Technology Committees


Electric Steelmaking Committee Activities

The ESTC met 24 August 2018, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. The ESTC reviewed the 2018 Steel Industry Fatalities statistics, followed by a roundtable discussion.
In AISTech 2019 session development, the committee reviewed the 26 abstracts that had been submitted for its consideration. The instructions for papers chair and session chair were discussed. Candidates for session chair should contact Pat Philbin at AIST.
Stephan Ferenczy, AIST Board of Directors Steelmaking Technology Division representative, will represent the ESTC at the AIST Leadership Conference in November.
The ESTC’s annual awards were discussed. For the 2019 Charles W. Briggs Award, the subcommittee is continuing to evaluate the papers to be considered. The 2019 John Bell Award winner has been determined. This award will be presented at AISTech 2019.
Harriet Dutka discussed the 25th annual Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking seminar, to be held in Charleston, S.C., USA, on 4–8 February 2019. Two tours will be available: Nucor Steel–Berkeley and Showa Denko Carbon Inc.
An update on the 2018 EAF Germany Study Tour was given by Dutka and Patrick Hansert. The program outline was reviewed. There are currently 25 participants signed up for the tour.
The 2020 Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking training seminar will be held 3–7 February 2020 in Scottsdale, Ariz., USA. CMC Steel – Arizona will be the host plant.
The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Foamy Slag Presentation,” by Michael Grant, Air Liquide GMS GmbH.

  • “Recent EAF Electrodes Performance Challenges,” by Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division.

  • “Current Crisis on Electrode Supply, by Gilbert Hutton, CMC Steel – Arizona.

  • “Regulator Impact on Electrode Consumptions,” by Carlos de los Santos, AMI GE.

  • “Graphite Electrode Manufacture and Use,” by Theodore Kurela, GrafTech International Ltd.

Electrode data was also presented for discussion for comparison with pounds per ton, number of electrode breaks per month and anode life with DC furnaces.

Gilbert Hutton (left) and Lauren Jellison (right) presented Patrick Hansert (center) with the ESTC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

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

  • Chair: Lauren Jellison, Nucor Steel–Indiana

  • Vice chair: Gilbert Hutton, Commercial Metals Company – Arizona

  • Papers chair: Kyle Vanover, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler Division

  • Membership chair: Alyssa Van Delden, Nucor Steel Kankakee Inc.

  • Education co-chairs: Harriet Dutka, RHI Magnesita, and Brett McGee, Mid-Continent Coal & Coke Co.

  • Roundup chair: Rob Strain, Primetals Technologies 

  • USA LLC

  • APB® chair: Sam Matson, Commercial Metals Company

The ESTC met 7 February 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA
The ESTC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Gilbert Hutton, ESTC papers chair, reviewed the committee’s technical sessions for AISTech 2018. Seven sessions will be held, comprised of 26 papers. The roles of session chairs and papers chair were discussed.
The 2018 recipients of the Charles W. Briggs Award and the John Bell Award were announced. These two awards will be presented at the ESTC meeting at AISTech 2018.
Nominations for ESTC officers for the 2018–2019 term were approved.
The 2019 EAF Training Seminar  was discussed, which will mark the 25th anniversary of the seminar. It will be held in Charleston, S.C., USA, on 4–8 February 2019. Nucor Steel–Berkeley will serve as the tour host.
Also discussed was the Fall 2018 meeting, which will take place prior to the Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting. The ESTC will meet on the morning of 24 August 2018 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. Presentations scheduled for this meeting include:

  • A presentation on foamy slag by Michael Grant, Air Liquide GMS  GmbH.

  • “Recent EAF Electrodes Performance Challenges,” by Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division.

  • “Electrode Modeling Concept,” by Zane Voss, CIX LLC.

  • “Current Crisis on Electrode Supply,” by Gilbert Hutton, Commercial Metals Company – Arizona.

  • “Regulator Impact on Electrode Consumptions,” by Fernando Martinez, AMI GE.

All producers are asked to bring electrode consumption figures from their shops. Separate data by AC or DC, and for DC, identify the bottom life. Sam Matson, CMC Americas, will organize a benchmarking program for electrode performance.

The ESTC met 26 August 2017, Indianapolis, Ind., USA
The ESTC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a roundtable safety discussion. Highlighted was a report by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), titled, “Carbon Monoxide Explosion Hazards in Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking Operations.” An ESTC subcommittee will respond to this report and will provide an update to the ESTC at its next meeting. Members of this subcommittee are Jeremy Jones, Sam Matson and Zane Voss, with Stephan Ferenczy serving as chair.
Gilbert Hutton, ESTC papers chair, provided an update on AISTech 2018 technical session development: 

  • There are six electric steelmaking sessions scheduled.

  • Session chairs have been nominated.

  • A review of papers chair and session chair instructions will be done by Lauren Dlugopolski, AIST technology programs administrator.

Gilbert Hutton and Nick Zsamboky  will represent the ESTC at the AIST Leadership Conference in November.
Winners of the 2018 Charles W. Briggs Award and the 2018 John Bell Award were announced. These awards will be presented at the ESTC meeting during AISTech 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA.
Rob Strain gave an update on the 2018 EAF Roundup. Any revisions or updates should be sent to Strain immediately to be included in the roundup, which will be published in the January 2018 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
Harriet Dutka reviewed Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar. She provided program changes and encouraged ESTC members to participate and bring along a co-worker.
Dutka then discussed the 2018 EAF Mexico Study Tour and reviewed the agenda. A finalized program will be presented at the next ESTC meeting, when registration for the study tour will begin. This is the ESTC’s fourth study tour.
The following individuals gave presentations on EAF safety innovations: Lauren Jellison, Nucor Steel–
Indiana; Patrick Hansert, Badische Stahl Engineering GmbH; Sergio A. Guzman Garza, Tenova; Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division; and Tyler Ponozzo, Commercial Metals Company.

 
 
Patrick Hansert (right) presented Stephan Ferenczy (left) with the ESTC service plaque.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Patrick Hansert, Badische Stahl Engineering GmbH

  • Vice chair: Lauren Jellison, Nucor Steel–Indiana

  • Papers chair: Gilbert Hutton, Commercial Metals Company – Arizona

  • Education chair: Harriet Dutka, Magnesita Refractories

  • APB chair: Sam Matson, Commercial Metals Company

  • Roundup chair: Rob Strain, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

The ESTC met 8 February 2017, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
The ESTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report.
Lauren Jellison, papers chair, discussed the ESTC’s technical sessions for AISTech 2017. The roles of session chair and papers chair were discussed.
The 2017 AIST Charles W. Briggs Award and 2017 AIST John Bell Award will be presented during the ESTC meeting during AISTech 2017. Election of ESTC officers for 2017–2018 will also take place during AISTech 2017.
An update was given on next year’s Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar. Big River Steel will serve as the host plant.
An update was given on the AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) by Sam Matson, ESTC APB chair. A producer base is being developed to benchmark five key performance indicators.
The ESTC will hold its fall 2017 meeting on Saturday, 26 August 2017, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, prior to the Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting.
Stephan Ferenczy, Sam Matson, Harriet Dutka and Fernando Martinez shared their experiences from the 2016 Italy EAF Study Tour.
The ESTC will hold the John Stubbles Memorial Session, “Perspectives on CO2 Emissions in EAF Steelmaking,” during AISTech 2018. Jeremy Jones will serve as panel discussion moderator.
Harriet Dutka and Fernando Martinez discussed the 2018 EAF Mexico Study Tour. An agenda was proposed for 2–8 December 2018, starting out from Monterrey and concluding in Mexico City. The final program will be presented at the ESTC’s fall meeting.
The ESTC meeting concluded with a plant tour of Gerdau Long Steel North America Midlothian Mill, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists included Eugene Pretorius, Nucor Steel–Berkeley; Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division; Harriet Dutka, Magnesita Refractories; and Jeremy Jones, CIX LLC. Sam Matson, Commercial Metals Company Americas, served as moderator.

 
 
A panel discussion was held during the ESTC’s meeting on 27–29 August 2016 (left to right): Dennis Rodal, Stephan Ferenczy, Lauren Jellison, Jeremy Jones, Kyle Vanover and Zane Voss.

The ESTC met 27–29 August 2016, Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA
The ESTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a roundtable safety discussion.
Gilbert Hutton of CMC was nominated ESTC members chair. Hutton will join Lauren  Jellison at the AIST Leadership Conference as representatives of the ESTC.
Lauren Jellison, papers chair, discussed the ESTC’s AISTech 2017 session schedule, which will include six sessions with a parallel session on Tuesday morning. Session chairs were selected for AISTech 2017. A scrap strategies panel discussion will be held on Wednesday morning. 
The recipients of the 2017 Charles W. Briggs Award for Best Paper and the 2017 John Bell Award were selected. These awards will be presented at AISTech 2017 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. 
An update was given on the 2016 EAF Italy Study Tour. Twenty-three ESTC members are registered.
Steve Meyer, EAF Roundup chair, gave an update on the 2017 AIST EAF Roundup.
The program  for Modern Electric  Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar was reviewed. The seminar will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, on 6–10 February 2017,  with Gerdau Long Steel North America Midlothian Mill serving as host plant.
Matt Hallam of Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler and Bridget Darby of AIST presented the AIST Process Benchmarker® using anonymous data.
A panel discussion on scrap management strategies was held, with Jeremy Jones serving as moderator. The panelists included:

  • Lauren Jellison, Nucor Steel–Indiana.

  • Kyle Vanover, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler.

  • Dennis Rodal, ELG Haniel Metals.

  • Zane Voss, Voss Metallurgical Solutions.

Gerry Gillen (left) presented the ESTC service plaque to
Stephan Ferenczy (right).

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural & Rail Div.

  • Vice chair: Patrick Hansert, Badische Stahl Engineering GmbH

  • Papers chair: Lauren Jellison, Nucor Steel–Indiana

The ESTC met 3 February 2016, Jacksonville, Fla., USA. The ESTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Patrick Hansert, ESTC papers chair, reviewed the committee’s five AISTech 2016 technical sessions and discussed the roles of session chair and papers chair.
Nominations for ESTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were confirmed.
Steve Meyer, ESTC roundup chair, reviewed the 2016 AIST EAF Roundup.
The 2016 AIST Charles W. Briggs Award and 2016 AIST John Bell Award will be presented during the ESTC meeting at AISTech 2016.
The 2016 EAF Italy Study Tour, to be held 13–19 November 2016, was discussed, along with plant tour selections. Registration for ESTC producer members will be accepted through 30 April 2016. Open registration will begin 1 May 2016.
The ESTC’s fall 2016 meeting will be held on Saturday, 27 August 2016 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA. The meeting will focus on scrap management strategies. Panelists were selected for the meeting’s panel discussion.
Brett McGee discussed the 2017 Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held on 6–10 February 2017 in Memphis, Tenn., USA. Nucor Steel Memphis Inc. will be the host plant. Program changes will be announced at AISTech 2016.
Sam Matson provided an update on the AIST Process Benchmarker®, including module parameters and key performance indicators that are needed. There was a strong indication from the ESTC that anonymous data collection would encourage participation from producer members.
Lauren Jellison provided ideas to promote young member involvement in Technology Committees.
The ESTC was given a tour of Gerdau Long Steel North America Jacksonville Mill.

The ESTC met 29 August 2015, San Antonio, Texas, USA. The ESTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The ESTC selected its recipients for the 2016 John Bell Award and the 2016 Charles W. Briggs Award. These awards will be presented at the ESTC meeting during AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
Steve Meyer reviewed the 2015 Electric Arc Furnace Roundup.
Brett McGee presented a revised program for the 2016 Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking Training Seminar to be held in Jacksonville, Fla., USA, on 1–5 February 2016.
The ESTC reviewed its session schedule for AISTech 2016. The Wednesday afternoon session has changed to a Wednesday morning session. A panel discussion will be also be held on Wednesday morning, with Steve Meyer serving as moderator.
Karim Alshurafa of SMS group, representing the AIST Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Committee, provided an update on the North American Japanese Study Tour, which took place on 6–12 September 2015.
Kyle Vanover of Steel Dynamics Inc. presented a review of the 2014 EAF Brazilian Study Tour, which was the ESTC’s second international study tour.
Plans for the 2016 Italian EAF Study Tour were reviewed. The study tour will be held in September or October 2016 in conjunction with the AIST Italy Steel Forum 2016. Francesco Memoli provided three potential tour routes.
Presentations on EAF safety innovations, auto argon connection hookups and a safety incident at Nucor Steel–Indiana were given.

 
 
The ESTC service plaque was presented to Greg Buragino (left to right): Sam Matson, Stephan Ferenczy, Buragino, Gerry Gillen and Patrick Hansert.

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

  • Chair — Stephan Ferenczy, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural & Rail Div.

  • Vice chair — Gerry Gillen, Nucor Steel–Indiana

  • Papers chair — Patrick Hansert, Badische Stahl Engineering GmbH

  • Roundup chair — Steve Meyer, Superior Machine Co. of SC Inc.

  • Education chair — Brett McGee, Mid-Continent Coal and Coke Co.

  • APB® chair — Sam Matson, CMC Americas

Meeting Highlights:
Brett McGee discussed the 2016 Modern Electric Furnace Technology Training Conference, which  will  be  held  in Jacksonville, Fla., USA, on 1–5 February 2016. Gerdau Long Steel North America Jacksonville will serve as the host plant. The ESTC discussed its 2015 fall meeting, which will be held on Saturday, 29 August 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, in conjunction with the Globe-Trotters Member Chapter annual meeting. See pages 238–239 of this issue for more information.

The ESTC met 4 February 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Gerry Gillen, ESTC papers chair, reviewed the AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Twenty-seven ESTC papers are scheduled.

  • The roles of session chairs and papers chair were discussed.

Nominations for ESTC officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed and will be announced at AISTech 2015 in May.
The winners of the 2015 John Bell Award and the 2015 Charles W. Briggs Award were selected. These awards will be presented during the ESTC meeting at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Oh., USA.
Steve Meyer reported on the 2015 EAF Roundup. A conference call will be scheduled in June to update this roundup for 2016.
Brett McGee gave an update on the 2016 EAF specialty training conference, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., USA, on 1–5 February 2016, with Gerdau Long Steel North America Jacksonville Mill serving as host plant.
Michael Strelbisky, ESTC study tour chair, reviewed the 2014 Brazil EAF Study Tour. The ESTC suggested a study tour to be held jointly with the AIST Italy Steel Forum in September 2016. Strelbisky and Francesco Memoli will provide an update at the next ESTC meeting at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The 2015 Germany Caster Study Tour, to be held on 8–14 November 2015, was also discussed.

Presentations for the Globe-Trotters annual meeting in August 2015 were scheduled:

  • “New Slag Door Operations,” by Nucor Steel Gallatin.

  • “EAF Safety Innovations,” by Tenova Core.

  • “EAF Study Tour Benchmarking,” by Kyle Vanover, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Rolled Group – Butler Div.

Next ESTC Meeting: Monday, 4 May 2015 during AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA