NWI steel mills, engineers pick up awards

2014-05-06T11:45:00Z 2014-05-09T08:18:08Z NWI steel mills, engineers pick up awardsJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | An energy-saving project at an East Chicago steel mill won an accolade from the Association of Iron and Steel Technology, as did several local steel industry engineers.

The awards were announced Tuesday at the Indiana Convention Center at AISTech 2014, the largest conference that focuses on technology in the steel industry and one of the fastest-growing trade shows in the United States.

ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago won the Project Excellence Award for its blast furnace gas flare capture project, which converts blast furnace waste gas into electricity, lowering energy costs and emissions. The boiler produces 350,000 pounds of steam per hour, driving turbines that generate enough electricity to power 30,000 homes.

The project reduces the amount of waste gas flared into the atmosphere to less than 7 percent from 22 percent, while cutting emissions by 340,000 tons annually.

U.S. Steel Gary Works won a third-place reliability achievement award for its laser alignment of its No. 2 Caster Operation. The steel mill used lasers to make significant improvements in caster performance and slab surface quality.

A team from ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor and ArcelorMittal’s Global Research & Development Center in East Chicago took the stage at the President's Award Breakfast after placing second in the AIST Hunt-Kelly Outstanding Paper Award.

ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor caster process manager Nicholas Gregurich, caster process manager and engineer Garrett Flick, Global R & D steelmaking caster process manager proactive Rudolf Moravec and principal research engineer Kenneth Blazek were recognized for their research paper on “On-Depth Analysis of Continuous Caster Machine Behavior During Casting with Different Roll Gap Taper Profiles.”

Another ArcelorMittal Global R&D researcher also took home the Thomas L. Joseph Award, named after a scientist who studied blast furnace reactions. John Ricketts, a process portfolio specialist in ironmaking, received that laurel, which is conferred for contributions in ironmaking and ore technology, such as those that lead to greater efficiency in the use of raw materials.

Senior research engineer Pallava Kaushik and staff engineer Hongbin Yin, both at ArcelorMittal’s Global R&D Center in East Chicago, also won the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineer's Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award for the best paper published by researchers under 35 years of age. Kaushik and Yin were honored for a paper on thermodynamics, engineering and characterizations of inclusions in advanced high-strength steels.

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