Technology Committees

Ironmaking Committee Activities

►Past Activities

The IMTC met 8 December 2015, Warrendale, Pa., USA. 
A winner was selected for the Josef S. Kapitan Best Paper Award for Ironmaking. This award will be presented at the IMTC meeting during AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. The awards committee also updated the group on the selection process for the T.L. Joseph Award and the J.E. Johnson Award. Winners of these awards should be selected by the IMTC’s next meeting.
Mike Riley and Mike Pomeroy reviewed the IMTC’s AISTech 2016 technical session development. Currently there are 10 sessions envisioned over each of the three days of the Technology Conference. There will also be a panel discussion titled “Postponing Blast Furnace Relines and Capital Expenditures.” Titles of the sessions and session chairs have been finalized.  The roles and responsibilities of the papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
The group then finalized its Call for Papers topic for AISTech 2017.
A discussion about developing a training conference ended in the decision to postpone this effort until a future date.
The meeting concluded with four technical presentations:

  • “Improving Tuyere Performance to Extend Lifetime,” by Reza Farshidi, CECAL.

  • “Reducing/Eliminating Raceway Impingement of Bosh Zone,” by Al Dzermejko, Magneco/Metrel.

  • “Trevor’s Top 10 Ways to Shut Down a BlastFurnace,” by Trevor Shellhammer, Shellhammer Consulting.

  • “Tuyere Designs,” by Skip Slaven, FalconFoundry Co.

The IMTC met 29–30 September 2015, Dearborn, Mich., USA. Mike Riley gave an update on the Josef Kapitan Award for Ironmaking. This award will be presented at the IMTC meeting during AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
Mike Riley and Mike Pomeroy discussed the IMTC technical session for AISTech 2016. 

  • There were 44 abstracts submitted as of 29 September. The IMTC program has 25 paper slots with no parallel sessions (one session per half-day). 

  • A panel discussion is being organized. Suggested topics include challenges of achieving minimum coke rate, blast furnace campaign extension and use of recycled materials.

  • Joe Poveromo, chair of the DRI & Alternative Ironmaking Subcommittee, reviewed the DRI session that is being planned. There are currently eight papers for either a Monday or Tuesday afternoon session.

  • Papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed with the group. 

The AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topic was finalized.
Al Dzermejko solicited comments from the group for the AIST Leadership Conference in November.
Stuart Street gave the group an update on the AIST 2016 North American Blast Furnace Roundup.
Technical presentations on taphole repair and rebuilding were given by Bruce Stackhouse and Al Dzermejko. In addition, Dzermejko shared four recent presentations from METEC/2nd ESTAD Conference in June 2015.
The next day the group toured AK Steel Corp. – Dearborn Works’ blast furnace C.

IMTC chair, Al Dzermejko (left), presented a plaque of appreciation to Stuart Street (right) for hosting the IMTC’s tour of AK Steel Corp. – Dearborn Works.

The DRISC met 6 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Angelo Manenti, Tenova Core

  • Vice chair — Jeffrey Myers, Midrex Technologies Inc.

  • Papers chair — Joseph Poveromo, RMI Global Consulting

Meeting Highlights:
The DRISC reviewed the AISTech 2015 technical program, which by most accounts was well attended and successful. The DRI technical  presentation most heavily attended was the application of EAF Experiences With DRI.
The 2016 DRI Roundup was discussed. The DRI Roundup will initially focus on the Americas and be limited to shaft furnaces. Morteza  Sadri reviewed the status of the DRI Roundup questionnaire, which will be reviewed and revised one more time before being circulated for data input. While the revisions to the questionnaire are developed, a user’s guide for filling out the questionnaire will also be developed by Sadri. The goal is to publish the DRI Roundup with the EAF Roundup in  the January 2016 issue of Iron & Steel Technology. Therefore, the roundup shall be submitted for publication by 1 November 2015.
The next DRI Seminar was discussed. The DRISC would like to host the Scrap Substitutes and Alternative Ironmaking symposium in the fall of 2016.
Discussion was held regarding how to make the DRISC a stand-alone Technology Committee. Mark Rosi of AIST said this process has already started but will be decided by the AIST Board of Directors. The subcommittee was encouraged to keep up with the work it has already started to demonstrate the viability and need to become an independent Technology Committee.

Al Dzermejko (left) presented the IMTC service plaque to
Charles Copeland (right).

The IMTC met 4 May 2015, Cleveland, Oh., USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Al Dzermejko, Magneco/Metrel Inc.

  • Vice chair — Stuart Street, AK Steel Corp. – Dearborn Works

  • Papers co-chairs — Mike Riley, Praxair Inc., and

  • Mike Pomeroy, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • Membership chair — Ryan Hershey, Vesuvius USA

Meeting Highlights:
The IMTC discussed the AISTech 2015 technical sessions and gave their feedback.

The IMTC met 5 February 2015, Coraopolis, Pa., USA. There were 45 IMTC members at the IMTC winter meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association annual meeting.  
Mike Riley reviewed the current AISTech 2015 sessions being assembled. IMTC chair Chuck Copeland solicited nominations for the next IMTC papers chair position.
The group reviewed the North American Blast Furnace Roundup, which was published in the March 2015 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
Jerry Nelesen updated the group on the ironmaking specialty conference that is currently being planned.
Joe Poveromo and Chuck Copeland discussed the process for bestowing the Technology Committee awards, which include the J.E. Johnson Jr. Award and the Thomas L. Joseph Award.
Jeffrey Myers updated the group on the newly formed DRI & Alternative Iron Technology Subcommittee activities and the DRI: Production, Logistics and Utilization specialty conference that was held in November 2014.
Bruce Stackhouse gave a presentation concerning his recent visit to the European Blast Furnace Committee meeting.
The meeting concluded with a discussion on operating issues at furnaces during the winter season and any upcoming major blast furnace projects or relines.
Next IMTC Meeting:Monday, 4 May 2015 during AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Next DRI & Alternative Iron Technology Subcommittee Meeting: Wednesday, 6 May 2015 during AISTech 2015 in Cleveland Ohio, USA

The IMTC met 18–19 September 2013, Butler, Ind., USA  The 23 IMTC members in attendance reviewed the 2013 Steel Industry Fatalities Report and held a safety roundtable discussion.
The available IMTC abstracts for AISTech 2014 were  reviewed and preliminary session topics were established. The IMTC expects to have nine paper sessions and one panel discussion. Nineteen of the IMTC papers presented at AISTech 2013 were nominated for the Best Paper Award. A subcommittee of six IMTC members was established to rank the papers and determine a winner. The J.E. Johnson Jr. Award was presented to Matt Lehtinen of Magnetation. Conrad Fisher of Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) gave a presentation on the alternative ironmaking from Iron Dynamics. A tour of the SDI Butler facilities was given on 19 September 2013. 

The IMTC met on 8 February 2013 at the Embassy Suites Hotel – Pittsburgh Intl. Airport in Coraopolis, Pa.   The meeting was held in conjunction with the Eastern States Blast Furnace & Coke Oven Association meeting. The 2012 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. The AISTech 2013 session schedule was reviewed, and two papers were added to the IMTC’s program to fill the remaining open slots. Al Dzermejko provided update on the Ironmaking Best Paper Award Subcommittee, including its roster and task list. It was agreed that the criteria for selecting the Best Paper Award will be revised for next year’s selection and the due dates for this task should be moved forward two weeks. The IMTC mission statement was reviewed and accepted with no changes. The committee then reviewed the AISTech 2014 Call for Papers, adding “furnace relines/rebuilds” to the list of IMTC topics. Officer nominations for the 2013–2014 term include: Kyle Shoop, chair; Chuck Copeland, vice chair and roundup chair; Al Dzermejko, papers chair I; and Michael Riley, papers chair II. The membership chair producer nomination has yet to be determined. The 2012 J.E. Johnson Jr. Award was presented to Daniel J. Holmes of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor Flat Products. The IMTC then went on to discuss possible ways to increase producer participation and aims to have at least one ironmaking manager from every U.S. plant involved with the committee. The next IMTC meeting will be held on Monday, 6 May at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa.