International Colloquium on Refractories (ICR®)

by Dagmar Dieterle

This year's International Refractory Colloquium (ICR®), which was held in Aachen in the past years, will take place on September 16/17, 2020 entirely in a virtual setting. The concept offers researchers and industry experts of the refractory industry a virtual industry exhibition and numerous networking opportunities as well as a virtual scientific congress with more than 40 expert lectures.

The virtual ICR® Live Keynotes, the presentation of the Gustav-Eirich Award and a web-based tool "meet@ICR2020" will contribute to a "live" feeling. An interesting feature is the "meet@ICR2020" option for arranging personal meetings between participants and exhibitors. Industry presentations in a special session will complement the scientific congress, which will be held in seven virtual sessions.

- The congress will be held in English.

- Registration at


Overview of the scientific sessions (subject to change)


Bach, M.; Gehre, P., Jansen, H., Bühringer, M., Aneziris, C. G.
Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany and Refratechnik Steel GmbH, Germany and Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Germany

Recycled CFRP composites as carbon source in refractories

Deteuf, C.; Graddick, S., Edwards, C., Liu, C., Wöhrmeyer, C.
Imerys, France

A new mullite based 60% aluminosilicate aggregate with enhanced hot properties

Holleyn, F.; Krause, O., Erbar, L., Sollbach, M., Dietrich, P., Dannert, C.
Hochschule Koblenz, Germany and Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e. V., Germany

Cement free refractory castables for waste and biomass incineration: silicon carbide raw material characterization, fabrication process and properties

Koch, A.; Krause, O., Kasper, J., Dannert, C.
Hochschule Koblenz, Germany and Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e. V., Germany

Recycled raw materials in refractory castables – influence of recycled refractory raw materials on the coagulation and setting behavior of CAC-bonded refractory castables

Baryshnikov, A.; Ovcharenko, V., Belikov, I., Rudchenko, V.
Lyncis UAB, Lithuania

Experience in applying online elemental LIBS analysis to optimize production of refractories and steel


Angelkort, J.; Fröse, N., Knoll, M., Epstein, B., Fromm, S., Hoffmann, I.
Intocast AG, Germany and VGT-Dyko GmbH, Germany

Influence of a Calcium Aluminate Cement on the properties of nitride-bonded SiC Ceramics produced from thixotropic castables

Gülmez, M. M.; Avicioglu, B., Ural, S.
Cimsa Cement Plant Mersin, Turkey and Çukurova University, Turkey

Investigation of the relationship between mineralogical content and compressive strength of calcium aluminium cement

Kuipers, S.; Wams, G., Spies, A., Schmidtmeier, D., Klaus, S., Buhr, A., Dutton, J.
Almatis B.V., The Netherlands and Almatis GmbH, Germany

New calcium aluminate cement for refractory pre-cast shape production

Kyrilis, E.; Tonnesen, T., Telle, R.
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

The effect of the binder and the spinel content on the performance of high-alumina self-flow monolithics


Bachmann, E.
HarbisonWalker International, The Netherlands

Study of Accelerated Dry Out of Monolithic Refractory

Bastian, M.; Dannert, C., Klein, G.
Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e. V., Germany and Hochschule Koblenz, Germany

New method to determine the shear dependant viscosity of refractory castables: Effect of vibration parameters

Peng, H.; Myhre, B.
Elkem Silicon Materials, Norway

Cracking of MgO based castables – a challenge of the past?

Simmat, R.; Dannert, C., Erbar, L., Krause, O.
Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e. V., Germany and Hochschule Koblenz, Germany

Influence of Additives on the Crystallization and Dehydration of Calcium-Aluminate-Hydrate Phases in Refractory Castables

Wöhrmeyer, C.; Szepizdyn, M., Simonin, F.
Imerys, France

Deflocculation and hardening of carbon containing ultra low cement castables (ULCC)


Bastian, M.; Simmat, R., Dannert, C., Schomborg, L., Berchter, A.
Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e. V., Germany and Purmetall GmbH, Germany

Investigating the thermal conductivity of refractory castables up to 1600 °C

Brochen, E.; Dannert, C., Holleyn, F., Krause, O.
Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e. V., Germany and Hochschule Koblenz, Germany

Correlation between the high temperature thermal shock resistance of cement and colloidal silica bonded high alumina refractory castables and their thermomechanical properties

Kieliba, I.; Tonnesen, T., Huger, M., Vitiello, D., Telle, R.
RWTH Aachen University, Germany and University of Limoges, France

High temperature damping characteristic of spinel containing materials

Leber, T.; Tonnesen, T.
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Influence of oxidizing conditions on the development of the elastic properties of magnesia carbon bricks.

Oliveira, R.; Rodrigues, J. P., Pereira, J. M., Lourenco, P.
Coimbra University, Portugal and Minho University, Portugal

The experimental thermomechanical characterization of refractory masonry under uniaxial compression

Samadi, S.; Teixeira, L.– B., Jin, S., Gruber, D., Harmuth, H.
Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria and University of Orleans, France

Creep parameter determination of a shaped alumina spinel refractory using statistical analysis

Vitiello, D.; Nait-Ali, B., Tessier-Doyen, N., Smith, D. S., Rebouillat, L.
University of Limoges, France and Pyrotek, Canada

Evaluation of heat conduction through insulating refractory bricks and joints: material thermal conductivity and interface resistance


Darban, S.; Reynaert, C., Prorok, R., Szczerba, J.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Research method of corroded refractory materials for thermomechanical test: case study alumina-spinel and magnesia-carbon

Kumar, D.; Mandal, S., Kumari, P., Sinha, G., Basak, S., Sinha, S., Chakraborty, I. N., Basak, S., Jajodia, R.
Calderys India Refractories, India and University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, India

Carbon monoxide resistance of chammotte based low cement castables

Nießen, J.; Reichert, W., Tonnesen, T., Telle, R.
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

In-situ measurement of hot corrosion (mechanisms) by resonant frequency and damping analysis (RFDA)

Reynaert, C.; Sniezek, E., Szczerba, J.
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Impact of the changes of slag composition by addition of SiO2 and MnO on the corrosion of refractory bricks

Veres, D.; Aneziris, C. G., Bock, B.-E, Tronstad, R., Forwald, K. R., Stephan, L.
Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany and Elkem AS Solar, Norway and Elkem AS Research, Norway and Elkem GmbH, Germany

Influence and determination of slag infiltration and the suction behavior of casted carbon-bonded refractory materials based on SiC


Bastian, M.; Dannert, C., Kehren, J., Krause, O.
Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e. V., Germany and Hochschule Koblenz, Germany

Novel insights into the oxidation mechanism of NSiC: Part I – Influence of pore characteristics

Delobel, F.; Lang, C., Abdelouhab, S., Skoczylas, F.
Belgian Ceramic Research Center, Belgium and LaMcube, France

Evaluation of the standard method for the determination of refractories materials permeability

Gerz, A.; Schmid, M., Walenta, G., Noel, N., Sax, A., Quirmbach, P.
Calucem GmbH, Germany and Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany

Influence of different alumina on Low Cement Castables (LCC) properties and phase evaluation

Kehren, J.; Zimmer, S., Krause, O., Bastian, M., Dannert, C.
Hochschule Koblenz, Germany and Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e. V., Germany

Novel insights into the oxidation mechanism of NSiC – Part II: Influence of Si3N4-polymophs and their morphology studied by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy

Zhang, M.; Kannabiran, S.
Höganäs Borgestad AB, Sweden

Effect of colloids impregnation on permeability reduction of corundum bricks


Bock, B.; Wetzig, T., Herdering, A., Gehre, P., Hubalkova, J., Dudczig, S., Aneziris, C. G.
Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

Development of ceramic foam filters based on additive manufacturing and their impact on steel melt filtration

Chudikova, D.; Petrov, V., Šimko, R., Hirjak, R., Mišanekova, V., Kuchar, T., Novota, A.
RMS Košice, Slovakia and Intocast Slovakia

Development of the steel ladle AMC bricks with higher corrosion and erosion resistance for wall and bottom

Dzhodzua, R.; Nemsadze, G.
GIR Group, Ukraine
Modern refractories for the repair and construction of coke ovens:

World experience of using silica materials with coarse-crystals and cryptocristal latti

Firsbach, F.; Nispel, M., Bruel, G., Houldsworth, I., Chunlamani, S.
Lhoist Business Innovation Center (BIC), Belgium and Lhoist Western Europe (LWE), Belgium

Dolime based EAF hot repair material an alternative to magnesia based materials

Folco, L.; Copetti, G.
Seven Refractories

Steel ladle management: an integrated view of the challenges in resistance, environmental impact and economic issues

Nourbakhsh, A. A.; Lotfian, N., Baghaie, A.
Arvin Dirgodaz Company, Isfahan Science and Technology Town, Iran and Refractoceramics Consultancy, UK

Investigation of nano MgCr2O4 functionalized by silanol group to improve the physical and mechanical properties of direct bonded mag-chrome refractories

Smirnov, A.; Nemsadze, G., Sharandin, K., Dzhodzhua, R., Ryabyi, D.
GIR Group, Ukraine

Features of the occurrence of starting fans in the continuous casting of billets by open jet



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