Technology Committees

Cokemaking Committee Activities

The CMTC met 7 February 2019, Coraopolis, Pa., USA, co-located with the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association conference.
Keith Lynch, CMTC chair, opened the meeting with a recap of the Fall 2018 CMTC meeting, which included a tour of the ArcelorMittal Prince­ton coal mine. Lynch expressed his appreciation to Richard Westbrook in setting up the meeting. Jim Jackson 
gave a short account of the site visit. He described the safety protocols involved with the GPS-tracked machines, auto shutoffs, and the air ventilation. Lynch commented on seeing the above-ground mining operation. 
The Steel Industry Fatalities report was discussed by Keith Lynch. He stressed the importance of staying focused on the job to prevent a serious injury. Shiju Thomas from U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center added that backup cameras have made things easier for backing up into parking areas or out of parking areas.
Papers chair Solomon Nyathi reported that the CMTC has received around 18 abstracts for AISTech 2019. Some of the topics covered are coke plant maintenance and refractories, pressure control, and techniques for characterizing coal. There is a joint session with the Ironmaking Technology Committee consisting of three papers from each committee, which will bring synergy for both parties. Nyathi noted the Wednesday morning panel session, which focuses on artificial intelligence in cokemaking.  
Richard Randolph commented on the upcoming Japan Cokemaking Study Tour, with preliminary dates of 9–13 November 2020. The Study Tour will be planned through the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, who will choose the cokemaking facilities. 
Jodi Kesik and Mo Elbeitam reviewed the 2019 AIST Coke Oven Battery and Cokemaking Byproducts Roundups. Participation in the roundups were minimal at best, they remarked. The CMTC would like to include countries outside of North America. 
Jeff Mason volunteered to represent the CMTC on the Digital Transformation Task Force.
The CMTC’s Fall 2019 meeting will potentially include a visit to Nucor’s DRI facility, just north of New Orleans, La., USA. 

The CMTC met 24–25 October 2018, Princeton, W.Va., USA.
The CMTC reviewed the 2018 Steel Industry Fatalities, followed by a roundtable discussion that included the top five safety issues relating to cokemaking.
Solomon Nyathi, papers chair, reviewed the CMTC’s AISTech 2019 technical session development. Thirteen abstracts were selected for sessions, which could include a possible joint session with the Ironmaking Technology Committee. This year the CMTC will host its first panel discussion, titled Artificial Intelligence in Cokemaking — It’s Not an Oxymoron.
Session chairs were selected, and the papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed.
The CMTC then reviewed its Technology Committee awards, the Josef S. Kapitan Award and the Joseph Becker Award. These awards will be presented during the CMTC meeting at AISTech 2019.
An update was given on the cokemaking roundups. Roundup chairs Jodi Kesik and Mo Elbeitam sent out inquiries for updates to be made before the end of 2018.
A potential Japan Cokemaking Study Tour was discussed, which would take place in November 2020 with collaboration from the International Steel Institute of Japan. Richard Randolph of Fosbel Inc. will coordinate this effort.
On Thursday, 25 October, the CMTC had the opportunity to tour the coal mine at ArcelorMittal Princeton. Michael Day, chief executive officer, provided an overview of the coal mine operations followed by an underground tour of one section of the mine. He emphasized the mine’s philosophy, which is “Mining the Coal to make the Steel.”

Mike Day, chief executive officer, ArcelorMittal Princeton, accepted a plaque of appreciation from Keith Lynch, CMTC chair (left to right): Jodi Kesik, Mhlwazi Nyathi, Lynch, Shiju Thomas, Day, Matthew Osborne, Richard Westbrook, Mohamad Elbeitam, Mike Krchmar and James Jackson.
Shiju Thomas (right) presented Keith Lynch (left) with the CMTC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

The CMTC met 7 May 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Keith Lynch, SunCoke Energy Inc.

  • Vice chair: Shiju Thomas, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center

  • Papers chair: Solomon Nyathi, ArcelorMittal Global R&D – East Chicago

  • Young Professional chair: Jack Burnside, AKJ Industries Inc.

  • Roundup co-chairs: Jodi Kesik, ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P., and Mo Elbeitam, DTE Energy Services – EES Coke Battery LLC

Keith Lynch (left) presents a plaque of appreciation to Bob Weaver (right) for hosting the CMTC’s tour of SunCoke Energy Jewell Operations.

The CMTC met 28 September 2017, Vansant, Va., USA. CMTC chair Keith Lynch opened the meeting with a roundtable discussion on the current state of the industry and operations status at various facilities. The general consensus from the group was that the industry has seen a slight uptick in production and operations have been steady.
Several technical presentations were given by SunCoke Energy Jewell Operations personnel. Bob Weaver, general manager, gave a detailed history of Jewell operations since its start in 1962. Mark Ball, chief coking engineer, followed by talking about the technology development throughout the years. Steve Williams, operations manager, explained the heat recovery process technology utilized at Jewell. Jimmy Griffey, quality manager, discussed the facility’s coke quality, gave a safety training and offered a preview of the plant tour of SunCoke Energy Jewell Operations.
Following the tour and lunch, the CMTC began its business meeting. Shiju Thomas led a discussion on the AISTech 2018 abstracts and session planning. It was noted that 17 abstracts had been received to date and there was room for a few more if the CMTC wished to add another session. Session chairs were identified.
The AISTech 2019 Call for Papers topics were reviewed and suggested changes were proposed.
There was a discussion on the currently vacant CMTC vice chair position, and Lynch agreed to follow up on some prospects to fill the post. Selection of the Technology Committee awards was also discussed, along with the Coke Oven Battery and Cokemaking Byproducts roundups.
Potential future meeting locations were proposed. It was also suggested that attendees prepare safety performance data to present and discuss at the next meeting.

Keith Lynch (left) presented Matt Kraeuter (right) with the CMTC service plaque.

The CMTC met 8 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Keith Lynch, SunCoke Energy Inc.

  • Papers chair: Shiju Thomas, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center

The CMTC met 2 February 2017, Coraopolis, Pa., USA (co-located with Eastern States Blast Furnace & Coke Oven Association).
CMTC chair Matt Kraeuter opened the meeting with a few remarks regarding the economic state and positive outlook for the industry.
The group reviewed the latest Steel Industry Fatalities statistics, followed by an open roundtable discussion on safety.
The CMTC discussed the technical program development for AISTech 2017. A total of 24 papers will make up five cokemaking sessions. A few remaining openings for papers and session chairs were addressed.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the CMTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
The 2017 Coke Oven Battery and Cokemaking Byproducts Roundups were reviewed for accuracy and some finishing touches were made.
The group discussed future meeting locations and tours. The fall 2017 meeting is tentatively planned for late September with a tour of SunCoke Energy’s Jewell Coke Plant. Other options proposed include the EES Coke plant in Detroit, Mich., USA, and ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. It was also suggested that the CMTC try to coincide its meetings with other coke organization events in the future, such as MetCoke or the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute Mesh Committee meeting.

CMTC chair, Matt Kraeuter (right), presented a plaque of appreciation to Tom Zendzian (left) for hosting a tour of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor coke operations.

The CMTC met 3–4 November 2016, Burns Harbor, IN, USA with a tour of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.
The CMTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion on the cause, age, area and annual breakdown of incidents.
The group reviewed the CMTC’s AISTech 2017 abstracts and technical session layout. The CMTC program will include 21 papers organized into four sessions. The session chair role and responsibilities were discussed and chairs have been identified for all sessions.
The CMTC discussed selection of the 2017 Josef S. Kapitan and Joseph Becker awards. Winners will be determined and announced at the next CMTC meeting.
The Coke Oven Battery and Cokemaking Byproducts Roundups were discussed. Dave Clark and Ryan
Macdonald will oversee their completion.
Hardarshan Valia of Coal Science Inc. spoke about the use of lower rank, poorer coking coals in future cokemaking operations. He also spoke about stamp charging and briquetting.

Matt Kraeuter (left) presented the CMTC service plaque to Sam Sheyn (right).

The CMTC met 16 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Matt Kraeuter, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG

  • Vice chair: Jack Burnside, AKJ Industries Inc.

  • Papers chair: Shiju Thomas, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center

  • Members chair: Keith Lynch, SunCoke Energy Inc.

  • Roundup chair: Dave Clark, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG

  • Byproducts chair: Ryan MacDonald

Sam Sheyn presented a plaque to Mike O’Hara for hosting a tour of VANOCUR Refractories and Tonawanda Coke Corp. for the CMTC (left to right): Horacio Lima, Ryan Wolfred, Dave Clark, Sam Sheyn, Mike O’Hara, Matt Kraeuter, Tom Fraenzer and Mike Trembowicz.

The CMTC met 1–2 October 2015, Grand Island, N.Y., USA. 
Jack Burnside led the discussion on the CMTC’s AISTech 2016 session development. The abstracts were reviewed, with 19 potential candidates for the program. Of those, 14 were selected and organized into three sessions. In addition, session titles and chairs were identified.
The group finalized its Call for Papers topic for AISTech 2017.
A winner was selected for the Joseph S. Kapitan Award. The award will be presented during the CMTC’s meeting at AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
Matt Kraeuter reviewed the Coke Oven and Cokemaking Byproducts Roundup.
The group then discussed the AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) system and how to get producers involved. A review of the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report and a safety roundtable discussion followed.
The afternoon consisted of the following technical presentations:

  • “Applications of Recycled Oil in Cokemaking,” by Metalworking Lubricants Co.

  • “Refractory Monitoring and Repairs,” by Tom Fraenzer of ThyssenKrupp Uhde Engineering.

On 2 October, the group enjoyed tours of VANOCUR Refractories LLC and Tonawanda Coke Corp.

  Rob Carlin (left) presented the CMTC service plaque to Sam
Sheyn (right).

The CTC met 4 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Sam Sheyn, AK Steel Corp. – Middletown Works

  • Vice chair and Cokemaking Roundup chair — MatKraeuter, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG

  • Papers chair — Mike Best, Shenango Inc.

  • Members chair — Jack Burnside, AKJ Industries Inc.

  • APB® Cokemaking chair — Mohammed Elbeitam, DTE Energy Services

  • Cokemaking Byproducts Roundup chair — Nick Morrison, GE Power & Water

  • Producer-only chair — Natalia Muntean, DTE Energy Services

Meeting Highlights:
Mike Best reviewed the technical sessions at AISTech 2015.

The Cokemaking Technology Committee (CMTC) met on 5 February 2015, Coraopolis, Pa., USA. There were 43 CMTC members at the CMTC winter meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Association annual meeting. 
CMTC papers chair Mike Best reviewed the CMTC sessions planned for AISTech 2015. Officers for the 2015–2016 term were also discussed. 
Toni Brayton gave an update on AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) participation by cokemakers. 
Mike Best presented the current states of the Josef S. Kapitan Award and the Joseph Becker Award, and the winners were finalized. These awards will be presented at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The committee reviewed both the Coke Oven Battery and Cokemaking Byproduct roundups, which were published in the March 2015 issue of Iron & Steel Technology. 
Next CMTC Meeting: Monday, 4 May 2015 during AISTech in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The Cokemaking Technology Committee (CMTC) met on 9 September 2014, St. Louis, Mo., USA. The meeting began with a safety roundtable discussion, during which industry fatalities from 2013 and 2014 were compared. The group felt that tracking “near fatalities” would be an interesting trend to study.
The AIST 2014 Coke Oven Battery Roundup was discussed, with updates suggested. In addition, Karen Brinker reviewed the data collection sheet for the AIST Cokemaking Byproducts Roundup, which was introduced in 2014.
Papers for AISTech 2015 were reviewed, and session layout and session chairs were discussed. Nominees for the AIST 2015 Joseph Becker Award were requested.
Richard Randolph, Fosbel Inc., gave a technical presentation on battery monitoring and repair. That evening, the group visited the SunCoke Energy facility in Granite City, Ill., USA, during which they were able to  watch a coke push and tour the battery.