Technology Committees

Metallurgy — Steelmaking & Casting Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities
The MSCTC service plaque was presented to Chad Cathcart (left to right): Scott Story, Cathcart, Roger Maddalena and Shahrooz Nafisi.

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

  • Chair — Roger Maddalena, Vesuvius USA

  • Vice chair — Scott Story, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center

  • Papers chair — Shahrooz Nafisi, EVRAZ Regina

  • IQRS Subcommittee chair — Bill Jones, U. S. Steel – Granite City Works

Meeting Highlights:
The MSCTC discussed developing its objectives for the coming year.
Roger Maddalena discussed a winter joint meeting with the CCTC.
Bill Jones, Sunday Abraham and Ron OMalley provided an update on the Kent Peaslee memorial publication.
The 2015 Germany Caster Study Tour will be held on 8–14 November 2015. The MSCTC was encouraged to participate in this initial caster study tour, which has since sold out.

The CCTC and MSCTC Met 18–19 February 2015, Darlington, S.C., USA. Ian Deeks and Scott Story reviewed the AISTech 2015 CCTC and MSCTC sessions:

  • Both committees have selected a full conference, with 27 papers scheduled.

  • The roles of session chairs and papers chairs were reviewed.

Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed and will be announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Eric Rosenow and Dewey Humes gave an update on the 2015 Continuous Caster Roundup. It is hoped that European casting facilities will be added to the 2015 version, which will be published in the July issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
Bill Schlichting and Jeff Brower gave an update on the 2015 Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar. The seminar will be held in Charleston, S.C., USA, on 12–15 October with Nucor Steel–Berkeley serving as host plant.
Bill Jones gave an update from the Internal Quality Rating System (IQRS) Subcommittee and its work on Inclusion Engineering and Clean Steels Commemorative Volume, a journal that will be dedicated to the late Kent D. Peaslee.
The 2015 Germany Caster Study Tour will take place on 8–14 November 2015. The CCTC’s goal is to have at least 10 domestic producer companies represented. 
Rick Besich, CCTC vice chair, and Roger Maddalena, MSCTC vice chair, conducted a roundtable technical question-and-answer session.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Nucor Steel Darlington: MS, RM and CF Operation Review,” by Grant Etheredge and Andrew Schless, Nucor Steel–South Carolina.

  • “Hydraulic Oscillation Cylinder Maintenance,” by J.C. Raies, Dover Hydraulics.

  • “Major Billet Caster Revamp to Produce SBQ Grades at Ovako,” by Phil Ponikvar, SARRALLE USA Inc. 

  • “Effect of MgO on Inclusion Liquid Fraction,” by Scott Story, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center.

  • “HD Scan — An Advanced Objective Evaluation of Internal Quality for Continuous Cast Steel,” by Joe Laughlin, SMS group.

  • “As-Cast Surface Features Developed During One Cycle of Mold Oscillation,” by Ed Szekeres, Casting Consultants Inc.

The MSCTC met on  17–18 September 2014, Birmingham, Ala., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.

Scott Story, MSCTC papers chair, led the discussion on AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Five sessions are scheduled, with one joint session with the Continuous Casting Technology Committee (CCTC) on Monday afternoon.

  • Session structure was discussed, including session titles and session chairs. 

  • Papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed.

  • The 2014 EAF Brazilian Study Tour program was discussed.

The 2015 European Continuous Casting Study Tour, to be held on 8–14 November 2015, will be open to any MSCTC members who would like to attend. Contact Pat Philbin for more information.
Bill Jones gave an update on the Internal Quality Rating System (IQRS) Subcommittee.
A steelmaking inclusions publication in honor of Kent Peaslee was discussed, and will be a collection of past technical papers presented on inclusion engineering and clean steel practices over the past 20 years. The MSCTC is helping to organize this project. 
The MSCTC began planning its joint winter meeting with the CCTC, which will include a Q&A format.
The MSCTC visited the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Materials Science Department as part of its meeting:

  • A student chapter meeting was held with the MSCTC. 

  • A presentation was given on the ongoing work in the metals group at UAB.

  • A tour of the department was hosted by Prof.Charlie Monroe.

  • A dinner was hosted for the UAB student chapter and the MSCTC by the AIST Foundation.

Joint CCTC/MSCTC meeting, 12–13 February 2014, Mobile, Ala., USA.  AISTech 2014 CCTC and MSCTC paper sessions were reviewed. The CCTC and the MSCTC each have six ses-sions scheduled. Session chairs were confirmed and were reminded of their responsibilities.
Dewey Humes and Eric Rosenow provided an update on the Continuous Casting Roundup and encouraged attendees to participate in expanding this roundup.
Bill Schlichting provided an update on the 2014 Continuous Casting Training Seminar, to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, on 20–23 October 2014. Tours of Nucor Steel–Indiana and Steel Dynamics Inc. – Engineered Bar Products Division will be available for attendees of the conference. The final program outline will be presented at the CCTC meeting at AISTech 2014.
The AIST 2014 Continuous Casting Best Paper Award winner was announced, and the award presentation will occur during the CCTC meeting at AISTech 2014.
CCTC and MSCTC producer members were informed about the 2014 EAF Brazilian study tour on 15–22 November 2014. Producer members interested in participating can contact Pat Philbin of AIST.
A question and answer session was introduced by the committees’ vice chairs, Rick Besich (CCTC) and Roger Maddalena (MSCTC). This led to a meaningful technical discussion. Both committees agreed that this practice should be repeated next winter during another joint CCTC/MSCTC meeting.

The following presentations were given:

  • Oscillation Practice at Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC,” Ron O’Malley,  Missouri University of Science and Techcnology. 

  • Slab Surface Quality Improvements,” Rudolf Moravec, ArcelorMittal Global R&D.

  • Hydraulic Oscillator Installation at Gallatin Steel,” Steve Thomas, Gallatin Steel Co. 

  • Jerry Peters, caster manager, SSAB Alabama Inc., hosted the committees on a tour of SSAB’s steelmaking facilities.

A question and answer forum followed the tour. 

The MSCTC met on  29–30 October 2013, Memphis, Tenn. Scott Story, MSCTC papers chair, updated the committee on AISTech 2014 session scheduling. Session chairs were informed that Best Paper Awards will now be decided before the conference.
Bill Jones, Internal Quality Rating System Subcommittee Chair, summarized his May 2013 meeting with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the work that will be done following this meeting. United States Steel Corporation and ArcelorMittal have provided as-cast samples for this project.
The MSCTC approved that the vice chair would work with other committees on Q&A matters. MSCTC vice chair Roger Maddalena will send questionnaires for the joint meeting with the Continuous Casting Technology Committee (CCTC) on 12–13 February 2014.
Presentations during the meeting included: 
• “Aspects of Strand Solidification Influencing Line Pipe Quality” by Ed Szekeres, Casting Consultants Inc.
• “SBQ for Pipe and Tube Applications” by Tim Kibler, Nucor Steel Memphis Inc.
• “Slab Quality for Pipe and Tube Applications” by Scott Story, U. S. Steel Research and Technology.
• “Internal Quality on Pipe Grades” by Joe Laughlin, SMS Siemag.

The MSCTC met on 20–21 March 2013 in Boulder, Colo. Chris McCowan, NIST Laboratories, acted as tour guide, showing the committee the mechanical testing laboratory, materials degradation in alternative fuel environments program, materials degradation in supercritical carbon dioxide program, Charpy test program, hydrogen atomic clock and the precision imaging facility. The tour ended with a question-and-answer session. The MSCTC officers for the 2013–2014 term are: Chad Cathcart, chair; Roger Maddalena, vice chair; Scott Story, papers chair; and Bill Jones, Internal Quality Rating System Subcommittee chair. This subcommittee will investigate a possible collaboration with NIST Laboratories in establishing a standard for an Internal Quality Rating System. The fall 2013 MSCTC meeting will be held on 29–30 October in Memphis, Tenn.