Steel Mill Combustion


Schedule

21–23 March 2023Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown • Cleveland, OH USA

Tour of Plant Tour of Fives North American Combustion Inc.


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Monday, 20 March 2023

4- 6 p.m. 

Registration

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

7 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8 a.m.

Conference Opening Remarks

8:05 a.m.

Combustion and Burner Fundamentals
Anup Sane, Air Products
This introductory talk will cover combustion basics, types of fuels, burner types and their use in the steel industry. The basics of hydrogen combustion will also be covered. An introduction will be provided to energy and heat recovery methods used in steel furnaces.

8:45 a.m.  

Blowers and Fans
Dan Banyay and James Conway, New York Blower
This presentation provides technical insight into proper specification, selection, installation, maintenance and operation of fans in combustion systems.

9:30 a.m.

Break

9:45 a.m.

Flow Meter Selection Process and Tools to Ensure Measurement Certainty
Michael Walsh, Emerson Automation Solutions
With so many available technologies to measure flow, how does one determine which is the best fit for a specific application? Once a meter type is selected, what are the best practices for installation to make sure it will deliver on its specifications? And finally, how can the latest tools be used to create measurement certainty over the lifespan of the meter? The presentation will delve into these questions

11 a.m.

Combustion System Reliability Improvements Disguised as Safety Code Compliance
John Puskar, CEC Combustion Safety​

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m.

Combustion System Maintenance

1:45 p.m.

Combustion Control Components/Hardware/Burner Management Systems

2:45 p.m.

Break

3 p.m.

Solving Your Burning Problems: Combustion Sensors and Diagnostics
Markos Ubiria. Fives North American Combustion Inc.
Measuring the proper process variables to diagnose combustion systems is critical for ensuring that the system operates safely and efficiently. This presentation will cover important process variables and related devices needed to evaluate and diagnose combustion systems. The presentation will also discuss how to use the equipment to control the combustion process and how to diagnose and solve potential problems.

4 p.m.

Environmental Emissions
Keenan Cokain, Bloom Engineering Co. Inc.
This session will cover regulated emissions with a focus on NOx.

5–6 p.m.

Reception

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

7 a.m.

Breakfast

8 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:05 a.m.

Efficiency and Economics
Sachin Nimbalkar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Process heating accounts for about 70% of all process energy (energy applied to convert material into manufactured products) used in the U.S. manufacturing sector. During this session, the audience will learn practical tips on process heating maintenance, how to improve the energy efficiency of furnaces and how to use the Department of Energy’s MEASUR tool (Process Heating Assessment module). MEASUR helps survey furnaces and heaters, identify major energy-using equipment, prioritize improvement opportunities, and assess available methods to improve thermal efficiency in industrial plants.

9 a.m.

Advanced Energy Optimization: Heat Recovery System Oxy-Fuel Combustion
Michael Cochran, Bloom Engineering Co. Inc., and Anand Makwana, Air Products​
This presentation will explore existing techniques to enhance energy efficiency and an overview of fundamentals of oxy-fuel combustion. Additionally, comparison of oxy-fuel combustion to traditional air/fuel combustion system is presented

10 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m.

Role of Refractory in Reheat Furnaces
Greg Odenthal, International Technical Ceramics LLC (ITC)
An in-depth look at refractories, their properties and their role in a reheat furnace. This will include proper refractory selection per furnace zone, refractory maintenance tips to reduce downtime, and a means to reduce energy consumption and increase furnace efficiencies.

11 a.m.

Steel Mill Combustion — Case Studies
Kurt Johnson, Cleveland-Cliffs Research & Innovation Center
Pragmatic troubleshooting exercises linked to previous topics which are used to highlight the practical use of training information in real-world examples.

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m.

Depart for Plant Tour of Fives North American Combustion Inc.

5 p.m.

Return From Plant Tour

Thursday, 23 March 2023

7 a.m.

Breakfast

8 a.m.

CFD Fundamental Applications of Hydrogen and Other Low-Carbon Fuels in the Steel Industry
Chenn Zhou, Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation, Purdue University Northwest​
Advanced computer simulation and visualization technologies are increasingly playing a key role for decarbonization and energy reduction in steel manufacturing. These technologies can provide coherent understandings of complex phenomena and processes, and enable faster and better decision-making for process design, optimization, troubleshooting, scale-up, and training. The Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC) has been formed with the mission to develop and implement innovative technical solutions, through the integration of advanced computer simulation and visualization technologies, for the value chain of U.S. steel manufacturing. Decarbonization and energy efficiency are major focuses in SMSVC research. To-date research outcomes include improved energy efficiencies and identification of decarbonization and energy reduction opportunities. This presentation will include an overview of the SMSVC, simulation and visualization technologies and methodologies, as well as high-impact project examples such as the utilization of hydrogen and other low-carbon fuels in the blast furnace, boiler, electric arc furnace, and reheating furnace.

9 a.m.  

Low-Carbon Hydrogen Production, Storage and Supply for Iron and Steel Industry
Nicholas Gould, Air Products
Producing and supplying low-carbon hydrogen and capturing carbon dioxide at large scale will be key to supporting the decarbonization efforts of the iron and steel industry. This presentation will cover various options for producing and supplying low-carbon blue and green hydrogen and capturing carbon dioxide.

9:30 a.m.

Steelmaking Decarbonization Through Oxy-Fuel Combustion Technologies
Joe Maiolo, Linde
Hydrogen for the decarbonization of steelmaking will require the development of new processing routes such as H2-based direct reduced iron/electric arc furnaces. Significant investment in CapEx and OpEx for such an industrywide transition as well as the limited supply of hydrogen are challenges that will take time to address. Hydrogen steelmaking is therefore a long-term proposition. This presentation will discuss how oxy-fuel technologies offer near- to mid-term decarbonization solutions

10 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m.

Hydrogen Combustion
Alexis Omilion, Fives North American Combustion Inc.
This presentation will focus on hydrogen combustion as a means to decarbonize the steel industry and will discuss both the advantages and challenges of hydrogen fuel. Topics covered include safety, combustion system design, and the impact hydrogen can have on emissions, process and performance.

10:40 a.m.

Alternative Fuels: Biomass and Biodiesel
Keenan Cokain, Bloom Engineering Co. Inc.
This presentation will look at options for fossil fuel substitutes other than hydrogen and direct electrification. 

11:10 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion: Combustion and Energy Efficiency
Moderator
, Kurt Johnson, Cleveland-Cliffs Research & Innovation Center

12:10 p.m.

Conference Adjourn