Technology Committees

Cokemaking Committee Activities

The CMTC met 2 February 2017, Coraopolis, Pa., USA USA (co-located with Eastern States Blast Furnace & Coke Oven Association).
CMTC chair Matt Kraeuter opened the meeting with a few remarks regarding the economic state and positive outlook for the industry.
The group reviewed the latest Steel Industry Fatalities statistics, followed by an open roundtable discussion on safety.
The CMTC discussed the technical program development for AISTech 2017. A total of 24 papers will make up five cokemaking sessions. A few remaining openings for papers and session chairs were addressed.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the CMTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
The 2017 Coke Oven Battery and Cokemaking Byproducts Roundups were reviewed for accuracy and some finishing touches were made.
The group discussed future meeting locations and tours. The fall 2017 meeting is tentatively planned for late September with a tour of SunCoke Energy’s Jewell Coke Plant. Other options proposed include the EES Coke plant in Detroit, Mich., USA, and ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. It was also suggested that the CMTC try to coincide its meetings with other coke organization events in the future, such as MetCoke or the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute Mesh Committee meeting.

CMTC chair, Matt Kraeuter (right), presented a plaque of appreciation to Tom Zendzian (left) for hosting a tour of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor coke operations.

The CMTC met 3–4 November 2016, Burns Harbor, IN, USA with a tour of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.
The CMTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion on the cause, age, area and annual breakdown of incidents.
The group reviewed the CMTC’s AISTech 2017 abstracts and technical session layout. The CMTC program will include 21 papers organized into four sessions. The session chair role and responsibilities were discussed and chairs have been identified for all sessions.
The CMTC discussed selection of the 2017 Josef S. Kapitan and Joseph Becker awards. Winners will be determined and announced at the next CMTC meeting.
The Coke Oven Battery and Cokemaking Byproducts Roundups were discussed. Dave Clark and Ryan
Macdonald will oversee their completion.
Hardarshan Valia of Coal Science Inc. spoke about the use of lower rank, poorer coking coals in future cokemaking operations. He also spoke about stamp charging and briquetting.

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

The CMTC 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 CMTC 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. 

The Cokemaking Technology Committee (CMTC) met on 18–20 September in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada.  ESSAR Steel Algoma Inc. was the host plant. A meeting pertaining to the AIST Process Benchmarker (APB™) Cokemaking module was held on 18 September. Toni Brayton, CMTC chair, and Rob Carlin, CMTC APB chair, provided the CMTC with an update on this module. Producer members who attended the CMTC meeting represented such companies as United States Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal, AK Steel, DTE Energy Services and ESSAR Steel Algoma. The 2013 Josef S. Kapitan Cokemaking Award for Best Paper was selected. Drazen Gajic, from DMT GmbH & Co. Ltd., will be given this award at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa., for his paper entitled, “New Findings From the DMT Small-Scale Coking Test Retort Regarding Coke Quality and Coke Oven Wall Safety.” Brayton encouraged CMTC members to submit a paper or presentation for AISTech 2013. Presentations made during this meeting are available in the Members Only section on The next CMTC meeting will be held during the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association meeting at the end of January 2013.

The Cokemaking Technology Committee (CMTC) met on Monday, 7 May at AISTech in Atlanta, Ga.  The CMTC officer elections resulted in the following for 2012–2013: Toni Brayton, chair; Cam Howey, vice chair; Sam Sheyn, papers chair; Tim Maurice, members chair; and Rob Carlin, AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) chair. The APB Cokemaking Module development has been established, with parameter definitions to begin this beneficial program for coke producers. The Cokemaking Module was approved in May and an update will be provided during the CMTC’s fall meeting. Brayton, Howey and Carlin formed the APB subcommittee. Brayton provided the committee with an update on the Cokemaking Roundup and the Cokemaking Byproduct Roundup.
The 2012 Josef S. Kapitan Award was presented to Shiju Thomas, Steven McKnight and Ernie Serrano for their paper entitled, “Pilot Oven Evaluation of Biomass Usage for Metallurgical Cokemaking.” Brayton asked the committee to submit names for consideration for the 2013 Joseph Becker Award, to be presented at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The next CMTC meeting will be held on 18–20 September in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada. The APB Producer-Only meeting will be on Tuesday, 18 September from 2 to 5 p.m. The CMTC will meet on Wednesday, 19 September, and will tour the ESSAR Steel Algoma coke facilities on Thursday morning, 20 September 2012.

The Cokemaking Technology Committee (CMTC) met on 1–2 February 2012. There were 32 members in attendance for Wednesday’s meeting, and 12 producer members attended the CMTC’s AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) meeting on Thursday morning. Rob Carlin, CMTC chair, reviewed the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report, which was followed by a safety roundtable discussion. There were 31 recorded fatalities related to the steel industry in 2011. The AISTech 2012 Call for Papers was presented by Tim Wojtowicz, CMTC papers chair. The committee has expanded its presentations at AISTech 2012, with five technical sessions scheduled. The CMTC revised the AISTech 2013 Call for Papers to include byproduct innovations, maintenance reliability and alternate processes. Toni Brayton, CMTC vice chair and roundup chair, reviewed the AIST 2012 Coke Oven Battery Roundup, provided an update on the CMTC Byproduct Roundup and an gave an update on the APB. The CMTC officer nominations and elections for the next two-year term starting after AISTech 2012 were completed as follows: Rob Carlin was elected the CMTC APB chair; Toni Brayton was elected CMTC chair; Cam Howey was elected CMTC vice chair; Sam Sheyn was elected CMTC papers chair; and Tim Maurice was elected CMTC members chair. Rob Carlin announced the winners of the 2012 Josef S. Kapitan Award, to be presented at AISTech 2012, as Shiju Thomas, Steven McKnight and Ernie Serrano from the United States Steel Corporation for their paper “Pilot-Oven Evaluation of Biomass Usage for Metallurgical Cokemaking.”
The CMTC APB subcommittee held its first meeting to develop a benchmarking module with Management Science Associates (MSA). The committee concentrated on developing parameter definitions and limits on key variables that the committee believes should be benchmarked. Those interested in this producer-only APB subcommittee should contact Rob Carlin or Toni Brayton. Following this meeting, members attended the annual winter meeting of the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association.