Technology Committees

Refractory Systems and Ladle & Secondary Refining Technology Committees Joint Meeting

7 October 2021 • Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Colorado Springs • Colorado Springs, CO USA

Tour of EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel 

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Hotel Arrangements

The DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs
1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Reserve by 13 September for AIST Room Rate of $159
For reservations, call +1.719.576.8900 or Click Here

8 a.m.

Tour of EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel 


Lunch at Hotel

1 p.m.

1.    Chair’s opening remarks—Chase Ault & Matthew Chabes 
2.    Appoint minute-taker
3.    Antitrust guidelines
4.    Membership and attendance
          •  LSRTC—current membership 191
          •  RSTC—current membership—128 
5.    Review minutes of previous meeting for LSRTC & RSTC
6.    AIST Staff Announcements—Anna Voss
7.    Safety Discussion and review of Steel Industry Fatalities

Main agenda items

  • AISTech session development—April Baggett & Xin Zhang

    • Selection of Abstracts (Due by 15 Sept)

    • Determine session structure (Due by 28 Oct) including session titles & session chairs

    • Review Papers Chair and Session Chair instructions

  • Finalize call for papers for next year

    • LSRTC: The processes of heating/cooling, chemistry control, slag treatment, desulfurization/decarburization, degassing, stirring, shape control and inclusion modification; utilizing the support systems of ladles; refractory interactions with steel and slag; ladle transport; flow control; stirring systems; utilities; fume control; additions; equipment; and environmental impact.

    • RSTC: Laboratory developments and evaluations of new refractory products and systems; field trials of new refractory products and systems in all areas of cokemaking, ironmaking, steelmaking, continuous casting, and finishing; effects of operational conditions or variables on the performances of refractory systems; recycling of used refractories into new refractory products.

  • Technology committee award planning

    • Ladle & Secondary Refining Best Paper Award

    • Refractory Systems Best Paper Award

  • Technology Training conference

    • 2022 Secondary Steelmaking Refractories—A Practical Training Seminar


Discussion items

  • Update on TR9—Ladle Design

  • RSTC Japan Study Tour 2022 – Study Tour Chair Rakesh Dhaka

    • Nippon Kimitsu Works Krosaki

    • JFE Chiba Works Tokyo

    • Shinagawa Okayama Plant

    • JFE Fukuyama

    • Nippon Yahata

    • Krosaki Yahata Plant



  1. Refractory Scanning for Ladle Life

    1. Safe and Optimal Refractory Life Utilization through 3D Laser Scanning—Allen Stauffer, Nucor Texas; David Thomas, MINTEQ International

    2. Sean Guy, Process Metrics/Vesuvius

  2. Ladle Scanning to access well block and determine sand usage—Jamie Lash; AJF Refractories


Next meeting

  • LSRTC—meeting in Virginia Beach, VA visiting Nucor Hertford and Busch

  • RSTC


Chair Conclusion

4 p.m.