Technology Committees

Energy & Utilities Technology Committee Activities

The EUTC and CSRTC met 25 October 2017, Smyrna, Tenn., USA. The CSRTC and EUTC had the opportunity to meet and have a joint safety roundtable discussion. Afterwards, they split into their respective groups for individual committee business.
The CSRTC reviewed its AISTech 2018 session layouts and was able to secure volunteers to serve as session chairs. The group also discussed holding a Cold Rolling Technology Training course in September 2018 in conjunction with the System Automation Fundamentals training class. The organizing group, made up of Brian Smith, Chris Burnett, Mark Blankeneau and Liz Hunter, is working on adjusting the format to include a more advanced track.
The EUTC also discussed its AISTech 2018 session layouts and secured volunteers to serve as session chairs. The group had a productive discussion about how to bring value to the end users in a steel mill and how to encourage attendance at committee meetings. The EUTC plans to host a webinar the first week of January 2018 to discuss interpreting steel mill utility bills. An additional purpose to this webinar is to drive interest for their upcoming meetings. The group also discussed the winner of the Energy Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the next EUTC meeting.

  Lou York (left) and Anup Sane (right) presented Rishabh Bahel (center) with the EUTC service plaque.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Rishabh Bahel, ArcelorMittal Cleveland

  • Vice chair: Louis York, Case Engineering Inc.

  • Papers chair: Anup Sane, Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

The EUTC met 21 March 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA. The meeting began with technical presentations. Pierre Braud and Marta Santorroman from ARKEMA presented “Gas Odorization Process,” which illustrated the technology developed to odorize the carbon monoxide streams generated in steel plants. Gina Chavez, Creative Water Solutions, discussed ProMoss™ and water treatment applications for industry. Rishabh Bahel, Arcelor­Mittal Cleveland and EUTC chair, then shared his experience, as his facility currently was trialing the water treatment system. Lou York of Case Controls then kicked off the safety roundtable discussion with a presentation on compressed air safety.
The EUTC discussed committee attendance and participation. Energy savings is a relevant and important  topic, but typically isn’t a first priority. The 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was mentioned because it is a valuable document created by the AIST Safety & Health Technology Committee that is discussed at length at most Technology Committee meetings; it was suggested that the EUTC could create a document that is unique to the committee and generates similar interest and discussion. EUTC members also need to work on personal relationships and engage on a personal level to foster involvement for committee members.
The EUTC reviewed and finalized its AISTech 2017 sessions. The Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems conference and the Energy Achievement Award were also discussed.
The meeting adjourned and the EUTC joined the Steel Mill Thermal and Combustion Systems attendees at a networking reception.

EUTC chair Rishabh Bahel (left) and PRTC chair Blane Vines (right) presented Tony Knopp (center), vice president of Vestas Towers America, with a plaque for hosting the EUTC’s and PRTC’s tour.

The EUTC and PRTC met 13–14 September 2016, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. The group held a roundtable discussion on general safety statistics and current projects.
The committees split into separate rooms to work on committee-specific items. Both committees reviewed their AISTech 2017 paper sessions, selected session chairs, finalized their AISTech 2018 Call for Papers verbiage and discussed items to be brought up at the AIST Leadership Conference.
The EUTC determined there would be opportunity for multiple joint sessions at AISTech 2017. The committee also discussed the Energy Achievement Award submissions and brainstormed ways to increase awareness and visibility of the award to AIST members, as it is not process-specific. The creation of a members chair position was discussed, as well as other strategies to increase EUTC participation and attendance. 
The PRTC discussed finalizing the Plate Mill Roundup for publication, the benefits of attending the Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals Technology Training Conference and the AIST Process Benchmarker®. The PRTC also had a thorough discussion about future meeting locations and the topics for technical presentations/discussions to be held at these meetings. Volunteers for presentations on these topics were chosen.
The committees, along with guest speakers Kip Findley and Taylor Jacobs from Colorado School of Mines, came together for a networking lunch. This was followed by an afternoon of technical presentations, which included:

  • “Compressed Air — Steel Mill Energy Savings Projects,” by Lou York, Case Controls.

  • “An Overview of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center at Colorado School of Mines,” by Kip Findley.

  • “Elevated Temperature Mechanical Properties of Line Pipe Steels,” by Taylor Jacobs.

  • “ArcelorMittal’s Energy Efficiency Initiatives,” by Larry Fabina, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.

  • An overview of Vestas and tour requirements by Corey Ivey, Nucor Steel–Hertford County.

The meeting concluded the following day at Vestas Towers America in Pueblo, Colo., USA. Stacie Martellaro, manager factory logistics, and Mark Rusovick, quality assurance specialist, led the group on an in-depth tour of the tower manufacturing plant. This was followed by a presentation and question-and-answer session with Tony Knopp, vice president of Vestas Towers America, and lunch at the facility. 

The EUTC and PRTC toured Vestas Towers Americas during their 13–14 September 2016 meeting.
The EUTC service plaque was presented to Mark Kampe
(left to right): Lou York, Rishabh Bahel, Kampe, Anup Sane
and Shailesh Gangoli.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Risbhah Bahel, ArcelorMittal Cleveland

  • Vice chair: Lou York, Case Engineering

  • Papers chair: Anup Sane, Air Products & Chemicals

  • Specialty Conference chair: Shailesh Gangoli, Air Products & Chemicals

The PTTC and EUTC met 27–28 January 2016, Houston, Texas, USA. The committees reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The committees finalized their respective AISTech 2016 technical sessions. Each has three sessions scheduled. The role of the session chair was reviewed with both committees.
Nominations for PTTC and EUTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were accepted and approved.
The 2016 AIST Pipe and Tube Roundup was discussed. The Roundup parameters were revised and finalized. The PTTC plans to publish the Roundup in the August 2016 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) have invited AIST to be a supporting organization for Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) 2016, to be held 1–3 August 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. URTeC is a science and technology event for unconventional resource development, which brings together geologists, geophysicists, engineers and business managers. Unconventional energy exploration and production includes horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
The AIST Energy Achievement Award was discussed. Three candidates are being considered for this award, which will be announced before AISTech 2016.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Recent Changes in the Natural Gas and Shale Gas Plays,” by Richard Ricks of NiSource/Columbia Gas.

  • “Cartacci Straighteners and Drawbenches — Productivity and Energy Consumption,” by Fabrizio Mamoli of Cartacci S.r.l.

  • “Combustion Safety — Standards and Burner Management Systems,” by Mark Kampe of CEC Combustion Safety.

  • “Heat Recovery Systems,” by Jared Kaufman of Tenova Core.

The committees were given tours of Axalta Coatings and NACE International. 

1. Matt Miller (center), chief operating officer of NACE International, was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Mark Kampe (left), EUTC chair, and Keith Tuma (right), PTTC chair, for hosting a tour of NACE International. 2. Scott Denny (center, left) and Meghan Hodge (center, right) of Axalta Coatings were presented with a tour plaque from Keith Tuma (left) and Mark Kampe (right).

The EUTC met 1–2 September 2015, Suffolk, Va., USA. The EUTC began its AISTech 2016 session development, including the selection of abstracts, session titles and chairs, and a review of papers chair and session chair instructions.
The EUTC finalized its AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topic and discussed items to be reviewed at the AIST Leadership Conference. The Energy Achievement Award was discussed and solicitation of nominations reviewed. The Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems conference was also reviewed.

The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Natural Gas Supply/Price Outlook,” by Richard Ricks, Columbia Gas/NiSource.

  • “Reduce Energy Costs/Compressed Air Blow,” by Anthony Sobczak, Silvent Intech.

  • “ZoloScan Technology,” by David Giltner, Zolo Technologies Inc.

  • “High-Temperature Ladle Refractories,” by Robert Doty, IMACRO Inc.

The next morning, the group toured the Nucor Steel–Hertford County plant in Cofield, N.C., USA.

Mark Kampe (left) presented the EUTC service plaque to Dan
Michael (right).

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

  • Chair — Mark Kampe, CEC Combustion Safety

  • Vice Chair/Energy Achievement Award Subcommittee chair — Rishabh Bahel, ArcelorMittal Cleveland

  • Papers chair — Lou York, Case Engineering Inc.

  • Technology Training Conference chair — ShailesGangoli, Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

Meeting Highlights:
The EUTC discussed  the 2015  Steel  Mill  Combustion and Thermal  Systems conference, which  will  be held  in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, in October 2015.

The EUTC met 20–21 August 2013, Hammond, Ind., USA. Jared Kaufman, EUTC chair, welcomed the attendees and led a discussion of the EUTC’s mission statement and relevance to the industry.
Nominations for the 2014 AIST Board of Directors Awards were solicited. The Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems seminar, to be held 5–7 November 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, was reviewed. An update on the Energy Achievement Award was also provided. Chenn Zhou and Bin Wu of Purdue University – Calumet gave a technical presentation on the capabilities of the Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation. Kurt Anderson gave a presentation about the No. 7 blast furnace and No. 5 boiler system project at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor. The group then toured ArcelorMittal’s boiler house No. 5.
On the second day, Mark Kampe, EUTC papers chair, led a discussion on abstract selection for AISTech2014. Two sessions were established, one titled, “Future Trends in the Steel Industry,” and the other a joint session with the Electric Steelmaking Technology Committee. It was also decided that the EUTC would solicit papers and develop a session exploring how natural gas revolution will shape the North American steel industry.

The EUTC held its fall 2012 meeting in Jewett, Texas. The agenda included a review and discussion of the Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems Specialty conference, which was held on 16–18 October 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The plans for the 2013 thermal conference were also discussed, with the details expected to be finalized in the upcoming months. The 2012 Energy Achievement Award was also discussed. The nominations were reviewed and the winner was Nucor Steel–Texas for their submission, “Meltshop Baghouse Fan Blade Upgrades.” The committee chose the Jewett, Texas, location for this meeting in order to visit the Nucor site and present the 2012 Energy Achievement Award to John Farris (plant general manager) and the rest of the Nucor energy intensity team and other plant employees involved in the project.
The AISTech 2013 technical sessions were discussed, with a final review of the sessions within the Energy & Utilities program. Jared Kaufman from Tenova Core gave a brief presentation on the Consteel® process. In addition, Harry Kure from the Gas Technology Institute presented a paper entitled, “Thermochemical Recuperation for High-Temperature Furnaces.”

The Energy & Utilities Technology Committee (EUTC) held their summer meeting on 20–21 August 2012 in Southgate, Mich. The meeting was called to order by chair Nicole Dufour-Auyeung. There were 10 attendees at the two-day session. The meeting focused on technical session development for AISTech 2013. The committee established three technical sessions, with subjects that include exhaust hood recovery and a panel discussion regarding regenerative burners versus oxy-fuel burner retrofit applications. Details of the Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems Specialty Training Conference were reviewed. The conference was held 16–18 October in Pittsburgh, Pa. The next order of business was a presentation of the Energy Achievement Award subcommittee’s review of their nominated projects and the final award winner announcement by Neil MacFadyen. The meeting concluded on Tuesday with a plant tour of Severstal Dearborn’s new hot-dip galvanizing line. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 13–14 November 2012. The location will be at the site of the winner of the Energy Achievement Award.

The Energy & Utilities Technology Committee (EUTC) met on 8 May 2012 for a meeting chaired by Nicole Dufour-Auyeung on behalf of Bob Kane, who could not be in attendance. The current committee roster stands at 37. Of that number 10 were in attendance. New to the committee is Brian Kelly, replacing Jim Feece, from Hauck.
The four EUTC papers sessions at AISTech 2012 were discussed. It was noted that attendance has been better at the joint sessions, and it was agreed that joint sessions are a good strategy. There was a discussion of the continuing need to communicate proper guidelines for presentations to the speakers. Also, the question of reviewing the PowerPoint presentations prior to the papers sessions was discussed. The election of committee officers took place for 2012–2013, with the following results: Nicole Dufour-Auyeung, chair; Bruce Colburn, vice chair; and Brennan Downes, papers chair.
The status of the Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems Conference was reviewed. The conference will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on 16–17 October 2012. The curriculum has been finalized; however, a moderator is needed. This conference is conducted at the basic (101) level. It was decided to pursue the development of an additional advanced course (201) to be presented in 2013 in a format to coincide with the basic course. Tony Fennell will develop the outline for the 201 course. This outline will be refined at the EUTC meeting in August. The general consensus remains that the 201 course should include a session on oxygen enrichment and a plant tour.
The nominations for the Energy Achievement Award (EAA) were due on 30 June. The application form and process have been simplified. However, Bruce Colburn stressed that the award should be for an actual project with verified results. There are a number of quality applications already for the EAA.

The Energy & Utilities Technology Committee (EUTC) met on 26–27 March 2012 in West Mifflin, Pa. There were 16 committee members present. The EUTC tour of the General Electric turbine manufacturing facility in August 2011 was discussed. The committee’s agenda included finalization of the upcoming Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems specialty conference, to be held in October 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa., as well as initial planning for the next version of this Specialty Training Conference, expected sometime in the fall of 2013. An update on the technical sessions and paper presentations for AISTech 2012 followed, with a review of the sessions and session chair responsibilities. New members of the committee’s Energy Achievement Award subcommittee were chosen to begin evaluation of this year’s nominations for the award. Finally, a short presentation on the history of the Bloom Engineering Co., to be toured the following day, concluded the meeting.