Sugar is not just for food: Using sucrose as binder for MgO-C refractories

By Lisa McDonald / December 6, 2019

Phenolic resin, a commonly used binder for MgO-C refractories, releases pollutant gases during the heat treatment process. Researchers from two Chinese universities explored whether sucrose could be an environmentally friendly alternative.

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Hundreds brave Typhoon Hagibis to attend UNITECR 2019

By Andrea Ross / October 30, 2019

Less than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the 2019 Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories, Super Typhoon Hagibis hit northern Japan. More than 680 people braved the weather to attend the conference, which featured 241 scheduled presentations and the induction of three Distinguished Life Members.

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Protecting equipment in steel production: Thermal barrier coatings created from steel waste stream

By Jonathon Foreman / October 25, 2019

Thermal barrier coatings protect equipment against high temperatures in steel production. Researchers from Bartin University in Turkey found ferrochromium slag, a waste product from stainless steel production, could be used to create such coatings.

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Monolithic refractories face tough environments, plus more inside March 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / February 21, 2019

The March 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring two articles looking at monolithic refractories in tough environments, and the new two-day format of Ceramics Expo 2019—is now available online.

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Silica sol could “steel” the show as castable binder for steel ladles

By Lisa McDonald / February 19, 2019

Chinese researchers showed silica sol-bonded corundum-spinel castables could overcome shortcomings of calcium aluminate cement-bonded castables.

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Honoring ACerS awards class of 2018, plus more inside September ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / August 16, 2018

The Society announces awards that will be presented at the Awards Banquet of the 120th Annual Meeting in October to recognize significant contributions to the engineered ceramic and glass field by members and corporations.

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How will ceramic materials fare in outer space? This and much more inside August 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / July 20, 2018

The August 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. You’ll find stories about how functional ceramics will be 3-D printed for outer space applications, how fly ash waste can be used for high-performance refractories, and much more.

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ACerS member gives back by paying forward

By Faye Oney / April 24, 2018

Meet ACerS member Bill Headrick. A longtime member of the Society, Headrick was a recent recipient of the Global Ambassador Award. He earned his award by finding travel funds for students to attend ACerS meetings and encouraging them to join.

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BCC Research offers 15 percent discount to ACerS members

By Faye Oney / April 10, 2018

BCC Research is offering a 15% discount on market research reports for ACerS members. ACerS members can take the discount off of an annual membership or individual research reports.

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Refractories Symposium focuses on glass while breaking a ‘glass ceiling’

By Eileen De Guire / March 26, 2018

Last week ACerS St. Louis Section and Refractory Ceramics Division presented the 54th Annual Refractories Symposium, which has grown into the most significant annual gathering of the refractories community in North America. Nancy Bunt was the first woman to be honored with the St. Louis Section Theodore J. Planje award.

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