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Annual St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division Symposium on Refractories – Virtual Meeting, 24–25 March 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Join the 56th Annual Symposium on Refractories, hosted and organized by ACerS St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division, taking place 24–25 March 2021 from your home or workplace. This will be a virtual meeting with live sessions and presentations running over the course of the two-day conference.

This year's theme is Properties and Performance of Refractory Ceramics – A Tribute to Richard C. Bradt   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

24 March 2021

Presentation of the 2020 T. J. Planje St. Louis Refractories Award to Thomas Vert, P. Eng., M.B.A., B. Eng. (Ceramic), Retired Vice President Manufacturing – ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Richard C. Bradt Education Session A

Applications of Fiber Optic Sensors in Ceramic Industry
Muhammad Roman and Jie Huang – Missouri University of Science and Technology

Machine Learning to Predict Refractory Corrosion During Nuclear Waste Vitrification
Natalie Smith-Gray, Irmak Sargin, Scott Beckman and John McCloy – Washington State University in Pullman

Interactions between Molten Tundish Slags and Periclase/Periclase-Olivine Tundish Linings
Tyler M. Richards, Jeffrey D. Smith, Ronald J. O’Malley and Todd P. Sander – Missouri University of Science and Technology

Building the Fundamental Basis for Advancement of Refractory Technology
Charles E. Semler -– Refractories Consultant

Formation of Hexa-Aluminate Solid Solution Phases in Spinel Containing Castables – Mineralogical Investigations in the system CaO–Al2O3–MgO
Mark Snyder, Andreas Buhr, Sebastian Klaus, Marius Bauer and Matthias Göbbels, Almatis, Inc.


25 March 2021

9:00 AM Welcome

2020 Alfred W. Allen Award Winner

On the Nonlinear Behavior of Young's Modulus of Carbon-Bonded Alumina at High Temperatures
Bruno Luchini, Joern Grabenhorst, Jens Fruhstorfer, Victor C. Pandolfelli and Christos G. Aneziris

Sample Preparation, Thermal Expansion, and Hasselman’s Thermal Shock Parameters of Self-Flow Refractory Castables
William L. Headrick, Jr. – RHI Magnesita

Corrosion Interaction between Copper Melt, Slags and SiC-Based Refractories
Sarra Boubtane – University of Applied Sciences, WesterWaldCampus/DE, Almuth Sax – University of Koblenz-Landau, Chair of Technical Chemistry and Corrosion Science/DE, Dieter Heumannskämper – Morgan Molten Metal Systems GmbH/DE and Peter Quirmbach – Deutsches Institutfuer Feuerfest und Keramik/DE

“Stronger Is Not Always Better” and Other Lessons from Dick Bradt as Applied to Monolithic Refractories Development and Characterization
Len Krietz


Presentation of the 2021 T. J. Planje St. Louis Refractories Award to Ruth Engel – Refractory

Consulting Services Richard C. Bradt Education Session B

Investigation of the Solidification Behavior of an Industrial Mold Flux Film Using the Single Hot Thermocouple Technique
Cassandra C. Hurley, Ronald J. O’Malley, Laura N. Bartlett and Jeffrey D. Smith – Missouri University of Science and Technology

Electrochemical Suppression for Steel-Flux Reduction-Oxidation Reactions between Silica and Aluminum
Tiffany N. Wysong, Ronald J. O’Malley, Michael M. Moats and Jeffrey D. Smith – Missouri University of Science and Technology

Imerys' Calcined Aluminosilicates – A Data-Based Comparison of our Expanded Higher Alumina Range
Scot Graddick, Cyrille Deteuf and Phil Edwards – Imerys RAC

High Grade Guyanese Bauxite Source in a Class of Its Own
John Karson – First Bauxite, LLC