Technology Committees

Direct Reduced Iron Committee Activities

The DRITC met 18–19 October 2017, Duluth, Minn., USA. P. Chris Pistorius, papers chair, discussed the DRITC’s AISTech 2018 technical session development, which will include four sessions. The group also selected session chairs for each of those sessions.
The committee reviewed the 2018 AIST DRI Roundup, which appears on pages 154–157 of the January 2018 issue.
The DRITC discussed the possibility of working with the International Iron Metallics Association (IIMA) as well as the Electric Steelmaking Technology Committee at future meetings and events.
Zane Voss, vice chair, updated the group on the DRI & HBI Technology Training class, which will be held on 19–21 March 2018 in Charleston, S.C., USA, with a tour of Nucor Steel–Berkeley.
Technical presentations were given by Richard Kiesel and George Hudak on the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI)–University of Minnesota Duluth Coleraine Lab, and by Ed Latendresse and April Ekholm on Cleveland-Cliffs’ Northshore Mining and pellet plant operations.
The meeting concluded and the group had tours of both the NRRI Coleraine Lab and Cleveland-Cliffs’ Northshore pellet plant operations.

1. Jeffrey Myers presented a plaque of appreciation for the DRITC’s tour of Colearine Laboratories (left to right): Donald Fosnacht, Richard Kiesel, Myers and Kevin Kangas. 2. Ed Latendresse (left), general manager, Cleveland-Cliffs Northshore Mining, accepted a plaque of recognition from Jeffrey Myers (right) for hosting a tour of the facility.


Jeffrey Myers (left) presented Angelo Manenti (right) with the DRITC service plaque.

The DRITC met 9 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Jeffrey Myers, Midrex Technologies Inc.

  • Vice chair: Zane Voss, Voss Metallurgical Solutions Inc.

  • Papers chair: P. Chris Pistorius, Carnegie Mellon University

The DRITC met 7–8 September 2016, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. The main agenda of the meeting focused on the development of the DRITC’s technical sessions for AISTech 2017. Five sessions are anticipated; 21 abstracts had been selected at the time of the meeting. The details of each day’s sessions were reviewed, as well as the responsibilities of papers chairs and session chairs.
There were some discussions regarding the 2016 AIST Leadership Conference, and those comments were forwarded to the committee’s representative to bring up at the conference, which was held in November.
A report was given on the DRI Roundup, with final details from ArcelorMittal DRI research and Ternium forthcoming.
The program outline for the Scrap Supplements and Alternative Ironmaking 7 conference was reviewed. The event will be held on 19–21 February 2017 in Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla., USA.
The balance of the afternoon was spent touring the Ternium DRI production facility.
Technical presentations were given on the following topics:

  • Transportation and storage of direct reduced (DR) products.

  • Use of DRI in the electric arc furnace (EAF).

  • Benefit of hot-charged high-carbon DRI on the EAF.

  • Safety and accident prevention.

  • Tests that need to be conducted to determine suitability for production of DR from iron ore.

Angelo Manenti (left), DRITC chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to José Mendoza (right) for hosting the DRITC’s tour of Ternium Hylsa.
Jeffrey Myers (right) presented the DRITC service plaque
to Angelo Manenti (left).

The DRITC met 18 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Angelo Manenti, Tenova

  • Vice chair: Jeffrey Myers, Midrex Technologies Inc.

  • Papers chair: Zane Voss, Voss Metallurgical Solutions

  • Roundup coordinator: Morteza Sadri, consultant

  • Membership chair: Janice Bolen, Hatch

The DRITC met on 23–24 February 2016. 

The DRITC met 23–24 February 2016, Birmingham, Ala., USA. The two-day meeting included a plant tour of Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC as well as a dinner meeting with the AIST Birmingham Member Chapter.
The AIST Steel to Students Training Program was discussed.
The DRITC reviewed its topics for the AISTech 2017 Call for Papers. Also discussed was a potential joint meeting with the Electric Steelmaking Technology Committee and how to increase membership and awareness of the DRITC.
The DRITC’s AISTech 2016 technical sessions and final deadlines for submission of papers and presentations were reviewed.
The possibility of a DRI Technology Committee best paper recognition was discussed. 
Scrap Supplements & Alternative Ironmaking 7 will be held on 19–21 February 2017 in Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla., USA.
The following technical presentations were given:

  •  “Carbon Transfer to the Steel Bath in EAF Steelmaking the Effect of DRI Carbon,” and “Corrosion of Briquetted DRI Fines During Atmospheric Exposure Content,” by Chris Pistorius of Carnegie Mellon University.

  • “Design of DRI Material Handling System for Nucor Hertford’s EAF,” by Sergio Guzman of Tenova Core.

  • “The Relationship Between DRI and Scrap: History, Pricing and Outlook,” by Joe Poveromo of RMI Global Consulting.

A description of Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC and preliminary information regarding plant tour was given by Zane Voss of Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC.

Adam Zewe (right), Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC melting and casting manager, received a plaque of appreciation for hosting the DRITC’s tour from Angelo Manenti (left), DRITC chair.
The Direct Reduced Iron Technology Committee toured the Nucor Steel Louisiana LLC DRI facility during its meeting on 19–20 October 2015.

The DRITC met 19–20 October 2015, Gonzales, La., USA. Joseph Poveromo and Mike Riley reviewed the DRI technical paper sessions for AISTech 2016. Potential collaboration with the International Iron Metallics Association at AISTech 2016 was discussed by Angelo Manenti, DRITC chair. 
Mr. Poveromo outlined the 2016 Scrap Supplement and Alternative Ironmaking Symposium currently being planned for October 2016 in Chicago, Ill., USA.
The following technical presentations were given: 

  • DR-Grade Pellet Quality and Availability,” by Joseph Poveromo.

  • High-Carbon DRI and Zero Reformer DRI Plants,” by Teresa Guerra on behalf of Joel Morales.

The next day, Nucor Steel Louisiana LLC’s DRI facility provided a tour of its expansive facility in Convent, La., USA. This plant is the largest DRI production facility in the world, with an annual production of 2.5 million tons. The group was very grateful for the hospitality provided by the Nucor team.