Technology Committees


Electric Steelmaking Committee Activities

 
 
A panel discussion was held during the ESTC’s meeting on 27–29 August 2016 (left to right): Dennis Rodal, Stephan Ferenczy, Lauren Jellison, Jeremy Jones, Kyle Vanover and Zane Voss.

The ESTC met 27–29 August 2016, Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA
The ESTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a roundtable safety discussion.
Gilbert Hutton of CMC was nominated ESTC members chair. Hutton will join Lauren  Jellison at the AIST Leadership Conference as representatives of the ESTC.
Lauren Jellison, papers chair, discussed the ESTC’s AISTech 2017 session schedule, which will include six sessions with a parallel session on Tuesday morning. Session chairs were selected for AISTech 2017. A scrap strategies panel discussion will be held on Wednesday morning. 
The recipients of the 2017 Charles W. Briggs Award for Best Paper and the 2017 John Bell Award were selected. These awards will be presented at AISTech 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. 
An update was given on the 2016 EAF Italy Study Tour. Twenty-three ESTC members are registered.
Steve Meyer, EAF Roundup chair, gave an update on the 2017 AIST EAF Roundup.
The program  for Modern Electric  Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar was reviewed. The seminar will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, on 6–10 February 2017,  with Gerdau Long Steel North America Midlothian Mill serving as host plant.
Matt Hallam of Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler and Bridget Darby of AIST presented the AIST Process Benchmarker® using anonymous data.
A panel discussion on scrap management strategies was held, with Jeremy Jones serving as moderator. The panelists included:

  • Lauren Jellison, Nucor Steel–Indiana.

  • Kyle Vanover, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler.

  • Dennis Rodal, ELG Haniel Metals.

  • Zane Voss, Voss Metallurgical Solutions.

Gerry Gillen (left) presented the ESTC service plaque to
Stephan Ferenczy (right).

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural & Rail Div.

  • Vice chair: Patrick Hansert, Badische Stahl Engineering GmbH

  • Papers chair: Lauren Jellison, Nucor Steel–Indiana

The ESTC met 3 February 2016, Jacksonville, Fla., USA. The ESTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Patrick Hansert, ESTC papers chair, reviewed the committee’s five AISTech 2016 technical sessions and discussed the roles of session chair and papers chair.
Nominations for ESTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were confirmed.
Steve Meyer, ESTC roundup chair, reviewed the 2016 AIST EAF Roundup.
The 2016 AIST Charles W. Briggs Award and 2016 AIST John Bell Award will be presented during the ESTC meeting at AISTech 2016.
The 2016 EAF Italy Study Tour, to be held 13–19 November 2016, was discussed, along with plant tour selections. Registration for ESTC producer members will be accepted through 30 April 2016. Open registration will begin 1 May 2016.
The ESTC’s fall 2016 meeting will be held on Saturday, 27 August 2016 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA. The meeting will focus on scrap management strategies. Panelists were selected for the meeting’s panel discussion.
Brett McGee discussed the 2017 Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held on 6–10 February 2017 in Memphis, Tenn., USA. Nucor Steel Memphis Inc. will be the host plant. Program changes will be announced at AISTech 2016.
Sam Matson provided an update on the AIST Process Benchmarker®, including module parameters and key performance indicators that are needed. There was a strong indication from the ESTC that anonymous data collection would encourage participation from producer members.
Lauren Jellison provided ideas to promote young member involvement in Technology Committees.
The ESTC was given a tour of Gerdau Long Steel North America Jacksonville Mill.

The ESTC met 29 August 2015, San Antonio, Texas, USA. The ESTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The ESTC selected its recipients for the 2016 John Bell Award and the 2016 Charles W. Briggs Award. These awards will be presented at the ESTC meeting during AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
Steve Meyer reviewed the 2015 Electric Arc Furnace Roundup.
Brett McGee presented a revised program for the 2016 Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking Training Seminar to be held in Jacksonville, Fla., USA, on 1–5 February 2016.
The ESTC reviewed its session schedule for AISTech 2016. The Wednesday afternoon session has changed to a Wednesday morning session. A panel discussion will be also be held on Wednesday morning, with Steve Meyer serving as moderator.
Karim Alshurafa of SMS group, representing the AIST Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Committee, provided an update on the North American Japanese Study Tour, which took place on 6–12 September 2015.
Kyle Vanover of Steel Dynamics Inc. presented a review of the 2014 EAF Brazilian Study Tour, which was the ESTC’s second international study tour.
Plans for the 2016 Italian EAF Study Tour were reviewed. The study tour will be held in September or October 2016 in conjunction with the AIST Italy Steel Forum 2016. Francesco Memoli provided three potential tour routes.
Presentations on EAF safety innovations, auto argon connection hookups and a safety incident at Nucor Steel–Indiana were given.

 
 
The ESTC service plaque was presented to Greg Buragino (left to right): Sam Matson, Stephan Ferenczy, Buragino, Gerry Gillen and Patrick Hansert.

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

  • Chair — Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural & Rail Div.

  • Vice chair — Gerry Gillen, Nucor Steel–Indiana

  • Papers chair — Patrick Hansert, Badische Stahl Engineering GmbH

  • Roundup chair — Steve Meyer, Superior Machine Co. of SC Inc.

  • Education chair — Brett McGee, Mid-Continent Coal and Coke Co.

  • APB® chair — Sam Matson, CMC Americas

Meeting Highlights:
Brett McGee discussed the 2016 Modern Electric Furnace Technology Training Conference, which  will  be  held  in Jacksonville, Fla., USA, on 1–5 February 2016. Gerdau Long Steel North America Jacksonville will serve as the host plant. The ESTC discussed its 2015 fall meeting, which will be held on Saturday, 29 August 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, in conjunction with the Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting. See pages 238–239 of this issue for more information.

The ESTC met 4 February 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Gerry Gillen, ESTC papers chair, reviewed the AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Twenty-seven ESTC papers are scheduled.

  • The roles of session chairs and papers chair were discussed.

Nominations for ESTC officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed and will be announced at AISTech 2015 in May.
The winners of the 2015 John Bell Award and the 2015 Charles W. Briggs Award were selected. These awards will be presented during the ESTC meeting at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Oh., USA.
Steve Meyer reported on the 2015 EAF Roundup. A conference call will be scheduled in June to update this roundup for 2016.
Brett McGee gave an update on the 2016 EAF specialty training conference, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., USA, on 1–5 February 2016, with Gerdau Long Steel North America Jacksonville Mill serving as host plant.
Michael Strelbisky, ESTC study tour chair, reviewed the 2014 Brazil EAF Study Tour. The ESTC suggested a study tour to be held jointly with the AIST Italy Steel Forum in September 2016. Strelbisky and Francesco Memoli will provide an update at the next ESTC meeting at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The 2015 Germany Caster Study Tour, to be held on 8–14 November 2015, was also discussed.

Presentations for the Globe-Trotters annual meeting in August 2015 were scheduled:

  • “New Slag Door Operations,” by Nucor Steel Gallatin.

  • “EAF Safety Innovations,” by Tenova Core.

  • “EAF Study Tour Benchmarking,” by Kyle Vanover, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Rolled Group – Butler Div.

Next ESTC Meeting: Monday, 4 May 2015 during AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The ESTC met 23–25 August 2014, Portland, Ore. The winners of the ESTC’s 2015 awards were announced. These awards will be presented at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, in May 2015.
Steve Meyer provided an update on the AIST 2015 Electric Arc Furnace Roundup and the ESTC Shell Subcommittee.
The 21st Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking conference is scheduled for 2–6 February 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Nearly 20 ESTC members will participate in the 2014 EAF Brazilian Study Tour on 15–22 November 2014. A possible site for the 2015 EAF Study Tour is Monterrey, Mexico, in December 2015.
Sam Matson, APB® chair, provided an update on the AIST Process Benchmarker (APB®).
The following individuals gave presentations on safety innovations with EAF steelmaking:

Robert Bullard, Gerdau.
Gerry Gillen, Nucor Steel–Indiana.
Bob LaRoy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Rolled Div.
Zane Voss, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC.
Francesco Memoli, Tenova.
Frank Kenemy, Nupro Corp.

The ESTC began laying out its paper sessions for AISTech 2015:
Nineteen abstracts were selected by the ESTC. Additional abstracts will be considered by the papers chair and ESTC officers.
Five sessions will be scheduled. An EAF panel discussion was not scheduled at this time.
Session chairs were selected.

The ESTC met 4–5 February 2014, Birmingham, Ala., USA. Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc., ESTC papers chair, reviewed the six ESTC sessions for AISTech 2014 and reminded session chairs to contact authors presenting in their respective sessions. Paper evaluations will be completed before AISTech 2014.
The 2014 John Bell Award winner was announced, and the award presentation will occur at AISTech 2014.
Steve Meyer, Tenova Core, ESTC Shell Subcommittee, gave a preview of the presentation that will kick off the electric steelmaking panel discussion at AISTech 2014 on Tuesday morning, 6 May.
Brett McGee, GrafTech International Holdings Inc., ESTC education chair, gave an update on the 2014 Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar in conjunction with Specialty Steelmaking Training, which had 173 attendees. This year marked the 20th anniversary for the EAF training seminar. The 2015 EAF training seminar will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, on 2–6 February. Charter Steel – Cleveland, Ohio will serve as the host plant.
Sam Matson, CMC Americas, ESTC chair and ESTC AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB) chair, provided an update on the EAF module of the APB and the companies that are entering data. Matson also led a roundtable discussion between producers and suppliers on evacuation and emergency stop procedures for catastrophic events.
Michael Strelbisky, Tallman Bronze, presented the agenda for the 2014 EAF Brazilian Study Tour, to be held on 12–21 November 2014.
The fall ESTC meeting will be held on Saturday, 23 August 2014 during the Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting in Portland, Ore., USA. The theme will be “Safety Innovations With EAF Steelmaking.” Presenters will include Gerry Gillen, Nucor Steel–Indiana; Bob LaRoy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Butler; Zane Voss, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC; and Francesco Memoli, Tenova Core. Those interested in presenting should contact Stephan Ferenczy. 

The ESTC met 24–26 August 2013, New Orleans, La., USA. The 2014 Charles W. Briggs Award for Best Paper was selected: “Control of the Oxygen State of the Slag and Metal During the Final Stage of Melting in the EAF Fed With a 100% DRI Charge,” by Ruben Lule Gonzalez, Francisco Lopez Acosta, David Kundrat and Allen Wyatt. The award will be presented at AISTech 2014.
The 2014 John Bell Award nominating committee has selected Larry Heaslip, Interflow Techserv Inc., to receive this award at AISTech 2014.
Sam Matson, ESTC chair, reviewed the program outline for the Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held in Birmingham, Ala., on 3–7 February 2014. Jonathan Ridgeway, CMC Steel Alabama, one of the original organizers of the EAF seminar, will serve as the keynote speaker and plant host.
Training sessions will be available for new AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) participants to begin populating the EAF module for benchmarking.
Steve Meyer, Bottom Shell Subcommittee chair, provided an update on the progress made by this subcommittee in organizing a panel discussion for AISTech 2014. A session titled, “EAF Maintenance and Refractories” will be held jointly with the Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee, and Meyer will serve as the discussion moderator.
The inaugural AIST EAF Study Tour is scheduled for 2–8 November 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This Study Tour will coincide with the 2013 IAS Conference and will offer three plant tours, along with a conference meeting at Tenaris University on DRI usage. Interested members should contact Nicole Mattern at nmattern@aist.org.
Stephan Ferenczy, ESTC papers chair, provided an update on abstracts received to date and sessions that have been planned for AISTech 2014. 

The ESTC met in Chandler, Ariz., during the 19th annual Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar. A plant tour of CMC Steel Arizona was given after the morning meeting on Wednesday, 6 February 2013. Next year’s training conference, which will be a joint effort with the Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Committee, will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, on 3–7 February 2014. The ESTC officer selections for the 2013–2014 term are: Sam Matson, chair and AIST Process Benchmarker™ (APB) chair; Greg Burragino, vice chair; Stephan Ferenczy, papers chair; Gerry Gillen, members chair; and Brett McGee, education chair.
The winner of the 2013 Charles W. Briggs Award for Best Paper is “Electrode Consumption in a Modern High-Power Electric Steel Shop,” by Christopher R. Armstrong, Timothy Bosserman, Kale E. Heibult, Kyle W. Hanover, James J. Fortier and Nicolas Lugo. The 2013 John Bell Award for EAF Innovation, Improvement and Education will be given postumously to Stuart Gray, Gerdau. Wendy Gray will accept the award on Gray’s behalf. The next ESTC meeting will be held on Monday, 6 May at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh.

The Electric Steelmaking Technology Committee (ESTC) met during the 2012 Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, 8 September 2012, and Monday, 10 September 2012. At the Saturday meeting, the 2012 Steel Industry Fatalities statistics were reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Sam Matson, ESTC chair, provided an update on the AIST Process BenchmarkerTM (APB) concerning the EAF benchmarking module. Brett McGee, education chair, updated the committee on the next Electric Steelmaking and Specialty Steelmaking Training Seminar in Scottsdale Ariz., scheduled for 4–8 February 2013, where the host plant will be CMC Steel Arizona. The ESTC selected for the 2013 Charles W. Briggs Award the paper entitled, “Electrode Consumption in a Modern High Power Electric Steel Shop” by Kyle Vanover, Kale Heibult, Timothy Bosserman and Christopher Armstrong of Steel Dynamics Inc.; James Fortier, Showa Denko; and Nicolas Lugo, GrafTech International. The Saturday meeting concluded with a panel discussion on process optimization. Panelists were Gerry Gillen of Nucor Steel–Indiana, Chris Farmer of PTI and Fernando Martinez of AMI GE.

On Monday, 10 September 2012, a paper session meeting was held, which determined the AISTech 2013 ESTC technical program. Possible joint committee sessions will adjust this presentation lineup. Matson reviewed the APB process parameters and welcomed suggestions from the committee to strengthen the EAF benchmarking module. The 2013 John Bell Award recipient, selected by the ESTC officers, is Stuart Gray of Gerdau. This award will be presented at the ESTC meeting at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The next ESTC meeting will be Wednesday, 6 February 2013, during the Electric Steelmaking and Specialty Steelmaking Training Seminar near Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Electric Steelmaking Technology Committee (ESTC) met at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga., on Monday, 7 May. ESTC officer elections for 2012–2013 were held with the following results: Sam Matson, chair and APB chair; Greg Buragino, vice chair; Stephan Ferenczy, papers chair; Gerry Gillen, members chair; Brett McGee, education chair; and Francesco Memoli, roundup chair. Ricardo Anawate completed his two-year term as AIST Division III board of directors representative. Memoli was nominated to succeed Anawate as AIST Division III board of directors representative.
The 2012 Charles W. Briggs Award was presented to René Stoltz, Christophe Solver, Mathias Hoffmann, Jean-Luc Roth and Mitch Houbart for their paper entitled, “Dragon Steel Corporation in Taiwan Boosted 150-Ton Twin Shell by Continuous Hot Metal Charging Process.” The initial John Bell Award for EAF Innovation, Improvement and Education was presented posthumously to Jacobus Marthinus Andreas “Kobus” Geldenhuis. Charloom Geldenhuis accepted this award on her husband’s behalf. Dan Brisson, Nucor Steel–Indiana, expressed appreciation from Kobus’ colleagues for recognizing his contributions to Nucor.
Matson updated the committee on the EAF benchmarking module for the APB. Management Science Associates is working on final module development, and ESTC producer members were encouraged to participate. The next ESTC meeting will be held on Saturday, 8 September 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla., before the Annual Globe-Trotters meeting on 8–11 September. A second meeting is scheduled for Monday afternoon, 10 September for AISTech 2013 Call for Papers, followed by an APB update meeting. The next meeting agenda will be sent by 23 July 2012.

The Electric Steelmaking Technology Committee (ESTC) met in Charleston, S.C., during AIST’s 19th Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking Specialty Training Seminar. The ESTC AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) development meeting was held on Monday, 6 February 2012 before registration opened for the joint training seminar. Sam Matson and Francesco Memoli, APB chairs, presented module development options and guidelines. The ESTC met on Wednesday morning, 8 February 2012. There were 31 ESTC members in attendance. A review of the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Greg Buragino, ESTC papers chair, presented the AISTech 2012 session schedule for this year’s conference. Memoli, ESTC chair, reviewed the 2011 AIST Electric Arc Furnace Roundup. Matson, ESTC vice chair and ESTC APB chair, updated the committee on EAF benchmarking and the development of the APB module. Matson encouraged participation from everyone in the creation of a benchmarking questionnaire to capture necessary process parameters that would be valuable to compare. Patrick Hansert, BSE America, provided a questionnaire format that could be implemented. Memoli announced the 2012 Charles W. Briggs Award winners for their paper entitled, “Dragon Steel Corp. in Taiwan Boosted 150-Ton EAF Twin Shell by Continuous Hot Metal Charging Process”: Christophe Solver, Jean-Luc Roth, Mathias Hoffman, René Stoltz and Michel Houbart. The next ESTC meeting will be held on Monday, 7 May at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.
2012 John Bell Award for EAF Innovation, Improvement and Education — Established in 2011, this award honors John Bell, a tireless innovator and educator who was active in the exchange of concepts and ideas that advanced the knowledge and understanding of electric arc furnace steelmaking. He took every opportunity to teach and exchange his knowledge and understanding with operators and professionals alike and cultivated many strong relationships. John Bell, executive vice president and manager of operations at Severstal Columbus LLC, died on 24 September 2011. This award will be presented posthumously to Jacobus Marthinus Andreas “Kobus” Geldenhuis, of Nucor Crawfordsville, who was the 2011 ESTC papers chair. Mr. Geldenhuis passed away on 5 August 2011.