Steel Mill Combustion


27–28 October 2020 • Virtual Meeting

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

7:30 a.m. EDT

Conference Opening Remarks

8 a.m. EDT

Combustion and Burner Fundamentals
Anup Sane, Air Products​

8:45 a.m. EDT

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

9:30 a.m. EDT


9:45 a.m. EDT

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. EDT

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

Noon EDT

Lunch Break

1 p.m. EDT

Combustion System Maintenance
Mark Kampe, Honeywell Combustion Safety
This presentation will cover code-required testing, maintenance procedures, burner tuning, combustion troubleshooting tips and hazard recognition. The goal is to find and correct problems before they become critical.

1:45 p.m. EDT

Combustion Control Components/Hardware/Burner Management Systems
Mark Kampe, Honeywell Combustion Safety
This presentation will provide an overview of combustion system components, safety interlocks and common control systems.

2:45 p.m. EDT


3 p.m. EDT

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.

4 p.m. EDT

Combustion and the Environment – NOx and CO2 Emissions
Keenan Cokain, Bloom Engineering Co. Inc.
This presentation will cover why NOx emissions are regulated; how NOx forms in a combustion system; how to reduce NOx emissions. In addition to NOx, this talk will also provide an introduction to CO2 emissions.   

5 p.m. EDT

Virtual Networking Lounge

5:30 p.m. EDT


Wednesday, 28 October 2020

7:45 a.m. EDT

Opening Remarks

8 a.m. EDT

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 a.m. EDT

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.

9:45 a.m. EDT


10 a.m. EDT

Energy 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 U.S. 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.

11 a.m. EDT

Steel Mill Combustion and Thermal Systems
Kurt Johnson, ArcelorMittal USA Research Laboratories​
A virtual scavenger hunt through a steel mill for ideas to improve efficiency, productivity, quality, safety and emissions, this presentation serves as a practical guide to likely improvement opportunities for a multitude of steel mill processes.

Noon EDT

Lunch Break

1 p.m. EDT

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.

2 p.m. EDT

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.

3 p.m. EDT


3:15 p.m. EDT

Roundtable Discussion

  • Sachin Nimbalkar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Kurt Johnson, ArcelorMittal USA Research Laboratories

  • Chenn Zhou, Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation, Purdue University Northwest

  • Greg Buragino, Air Products and Russ Chapman, Firebridge Inc.

4:30 p.m.

Conference Adjourn