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October 17-18, 2001
Radisson Hotel - Start Plaza
Merrillville, Indiana

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    Seminar Information
    Seminar Description: This two-day seminar reviews the fundamental principles, processes, equipment and operating practices used in ironmaking today. The emphasis will be on the processes and equipment for blast furnace ironmaking. A brief introduction to direct reduction and developing hot metal processes such as Corex and rotary hearth/submerged arc furnace will also be presented.

Seminar Objectives:

  • Discuss the history of ironmaking
  • Explain the fundamentals of physical chemistry and fluid flow in ironmaking
  • Describe blast furnace facility/equipment and the production of pig iron
  • Discuss characteristics/attributes of iron ores and various agglomerating processes
  • Describe methods of manufacturing metallurgical coke and by-product recovery
  • Classify and describe ironmaking refractory systems
  • Outline blast furnace utilities including: industrial gases, fuels and water requirements
  • Introduce direct reduction and smelting processes

Seminar Organizing Chairman and Lecturer:
Joseph J. Poveromo
, Director of Technology, Quebec Cartier Mining Company


Who should attend: The seminar is designed for entry-level ironmaking production and operations staff, technical and managerial personnel in upstream or downstream production processes, and others seeking to broaden their understanding of ironmaking processes. The seminar is not intended for experienced operators or engineers.

  • Production/operations personnel and foremen new to the ironmaking process (1-3 years experience)
  • Supervisors and managers working in upstream or downstream production process areas
  • Suppliers to the steel industry (raw materials, equipment, support services)
  • Representatives from the public sector
    Registration Information
    Registration Fee: Advance registration by September 16, 2001 US $695; late registration after September 16, 2001 US$795; payable to The Steel Foundation by check or credit card with the attached registration form. There will be no on-site registration. Register early-enrollment is limited. You will receive a confirmation letter in the mail after your registration has been paid in full. For questions regarding registration call The Steel Foundation at (412) 281-6323 x153.

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Seminar registration
  • Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Workbook with program outline and materials
  • One copy of The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel, 11th Edition, Ironmaking Volume
  • Certificate upon completion
    Company Discount: Three or more individuals from the same company attending this seminar can receive a 10% discount per person. All registrations must be received together, with payment, to qualify for the discount. Not applicable with any other discount.
    Cancellation/Substitution: If you must cancel, please fax a notice of cancellation to (412) 281-4657 and a refund will be issued. Cancellations received less than two weeks prior to the event will be issued a credit voucher. If you would like to send a substitute, a new registration form must be faxed for that person, which indicates the person replaced on the form.
Dress is casual.
    Program Outline
Wednesday, October 17
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 - 10:00 a.m.




The History of Ironmaking
John Ricketts, Senior Staff Engineer, Ispat Inland

Process overview of the blast furnace, history of ironmaking, evolution of ironmaking from charcoal to coke furnace, the science of ironmaking, development of direct reduction processes

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:15 a.m. - Noon

Fundamentals of Ironmaking
Jonathan Burgo, Research Manager, Raw Materials and Ironmaking, U.S. Steel, USX Corp.
Joseph J. Poveromo, Quebec Cartier Mining Company

Thermodynamics, ironmaking reactions, fluid flow and heat transfer.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.



Blast Furnace Production of Hot Metal
Jonathan Burgo, Research Manager, Raw Materials and Ironmaking, U.S. Steel, USX Corp.

Outline of blast furnace process, chemistry, material and energy balances, operations ( blow-in, daily operation, sampling, stove operation, irregularities, fanning, blow-downs, banking, etc.), the blast furnace burden, optimizing blast furnace performance (beneficiated raw materials, high blast temperature, blast enrichment: oxygen, fuel, high top pressure, burden distribution control)

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Blast Furnace Facility and Equipment
John P. Wallace, Director, Metals Technology, Eichleay Engineers Inc

Furnace proper, charging system, gas system, hot blast generation, raw material receiving, casthouse, instrumentation and control

Thursday, October 18

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Iron Ores and Agglomeration
Joseph J. Poveromo, Quebec Cartier Mining Company

Nature of iron ores, iron ore deposits, mining, beneficiation, agglomerating processes (sintering, pelletizing), transportation, quality (sinter feed, lump ores, pellets, direct reduction ores), future trends

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Metallurgical Coke Production
Walter Buss, ThyssenKrupp EnCoke

Coal resources and mining, overview of coke production methods and by-product utilization; coal selection and preparation for cokemaking; the by-product and bee-hive carbonizing processes, design and operation of by-product ovens; recent developments in cokemaking

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Coke Quality
Joseph J. Poveromo, Quebec Cartier Mining Company

Role of coke in blast furnace, coke specifications, effect of coke quality on BF performance

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


12:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Ironmaking Refractories
Albert J. Dzermejko, Corus/Danieli Technical Services, Inc.

Classification and preparation of refractories, chemical, physical properties, ironmaking refractory systems: hearth, bosh, belly, stack; gunning materials; taphole and casthouse, stoves

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Ironmaking Utilities
David Wakelin, Manager- Development Engineering, LTV Steel

Industrial gas uses, production, supply system options and safety, combustion and fuels, use of water in ironmaking, water requirements, water treatment

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Direct Reduction and Smelting Processes Joseph Poveromo, Quebec Cartier Mining Company

DRI quality, gas-based DR processes, production of reducing gases, coal-based DR processes, reduction-smelting processes (Corex, rotary hearth furnace/submerged arc furnace, others), historical processes, future developments

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Discussion and Conclusion
    Hotel Accommodations
    Hotel Accommodations: The Steel Foundation has reserved a block of rooms at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 East 81st Avenue, Merrillville, Indiana. The hotel is located at the intersection of US 30 and I-65. It is easily accessible form O'Hare International, Midway, South Bend and Gary Municipal airports, and 45 minutes from downtown Chicago. Please contact the Radisson at (219) 769-6311 by September 16, 2001, to receive the discounted single room rate of US$109/night. Be sure to mention that you are attending the AISE Steel Foundation seminar to receive the group discount rate. Registrants are responsible for making or canceling his or her own hotel accommodations.
    FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION, CALL (412) 281-6323 X153 OR 125.


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