Ladle & Tundish Refractories


Schedule

23–26 October 2017 • The Westin Milwaukee • Milwaukee, WI, USA

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Monday, 23 October 2017

4 p.m.

Registration 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

7 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast   

8 a.m. 

Welcome Keynote Speaker
Greg Schaefer, Charter Steel – Saukville

8:30 a.m. 

Introductions    

8:45 a.m. 

Raw Materials, Bricks, Shapes and Monolithics
Ruth Engel, Refractory Consulting Services
This section will discuss the raw materials used and why they are used, their availability and characteristics, and how their combination affects properties. Installation and dry-out of castables will also be discussed.

9:45 a.m. 

Break   

10 a.m.

Brick Manufacturing
Korey Skala, RHI USA Ltd.
Overview of refractory brick manufacturing from raw materials to finished product.

10:45 a.m. 

Break

11 a.m.

Ladle Construction Design and Insulation
Rob Doty, IMACRO Inc.
Presentation of the numerous refractory and insulation choices used in the construction of ladle linings and their effects on thermal expansion and heat transfer through the refractory.

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m.

Slide Gates, Tundish Gates and Ladle Stirring
Carl Corbin, Vesuvius USA
Overview includes reasons for stirring, gas delivery, systems, basic plug design, achieving results and troubleshooting. The slidegate discussion will include general refractory selection, mechanism types and troubleshooting.

2 p.m. 

Break

2:15 p.m.

Ladle Pre-Heating and Handling
Jimmy Barrett, Allied Mineral Products Inc. 
Steel ladles: pre-heating, refractory wear mechanisms and measuring options.

3 p.m.

Break

3:15 p.m. 

Tap-to-Cast Operations
Harriet Dutka, Magnesita Refractories
A brief overview that is focused on answering the “why’s” of certain practices and procedures in steelmaking. If you are a new to steelmaking or are in a non-technical role, this presentation will answer many of the questions you would like to ask.

4 p.m. 

Panel Discussion and Reception
Moderator: Jimmy Barrett, Allied Mineral Products Inc.
Panelists: Helmut Oltmann, Nucor Steel–Berkeley; Harriet Dutka, Magnesita Refractories; Rob Doty, IMACRO Inc.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

7 a.m.

Breakfast    

8 a.m. 

Safety: Past/Present/Future
John Panconi, BISCO Refractories Inc.
Safety as it was, where we are today and projections on the future of safety.

8:30 a.m. 

Refractory Materials Testing and Product Selection
Rakesh Dhaka, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center
The presentation will cover the various types of tests that are conducted to develop and characterize refractory materials. Importance of testing and how to read product data sheets will be emphasized.

9:30 a.m. 

Break

9:45 a.m. 

Secondary Steelmaking Process — LMF
Helmut Oltmann, Nucor Steel–Berkeley 
A review of the LMF processes to modify chemistry and temperature of the steel in the ladle and the impact on refractories.

10:45 a.m.

Break

11 a.m.

Infrared: A Steelmaker’s Tool
Thomas Connors, Connors Industrials Inc.
Infrared allows a steelmaker to “see” non-visible activities and provide non-contact temperature measurement accurately. The discussion will focus on how to improve safety, product quality and cost avoidance with infrared.

11:30 a.m.  

Ladle Laser Program
Michel Bonin, Process Metrix LLC

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m.

Ladle Free Opens: Theory and Application
James Conrad, Fedmet
Ladle free opening will be discussed, including theory, variables, options and troubleshooting.

1:45 p.m. 

Break

2 p.m. 

Total Tundish Technology
Daniel Schaner, Vesuvius USA
This presentation will focus on the tundish. Discussion will include the refractory makeup of a tundish, the equipment utilized for installation and the technology applied to optimize the tundish.

3:15 p.m. 

Break

3:30 p.m.

Principles of Mold Flux Technology
Darrell Sturgill, Imerys Steelcasting USA, Inc.
The presentation will give novice operations personnel an overview of continuous casting fluxes, including their design, production and application.

4:15 p.m.

Flow Control Products
Joshua Kaser, RHI/VRA
This presentation will describe and explain the purposes and capabilities of ladle shrouds, stopper rods and tundish shrouds.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 

7 a.m.  

Breakfast

8 a.m. 

Plant Tour of Charter Steel – Saukville

Noon

Return From Plant Tour and Adjourn