Technology Committees


Ironmaking Committee Activities

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.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on 19–20 September 2012 in Dearborn, Mich., at Severstal Dearborn. - The meeting was called to order by Bruce Stackhouse, IMTC chair. There were 29 attendees at the two-day meeting, which focused on technical session development for AISTech 2013. The committee established sessions with a wide range of topics, including: operations, raw materials, stoves, alternate ironmaking, environmental, injectants, equipment and devices, modeling, other burden material, and panel discussion topics that include endless campaigns and recovery from furnace wrecks. The second day’s agenda included a presentation and tour of the new pickle line tandem cold mill, galvanizing facility, as well as a tour of the blast furnaces. Both the meeting and tour were hosted by the Ironmaking Department at Severstal. The committee extends special thanks to Ed Asbury, division manager — ironmaking, for the hospitality. The next IMTC meeting was to be held in November 2012 at AIST headquarters in Warrendale, Pa.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on 7 May in Atlanta, Ga., during AISTech 2012. - The IMTC chair, Bob Steiger, welcomed the committee members in attendance and thanked them for their participation at both the AISTech conference and the IMTC luncheon. Guests and new members were also recognized. It was noted that 39 of the 73-member roster were present. There were three new members to the IMTC. In addition, four Brazilian students were in attendance at the luncheon. The following were nominated as the 2012–2013 IMTC officers: Bruce Stackhouse, chair; Kyle Shoop, Tenova Core, vice chair; Chuck Copeland, Severstal Dearborn, papers chair; Al Dzermejko, Magneco/Metrel Inc., papers co-chair; and Mike Riley, Praxair, membership chair.
The IMTC mission statement was reviewed and read as: “AIST Ironmaking Technology Committee shall hold regular meetings discussing and providing members information regarding Ironmaking manufacturing to include developing technologies, maintenance and process and operating information.”
AIST Technical Report No. 33 was submitted for approval by the IMTC. The report was approved with no dissenting votes. This report will now be sent to the Technology Council for approval. Once approved by the Technology Council, the AIST board of directors will vote on the report. Committee objectives for the upcoming year were discussed and additional objectives were solicited. In addition to reaching out to producers to increase their participation on the IMTC, there was a discussion on a joint specialty training conference on refractory use in ironmaking. The following expressed an interest in helping to organize this specialty conference: Bill Slye, Trevor Shellhammer, Art Cheng, Angelo Petrucelli, Hugh Crosmun, Glen Beavers, Jim Weinheimer, Bruce Stackhouse, Bob Steiger, Barry Hyde and Dave Walnoha.
The 2012 Joseph S. Kapitan Award for Best Paper for Ironmaking was awarded to Stuart Street of Severstal Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich., for his paper entitled, “An Investigation of Unstable Blast Furnace Operations Caused by Stockpiled Iron Ore Pellets.” The 2012 Thomas L. Joseph Award was awarded to Michael Peters, senior vice president, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Duisburg, Germany. The 2012 J.E. Johnson Jr. Award for outstanding young ironmaker was awarded to Daniel Holmes, senior engineer, ArcelorMittal USA – Indiana Harbor Flat Products, East Chicago, Ind. The newly elected chair, Stackhouse, presented the outgoing chair, Steiger, with a plaque of appreciation for his 2011–2012 leadership of the IMTC.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on 2 February 2012 before the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association annual winter meeting. - There were 39 members in attendance and 12 producer members for the IMTC’s AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) meeting on Thursday morning. Bruce Stackhouse, IMTC producers chair, reviewed the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report, which was followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Several presentations followed, including one from Steve Horvath of ArcelorMittal and Bruce Stackhouse from RG Steel. Bob Steiger (IMTC chair) presided over the general committee meeting that followed. Topics of discussion included:

  • Safety issues and accidents.

  • AISTech 2012 papers, led by Kyle Shoop.

  • Topic for the AISTech 2013 Call for Papers: “Blast furnace operations; campaign extension; 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; alternate and new ironmaking processes; blast furnace refractory and cooling system; ironmaking equipment design and improvement; ironmaking control and modeling.”

  • Status of IMTC awards.

  • AIST Technical Report No. 33 (TR-33) final review, led by Bob Steiger and Barry Felton.

The IMTC APB producers subcommittee received an update from Ryan Wolfred of AIST and Jeralyn Brown of Management Science Associates. The Ironmaking APB module has been released to “beta users” for importing of their 2012 data. If you are interested in using the system as a beta user, contact Ryan Wolfred (rwolfred@aist.org). Following this meeting, members attended the annual winter meeting of Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on 14–15 September 2011 at the Holiday Inn in Duluth, Minn. - The committee chair, Bob Steiger of Paul Wurth Inc., opened the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance and thanking Keki Nanavati and Lee English for setting up the following day’s tour at Cliffs Natural Resources. Hugh Crosmun volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed, and it was agreed that the meeting would be held in accordance with them. Mr. Steiger stated that the IMTC membership count stands at 73, as of 12 September 2011. He noted that the IMTC is always looking for more members and asked everyone in attendance to encourage and promote membership, particularly among producers. After the AIST Staff Announcements were reviewed, Bob Steiger addressed the main agenda items for the meeting. During a safety discussion on the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report, it was noted that most of the fatalities were due to burns, falls and crushing situations. Also, of the upstream/downstream fatalities, most were related to workers being struck by moving equipment. It was asked that members share this information with co-workers. A roundtable industry update followed, in which members gave a brief overview their company’s status and operations.
The IMTC papers chair, Kyle Shoop of Tenova Core, led a discussion on AISTech 2012. He gave an overview of the current technical session layout and noted that 53 ironmaking abstracts have been submitted to date. There is a good possibility of having two sessions for each time slot. Joe Poveromo advised to avoid putting sessions with similar interests opposite of each other and that some slight reorganization may be beneficial. Al Dzermejko of Magneco/Metrel Inc. pointed out a lack of producer papers in the conference. The members discussed possible reasons for this, as well as ways to increase the number of papers submitted by producer companies. Further discussions ensued regarding AISTech, and the technical session layout will be reviewed again at the next IMTC meeting. Session chairs will also be established during that meeting. Ryan Wolfred of AIST talked about the status of the Technology Committee Awards. He noted that 16 papers from AISTech 2011 were nominated as Best of Session. Five members volunteered to read, rate and select the best by no later than February. Mr. Wolfred mentioned that AIST Technical Report 33 (TR-33) received over 67% approval and there are still 10 comments that require review by the committee. The comments will be sent to Bob Steiger to be addressed. Fred Rorick, the current U.S. representative on the European Blast Furnace Committee, will be retiring soon and needs someone to replace him. Some discussion took place on the topic, and a replacement has yet to be finalized.
Mr. Wolfred then gave a brief overview of the AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) project. The benchmarking task force has been established and met in July for the first project kickoff meeting. The benchmarking software is in development, with a beta version released in November 2011. APB access and use will be granted to producer members, providing them a tool to easily and effectively compare their production performance against industry peers. For the IMTC, 144 production metrics have been established. The committee reconvened after lunch for a short presentation by representatives from Cliffs Natural Resources. Bob Steiger thanked everyone for their attendance and adjourned the meeting. The following day, Cliffs hosted the members on a tour of their iron ore mine and pellet plant at the Hibbing Taconite facility. AIST and the IMTC would like to thank Keki Nanavati and everyone at Cliffs Natural Resources for their outstanding hospitality.

The first-ever AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) Project Kickoff Meeting was held at AIST headquarters in Warrendale, Pa., on 12 July 2011. - The meeting focused on the Ironmaking Technology Committee’s (IMTC) benchmarking efforts; however, selected individuals from AIST’s other technology committees were also invited to sit in on the meeting to get a feel for the capabilities of the APB and to begin planning for their own committees’ benchmarking programs. Brian Bliss, AIST’s technology programs manager, opened the meeting by welcoming and thanking everyone in attendance. He then initiated introductions and discussed the main objectives of the meeting. AIST executive director Ron Ashburn followed with a brief history of the APB, along with some key features and goals of the system. The APB is planned to be in use by fall 2011, beginning with the IMTC, and then moving through various other committees as they become available.
Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) will be developing the APB for AIST and its Technology Committees. MSA has a wealth of experience in developing and operating benchmarking systems for various industries, and the APB will be based on MSA’s proven raw material data aggregation system (RMDAS) platform. Ashburn concluded his presentation by introducing Pat Gallagher, vice president of MSA. Gallagher gave a brief overview of the APB on-boarding steps and data flow. He also previewed the main items to be covered throughout the meeting. Jeralyn Brown of MSA then gave a brief demo of the RMDAS functionality to give the participants a better idea of the capabilities and flexibility that the APB system will possess. Tim Redmond of MSA followed with a demo of the APB prototype. After a short break, the participants reconvened for a discussion on how the IMTC’s existing benchmarking spreadsheet is used. The ironmaking producers currently track 148 blast furnace metrics, all of which they plan to continue tracking in the APB system.
Following lunch, Pat Gallagher continued the discussion on the benchmarking metrics, and it was agreed that Fred Rorick would provide the most current Excel spreadsheet format to MSA with the formulas for calculated values, as well as the rules and ranges set in place for data validation. Gallagher then led a discussion regarding the APB’s data import procedures. Attendees agreed that data will be input in monthly increments and preferred that the user’s previous 12 months of data be displayed on every import sheet. This will provide users with the ability to correct previously input data if it is later found to be erroneous. Training and support for the APB system was also discussed. Ryan Wolfred, the AIST staff engineer assigned to the APB project, will essentially become a “super user” and handle the majority of training and support necessary for users. In-person training sessions will be held and are recommended for all users; however, training will also be available via Webinars. After a short break, Wolfred led a discussion regarding the establishment of committee-specific APB rules and guidelines. Some such rules include whether a company is allowed to access output data for a certain time frame if they have not yet submitted data for that time frame, the percentage of a company’s modules that need to be current to receive output data and the maxwimum number of missing data fields allowable per input. The final item covered during the meeting was the establishment of an APB system development timeline. Pat Gallagher stated that an exact timeline is still hard to determine at this point, but it may take roughly two months for successful completion of the factory acceptance test. Brian Bliss then thanked all the attendees for their participation and adjourned the meeting.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on Monday, 2 May at AISTech 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind. - There were 38 members in attendance and the current committee membership count stands at 74. Bob Steiger opened the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance and introducing himself as the new 2011–2012 IMTC chair. The remaining officers elected for 2011–2012 include Bruce Stackhouse, vice chair; Kyle Shoop, papers chair; and Charles Copeland, assistant papers chair. The IMTC mission statement was read, reviewed and accepted in its current form. The minutes from the meeting held on 3 February were reviewed and accepted. The chair stated that for 2010–2011, the committee had a good attendance record. It was noted that a better representation of iron producers is needed, and Al Dzermejko suggested that AIST management directly approach the steel companies to request that their operators be encouraged to join the Ironmaking Technology Committee. AIST Technical Report 33 — Inspection, Maintenance and Repair of Hot Metal Cars received a 67% approval and will be published and included in the AIST library. The J.E. Johnson Award was given to Brad Horner of U. S. Steel – Edgar Thomson Works. The Josef S. Kapitan Award for Best Paper was awarded to Jim Plooij, Douwe Bergsma and Ewout Tesselaar for their paper entitled, “Proven Practice and Future Prospects of Blast Furnace Reductant Injection.” A plaque was prepared and will be sent to the outgoing chair, Tom Kuhl, who could not be in attendance. Joe Poveromo stated that the next Scrap & Alternate Iron Symposium should be scheduled for November 2012 in Baltimore, Md. Tom Battle stated that AIST is co-sponsoring the International Smelting Symposium to be held at the TMS Annual Meeting 11–15 March 2012 in Orlando, Fla. With this symposium, TMS is attempting to promote outreach across all metals industries that practice the science of smelting. The next IMTC meeting will be held in Duluth, Minn., on 14–15 September 2011, with a tour of the Cliffs Natural Resources Hibbing facility. Bob Steiger closed the meeting by thanking everyone in attendance and invited them to enjoy the convention and visit the exhibits.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on 3 Feb 2011 prior to the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association Conference near Pittsburgh, Pa. - The Producer Only Subcommittee met, and Bruce Stackhouse of Severstal Sparrows Point welcomed everyone to the meeting. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and everyone in attendance agreed to abide by them. A suggestion was made that future meeting agendas be sent to the updated plant personnel phone book in order to attract more committee participation. Each of the participating mills were asked to provide updated information of their safety and environmental performance. The 2011 Blast Furnace Roundup was reviewed. The final version was published in the March issue of Iron & Steel Technology. Brian Bliss of AIST made a presentation on the current status of the AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) system that will be used for benchmarking the various blast furnaces. Fred Rorick and Joe Poveromo offered an update of the committee’s international activities. Mr. Rorick and Dr. Poveromo will present a paper on North American ironmaking at the European Coke & Ironmaking Congress (ECIC) in June 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Dale Baker of United States Steel Corporation will also serve as a co-chair for the ECIC. The full IMTC met and reviewed their session layouts for AISTech 2011, as well as the session chairs’ responsibilities. Next, the committee established their AISTech 2012 Call for Abstract topics. The current status of the various committee awards and TR 33 were reviewed. The next IMTC meeting will take place 2 May 2011 during AISTech 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind.            

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (ITC) met 17 Nov 2010 at the AIST headquarters in Warrendale, Pa. - Tom Kuhl of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for attending. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and the attendees agreed to abide by them. The meeting minutes from 14 Sep 2010 were reviewed and approved as written. Bruce Stackhouse of Severstal Sparrows Point led the review of the AISTech 2011 ITC sessions. The committee finalized the session layouts, session chairs and paper titles. The next ITC meeting is scheduled for 3 Feb 2011, prior to the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association meeting.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met in Burlington, Ont., Canada, 14–15 Sep. - Tom Kuhl of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. Steve Davidock volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and the attendees agreed to abide by them. Mr. Kuhl challenged the Producer-Only Subcommittee to increase producer membership. The new benchmarking database was discussed as a positive tool to attract other producer plants to participate. A roundtable discussion on safety, trough repairs and burden distribution took place. A discussion was led by Joe Poveromo of RMI Global Consulting as to a possible future meeting with the VDEh in the fall of 2011. Fred Rorick of Magneco/Metrel Inc. provided an updated/corrected phone list for the IMTC members. The Producer-Only Subcommittee voted to keep the subcommittee open only to employees of producers, although the IMTC chair has the discretion to invite guests to any future meeting for technical support. The subcommittee also voted to keep the September meeting to two days — the first day split between the Producer-Only Subcommittee and the full IMTC meeting with presentations, while the second day would be AISTech paper selection in the morning followed by an afternoon plant tour. The co-location of the winter meeting with the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Conference will also be continued.
After introductions, Mr. Kuhl opened the afternoon session with a review of the 2010 Steel Industry Fatality Report. The papers nominated for the Ironmaking Kapitan Award were given to the selection subcommittee for review; the subcommittee was asked to finalize nominations by the 17 Nov meeting. This subcommittee consists of Bob Steiger of Paul Wurth as chair, Bob Bean of Danieli Corus, Hugh Crosmun of Carmeuse Lime and Stone, Art Cheng of Vesuvius, Joe Poveromo, Al Dzermejko of Magneco/Metrel Inc., and John D’Alessio of U. S. Steel Canada. Angelo Petruccelli of Allied Mineral will send out notices to the IMTC to solicit nominations for the J.E. Johnson Award. Barry Felton of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor updated the committee on the status of AIST Technical Report 33, which was approved by the committee. Mr. Dzermejko then gave a presentation on copper staves. Bruce Stackhouse of Severstal Sparrows Point presented a first draft of IMTC paper sessions for AISTech 2011. The IMTC will schedule two sessions for each timeframe. ArcelorMittal Dofasco hosted a tour of their blast furnaces and new PCI facility, and this was followed by a question and answer session. The next IMTC meeting to finalize the AISTech 2011 sessions took place on 17 Nov at the AIST headquarters, Warrendale, Pa.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on 3 May at AISTech 2010 in Pittsburgh. - Art Cheng opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking them for attending. Lee English of Cliffs Natural Resources volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and everyone agreed to abide by them. Mr. Cheng asked those in attendance to introduce themselves. The morning IMTC sessions were well attended, but one problem was brought up: there was an individual taking a picture of every slide being presented. The session chairs were reminded that they should announce at the beginning of the session that no photos are permitted. The IMTC elected its 2010–2011 officers: Tom Kuhl of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. as chair, Bob Steiger of Paul Wurth as vice chair, Bruce Stackhouse of ArcelorMittal Sparrows Point as papers chair, Kyle Shoop of Tenova Core as assistant papers chair, and Al Dzermejko as membership chair. The IMTC mission statement was reviewed and approved without modification: “The AIST Ironmaking Committee shall hold regular meetings discussing and providing members information regarding ironmaking manufacturing to include developing technologies, maintenance and process and operating information.” The status of Technical Report No. 33 — Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Hot Metal Cars was discussed. The report is currently in a ballot draft and must be approved by the IMTC, with a minimum affirmative vote of two-thirds of its members. After the IMTC vote, the document will move on for approval by the AIST Technology Council. As the newly elected committee chair, Tom Kuhl asked the members to e-mail him with meeting theme suggestions. Mr. Kuhl then presented the Josef S. Kapitan Award for Best Paper to Dr. Djamschid Amirzadeh-Asl and Dr. Dieter Fünders for their paper entitled, “Blast Furnace Hearth Protection by Simultaneous Injection of Pulverized Coal and Synthetic Titanium Dioxide Products.” Angelo Petrucelli of Allied Mineral Technical Services presented the J.E. Johnson Award to Chuck Copeland of Severstal Dearborn. Mr. Kuhl also presented a plaque to Art Cheng for his outstanding work as IMTC chair this past year. The next IMTC meeting is scheduled for 21–22 Sep 2010, at ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on 4 Feb 2010, before the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association’s 90th Annual Winter Meeting. - The Producer Only Subcommittee met first and opened with the committee chair, Art Cheng, welcoming everyone. Tom Kuhl of ArcelorMittal Dofasco volunteered to take the meeting minutes. Each mill representative provided a brief update of current safety and environmental issues at their mill. Fred Rorick of Magneco Metrel provided an update on the data exchange. Joe Poveromo of Raw Materials and Ironmaking gave a brief summary of ICSTI 2009, which was held in Shanghai. Mr. Kuhl presented the project overview of ArcelorMittal’s new pulverized coal injection facility and explained some of the things encountered during the start-up. Frank Huang of ArcelorMittal gave an update regarding the AISI Flame Temperature Calculation to enable a more uniform approach considering different coal types. Bob Jason of ArcelorMittal Cleveland presented “Idling a Blast Furnace for Long Periods,” using his experience of idling and then bringing both of the Cleveland blast furnaces back on-line.
After a short break, the entire IMTC joined the meeting. Mr. Cheng again reviewed the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines and asked everyone to introduce themselves and their companies. The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and accepted as written. Bob Steiger of Paul Wurth reviewed the AISTech 2010 sessions and session chair assignments. The 2010 Josef S. Kapitan Award winners are Dr. Walter Hartig, Dr. Djamschid Amirzadeh-Asl and Dr. Dieter Funders for the best paper presented during the AISTech 2009 IMTC session. The Kapitan Award will be presented to the winners during the next IMTC meeting. The 2010 Thomas L. Joseph Award winner is John Davidson. Mr. Steiger stated that only 56% of the committee members have given an affirmative response to the ballot for Technical Report No. 33 — Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Hot Metal Cars. The ballot must have a two-thirds affirmative response before the report can continue in the approval process. The committee leadership nominations were discussed, with Mr. Kuhl being nominated as chair, Mr. Steiger as vice chair and Kyle Shoop of Tenova Core as papers chair. The election will take place at the next IMTC meeting, which will be held 3 May in Pittsburgh at AISTech 2010.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met 19 Nov 2009, at AIST headquarters in Warrendale, Pa. - The committee vice chair, Tom Kuhl of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were read and agreed to. Bob Bean of Danieli Corus agreed to take the meeting minutes. The Sept. 17 IMTC meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as written. The committee revised and finalized the AISTech 2010 IMTC sessions. The committee discussed the proposed additions to promoting the Technology Division awards at AISTech. The proposal consists of having the AIST president, during the President’s Award Breakfast, direct the audience’s attention to the program, where the Technology Division and Member Chapter awards are included, as well as announce that signs located in the registration area and the session area have the award recipients displayed. The award recipients would also be added to the PowerPoint presentation that runs during the breakfast. Bob Steiger of Paul Wurth gave an overview of the Leadership Development Conference and its value. There was a round table discussion on safety. The next IMTC meeting will be held 4 Feb 2010, in conjunction with the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association conference.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met 17–18 Sep at AIST headquarters in Warrendale, Pa. - Art Cheng of Severstal Dearborn is the committee chair. After introductions and a review of the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines, the new committee members were identified as: Tom Annarella of Middough Inc., Keith Kahl of Sun Coal, Mike Lanyi of Air Products and Chemicals Inc. and Fred McCarty of U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works. The IMTC has 59 members. Mr. Cheng presented summaries of two recent surveys, “Shutdown Procedures” and “Blast Furnace Yield.” Craig Steigauf of Severstal Sparrows Point presented an overview of the mini-reline at Sparrows Point between 2008 and 2009. Frank Huang of ArcelorMittal presented and discussed the AISI Flame Temperature Calculation with different coals. The types of coal affect real temperatures versus the calculated temperatures. The 2009 steel industry fatalities to date were then discussed. Three presentations about taphole design and monitoring were given by Peter Martin of Siemens VAI, Floris van Laar of Allied Minerals, and Al Dzermejko of Magneco/Metrel Inc. This was followed by three more presentations about copper staves by Mr. Martin, Mr. Dzermejko, and Angelo Petruccelli of Allied Minerals. The AISTech 2010 IMTC sessions were then reviewed. Bob Steiger, IMTC papers chair, presented the session layouts as of 17 Sep for discussion. Various papers were moved to different sessions. A panel discussion on hearth design and maintenance was added for Wednesday afternoon, and a raw materials session was added for Monday morning. The IMTC would like to thank U. S. Steel and Mark Logoyda of the Edgar Thomson Plant for hosting a very informative tour of blast furnaces No. 1 and No. 3. The next IMTC meeting was held 19 Nov, again at AIST headquarters.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met 4 May at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. - The meeting was attended by 38 committee members and guests. Mark Rosi of ATSI Engineering Services brought the meeting to order and thanked all the attendees for their participation. Mr. Rosi also commented on the success of the morning IMTC AISTech technical sessions. Kyle Shoop of Tenova Core volunteered to take meeting minutes. The current membership was briefly discussed and will be the focus of an upcoming meeting. This will include a review of the current membership policy. Al Dzermejko of Magneco/Metrel Inc. agreed to chair the Membership Subcommittee. The minutes from the 5 Feb 2009, meeting were reviewed and approved as written. The election of IMTC officers took place, with the following outcome: Art Cheng of Severstal Dearborn as chair, Tom Kuhl of ArcelorMittal Dofasco as vice chair, Bob Steiger of Paul Wurth Inc. and Mr. Shoop as papers co-chairs, and Mr. Dzermejko as membership chair. The benchmarking database was briefly discussed, and this issue is still unresolved. Barry Felton of ArcelorMittal volunteered to look into this further. The chair thanked everyone who has worked so hard on Technical Report 33 — Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Hot Metal Cars. The report goes out for approval of a ballot draft of the entire committee before being approved by the AIST board and finally published. As part of the lunch meeting, several awards were presented. The J.E. Johnson Jr. Award 2009 recipient was Diana L. Vanmarrum from Essar Steel Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada. The 2009 Josef S. Kapitan Award for Best Ironmaking Paper was awarded to Daniel Maldonado, Peter Austin and Paul Zulli of BlueScope Steel Research Laboratories, and Baoyu Guo, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, for their paper entitled, “Modeling Coal Combustion Behavior in an Ironmaking Blast Furnace Raceway.” Art Cheng presented Mark Rosi with a plaque for his dedication and commitment as IMTC chair. Mr. Rosi served for two years, and his service has been greatly appreciated. Art Cheng thanked everyone for attending and encouraged everyone to promote new membership. The next meeting location was not set, but a tentative date of 17–18 Sep 2009, was discussed. The goal is to include a visit to a steel plant.

The Ironmaking Technology Committee (IMTC) met on 5 Feb, prior to the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Cokemaking Conference in Coraopolis, Pa. - After introductions and a review of the AIST Antitrust Guidelines, a discussion on committee membership took place . In reviewing the committee roster, it was determined that some members were listed who had not attended a recent meeting. The committee will elect a membership chair to contact inactive members, as well as potential new members, to increase participation in the committee. The AISTech 2009 IMTC sessions were then reviewed. The IMTC will sponsor nine sessions at AISTech 2009, with approximately 40 technical presentations and one panel discussion. The paper order and session chairs were reviewed and adjusted as needed. Session chairs were encouraged to contact the authors within their sessions and discuss with them their responsibilities and upcoming deadlines for participation. The IMTC also planned to present their technology awards during their next meeting, which will take place 4 May during AISTech 2009. The final item of business was the status of the Blast Furnace Benchmarking database. A conference call will be arranged with the producer members of the IMTC to discuss how to continue this important activity.