Technology Committees


Energy & Utilities Technology Committee Activities

Louis York (left) and Anup Sane (right) presented Rishabh Bahel (center) with the EUTC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

The EUTC met 7 May 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Louis York, Case Engineering Inc.

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

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.