Technology Committees

Ironmaking Technology Committee Meeting

Date: 29–30 September 2015
Location: Holiday Inn Southgate - Banquet & Conference Center • Dearborn, MI, USA
Plant Tour: AK Dearborn Blast Furnace “C”

►Agenda (PDF)

Hotel Details

Holiday Inn Southgate - Banquet & Conference Center
17201 Northline Road
Southgate, MI  48195
AK Steel Room Rate: $88.75 (there is no reservation cut-off, this rate is available as long as the hotel has rooms available)
Reservations: +1.734.283.4400
Meeting Room: Sapphire/Ruby

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

8 a.m.

1. Chair’s opening remarks - Al Dzermejko
2. Appoint minute-taker - Chair
3. Antitrust guidelines review – AIST Rep
4. Membership and attendance overview – AIST Rep + Ryan Hershey
5. Review minutes of previous meeting Minutes - Chair
6. AIST Staff Announcements

Main agenda items


AISTech 2016 – Ironmaking Technical Sessions Development – Mike Pomeroy/Mike Riley

  • Review of Selection of Abstracts 

  • Determine Session structure (Due by 2 Nov) including Session Titles & Session Chair Tentative Assignments

  • Review Papers Chair and Session Chair instructions


Finalize “Call for papers for AISTech 2017
Ironmaking Blast furnace operations; campaign extension; furnace relines/ rebuilds; environmental programs in ironmaking; maintenance programs for ensuring reliability; hearth and taphole design; monitoring and maintenance; blast furnace stoves, stove refractory and safe stove operation; ironmaking raw materials; waste oxides recycling; DRI technology and alternate ironmaking technology; blast furnace refractory and cooling systems; ironmaking equipment design and improvement; ironmaking control and modeling.


AIST 2015 Leadership Conference – Solicit any discussion items/concerns from IMTC Membership to be discussed at the NOV2015 


Technology Committee Award planning (if applicable) – Al Dzermejko


Finalize Committee Roundup (if applicable) – Rorick/Street


Specialty Training Conference Review/Update 

  • Proposed Ironmaking Specialty Conference Update - Jerry Neleson

  • Proposed “Best Presentation Award” Update – Stuart Street


AIST Process Benchmarking Update (if applicable) – Rorick/Street


Member-initiated discussion subjects (if any)


Technical Topics Program


Presentation and Membership Discussion – Subject: “BF Taphole Repairs and Rebuilding Considerations” – Al Dzermejko, plus additional solicited/volunteer speakers\

  Presentation Overview from METEC/2nd ESTAD Conference Technical Session: BF Ironmaking – BF Refractories & Cooling 2, “Copper Staves and Coolers” – Al Dzermejko review of Session Papers:
  • Life Extension of Copper Staves in Blast Furnaces

  • Authors: R. Janjua, World Steel Association, Y. De Langhe, ArcelorMittal, Belgium, M. Esmer, Erdemir, Turkey, R. Musante, G. Catalá, Ternium Siderar, Argentina, B. Jansson, SSAB EMEA, Sweden

  • The Role of Copper Staves in Achieving Efficient Operation and Long Blast Furnace Campaign Lifetime - Authors: J.-P. Simoes, N. Maggioli, C. de Gruiter, P. Tockert, Paul Wurth S.A., Luxembourg

  • Blast Furnace Cooling Stave Design - Authors: M. Smith, J. Fletcher, R. Harvey, R. Horwood, Primetals Technologies, United Kingdom

  • First Operational Results of New Designed Plate Cooler for Salzgitter Blast Furnace “A”  - Authors: C. Dratner, F. Böert, KME Germany GmbH & Co. KG, J. Pethke, R. Rockstroh, S. Holz, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, Germany


Next meeting date and location


Chair conclusion

5 p.m.


Wednesday, 29 September 2015


AK Dearborn Blast Furnace “C”

7:30 a.m.

Meet in hotel lobby to carpool to plant

8–11 a.m.

Plant tour

PPE required: (Generally requires hard hat, boots, safety glasses, ear protection and long sleeves).  If there are any PPE questions, contact Stuart Street at AK Dearborn