Technology Committees


Continuous Casting Technology Committee Activities

 
 
Ian Deeks (right) presented Richard Besich (left) with the CCTC service plaque.

The CCTC met 8 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Ian Deeks, Nucor Steel–South Carolina

  • Vice chair: Rudolf Moravec, ArcelorMittal Global R&D – East Chicago

  • Papers chair: Yury Krotov, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler

  • Education co-chairs: Jeff Brower, Primetals Technologies, and Bill Schlichting, SKW North America

  • Roundup chair: Eric Rosenow, NALCO Water, An Ecolab Company

The CCTC met 22 February 2017, Scottsdale, Ariz., USA. The CCTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Rudolf Moravec, papers chair, reviewed the CCTC’s AISTech technical sessions, which encompass six sessions and two joint sessions for a total of 43 presentations. The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the CCTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
The Continuous Casting Best Paper Award winner was announced. This award will be presented at AISTech 2017 during the CCTC meeting.
The 2017 Caster Japan Study Tour will be held on 5–11 November 2017. The program for the tour, which is  awaiting approval from the ISIJ, was presented.
Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar will be held on 16–19 October 2017 in Fort Wayne, Ind., USA. Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division will be the host plant. The CCTC requested a program change for this seminar that would move the committee meeting to Wednesday morning during the training seminar.
The CCTC’s fall meeting topic/theme will be discussed during the committee’s meeting at AISTech 2017.
The following presentations on caster production optimization were given:

  • “Productivity Improvements at Nucor Darlington,” by Ian Deeks, Nucor Steel–South Carolina

  • “Maximizing Production at CMC Arizona,” by Gilbert Hutton, Commercial Metals Company – Arizona.

  • “High-Speed Billet/Bloom Casting and Quality Optimization,” by Dewey Humes, Primetals Technologies USA LLC.

  • “InfoSight Mold Powder Distribution System at AK Steel Mansfield,” by Jon Ekvail, InfoSight.

  • “Redesign of the Bender at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor,” by Rudolf Moravec, ArcelorMittal Global R&D – East Chicago.

Gilbert Hutton (right), works manager, Commercial Metals Company – Arizona, was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Rick Besich (left), CCTC chair, for hosting a tour for the CCTC during its meeting on 22 February 2017.

The CCTC met 20 October 2016, Memphis, TN,  USA. The CCTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Rudolf Moravec, papers chair, discussed AISTech 2017 session development. The CCTC has eight sessions scheduled. Session chairs were selected, and the roles of papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
The 2017 AIST Continuous Casting Best Paper Award winner was selected. This award will be presented at
AISTech 2017.
Eric Rosenow provided an update on the AIST Continuous Caster Roundup. Those who wish to make additions or updates to statistics should contact Rosenow.
Jeff Brower discussed Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held in Fort Wayne, Ind., USA, on 16–19 October 2017.
Presentations on ladle free open performance were given by ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor and ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.

Ian Deeks (right) presented the CCTC service plaque to
Rick Besich (left).

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Rick Besich, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor

  • Vice chair: Ian Deeks, Nucor Steel–South Carolina

  • Papers chair: Rudolf Moravec, ArcelorMittal Global R&D

Rick Besich (left), CCTC chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Bill Rider (right), superintendent steelmaking, Gerdau Long Steel North America Jacksonville Mill, for hosting the CCTC’s tour of the facility. 

The CCTC met 17–18 February 2016, Jacksonville, Fla., USA.  The 2015–2016 Steel Industry Fatalities statistics were reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Rudolf Moravec discussed the CCTC’s technical sessions for AISTech 2016. Seven sessions are scheduled. The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
The Continuous Casting Best Paper Award will be presented at AISTech 2016.
Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar will be held on 17–20 October 2016 in Memphis, Tenn., USA, with Nucor Steel Memphis Inc. serving as host plant.
An update was given on AIST Study Tours:

  • Rudolf Moravec reviewed the 2015 Germany Caster Study Tour.

  • The 2016 United Kingdom Specialty Alloy Study Tour will be held on 19–25 June 2016.

  • The 2016 Italy EAF Study Tour will be held on 13–19 November 2016.

  • The CCTC will explore the possibility of a 2017 Japan Caster Study Tour.

The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Overview of Gerdau Jacksonville Steelmaking Operations,” by Bill Rider of Gerdau Long Steel North America Jacksonville Mill.

  • “Mold Feeder Technology,” by Darrell Sturgill of Imerys Metalcasting Solutions.

  • “Sensor Technology in Casting,” by John Rogler of Vesuvius.

  • “Long Products Casting,” by Todd Mannering of Nucor Steel Memphis Inc.

The CCTC met 15 October 2015, Charleston, SC, USA. The CCTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Bill Schlichting reported on this year’s Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar. A recap of this seminar can be found on pages 140–141 of this issue.
Rudolf Moravec, CCTC papers chair, discussed AISTech 2016 paper selection. Session topics were determined, joint sessions were discussed and session chairs were selected.
An update was given on the 2015 Germany Caster Study Tour, which was then held on 8–13 November 2015. The study tour included a joint meeting and panel discussion with Steel Institute VDEh.
Technical presentations on casting peritectic grades were given by Rick Besich, Ken Blazek and Darrell Sturgill.

 
 
The CCTC service plaque was presented at AISTech 2015 (left to right): Shahrooz Nafisi, Rick Besich and Rudolf Moravec.

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

  • Chair — Rick Besich, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor

  • Vice chair and APB® co-chair — Ian Deeks, Nucor Steel–South Carolina

  • Papers chair and APB® co-chair — Rudolf Moravec, ArcelorMittal Global R&D

  • Members chair — Joydeep Sengupta, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • Education co-chairs — Bill Schlichting, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center, and Jeff Brower, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

  • Roundup co-chairs — Eric Rosenow, Nalco Co., and Joe Laughlin, SMS USA LLC

Meeting Highlights:
The 2015 Germany Caster Study Tour will  be held  on 8–14 November 2015. There will be six plant  tours along with a technical panel discussion with Steel Institute VDEh preceding Stahl Tag 2015. The study tour is sold out.
Jeff Brower reviewed the 2015 Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held in Charleston, S.C., USA, on 12–15 October 2015.
The CCTC’s fall 2015 meeting will include presentations addressing casting peritectic grades given by: Rick Besich, Ken Blazek of ArcelorMittal Global R&D, Bill Schlichting and Darrell Sturgill of IMERYS.
The  CCTC  discussed  several   upcoming  Technology Training Conferences.

 
 
 

The CCTC and MSCTC Met 18–19 February 2015, Darlington, S.C., USA. Ian Deeks and Scott Story reviewed the AISTech 2015 CCTC and MSCTC sessions:

  • Both committees have selected a full conference, with 27 papers scheduled.

  • The roles of session chairs and papers chairs were reviewed.

Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed and will be announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Eric Rosenow and Dewey Humes gave an update on the 2015 Continuous Caster Roundup. It is hoped that European casting facilities will be added to the 2015 version, which will be published in the July issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
Bill Schlichting and Jeff Brower gave an update on the 2015 Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar. The seminar will be held in Charleston, S.C., USA, on 12–15 October with Nucor Steel–Berkeley serving as host plant.
Bill Jones gave an update from the Internal Quality Rating System (IQRS) Subcommittee and its work on Inclusion Engineering and Clean Steels Commemorative Volume, a journal that will be dedicated to the late Kent D. Peaslee.
The 2015 Germany Caster Study Tour will take place on 8–14 November 2015. The CCTC’s goal is to have at least 10 domestic producer companies represented.
Rick Besich, CCTC vice chair, and Roger Maddalena, MSCTC vice chair, conducted a roundtable technical question-and-answer session.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Nucor Steel Darlington: MS, RM and CF Operation Review,” by Grant Etheredge and Andrew Schless, Nucor Steel–South Carolina.

  • “Hydraulic Oscillation Cylinder Maintenance,” by J.C. Raies, Dover Hydraulics.

  • “Major Billet Caster Revamp to Produce SBQ Grades at Ovako,” by Phil Ponikvar, SARRALLE USA Inc. 

  • “Effect of MgO on Inclusion Liquid Fraction,” by Scott Story, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center.

  • “HD Scan — An Advanced Objective Evaluation of Internal Quality for Continuous Cast Steel,” by Joe Laughlin, SMS group.

  • “As-Cast Surface Features Developed During One Cycle of Mold Oscillation,” by Ed Szekeres, Casting Consultants Inc.

The CCTC Met 23 October 2014, Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Ian Deeks, 2015 CCTC papers chair, led the discussion on AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Five sessions are scheduled for the CCTC.

  • The following CCTC members were nominated as session chairs: Ron O’Malley, Rick Besich, Ian Deeks, Shahrooz Nafisi, Bill Schlichting, Jeff Brower, Rudolf Moravec, Eric Rosenow, Darrell Sturgill, Dewey Humes, Chad Donovan, David Wise, Asish Sinha, Steve Thomas and Phil Ponikvar.

  • Papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed.

The group reviewed the CCTC’s description for the AISTech 2016 Call for Papers.
A winner has been selected for the 2015 Continuous Casting Best Paper Award. This award will be presented at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, in May 2015.
Updates were given on the Continuous Caster Roundup and the AIST Process Benchmarker®, and the group was given a preview of the 2015 European Continuous Casting Study Tour, to be held on 8–14 November 2015.
Jeff Brower and Bill Schlichting gave a review of the 2014 Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar, which had 98 attendees. The 2015 Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar is scheduled for 12–15 October 2015 in Charleston, S.C., USA, with Nucor Steel–Berkeley serving as plant host.
Rick Besich discussed the CCTC’s upcoming winter 2015 joint meeting with the Metallurgy — Steelmaking & Casting Technology Committee, which will feature a question-and-answer format.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Mold Oscillation Monitoring and Friction Detection,” by KISS Technologies.

  • “SEN Design or EMBR Optimization Toward Optimal Mold Flow in Thin-Slab Caster Mold,” by Rudolf Moravec, ArcelorMittal Global R&D.

  • “Effect of EMBr on Transient Fluid Flow in Continuous Slab Casting,” by Brian Thomas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • “Slab EMS Solutions,” by David A. Domanski, ABB.

Joint CCTC/MSCTC meeting, 12–13 February 2014, Mobile, Ala., USA. AISTech 2014 CCTC and MSCTC paper sessions were reviewed. The CCTC and the MSCTC each have six sessions scheduled. Session chairs were confirmed and were reminded of their responsibilities.
Dewey Humes and Eric Rosenow provided an update on the Continuous Casting Roundup and encouraged attendees to participate in expanding this roundup.
Bill Schlichting provided an update on the 2014 Continuous Casting Training Seminar, to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, on 20–23 October 2014. Tours of Nucor Steel–Indiana and Steel Dynamics Inc. – Engineered Bar Products Division will be available for attendees of the conference. The final program outline will be presented at the CCTC meeting at AISTech 2014.
The AIST 2014 Continuous Casting Best Paper Award winner was announced, and the award presentation will occur during the CCTC meeting at AISTech 2014.
CCTC and MSCTC producer members were informed about the 2014 EAF Brazilian study tour on 15–22 November 2014. Producer members interested in participating can contact Pat Philbin of AIST.
A question and answer session was introduced by the committees’ vice chairs, Rick Besich (CCTC) and Roger Maddalena (MSCTC). This led to a meaningful technical discussion. Both committees agreed that this practice should be repeated next winter during another joint CCTC/MSCTC meeting.

The following presentations were given:

  • Oscillation Practice at Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC,” Ron O’Malley,  Missouri University of Science and Techcnology. 

  • Slab Surface Quality Improvements,” Rudolf Moravec, ArcelorMittal Global R&D.

  • Hydraulic Oscillator Installation at Gallatin Steel,” Steve Thomas, Gallatin Steel Co. 

  • Jerry Peters, caster manager, SSAB Alabama Inc., hosted the committees on a tour of SSAB’s steelmaking facilities.

A question and answer forum followed the tour. 

The CCTC met 17 October 2013, Memphis, Tenn., USA. The 9th annual Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar was reviewed. The expansion to two-and-a-half days was successful, with 120 attendees. The panel discussion was a popular feature. Next year’s training seminar will be held on 20–23 October 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA.
Seven CCTC sessions are scheduled for AISTech 2014, with parallel sessions on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Session topics were selected, and CCTC members were encouraged to contact Ron O’Malley if interested in becoming a session chair.
Rick Besich discussed the 2014 Continuous Casting Best Paper Award and noted that the award subcommittee had selected “Stopper Rod Dithering Trials at ArcelorMittal Dofasco No. 1 Continuous Caster,” by Stephen Daeyoung Chung, Joydeep Sengupta and Mehrnoosh Afnan. This award will be presented at AISTech 2014 during the CCTC meeting.
Presentations were given by Bill Schlichting, U. S. Steel – Gary Works; Rudolf Moravec, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor; David Wise, Evertz Technology; Jeff Brower, Siemens Industry Inc.; and Chad Donovan, SMS Millcraft. 

The CCTC met in New Orleans, La., on 20–21 February. The committee was given a tour of ArcelorMittal La Place steelmaking operations on Thursday morning, 21 February. The 2013 Continuous Casting Best Paper Award will be presented to Nick Gregurich, Garrett Flick, Rudolf Moravec and Kenneth Blazek for their paper entitled, “In-Depth Analysis of Continuous Caster Machine Behavior During Casting With Different Roll Gap Taper Profiles,” during the CCTC meeting on Monday, 6 May at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The CCTC officer elections for the 2013–2015 term are: Ron O’Malley, chair; Richard Besich, vice chair; Shahrooz Nafisi, papers chair; Rudolf Moravec, APB Slab Caster chair; Ian Deeks, APB Shape Caster chair; Jeff Brower, education chair; and Dewey Humes, Eric Rosenow and Ian Bakshi, caster roundup subcommittee. The AIST Association-Level Award candidates were discussed, along with the award guidelines and requirements. CCTC members can contact Ron O’Malley to nominate an individual for consideration. Jeff Brower, education chair, discussed the possibility of extending this year’s training seminar to two and one-half days. The 2013 Continuous Casting Training Seminar program was scheduled to be finalized in mid-March. This year’s caster training seminar will be held on 14–17 October 2013 in Memphis, Tenn., with Nucor Steel–Memphis as the host plant. Two presentations were given during the CCTC meeting: “Dynamic Soft Reduction on Bloom,” by Philip Ponikvar, Siemens; and “Liquid Core Detection Method,” by Bryan Petrus, University of Illinois.

The CCTC met on 16 October 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa., before the 2012 Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar. CCTC producer members reviewed/approved slab caster and shape caster parameter definitions for the AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) on 15 October. The continuous casting training seminar was well attended, with 122 participants. Richard Besich, CCTC papers chair, presented abstracts for AISTech 2013, from which the CCTC developed six session topic themes: New Technology, Quality — Internal and Surface, Mold Level Control — FEA, Computer Models, Bar/Bloom, and Caster Refractory.
Ron O’Malley announced the Continuous Casting Best Paper Award winner: “In-Depth Analysis of Continuous Caster Machine Behavior During Casting With Different Roll Gap Taper Profiles,” by Nicholas Gregurich, Garrett Flick, Rudolf Moravec and Kenneth Blazek, ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development. This award will be presented at the CCTC meeting at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh. The next CCTC meeting will be held on 20–21 February 2013, with a tour of ArcelorMittal LaPlace steelmaking operations.

The Continuous Casting Technology Committee (CCTC) met during AISTech 2012 on Monday, 7 May. The CCTC 2012–2013 officer elections were completed with the following results: Paul Laskey, chair; Ron O’Malley, vice chair; Richard Besich, papers chair; Rudolf Moravec, APB chair; Jeff Brower and Bill Schlichting, education co-chairs; Eric Rosenow and Ian Bakshi, roundup co-chairs. The 2012 Best Paper Continuous Casting Award was presented to Pallava Kaushik, Hongbin Yin, Howard Pielet and Michael Lowry for their paper entitled, “How to Evaluate a Process for Clean Steelmaking and Quality Control.” Brower provided an update on the 2012 Continuous Casting — A Practical Seminar program, which is scheduled for 16–18 October 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa. United States Steel Corporation – Edgar Thompson Works will be the host plant.
The AIST Process Benchmarker will develop two separate benchmarking modules for continuous casting. Moravec is developing the parameters for the Slab Caster module; O’Malley and Ian Deeks are APB co-chairs for developing the Shape Caster module. Both modules should be completed by August 2012. The North American Continuous Caster Roundup will be expanded to include South America to follow the direction of both the Electric Steelmaking Technology Committee and the Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Committee. Schlichting, CCTC past chair, was elected to serve a two-year term as the AIST Division IV director, succeeding Darrell Sturgill, CCTC past chair. An APB Module Producer-Only meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, 15 October. On Tuesday, 16 October, the CCTC will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. prior to registration at Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Continuous Casting Technology Committee (CCTC) and the Sensors Subcommittee met in Columbia, S.C., on 21–22 February 2012. The 2012 Continuous Casting Award for Best Paper will be given to Pallava Kaushik, Hongbin Yin, Howard Pielet and Michael Lowry for their paper, “How to Evaluate a Process for Clean Steelmaking and Quality Control,” at the CCTC meeting during AISTech on Monday, 7 May in Atlanta, Ga. Ron O’Malley was recognized for being this year’s recipient of the 2012 AIST Benjamin F. Fairless Award (AIME) and the 2012 AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow Award. Both awards will be presented to him at this year’s President’s Award Breakfast on Tuesday, 8 May at AISTech 2012. CCTC officer elections for 2012–2013 will include Paul Laskey as chair, Ron O’Malley as vice chair, Richard Besich as papers chair, Rudolf Moravec as APB chair and Jeff Brower as education chair. Bill Schlichting will succeed Darrell Sturgill as the AIST Division IV director after AISTech 2012. The following presenters concluded the meeting: Bill Porter of VGH/Petronix Sensors, “Roll Gap Checker, Met Length Measurement”; Tom Piccone of U. S. Steel Research, “Upgrade of Mold Thermocouple System at Edgar Thompson Slab Caster”; Rudolf Moravec of ArcelorMittal, “Sensors for a Better Understanding of Steelmaking/Casting Processes”; Matt Hankinson, “MTS Linear Position Sensors”; and Bill Smith, “LAP Laser Projection and Non-Contact Measurement.” The next CCTC meeting will be at AISTech 2012 on Monday, 7 May at noon.