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January 3rd, 2016

St. Louis Section

Published on January 3rd, 2016 | By: Belinda Raines

The St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society was founded in 1965.




Bill Davis

Harbison Walker International

573-594-6425, ext. 293



Patty Smith

Missouri University of Science & Technology



Vice Chair

Chris Perry

Christy Refractories




Kent Weisenstein



Zach Hall

AluChem of Little Rock







Dues of $5 per year can be paid on your annual ACerS membership renewal form.  Make sure to include your complete mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address.


Meetings and Events

St. Louis Section/RCD 53rd Annual Syposium of Refractories: March 28 – 30, 2017


The St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of The American Ceramic Society will sponsor this event, with the theme, “Real World Applications of Refractory Testing”, on Wednesday  and Thursday, March 29 and 30, 2017.  A kickoff event (TBD) will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 28. The meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel.  Co-program chairs are Ashley Hampton of Vesuvius and Brian Rayner of The Orton Ceramic Foundation.


Click here to register!


Presentations include:

“High Definition Imaging of Hot Refractory During Operating Conditions”

Bill Porter, Saku Kaukonen & Juha Roininen

Bet-ker America, LLC & Sapotech Oy, Finland


“ASTM C08 on Refractories – An Overview of the Definitive Standard Tests for Refractories”

Bill Headrick



“Why do Industrial-Sized No-Cement Castables Sometimes Explode during Heatup? A Remedy to Ensure Safe and Fast Heatup of Microsilica-Gel Bond Castables”

Bjorn Myhre & Hong Peng

Elkem Silicon Materials, Norway


“Spinel: In-Situ versus Performed – Clearing the Myth”

Dale Zacherl, Marion Schnabel, Andreas Buhr, Reinhard Exenberger & Christian Rampitsch

Almatis, Inc., Almatis GmbH Germany, voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Austria


“Reflections on Refractory Materials and Their Evaluation”

Victor Pandolfelli

Federal University of São Carlos


“The Use of Heat Flow Analysis and Infrared Thermography for the Identification of Alternative Insulation Strategies”

James G. Hemrick

Reno Refractories, Inc.


“Determining and Enhancing the Permeability of Dense Refractory Castables”

Josh Pelletier, Christoph Wöhrmeyer, & Carl Zetterström

Kerneos, Inc.


“Slag Corrosion Test Methods”

Anna Mattione, Ronald O’Malley & Jeffery D. Smith

Missouri University of Science & Technology


“The Application of Physical Properties to Refractory Design and Selection”

Mike Alexander

Riverside Refractories, Inc.


“The Effect of Aluminosilicate Calcine Quality on Finished Monolithic Refractory Hot Properties”

Scot Graddick, Dave Tucker, Chris Beiter, Danilo Frulli & Steffen Mohmel

Imerys Refractory Minerals & CARRD


“Turning Reheat Furnace into Science”

Yong M. Lee & Kurt Johnson

ArcelorMittal Steel Global R&D


“Refractory Testing to Capture Real World Applications”

Devdutt Shukla

Vesuvius USA


“Possibilities and Opportunities for Determining the Thermal Conductivity of Different Refractory Products”

Ralf Simmat¹, Christian Dannert¹, & Peter Quirmbach²

¹Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e.V. & ²Deutsches Institut fuer Feuerfest und Keramik


The Tabletop Expo format is the same as previous years, with each vendor having a 6-foot table on which to display products and literature.  The charge is $300, which will be used to cover the cost of the Expo Hall and provide a two-hour open bar during the “Meet and Greet” for the attendees prior to the dinner buffet on Wednesday evening. If you are interested in participating in the Tabletop Expo, contact Patty Smith at 573-341-6265 or psmith@mst.edu.


Click here for the Tabletop Expo Registration Form.


Please note that a meeting of the ASTM International C-8 Committee on Refractories will be held on March 28, before this joint St. Louis Section/RCD conference. Contact Katie Chalfin at 610-832-9717 for more information on this meeting.


The pre-registration fee of $225 or onsite registration fee of $275 ($125 for emeritus/seniors and $50 for students) includes the cost of your bound copy of the symposium technical papers, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks.


A block of rooms has been set aside for the evenings of March 27 – 31 at the Hilton (314-426-5500).  The rate is $110 for a single or double. To receive the $110 rate, mention the group name, St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society, or the group code, SLC, when making your reservations.  The web address for online reservations is: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLHIHF-SLC-20170327/index.jhtml.  All hotel reservations must be received on or before February 27, 2017.


For further information, please contact Patty Smith at 573-341-6265 or fax at 573-341-2071 or email at psmith@mst.edu.



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The Theodore J. Planje – St. Louis Refractories Award Winners

   2016 Winner: Bjørn Myhre, Elkem Silicon Materials

   2015 Winner: Victor C. Pandolfelli, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil

   2014 Winner: Jeffrey D. Smith, Missouri University of Science and Technology

   2013 Winner: J.P. Willi, Sunset Refractory Services, LLC

   2012 Winner:  Rick Volk, UNI-REF, Inc.

   2011 Winner: Rob Crolius – The Refractories Institute 

   2010 Winner: James L. Hill, Retired – ANH Refractories

   2009 Winner: James W. Stendera, Vesuvius USA


Nomination deadline for 2017 Award: December 1, 2016


In December 1967, the St. Louis Section of The American Ceramic Society announced the establishment of  “The St. Louis Refractories Award.” This has been provided in Article XII of the by-laws of the St. Louis Section “for the purpose of recognizing and honoring distinguished achievement in the refractories field.”


In March 1982, the St. Louis Section voted to amend Article XII of the by-laws. The award was renamed “The Theodore J. Planje — St. Louis Refractories Award” in honor of his many contributions.


Nominations received after December 1, 2016 will be held for the following year. To request a nomination form, please contact Patty Smith at P: (573) 341-6265, F: (573) 341-6151.



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