Both Michael and Wayne attended the National Refractories conference of the IRE in Wollongong, jointly presenting a paper “Why are Expansion Gaps Needed, and how do we Design them Correctly?”
Michael attended the UNITECR refractories conference in Vienna.
Michael was elected the Secretary/treasurer of the Australian Branch of the IRE. Wayne was confirmed as Branch President for a 2 year term.
Michael conducted his Refractories training course for Worsely Alumina
Michael presented a Pyrometallurgical paper to ALTA 2015 in Perth, “Recent developments in Non-ferrous smelting”
RefMet have been awarded a large multi-discipline study by a local alumina refinery with a view to extend the life of a major asset. This includes mechanical, refractories and some FEA issues.
Dr Wayne Wright joined the team as Manager-Refractories, focusing on the Aluminium/Alumina industries.
Michael made a second trip to China, for a major international materials consultancy, to conduct an audit on a RKEF/AOD based stainless steel plant in the South West of Guangdong Province.
Michael conducted his one day refractories training course in the La Trobe valley. This was attended by representatives of all the major power stations in the area.
Michael was retained by a major finance company to audit the refractory failures in a Boiler in WA.
Michael attended the National IRE conference in Sydney, where RefMet was a Conference Sponsor, and presented a paper entitled “Development of Refractory Repair Protocols at Redbank Power Ltd, Mt Thorley, NSW”.
Michael conducted a 3 day training course around the API 936 standard at the Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, for Uni Strategic of Singapore.