Articles by Charles E. Semler Ph.D.

Refractory Advances and Applications

The “refractories world” convened in the oceanside resort city of Cancun, Mexico, for the 7th Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR), November 4-7, 2001.
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Refractories Review: The Importance of Microstructure

The analysis and understanding of microstructure has played a vital role in the ongoing advancement of refractories technology.
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Refractories: A Decade in Review

The global market is readily available to all companies, no matter what their size or location, but success continues to be based on maximizing product quality and cost-effectiveness, filling needs/niches, and providing personal contact and technical service.
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Refractories Review: Refractories Papers at the ACerS Annual Meeting

The Refractory Ceramics Division (RCD) program at the recent 2001 American Ceramic Society (ACerS) meeting and exposition in Indianapolis, Ind., included 18 papers and several posters.
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Refractories Review: Refractory Fallacies

Over several decades, my interactions with people responsible for refractories in a wide range of industries have provided many surprising misconceptions about refractories.
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Refractories Review: Refractories Update 2001

Although refractories are virtually unknown to the general public, they are critically important materials because they enable all high temperature and/or chemical treatment processes to be accomplished efficiently, safely and profitably.
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Refractories Review: Recycling Refractories

The 4th International Symposium on Recycling of Metals and Engineered Materials was held by TMS in Pittsburgh, Pa., October 22-25, 2000.
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Refractories Review: More About Industry Changes

This column addresses several additional changes and issues that are affecting the refractories industry.
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Refractories Review: Seek and You Shall Find

One excellent source of information is the annual Ceramic Industry Data Book and Buyers’ Guide. Each year the CI Data Book is revised and updated to provide more and better information.
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Refractories Review: Adjusting To The Changing Industry

Refractories technology is at its highest level in history, and it is continuing to advance. But refractories don’t always get the full attention needed to insure optimum, cost-effective and safe performance.
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