Steel Mill Combustion


27–29 October 2020 • AIST Headquarters • Warrendale, PA, USA

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

7 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8 a.m.

Combustion and Burner Fundamentals
Anup Sane, Air Products​

8:45 a.m.

Blowers and Fans
Jim Conway, New York Blower Co.
Fundamentals of fan performance, operation and control in combustion systems.

9:30 a.m.


9:45 a.m.

Helping Address the World’s Most Critical Flow Measurement Needs
David Taplin and Mark Sagstetter, Emerson Automation Solutions
This presentation will discuss flow measurement best practices.  By reviewing common precision flow measurement technologies, attendees will be able to solve the most challenging flow applications

11 a.m.

Combustion System Reliability Improvements Disguised as Safety Code Compliance
John Puskar, Prescient Technical Services LLC
For those who operate fuel fired equipment, NFPA 86, The Standard for Ovens and Furnaces, should be their best friend. Embracing compliance can result in safer operations, improved reliability and even energy savings. This standard applies to all ovens and furnaces within steelmaking and processing facilities. In addition to covering other major parts of the standard, best practices will be provided that describe reliability enhancements to design failure out of combustion systems and fuel trains. Looking hard at compliance will mean that a company likely does not comply with the most current code. Conducting a gap analysis will be discussed in order to move forward with at least a plan for compliance with the most current standard available. Standards typically change because much continues to be learned about configuring, operating and maintaining fired systems more safely with fewer risks. Current standards reflect the most advanced information available for safer fired equipment operations

11:45 p.m.


1 p.m.

Combustion System Maintenance

1:45 p.m.

Combustion Control Components/Hardware/Burner Management Systems

2:45 p.m.


3 p.m.

Solving Your Burning Problems: Combustion Sensors and Diagnostics
Vi Rapp, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Measuring the appropriate process variables to diagnose combustion systems is critical for ensuring the system operates efficiently and cleanly. This presentation will review important process variables and related sensors needed to evaluate and diagnose a combustion system. Specifically, this presentation will discuss how to use the equipment to control the combustion process and how to diagnose potential problems. It will also include an overview of technologies and equipment used at Berkeley Lab.

3:45 p.m.

Environmental Emissions
Michael Cochran, Bloom Engineering Co. Inc.

4:30 p.m.

Questionnaire of Topics From Day 1

4:45 p.m.

Reception at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

7 a.m.


8 a.m.

Advanced Energy Optimization Heat Recovery Systems Oxy-Fuel Combustion
Michael Cochran, Bloom Engineering Co. Inc. and Anandkumar Makwana, Air Products
This talk 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.

9:15 a.m.

Role of Refractory in Reheat Furnaces
Greg Odenthal, International Technical Ceramics LLC (ITC)
This presentation provides attendees with an understanding of the role and importance of refractories in a reheat furnace and how they relate to fuel consumption and energy loss as well as product quality.

10 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Energy Efficiency and Economics

11 a.m. 

Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems

11:45 a.m.


1:30 p.m.  

Plant Tour of Bloom Engineering Co. Inc

4 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, 29 October 2020

7 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

CFD Application in the Steel Industry 1: Fundamentals and Applications, EAF, Blast Furnace and Reheat Furnace
Chenn Zhou, Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation, Purdue University ​Northwest
Advanced simulation and visualization technologies are increasingly playing a key role for 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 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. Energy efficiency is a major focus in SMSVC research. To-date research outcomes include improved energy efficiencies and identification of 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.

9:30 a.m.

CFD Application in the Steel Industry 2: Oxy-Fuel Combustion Applications
Xiaoyi He, Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
Oxygen-fuel combustion offers unique benefits to many high-temperature applications in steel/iron production processes. As a powerful design and research tool, computational fluid dynamics modeling plays an important role in improving efficiency and reducing operational risks from the oxy-fuel combustion. The presentation will discuss the best practice and previous experience by Air Products in this field.

10:30 a.m.

Combustion/Thermal Troubleshooting Case Studies

11:45 a.m.

Course Wrap-Up 


Conference Adjourn