Cemtech Europe 2018 Workshop

Optimising a Dynamic Process

Cemtech will be hosting a three-day technical workshop at the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, Turkey, between 17-19 October 2018.

This three-day technical training workshop explores the progressive levels of cement manufacturing process optimisation. The course begins with raw materials and their preparation, moves on to the fuels for firing a cement kiln and the ventilation of exhaust gases, and concludes with milling processes. An understanding of all these stages and how they interact is necessary to control and optimise cement production. The intention of this workshop is to provide and enhance understanding of these individual processes and their interaction.

Optimisation is a fundamental requirement to maximise the productivity and efficiency of the cement manufacturing process. It is a way to minimise manufacturing costs, while maximising product quality and the profitability of a cement factory and company. This Cemtech technical training workshop will aim to explain how that can be achieved.

Wednesday, 17 October

Introduction and 1st Level of Optimisation: Raw Materials

Topics to be covered include:
•    the fundamental objectives of clinker and 
cement manufacture
•    best-available technology
•    raw materials for cement manufacture
•    raw mix design
•    raw materials processing
•    chemistry and thermodynamics in the 
cement kiln.

Thursday, 18 October

2nd Level of Optimisation: Fuels and Combustion

Topics to be covered include:
•    fundamentals of flames and combustion
•    fuel preparation – solid fuels, oil and natural gas
•    alternative fuel strategies
•    best-practice alternative fuel utilisation
•    combustion air and oxygen requirements
•    exhaust gas volume.

Friday, 19 October

3rd Level of Optimisation: Milling processes

Topics to be covered include:
•    drying in raw and coal mills
•    cement grinding mills
•    principles and energy requirements for grinding
•    pregrinding in roll presses
•    separators in grinding circuits and separation efficiency
•    conservation of mass and determination of circulating load
•    principles of the operation of ball mills
•    internal inspection and media charging. 

Course format 

The format of these technical training workshops will be a series of lectures provided by Dr Michael Clark, interspersed with exercises to illustrate and practise the concepts discussed in the lectures. Open discussion forums will be encouraged following each lecture and exercise. The exercises will be largely Microsoft Excel based, therefore participants should bring their laptop or arrange to complete the exercises jointly with another participant.

The workshops will be of interest to both the technical and managerial staff of cement companies. Guidance will be provided in the completion of the exercises, which will be within the compass of all delegates to Cemtech conferences.

Venue and accommodation

The training course will take place at the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, Turkey. A specially-discounted room rate of EUR145 (+8% VAT) will be available to those wishing to stay in the Conrad hotel. For other hotel recommendations at different budget levels, please contact the organisers.