Symposium CN
Refractories: Meeting Refractory Industry Needs of Today and It’s Future Challenges

Christos G. ANEZIRIS, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Carmen BAUDIN, Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, CSIC, Spain
Goutam BHATTACHARYA, Kerneos India & Middle East, India
Elena BRANDALEZE, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Argentina
Swapan Kumar DAS, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, India
Marcel FRANKEN, Gouda Refractories BV, Netherlands
Andrie M. GARBERS-CRAIG, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Dana GOSKI, Allied Minerals Products, USA
Shinobu HASHIMOTO, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Marc HUGER, ENSCI – CEC, France
Yawei LI, Wuhan University of Science & Technology, China
Victor Carlos PANDOLFELLI, Univ. Federal de Sao Carlos, Brazil
Christopher PARR, Kerneos, France
Michael RIGAUD, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Sido SINNEMA, Tata Steel, Netherlands
Kiyoshi SUGITA, The Technical Association of Refractories, Japan
Christos G. ANEZIRIS, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Eric BLOND, University of Orleans, France
Andreas BUHR, Almatis GmbH, Germany
Emmanuel DE BILBAO, CEMHTI, CNRS, France
Andrie M. GARBERS-CRAIG, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Patrick GEHRE, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Harald HARMUTH, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria
Shinobu HASHIMOTO, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Marc HUGER, University of Limoges, France
In-Ho JUNG, Seoul National University, South Korea
Yawei LI Wuhan, University of Science & Technology, China
Alexandra NAVROTSKY, University of California, Davis, USA
Carlos PAGLIOSA NETO, Magnesita SA, Brazil
Victor Carlos PANDOLFELLI, Univ. Federal de Sao Carlos, Brazil
Peter QUIRMBACH, ECREF and DIFK, Germany
Michel RIGAUD, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Hatsuo TAIRA, Krosaki Harima Corporation, Japan
Himansu TRIPATHI, CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, India
This symposium will focus on the current “state of the art” in refractory liner materials and on the advances needed in material performance for existing and/or new processes, or by needs caused by modifications of existing ones.  Drivers for change; such as rapid changes in raw material availability, environmental concerns, technology changes, or the need for relevant information on refractory material properties or causes of failure; will be discussed.  Symposium topics will range from the refractory raw material formulation, manufacture, testing and installation; to analysis of refractory wear/failure causes; to controlling refractory wear and improving liner material performance using existing and/or advanced analytical tools or thermodynamic process modelling; to the increased energy, environmental, and education needs of refractory users and manufactures.  Contributed papers will cover achievements and challenges from the perspective of either the refractory user, installer, or producer; and will focus on shaped and unshaped (monolithic) refractory materials composed of natural and/or synthetic materials.      
Session Topics

CN-1 Raw materials needs

  • Natural raw material, their characterization and performance – including changing industry needs and material sustainability
  • New/improved refractory raw materials and additives (natural and synthetic) to meet shifts in refractory performance needs
  • Raw material phase relationships and reactions occurring during product installation, sintering, or use that impact microstructure development and/or product performance

CN-2 Product testing and quality control

  • Testing and improving physical properties; such as thermal shock, spalling, hot strength, fracture resistance, creep, thermal conductivity, and MOE
  • Quality control and analytical tool use to improve refractory product quality, consistency, performance, or that reduce unit cost
  • Evaluating and controlling monolithic materials property changes that occur during storage, mixing, installation, drying, and firing; including those caused by composition and additives
  • Continuously monitoring variables and/or material properties related to refractory failure in severe service applications
  • Microstructure analysis as it relates to material performance (using SEM, TEM, cathodoluminescence, high temperature confocal laser microscopy, optical microscopy, or other analytical tools)

CN-3 Product manufacturing and installation

  • Advances in refractory manufacture, installation, and/or system repair/maintenance
  • Monitoring refractory performance as it relates to material repair/replacement
  • Material or process additives impacting refractory installation or service life; including monolithic material installation and its rheological properties

CN-4 Modelling and simulation of the process environment

  • Thermodynamic modelling and its use to understand/control refractory properties/performance through predictions of material interactions and their control by managing process chemistry and/or temperature
  • Thermal and stress management through kinetic modelling (thermal profile, materials diffusion, crack propagation, sintering, grain boundary motion, phase transformation, etc.)

CN-5 Refractory failure analysis

  • Analysis of refractory liner corrosion/wear caused by slag, molten glass, metal, hot gases, particulates, or combinations of them to improve refractory performance
  • Determining the causes of refractory failure and the use of that information to make necessary system changes

CN-6 Refractory materials for novel or advanced applications

  • Fabrication and performance of ceramic liner materials made by additive manufacture
  • Electrically conductive/non-conductive liner materials for magnetohydrodynamic systems
  • Other novel application requiring high temperature severe service materials or protective barriers (including battery materials, high temperature microwave processes, or high speed re-entry vehicles)

CN-7 Future refractory education needs

  • Refractory education needs brought about by the changing workforce and business models, industrial environments, or changing process environments – what types of training/education is needed to meet those needs
  • What types of monitoring or standardized/specialized refractory tests are needed by industry that quickly and accurately ascertain industrial process performance


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