for Papers Topics
Process improvements to optimize energy, quality and operating costs;
recent installations, with emphasis on new coke production facilities
and refurbishments of existing facilities with refractory materials;
repair/maintenance techniques and technology for extending the life
of coke oven batteries, as well as ensuring their manufacturing reliability;
byproduct efficiency; and environmental process improvements focusing
on new sulfur removal facilities, wastewater treatment and emissions
Health and safety issues in the blast furnace; maintenance programs
for ensuring manufacturing reliability; hearth management issues
(i.e., monitoring and maintenance practices); blast furnace stoves,
stove refractory and safe stove operation; alternate ironmaking
raw materials; and blast furnace relines and repairs, stack refractory
and cooling system maintenance.
Special arcs, foundry operations and EAF refractories, with a focus
on safety and workplace environment practices; radiation detection
and remediation; associate development and training; environmental
considerations; EAF maintenance, including primary, secondary and
tertiary electrical components, lubrication and hydraulics and maintaining
the meltshop facility; steelmaking process optimizations to attain
the highest levels of efficiency for current processes; novel approaches
to material logistics and movement in the meltshop; and resolving
the multiple options of EAF arc regulation.
Environmental controls, vessel slopping, secondary emissions, tapping
practices and yield improvement, end-point predictions, charge management,
blast furnace/BOF strategies and coordination, plant culture, maintenance
practices, and planning and energy conservation.
AND SECONDARY REFINING
The processes of heating/cooling, chemistry control, slag treatment,
desulfurization/decarburization, degassing, stirring, shape control
and inclusion modification; utilizing the support systems of ladles;
refractories and refractory repair; electrodes; ladle transport;
LAR/VAD/AOD; flow control; stirring systems; utilities; fume control;
additions; and remelting/ESR.
Thin and thick slab, bloom, beam blank and billet casting machines;
new and emerging innovations and technology in continuous casting;
and improvements in machine design, operation, quality, productivity,
reliability, energy and maintenance.
Roll texturing; new hot or cold rolling and process line facilities
and modernization; stainless steel processing; gauge measurement;
edge drop control; hot rolling lubrication; ¼ standard gauge
quality; processing new steel chemistries (T.R.I.P. and dual-phase
steels); new materials for work rolls, backup rolls and roller hearth
furnace rolls; steering and chamber control in rolling mills and
other high-temperature applications; reheat furnace operation and
maintenance; descaling and surface quality problems; and new technology
in width, thickness, shape and thermal profile gauges.
New hot rolling and finishing installations, mill modernization,
new equipment and technologies, automation upgrades, model developments
in rolling and finishing, thickness and crown control, flatness
control, measurement and correction, surface quality and inspection,
scale removal, width and pattern control.
New equipment and technologies; new installations and revamp of
existing facilities; process and auxiliary equipment including gauging
systems; shearing and handling equipment, guide systems and control
systems; process and product development; defect inspection and
AND PROCESS LINES
Coating (metallic, organic and chemical) and processing lines (including
annealing, pickling, slitting, leveling, etc.), facilities and modernizations,
productivity improvement, coated product substrate quality, defect
prevention and detection, and surface treatments free of hexavalent
Innovative roll manufacturing and roll testing, roll maintenance
and inspection practices, roll use in the ferrous and nonferrous
industries, roll performance improvements, the relationship between
rolls and product attributes (profile, flatness, surface, etc.),
and roll surface defects and their effect on sheet quality.
AND PRODUCT METALLURGY
The implications of metallurgy on production practices, as well
as the consequences of specific processes and practices on the properties
of steel products. Topics of particular interest for AISTech 2007
include: high-strength steel production issues from casting through
coating, the implementation of ferritic rolling practices, and thin-slab/strip
cast processing and products.
Use of any system, approach, methodology or equipment to improve
product quality, production and/or costs.
Quality management systems; benchmarking quality; organizational
structure for quality assurance; mistake proofing procedures; metallurgical
innovations in product quality; physical and chemical properties;
material behavior; modeling and design; quality defects; and case
studies of defects and their solutions.
AND INDUSTRY RELATIONS
Students are encouraged to submit abstracts for any of the topic
areas for this conference. Students are encouraged to present both
research work in progress or completed research.
Application of sensors for process control; efficiency and cost-effective
solutions; on-line and off-line shape and flatness measurement;
mechanical properties testing; automated surface inspection; oil
thickness measurement; surface cleanliness; soft sensors (i.e.,
modeling of a variable that cannot be measured directly); and other
unique sensors that provide new and innovative uses to the primary
and finishing sides of the steelmaking process.
Design, application and/or engineering of power quality and distribution;
AC/DC motor/drive technology; HMI systems; open architectural systems
and other networks; electrical maintenance and electrical safety
applications; and electrical upgrades/retrofits.
Latest technologies and techniques applied to new and existing systems
within the steel industry; the application of new technologies to
process line automation; the application of advanced process modeling
and control (including artificial intelligence technologies); the
use of Web-based and databased technology in process control; upgrades
of legacy automation systems; thermal tracking models; and data
warehousing and data mining systems.
Product tracking and identification; fleet management strategies;
new material handling equipment; equipment/vehicle maintenance strategies;
scrap handling; government regulations impacting material handling;
communication technologies; infrastructure maintenance of roads,
tracks, bridges, etc.; or outsourcing of services.
OVERHEAD TRAVELING CRANES
Case studies detailing specific experiences with reducing costs;
maintenance statistical data; new technology and product applications
resulting in productivity gains; better lubrication systems; and
crane machinery replacements, modifications or improvements.
Projects utilizing a unique design approach for mill buildings;
recent developments in structural steel fabrication processes; retrofit
or upgrade projects involving modifications to existing mill buildings;
or applications for metal buildings in the steel industry.
Reliability, planning and scheduling of maintenance activities,
reliability management processes, maintenance leadership, human
resource development and training, contractual support, maintenance
outsourcing, maintenance improvement initiatives, CMMS, predictive
and preventive maintenance technologies, or condition monitoring.
Bearing technology; lubrication systems; lubricant technology (greases,
oils, solid lubricants); hydraulic fluids and systems; fluid filtration
and filter media; condition monitoring; plant lubrication programs;
lubricant life and testing methods; sealing technology or gearing
technology; electric motors lubrication; coupling lubrication and
auto luber technology.
AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Capital effectiveness; project safety performance; project management
approaches for new installations, retrofits and maintenance projects;
project team alignment/teambuilding; new technologies to aid the
project team; and preproject planning and risk assessment.
Developments and applications that promote increased productivity
or energy efficiency of existing or new furnaces, processing lines
or boilers; cogeneration; use of natural gas, manufactured gases
(mixed gas, COG, BFG, etc.) or industrial gases (oxygen or hydrogen,
etc.); new developments and applications for improved combustion
safety and computer control systems; or new technologies for the
reduction of environmental emissions generated from the combustion
Contractor safety (drug testing, auditing, fall protection, hearing
conservation, respiratory protection), railroad safety, NFPA 70E,
confined space, lockout/isolation and best practices.
Environmental issues (water, air, solid waste) as they relate to
the steel industry. Such topics could include: PM-2.5 and mercury
issues, effluent limitation guidelines, recycle/reuse programs,
NSPS for EAFs, ISO 14000 and life cycle assessment, CAM rules, RCRA
corrective action or multimedia audits. Additional subjects would
relate to MACT for iron and steel, new technology for recirculating
water systems, stormwater pollution prevention, NOx and SOx, fugitive
emissions, TMDL program, noise and odor control, or contaminated