Our Mission

The Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society examines the science, production and application of ceramics for use at elevated temperatures and in other hostile environments. Members are involved in materials development, formulation, production, and engineering of refractories for the iron, steel, aluminum, and other nonferrous metals industries as well as the minerals processing, glass, cement, and petrochemical industries.

Curated list of recent journal articles of interest to the refractories industry.

Contact our 2019-2020 RCD Officers.

Review the RCD awards descriptions and awardees.

View the Division’s annual reports and rules governing the division.

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of ceramic science and engineering.

ACerS strives to promote involvement and access to leadership opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, career path or academic level.

About RCD

Learn how RCD can help your research and career.  Download and share the RCD flyer summarizing the Division’s benefits, mission and focused meetings.

News and Resources

RCD partners with the ACerS St. Louis Section to organize and hold the annual Symposium on Refractories, now in its 56th year. Read about the 2019 Refractories Symposium on Ceramic Tech Today.

Industry Resources

Refractories Applications and News.  RAN covers the latest advances in raw materials, finished products, installation and research.

The Refractories Institute. A trade association promoting the interests of the refractories community, providing service and support to a vital industry.

refractories WORLDFORUM. A technical and scientific journal for the refractories sector: production, application, and development of high-temperature materials; industries processing and consuming refractories; raw materials and additives; plant and machine suppliers.

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. UNITECR 2019 was held in Yokohama, Japan, Oct. 13–19.