Technology Committees

Refractory Systems Technology Committee Meeting

5–6 November 2019 • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York • Niagara Falls, NY, USA

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Tour of Washington Mills       


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York
401 Buffalo Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Reserve by 14 October for AIST Room Rate of US$94.00
For reservations, call +1.716.524.3333 or book online.

AIST technology committee members are asked to print out the latest revised meeting agenda from our website one week prior to this meeting.

Tuesday 5 November

9 a.m.

1. Chair’s opening remarks   
2. Appoint minute-taker
3. Antitrust guidelines
4. Membership and attendance
5. Review minutes of previous meeting
6. AIST Staff Announcements

Main agenda items


RSTC Officers for 2019 / 2020 term:

  • Chair – Rakesh Dhaka, US Steel Research & Technology Center

  • Vice Chair – Mike Anderson, Magneco/Metrel, Inc.

  • Papers Chair – Matthew Chabes, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor

  • Education Chair – Jimmy Barrett, Allied Mineral Products, Inc.

  • YP Chair – Kyle Kingsbury, Duferco


AISTech session development

  • Selection of Abstracts (Due by 16 Sept) – (Handle via conference call if necessary)

  • Determine session structure (Due by 30 Oct) including session titles & session chairs

  • Review Papers Chair and Session Chair instructions


AISTech 2019 Best Paper Award Announcement


Japan Study Tour Discussion

  • Timing:  Spring 2021

  • Itinerary (companies to visit)


AIST Leadership Conference – Solicit any discussion items/concerns from the TC to be discussed at the LDC

  • 17–19 November 2019 • The Peabody Memphis • Memphis, TN, USA


Technology Training conference update


Technical Presentations [ Theme: “Refractory Raw Materials-Current Scenario”]

  1. “Regional Influences in Aluminosilicate Refractory Raw Material Selection” by Scot Graddick, Technical Director, HTI/North America, Imerys Refractories, Abrasives, and Construction.

  2. “Composite Bricks, a “Cool-Shell Technology” for the Cement Industry” by Kyle Kingsbury, Vice President, Refractory Technology Group, Duferco Steel Inc.

  3. “Burner Technologies for Heating Steelmaking Ladles” by Russ Chapman, President of Firebridge Inc.

  4. “Introduction to Washington Mills” by Matt Creedon, R&D Manager, Washington Mills.


Next meeting


Chair conclusion

4 p.m.


Wednesday 6 November

8:30 – 12:00

Plant tour Washington Mills

Maximum 20 people can attend the plant visit. 
PPE Required: Hard Hat (provided by WM), Safety Glasses (bring your own or can be provided by WM) and Safety Shoes (bring your own or WM can provide safety shoe cover)

Washington Mills
1801 Buffalo Ave.
Niagara Falls, NY  14302-0423