The Glass Melting Furnaces (2 DVD set), taught by C. Philip Ross, reviews aspects of glass melting furnaces from the recent past, current practices, as well as the direction the industry will progress into the future. Various furnace types, including their preferred attributes for different glass types, and the selection requirements for various furnace refractory types and their properties in service are discussed. The conversion from raw materials to molten glass in the “fusion” process within the furnace is detailed. The principles of key preferred operating parameters are discussed relative to glass quality, energy efficiency and furnace. Mechanisms of air emission generation and control within glass furnaces are briefly covered. A review of innovation trends is also offered which show where there is interest for future advancements in furnace configurations and operation.


List = $390       ACerS Member = $325

Contact ACerS Customer Service at 866-721-3322/1-614-890-4700 to order by phone.

Course Agenda

DISC 1 (1 hr 36 min)

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Function, Evolution Drivers

Part 3: Furnace Types

Part 4: Glass Batch Formulation
Part 5: Refractories and Issues

DISC 2 (1 hr 17 min)

Part 6: Furnace Operations

Part 7: Air Emissions

Part 8: Future Issues
Part 9: Conclusions

Instructor Biography

After graduating with a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, Phil Ross began a successful 50 year career in the glass manufacturing industry. For 27 years he held line and staff positions in the container and tableware glass segments, including 15 years as the V.P. of Batch & Furnace Engineering for Kerr Glass. Responsibilities have included raw material selection, glass formulation, and the design, construction, operation and environmental compliance for glass melting furnaces. As an independent consultant he has performed services for more than 170 companies in 30 countries. He is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society, and served on the Advisory Board for the Conference on Glass Problems for 25 years.


List = $390       ACerS Member = $325

Contact ACerS Customer Service at 866-721-3322/1-614-890-4700 to order by phone.

This is a joint educational project between ACerS and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council.

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