ALAFAR 2018 : And the winner is…..

The refractory world converged in Medellin, Columbia for the 41st annual congress of the Latin American Association of Refractory Manufacturers better known as ALAFAR in early October, with the ambition to look at “Innovation in High Temperatures” and it is a great honor for Imerys Aluminates that our Technical Director for Refractories, Christoph Wöhrmeyer has taken a podium position from over 30 technical presentations.

Christoph presented our joint research study entitled “Protection mechanism of CMA-additive in MgO-C ladle bricks”. It was undertaken together with S.Gao, S. Graddick, C. Parr, F.Simonin, G. Bhattacharya from Imerys Aluminates, with M. Liyama, Senior Technical Advisor Refractories at Imerys High Resistance Minerals in Japan and P. Gehre and C. Aneziris from the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg.

The study investigates the effect of the addition of Calcium Magnesium Aluminate (trade name MagArmour) to Magnesia-Carbon (MgO-C) bricks. MagArmour™ consists of grains in which microcrystalline MA-spinel phases are embedded in a matrix of calcium aluminates. Applied as a binder in steel ladle castables it has already proven its positive effect on wear resistance in many steel plants due to the associated change in microstructure. The effect of MagArmour™ addition to MgO-C bricks in comparison to the addition of pure spinel has been investigated in the first part of this study. The MagArmour™ -doped MgO-C brick showed the lowest attack by slag. Following this positive result, several trials in different steel plants have been conducted and results from post-mortem analyses are discussed in the second part of this paper. All ladle trials had in common that during operations a slag coating was formed on the surface of the MagArmour™ containing bricks that reduced the wear rate of the bricks and gave a better protection of the carbon in the brick against oxidation. A lower wear rate was achieved, even when reducing the amount of anti-oxidants in the bricks.

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For the first time in Aachen : Imerys Aluminates

 

Players of the refractory industry from all over the world will get together again in Aachen, Germany for the traditional International Colloquium on Refractories 2018. The event starts Wednesday, 26th September with the Opening Session.

At 11.15 am Chris Parr, S&T Director of Imerys Aluminates will address the topic about “Regional influences and challenges for sustainable refractory raw material selection” in the Europa Saal auditorium whereas at 3.15 pm Phil Edwards, Imerys Aluminates’ Refractory Market Director will present the new division which came to being per the combination of 2 majors French players of the refractory market: former Imerys Refractory Minerals and Kerneos. Feel free to join K3 conference room on first floor.

During the event, Imerys Aluminates will occupy notable space to make it easy for our customers to reach out for our technical and sales teams. On our booth number 7 visitors may discover the new visual identity of the brands. For the comfort of our guests we preview a lounge space with easy to use laptop work possibilities.

The hospitality room, right at the entrance of the Eurogress Center, is designed to offer confidential space for business meetings. Customers should take notice that. Mrs Nehlsen is in charge of the welcome desk. Feel free to call on her for any help.

Refractory Experts at Irefcon 18

Next Wednesday, March 7th IREFCON 18 will open its doors for the 12th India International Refractories Congress to share information, refractory experts experiences and ideas, to learn and to update the refractory industry in as many aspects of refractories development and applications as possible. Our refractory experts will of course attend this major Indian event and contribute with two technical works.

Dr. Danilo Frulli

Dr. Danilo Frulli

Florian Ahouanto, Product Manager Andalusite

Florian Ahouanto

 

March 8th at 2 pm, Dr. Danilo Frulli, will lecture “Natural and synthetic aluminas and aluminosilicates: properties and characteristics of the main classes of refractory raw materials”.

 

March 9th at 3.30 pm Florian Ahouanto will present “Andalusite based raw materials for refractory castables: properties and application”

 

 

 

The two speakers, as well as Ananth Nonavinakere and Dirk van den Heever shall be very pleased to answer any questions you may want to address during the event.

This biannual conference is organized by IRMA, the Indian Refractory Makers Association which is the national organization for the refractory manufacturing companies in India. It currently has 75 manufacturing units in its membership which produce a wide range of insulating, abrasion-resistant and corrosion-resistant refractories, ranging from firebricks, insulating refractories to a wide variety of high alumina, silica, magnesite and specialty refractories.

IREFCON 2018 takes place at the well-known Hotel Vivanta by Taj – Dwarka New Delhi, Sector 21 Metro Station Complex, Dwarka, New Delhi.

ICI USA Fall Meeting 2017

15 Early Stage Researchers wanted for ATHOR!

Metakaolin: its potential in geopolymers

Ceramics Expo, 25th to 27th April 2017

2017 ACerS Spring Meeting

St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society sponsor the 53rd annual St. Louis spring meeting on refractories with the theme, “Real World Applications of Refractory Testing”. This year,  Imerys Refractory Minerals’ contribution to ACerS will come through Scot Graddick, Technical Director and Product Manager of Mulcoa and Teco. He will address “The effect of aluminosilicate calcine quality on finished monolithic refractory hot properties” at 8.45 am, Wednesday 29th March.

The study was undertaken by Scot Graddick, Dave Tucker, Chris Beiter, Danilo Frulli from Imerys Refractory Minerals and  Steffen Möhmel refractory engineer from the Center for Abrasive & Refractory Research & Development C.A.R.R.D The outcomes and results will be presented for the first time during the ACerS spring meeting.

The event will take place March 29 – 30, 2017 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel 10330 Natural Bridge Rd St Louis, Missouri 63134 United States.

Click below for further information:

2017 St. Louis Registration Form

2017 Agenda ACerS meeting

Further upcoming ACerS meetings

Imerys Refractory Minerals at 5th ICRJ, India

During ICRJ 2017, Danilo Frulli, Marketing & Innovation Director of the Imerys Refractory Minerals division will contribute to the event with an abstract entitled “Properties of Andalusite and Mullite minerals and their applications in the steel & iron industry”.

Dr. Frulli will be speaking Thursday, 8thFebruary at 9.45 am at the Wave International in Jamshedpur. Feel free to join the conference. For any specific information, please contact our local Sales Director, Ananth Nonavinakere : ananth.nonavinakere@imerys.com

Jubilee Parc offered by Tata to the people of Jamshedpur, India

A place to visit during ICRJ 2017 : Jubilee Parc offered by Tata to the people of Jamshedpur, India

ICRJ 2017 Schedule

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