Articles by Charles E. Semler Ph.D.

Non-Destructive Sonic Testing of Refractories

It is important to carefully monitor and control the manufacturing variables of refractories to ensure that products of uniform and consistent quality are produced and shipped.
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U.S. Refractories Activities in 2003

This month's column reviews some of the activities of this year's 39th Symposium on Refractories, sponsored by the St. Louis Section of the American Ceramic Society, held in April.
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Overview of Refractories Research

Some of the research activities around the world by the refractories industry, on just three of the many important topics, are discussed in the column.
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A Snapshot of Refractories Online

The “cyber revolution” is having a major positive impact because of the opportunities it offers for the refractories industry.
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What Happened in 2001?

The refractories industry continues to be negatively impacted by the problems and demands of its customers—the traditional manufacturing industries—as well as legal issues, cash flow and retirement/benefit payments.
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Refractories Technology and Engineering

Technology and engineering continue to play a major role in the advancement of refractories. As the sophistication levels continue to increase, aided by the incorporation of more input from other fields, the potential for continued advancement will be enhanced.
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Refractories Review: Refractories Research and Applications Update

The 10th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies (CIMTEC 2002), in conjunction with the 3rd Forum on New Materials, was held in Florence, Italy, July 14-18, 2002.
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Innovation, Diversification Are Key to Future Refractories Success

During the 1st World Refractories Congress (WRC), speakers provided a number of insights into the global refractories industry, including consumption trends and market challenges.
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Refractories Review: Refractories in Japan – 2002

The 15th Annual Colloquium of the Technical Association of Refractories, Japan (TARJ) was held in Okayama, April 16-17.
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Refractories Review: Remembering Refractories Week in Bedford Springs

Between the 50s and 80s, the Bedford Springs Hotel in Bedford Springs, Pa., was the common site of Fall Meetings for the Refractories, Glass, and Materials & Equipment Divisions of the American Ceramic Society.
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