Hot Sheet & Plate Rolling Fund.


Schedule

25 February – 1 March 2018 • The Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel • Mobile, AL, USA

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Sunday, 25 February 2018

4–6 p.m.

Registration

5–6 p.m. 

Welcome Reception

Monday, 26 February 2018

7 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8 a.m.

Introductions and Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m.

Safety — It's a Conversation
Robert Brock, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division
A review of how the Steel Dynamics Inc.’s facility in Columbus, Miss., USA, uses communication with employees to shape its safety programs’ path to reduce injuries and identify at-risk work conditions.

9:45 a.m. 

Break

10 a.m.

Overview/History of Hot Rolling
John Speer, Colorado School of Mines

11 a.m.

Review of Metallurgical Basics
John Speer, Colorado School of Mines

Noon

Lunch  

1 p.m.

Application of Fundamentals to Hot-Rolled Processing/Products
John Speer, Colorado School of Mines

2:15 p.m.

Break   

2:30 p.m.

The Reheat Furnace
Jared Kaufman, Tenova Inc.
An introduction to the purpose, basic design and operating characteristics of a reheat furnace as used in a plate rolling mill. The presentation will highlight the typical furnace structure and lining, material handling, process combustion and exhaust systems, safety systems, and automation.

3:30 p.m. 

Rough Mill Area Equipment
Eric Thokar, Primetals Technologies USA LLC
Topics will include: roughing mill area layout, primary descaling, edgers, slab sizing presses, coilboxes, table covers, edge heaters and drum shears.

4:30 p.m.

Question and Answer Discussion

5 p.m.

Reception

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

7 a.m.

Breakfast

8 a.m.

Introductions

8:15 a.m.

Finishing Mill Equipment
Frank Beddings, Primetals Technologies USA LLC
An overview of finishing mill equipment from the entry of the finishing stands through the downcoiler.

9:45 a.m. 

Break

10 a.m.

Finishing Mill Equipment (cont’d)
Frank Beddings, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

11 a.m.

Flatness With Profile Control
Eugene Nikitenko, U. S. Steel Research and Technology
Presentation will cover flatness, including definitions, measurements and ASTM standards; fundamentals of strip buckling under applied compressive stress, Buckling conditions for center buckles and buckling conditions for wavy edges; the relationship between flatness and strip profile, plain strain hypothesis and flatness as a function of strip unit crown change; and profile and flatness control, roll stack deformations, mill actuators and flatness sensors.

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m.

Maintenance and Reliability
Randy Heisler, Life Cycle Engineering

2 p.m.

Plant Tour of SSAB Americas or AM/NS Calvert LLC

6 p.m.

Return From Plant Tour and Adjourn

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

7 a.m.

Breakfast

HOT SHEET ROLLING TRACK

8 a.m.

Introductions

8:15 a.m.

Rolling Theory
Yuli Liu, Quad Engineering Inc.
The presentation will focus on basic rolling theory for hot flat rolling. Discussion will include flow stress of metals and its influence factors, roll bite friction and its influence factors, roll bite geometry and roll deformation, basic portion of roll pressure, tension effects, friction hill, roll flattening effect, rolling force torque, and power calculations. A simulation program to demonstrate the effects of different rolling process parameters is also included in the presentation. Examples of applying basic rolling theory in hot strip mill rolling schedule design are presented together with a hot strip mill rolling schedule design program.

9:45 a.m.

Break

10 a.m.

Mini-Mills
Ian Ward, Primetals Technologies USA LLC
The characteristics of mini-mills are discussed in terms of many aspects, including quality and throughput.

11 a.m.

Finishing Mill Operations and Temperature Control
Ian Ward, Primetals Technologies USA LLC
Several fundamental requirements for stable mill operations will be covered.

Noon

Lunch  

1 p.m.

Hot Rolling Defects
Larry Gansho, ArcelorMittal
This presentation will discuss defects commonly associated with hot rolling mills, source causes, methods for detection and countermeasures to prevent reoccurrence.

2 p.m.

Break

2:15 p.m. 

Hot Rolling Defects (cont’d)
Larry Gansho, ArcelorMittal

3:15 p.m. 

Continued Developments in Hot Rolling Mills
Michael Peretic, SMS USA LLC
This presentation will provide an overview of continued developments in hot rolling technologies. Specific topics will include roll gap lubrication concepts, anti-peeling concepts and enhanced runout table cooling technologies to produce multi-phase steels. The Castrip production process will also be discussed, along with concepts for endless strip production.

4:30 p.m.

Question and Answer Session

PLATE ROLLING TRACK

8 a.m.

Plate Rolling Introduction

8:15 a.m.

Steckel Rolling — Process
Emin Erman, ArcelorMittal Conshohocken 
This session will provide a comprehensive overview of Steckel rolling. The history, purpose and concept, advantages, typical layouts, operational differences, and product mix will be discussed. The session will cover all the processing aspects of a slab starting from the slab yard all the way to the finished plate product.

9 a.m. 

Steckel Rolling — Equipment
Blane Vines, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.
This presentation will address the unique pieces of equipment used in the Steckel rolling process. Some equipment is used for Steckel rolling exclusively, while others are used in other flat rolling processes.

9:45 a.m.

Break

10 a.m.

Discrete Plate Rolling — Process
Charlie Romberger, ArcelorMittal Global R&D – East Chicago

11 a.m.

Discrete Plate Rolling — Equipment
Eric Thokar, Primetals Technologies USA LLC
Topics will include: housing and spindle requirements, slab broadsiding, and ingot rolling.

Noon

Lunch  

1 p.m. 

Plate Finishing Equipment
Eric Thokar, Primetals Technologies USA LLC
Topics will include: cooling beds, plate transfers, sidetrimmers and shears, dividing and flying shears, ultrasonic testing, inspection, marking, and piling.

2 p.m. 

Break   

2:15 p.m.

Practical Aspects of Plate Leveling

3:30 p.m.

Plate Heat Treating
Joe Stubenbort, Tenova Core

4:30 p.m.

Question and Answer Session

Thursday, 1 March 2018

7 a.m.

Breakfast

8 a.m.

Introductions

8:15 a.m.

Gauge and Width Control
Reginald Snyder, TMEIC
A study of the process control strategies and regulating systems involved in hot band gauge and width.

9:15 a.m.

Descaling, Roll Cooling and Spray Issues in Hot Rolling
Lesli Peterson, Spraying Systems Co.
This session details the descaling and roll cooling processes. Discussed are spray nozzles and their use in the descaling and roll cooling processes.

10:15 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m.

Runout Table Cooling Technology
Michael Peretic, SMS USA LLC 
This presentation will discuss objectives for runout table cooling technology and will also give some background on how today’s laminar flow cooling systems were developed. Relevant cooling concepts, table configurations and zone designs will also be presented, along with recent developments in cooling strategies and edge masking technology. Finally, a discussion of expected future developments will be provided.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch

12:30 a.m.

Hot Strip Mill Downcoilers — Practical Considerations for Operation and Maintenance
Jose de Jesus, Xtek Inc.
This session will discuss the practices and parameters for attaining successful and reliable coiling operations, along with important maintenance criteria for achieving coiling consistency. The presentation will focus on the coiling sequence of operation and the role of each coiler component in achieving successful coiling.

1:30 p.m.

Roll Design
Kevin Marsden, WHEMCO
Roll performance is critical for production of high-quality hot band and plate. Evolving mechanical design features of modern rolling mills that address processing requirements of advanced flat roll products also govern innovation in roll technology. Roll metallurgy for hot rolling applications optimizes important performance characteristics such as wear resistance, thermal response and damage tolerance.

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Roll Shop Practices and Equipment
Ron Webber, Union Electric Åkers
Rolls are an integral part of the operation of a hot strip mill. The practices and equipment required to provide the mill with proper rolls will be discussed.

3:30 p.m. 

Managing Roll Surface Quality
Ron Webber, Union Electric Akers
Roll surface is a critical parameter in producing high-quality product. This session will discuss the variables that affect the roll surface quality and methods to ensure the quality is maintained.

4:30 p.m.

Question and Answer Session

5 p.m.

Conference Adjourn