: Simon Leiderman | Shinagawa Advanced Materials | Ph: (412) 660-6798
Vice-Chair: Ashley Hampton | Vesuvius | Ph: (419) 455-3122
Secretary: Steven Ashlock | Kyanite Mining Corporation | Ph: (434) 983-2085
Counselor: Louis J. Trostel, Jr. | Ph: (978)464-2469
ACerS Board of Directors Division Liaison: Dana Goski | Allied Mineral Products, Inc.
President’s Council of Student Advisors Delegate: Phylis Makurunje | University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
|Division Rules and Reports
RCD Annual Report 2012-2013
RCD Annual Report 2013-2014
RCD Annual Report 2014-2015
RCD Annual Report 2015-2016
RCD Annual Report 2016-2017
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.
2018 Alfred W. Allen Award Recipients:
Jacques Poirier, Eric Blond, Emmanuel de Bilbao, Rudy Michel, Antoine Coulon, Jean Gillibert, Michel Boussuge, Yang Zhang, David Ryckelynk, Gilles Dusserre, Thierry Cutard, and Paul Leplay
for their paper entitled:
“New advances in the laboratory characterization of refractories: testing and modelling“; Metall. Res. Technol. 114, 610 (2017)
Recommended reading of the runners-up for the 2018 Alfred W. Allen Award:
“Observation and quantification of the fracture process zone for two magnesia refractories with different brittleness”; Yajie Dai, Dietmar Gruber, Harald Harmuth; Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2017)
“Energy Savings Through Thermally Efficient Crucible Technology: Fundamentals, Process Modeling, and Applications”; Wenwu Shi and Brian Pinto, JOM, Vol. 69, No. 12, 2017
Allen Recipient List
The Theodore J. Planje — St. Louis Section Refractories Award
- 2018 Winner: Nancy E. Bunt, Kerneos Aluminate Technologies
- 2017 Winner: Andreas Buhr, Almatis GmbH
- 2016 Winner: Bjørn Myhre, Elkem Silicon Materials
- 2015 Winner: Victor C. Pandolfelli, Federal University of São Carlos
- 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.
THE REFRACTORIES INSTITUTE 2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Deadline: Closed
The Refractories Institute (TRI) will once again award a limited number of scholarships based on academic merit and the applicant’s demonstrated experience and interest in the field of refractories. The scholarships will be awarded in the form of one time grants of $5,000 each and are available to an undergraduate or advanced degree in ceramic engineering, materials science, or a similar discipline at a North American college, university, or technical institute. Click here for more information.
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. 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.
The Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories UNITECR is a biennial international conference that contributes to the progress and exchange of industrial knowledge and technologies concerning refractories. The American Ceramic Society serves as the secretariat for UNITECR. Click here to view the UNITECR bylaws.
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