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INSTITUTE OF REFRACTORIES ENGINEERS TRAINING DAY 2018 'INTRODUCTION TO REFRACTORIES'


The IRE Training day was held at Tankersley Manor, Barnsley on 15 November on the theme of ‘An Introduction to Refractories.’ This was the tenth anniversary of the Institute running a training day to follow on from the conference: we are very pleased to report that the courses have been well received over the years. It was decided to run the introductory course again for people who have joined the industry in the last decade. The course was well attended with almost 40 people joining the day, coming from all areas of the refractories industry from raw materials supply to end users and installers.


President Jan Theron


IRE President, Jan Theron opened the day with a description of what refractories are, why they are so important to industry. Jan described how the microstructure can be examined to understand how the refractory has been made and how it will perform. Dave Pickard then described many of the raw materials used in producing refractories, describing the variety of materials and properties they can be selected for. This was followed by a hands-on exercise where samples of raw materials had to be identified. Ian Spicer described how a refractory castable can be made by selecting various raw materials and some of the theory behind this process and Martyn Frith explained how refractory bricks are made and the various problems that can occur in their production. Sam Franklin then described how insulating refractories are selected and applied and discussed some of the problems with engineering design with refractories. The final part of the course was a group exercise to review the design of a refractory lining to appreciate some of the issues which are faced in the application of refractory materials. This rounded off the day to draw the various aspects of refractories technology together and provide an overview of the subject.


The training day was well received with all of the feedback being highly positive. We would like to thank the speakers and other people who were involved with arranging and running the course.


Sam Franklin As usual, the training day for 2019 is already being considered and will be announced in the New Year.


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ENGINEER THE REFRACTORIES


January 2019 Issue


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