I provide refractory analysis based on over 35 years of experience by addressing usage, installation and theoretical parameters for a smooth operation, improved refractory life or determination of failure.
I am thoroughly familiar with alumina (alumino-silicate, alumina-SiC-C, etc.), basic (magnesia, dolomite, mag-chrome, etc.), zirconia, alumina-magnesia-carbon, silica and other refractories either in brick or monolithic form. This knowledge is used to solve refractory problems, design refractory solutions for experimental processes, analyze refractory failures in the field and in the laboratory, and develop new applications to address special needs.
My extensive use of microscopy to determine refractory and process interactions has led to novel solutions in several different areas. In addition, my work in the use of insulation, either as initial installations or as retrofits, has resulted in extensive energy savings in furnace applications.
I have presented many refractory and metallurgical processes training seminars at client's locations and at the invitation of technical societies.
Numerous professional publications, extensive experience developing and conducting continuous education seminars and training for plant personnel.
Fluent in English, Spanish and German.
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Published a Keeping Current Series in the Iron and Steelmaking Bulletin based on the Ladles and Ladle Furnace Slags 1996, short course with U. Pretorius and R. Marr
"A New 5C Pyrrhotite", Am. Min., Nov.-Dec., 1978, with W. Kelly, D. Peacor.
Presented refractory, slag and process training seminars to management, professional and hourly personnel addressing site specific topics or for ISO requirements at: Armco/AKSteel and other steel companies and, refractory manufacturers in the US and other countries (1980 to present).
Invited presenter: Ladle Refractory and Secondary Steelmaking training seminar, AIST Specialty Conf.: Charleston, SC, Oct. 22-25, 2018, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 23-26, 2017, Birmingham, AL, Oct. 11-13, 2016, Memphis, TN Oct. 5-8, 2015 Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 6-8, 2014, Charleston, SC, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2013
Invited presenter: Refractory and Slags, Modern Electric Fce. Steelmaking – A Practical Training Seminar: Specialty Steelmaking break-out section, AIST Specialty Conf., Charleston, SC, Feb. 6-10, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 19-22, 2009
Chair and presenter: Ladle Refractory Training Seminar, AIST Specialty Conf., Oct. 2-3, 2012, Jacksonville, FL, Oct. 25-26, 2011, Merrillville, IN, Oct. 12-13, 2010, Birmingham, AL, March 1-2, 2010
Presenter of the Refractory section, Stainless Steelmaking and Casting Training Seminar, AIST 2007 Specialty Conf., Cleveland, OH, Oct. 21-23, 2007
Conducted quality training classes for replacement workers during a strike (2006 and 2007)
Presented refractory, slag and process seminars to management and hourly personnel on an as needed basis at Armco, AKSteel, steel and iron making companies. (1980 to present)
Organized and taught: Ladle Refractories and Slags at the ISS Chicago Section Meeting, Merrillville, IN, with U. Pretorius and R. Marr; Jan. 1996 and Jan. 1995, and at the ISS Off the Record meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 1995
Taught part of the Armco Mansfield Works start up training courses for meltshop, caster and masonry personnel, 1994
Organized and taught: Refractories for Reheat Furnaces, at the Globetrotters Meeting, St. Charles, Illinois, Sept. 1991
Organized and taught: Melt Shop Refractories, at the Off the Record Meeting, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Oct. 1990, with B. Brezny
“Refractories: Yesterday’s Challenges / Today’s Opportunities”, AK Steel Research, 2018
“Glass Furnaces: Refractory Challenges”, Am. Ceram. Soc. St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division, 54th annual symposium, 2018
“Microscopy of Steel Mill Refractories”, Micrs. Soc. Ohio River Valley Spring Meeting, April 2016
“Antioxidants: Role and Effect or what we call metal additions”, Am. Ceram. Soc. St. Louis Section/Refractory Ceramics Division, 52st annual symposium, 2016
“Failure Analysis”, Missouri Univ. of S&T, Materials Science & Engr., Refractory Seminar, 2009
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