Refractories

Single-step synthesis of refractory ceramics, plus more inside September 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / August 20, 2020

The September 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring single-step synthesis of refractory ceramics—is now available online. Plus—Awards and C&GM

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Video: Refractories—the hidden essential industry

By Lisa McDonald / May 13, 2020

As local and federal governments mandate which businesses and industries are essential, some governments initially overlooked the refractory industry. Learn about what makes the refractory industry essential and what some refractory companies are doing to secure the right to reopen.

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Fibers from recycled beverage straws may make refractories processing safer and cheaper

By Lisa McDonald / March 13, 2020

Plastic straws cannot be recycled to make new straws, but that does not mean straws are nonrecyclable. Researchers in Brazil looked at turning straws into anti-spalling fibers for refractory castables.

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Modeling advances materials research, plus more inside March 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / February 20, 2020

The March 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring discrete element modeling of refractory materials—is now available online. Plus—new ACerS Division and ACerS-ECerS MOU

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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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