Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar
Conference Details: 21–24 October 2019, Memphis, Tenn., USA
No. of Attendees: 94
The first day provided a group of experienced presenters. From a casting historical perspective along with today’s casting machine design, they touched upon solidification and reoxidation processes involved with casting. The first day’s coverage wrapped up with caster breakouts and prevention followed by quality defects and their causes.
The second day started with mold design and materials along with copper maintenance and coating technologies. Caster rolls and overlay technologies were then discussed before lunch.
The seminar offered two different casting operation tours with Nucor Steel Memphis Inc. (shape) and Nucor Steel–Arkansas (slab) for the attendee to select one of these tour sites. Following the tour was a panel discussion with the following panelists: Ian Deeks, Nucor Steel–Arkansas; Rick Besich, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor; Brian Thomas, Colorado School of Mines; and Scott Brown, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division. Jeff Brower, Primetals Technologies USA LLC, served as panel moderator. A reception followed this panel discussion to conclude the second day of the seminar.
The final day started with billet and bloom caster maintenance issues, caster hydraulics, and caster secondary cooling and water treatment. The final presentation involved caster bearings and their types, failure modes, and preventive measures.
Next year’s Continuous Casting — A Practical Training Seminar will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, with tours of TimkenSteel Corp. and ArcelorMittal Cleveland.
Rudolf Moravec (right) presented Ian Deeks (left) with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the attendees’ tour of Nucor Steel–Arkansas.