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Refractories 2010

Date 16 March 2010
- 17 March 2010
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

South Africa is a major user of refractory materials since it has a strong pyrometallurgical industry (whereby commodities such as iron and steel, stainless steel, ferrochrome, ferromanganese, silicomanganese, silicon, PGMs, titania and aluminium are produced), a petrochemical industry which is the largest in Africa, a cement industry which supplies its civil engineering and building sectors, as well as glass smelting and recycling operations, and a foundry industry.

Knowledge on refractory materials is therefore of great importance to the South African economy


The SAIMM and Conference Organising Committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contribution:

Premium Exhibitors:




Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Co-ordinator

Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:


Preliminary Programme

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

08:00–09:00 Registration

09:00–09:10 Welcome/Opening Address
J.C. Ngoma, President of SAIMM

09:10–09:45 An overview of andalusite in Southern Africa: geology and mineralogy
B.W. Botha, Samrec

09:45–10:20 The world of refractories and RHI AG as a global player and a reliable partner
T. Prietl, RHI AG, Austria, and S. Theron,STRC cc, South Africa

10:20–10:50 Tea/Coffee

10:50–11:25 Turnkey furnace projects
T.M. Dickinson, Dickinson Group of Companies

11:25–12:00 Success factors for electric furnace reline projects
H. Steyn, University of Pretoria, and N.McEwan, Vereeniging Refractories

12:00–12:35 AnMar-BRS Furnace Group

12:35–13:30 Lunch

13:30–14:05 No taphole—no furnace
C. Coetzee, GrafTech, South Africa, and P. Sylvén, GrafTech International
Holdings Inc., USA

14:05–14:40 Refractory erosion during reductive PGM matte smelting
R.T. Jones, I.J. Geldenhuys, S.D. McCullough, Z. Fotoyi, Mintek

14:40–15:00 Tea/coffee

15:00–15:35 Safe and affordable, green and tough
D. Thomas, Durocast (Pty) Ltd

15:35–16:10 Refractory recycling—earning your environmental brownie points
M. Schutte, PhilMar Consulting

16:10 – 18:30 Cocktail party


Wednesday, 17 March 2009

08:00–09:00 Coffee/tea

09:00–09:35 The product development process for smelter refractories—A text book
and practical perspective
R.A. Parry, T. Courtney, P. Knupfer, and N. McEwan, Vereeniging Refractories

09:35–10:10 The importance and testing of density/porosity/permeability/pore size for
B. Berger, CERMALAB cc

10:10–10:30 Tea/Coffee

10:30–11:05 Non-destructive testing device for determining the extent of hydration in
magnesia-based refractory bricks
J. Barnard, University of Pretoria

11:05–11:40 Optimizing the shaking ladle lives by zoning the intermediate phase
N. Mpunga, Highveld Steel

11:40–12:15 Precast safety lining in BF main trough
M. Gondolf, RN Avis and S. Bekker,Calderys SA

12:15–13:15 Lunch

13:15–13:50 A discussion on the relative influences of many issues on the lining life performance
of BOF vessels
D.L. Amoss, Vesuvius SA

13:50–14:25 MgO-C refractory selection and evaluation for steelmaking vessels
J.A. Terblanche, ArcelorMittal SA

14:25–14:45 Tea/coffee

14:45–15:20 Evaluation of refractory bricks for titania slags
J. van der Westhuizen, Exxaro

15:20 Closing remarks


The main objective of Refractories 2010 is to advance the understanding of the production, installation and use of refractory materials in Southern Africa through the exchange of knowledge between all the relevant roles players in the field, i.e. raw material suppliers, refractory producers, installers, users and researchers.

Presentations will have a technical focus, in which the latest challenges, developments and trends will be discussed, and information as well as experiences shared.

This forum will also be used to discuss the interdependence of the different role players, and to create the opportunity for networking in the field

Who should attend

  • Engineers, technologists and scientists that work in the refractories and pyrometallurgical industries
  • Managers
  • R & D and Academic personnel
  • Students

Registration Fees


Early Bird Registration
on or before
12 February 2010

Registration Fee

Members/ Authors

R 8 800

R 9 300

Non Members

R 9 700

R 10 200

Students / Retired Members

R 2 700

R 2 700

Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2010, for attending this event

Registration Fees:
Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event

Companies Participating

AnMar-BRS Furnace Group

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Calderys
  • Cermalab
  • Dickinson Group of Companies
  • Durocast (Pty) Ltd
  • Exxaro
  • Graftech
  • Highveld Steel
  • Mintek
  • Philmar Consulting
  • RHI
  • Samrec Pty Ltd
  • Vereeniging Refractories
  • Vesuvius


Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:


The following items may be dowloaded from the download section below this window:

1) First Announcement & Call for papers
2) Conference Program & Registration Form