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Tom Vert from ArcelorMittalDofasco will continue his discussion of how steelmakers choose refractories at the St. Louis/RCD 50th Annual Symposium in March. Credit: ACerS.

Three ACerS Divisions have meetings coming up that will interest their members, but will also be of interest to others who work in these fields. The Glass and Optical Materials Division meeting will be in Aachen, Germany, in May in collaboration with the Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft.

In chronological order they are:

Structural Clay Products

March 3–5

Knoxville, Tenn.


The technical portion of the meeting includes four invited talks on aspects of brickmaking and an update on the MACT effort. With titles like, “Coloring brick—It’s OK to play and color outside the lines,” the presentations promise to be informative and interesting.


The traditional plant tour this year will be a morning tour of General Shale (Johnson City , Tenn.) and an afternoon tour to Crossville Tile (Crossville, Tenn.) Last year’s tour of Interstate Brick in Utah is the featured image above.


Similar to last year, the National Brick Research Council will hold its membership meeting in conjunction with the Division meeting.

St. Louis/Refractory Ceramics Division

March 25–27

St. Louis, Mo.

The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division continue their successful collaboration with the 50th installment of RCD’s annual symposium. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Refractory Bonding Systems.” The program (pdf) highlights the technical and social program for the two-day event.  Invited speaker Tom Vert from ArcelorMittalDofasco will build on his Unitecr plenary talk on how steelmakers choose refractories, focusing on refractory binder systems. Victor Pandolfelli, also an invited speaker, will talk about engineering of refractory castable binders.


Jeffrey Smith, professor at Missouri S&T, will be awarded the St. Louis Section’s T.J. Planje Award.

Cements Division

July 9–11

Cookeville, Tenn.

The Division’s 5th Advances in Cement-based Materials will have the theme “Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing.” The event will be at the Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. The call for papers will be issued shortly.