Technology Committees

Cokemaking Committee Activities

►Past Activities
Matt Kraeuter (left) presented the CMTC service plaque to Sam Sheyn (right).

The CTC met 16 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Matt Kraeuter, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG

  • Vice chair: Jack Burnside, AKJ Industries Inc.

  • Papers chair: Shiju Thomas, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center

  • Members chair: Keith Lynch, SunCoke Energy Inc.

  • Roundup chair: Dave Clark, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG

  • Byproducts chair: Ryan MacDonald

Sam Sheyn presented a plaque to Mike O’Hara for hosting a tour of VANOCUR Refractories and Tonawanda Coke Corp. for the CMTC (left to right): Horacio Lima, Ryan Wolfred, Dave Clark, Sam Sheyn, Mike O’Hara, Matt Kraeuter, Tom Fraenzer and Mike Trembowicz.

The CTC met 1–2 October 2015, Grand Island, N.Y., USA. 
Jack Burnside led the discussion on the CMTC’s AISTech 2016 session development. The abstracts were reviewed, with 19 potential candidates for the program. Of those, 14 were selected and organized into three sessions. In addition, session titles and chairs were identified.
The group finalized its Call for Papers topic for AISTech 2017.
A winner was selected for the Joseph S. Kapitan Award. The award will be presented during the CMTC’s meeting at AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
Matt Kraeuter reviewed the Coke Oven and Cokemaking Byproducts Roundup.
The group then discussed the AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) system and how to get producers involved. A review of the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report and a safety roundtable discussion followed.
The afternoon consisted of the following technical presentations:

  • “Applications of Recycled Oil in Cokemaking,” by Metalworking Lubricants Co.

  • “Refractory Monitoring and Repairs,” by Tom Fraenzer of ThyssenKrupp Uhde Engineering.

On 2 October, the group enjoyed tours of VANOCUR Refractories LLC and Tonawanda Coke Corp.

  Rob Carlin (left) presented the CMTC service plaque to Sam
Sheyn (right).

The CTC met 4 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Sam Sheyn, AK Steel Corp. – Middletown Works

  • Vice chair and Cokemaking Roundup chair — MatKraeuter, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG

  • Papers chair — Mike Best, Shenango Inc.

  • Members chair — Jack Burnside, AKJ Industries Inc.

  • APB® Cokemaking chair — Mohammed Elbeitam, DTE Energy Services

  • Cokemaking Byproducts Roundup chair — Nick Morrison, GE Power & Water

  • Producer-only chair — Natalia Muntean, DTE Energy Services

Meeting Highlights:
Mike Best reviewed the technical sessions at AISTech 2015.

The Cokemaking Technology Committee (CMTC) met on 5 February 2015, Coraopolis, Pa., USA. There were 43 CMTC members at the CMTC winter meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association annual meeting. 
CMTC papers chair Mike Best reviewed the CMTC sessions planned for AISTech 2015. Officers for the 2015–2016 term were also discussed. 
Toni Brayton gave an update on AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) participation by cokemakers. 
Mike Best presented the current states of the Josef S. Kapitan Award and the Joseph Becker Award, and the winners were finalized. These awards will be presented at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The committee reviewed both the Coke Oven Battery and Cokemaking Byproduct roundups, which were published in the March 2015 issue of Iron & Steel Technology. 
Next CMTC Meeting: Monday, 4 May 2015 during AISTech in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The Cokemaking Technology Committee (CMTC) met on 9 September 2014, St. Louis, Mo., USA. The meeting began with a safety roundtable discussion, during which industry fatalities from 2013 and 2014 were compared. The group felt that tracking “near fatalities” would be an interesting trend to study.
The AIST 2014 Coke Oven Battery Roundup was discussed, with updates suggested. In addition, Karen Brinker reviewed the data collection sheet for the AIST Cokemaking Byproducts Roundup, which was introduced in 2014.
Papers for AISTech 2015 were reviewed, and session layout and session chairs were discussed. Nominees for the AIST 2015 Joseph Becker Award were requested.
Richard Randolph, Fosbel Inc., gave a technical presentation on battery monitoring and repair. That evening, the group visited the SunCoke Energy facility in Granite City, Ill., USA, during which they were able to  watch a coke push and tour the battery.

The Cokemaking Technology Committee (CMTC) met on 17–19 September 2013, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. The two-day meeting was held jointly with several American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI)members in attendance and featured a tour of U. S. Steel – Mon Valley Works, Clairton Plant. U. S. Steel hosted the meeting at its training facility in Duquesne, Pa. The total attendance between both groups was more than 70, with over 50% representing steel producing companies.
Cam Howey presented information on fatigue recognition systems and provided an update on the Coke Oven Battery Roundup. Sam Sheyn discussed the CMTC’s AISTech 2014 sessions. Toni Brayton discussed the Josef S. Kapitan Award for Best Paper. Jack Withrow presented an overview of the construction and start-up of the new “C” battery at U. S. Steel – Mon Valley Works, Clairton Plant.
Greg Shamitko chaired the afternoon environmental session. Bruce Steiner discussed environmental regulatory and legislative updates on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations for battery stack, quenching and pushing emissions. Jeff Mason from Integrated Mill Systems Inc. discussed supervision systems for coke plants, focusing on system implemented for the “C” battery at U. S. Steel’s Clairton Plant. Friedrich Huhn from Uhde Corp. presented a paper on quench tower designs and improvements in coke quenching. Tom Pike provided an update on ASTM methods and quality issues.