people × ideas × achievements

generations of ideas

Мagnezit Group’s state-of-the-art refractory production is a myriad of big and small journeys from idea to implementation completed by several generations of people. Each of them made the achievements we have today possible. Perhaps, tomorrow the abundant collective intelligence of Magnezit Group will expand even more with the elements of artificial intelligence. But regardless of this, we will stay true to our commitment of making an impact on the future and realizing our responsibility for it.

patents granted for technical and process solutions

Vladimir Rogozhnikov

Manager of Magnezit Plant

  • Method for producing chrome-magnesia bricks
    1914

    Vladimir Rogozhnikov

    Manager of Magnezit Plant

    1914

    Method for producing chrome-magnesia bricks

    Born in 1869 in Zlatoust (according to other sources — in Nizhny Tagil), Vladimir Rogozhnikov studied at the Ural School of Mines, Yekaterinburg. He worked as a lathe operator, junior foreman, mining technician, and rolling mill foreman at Zlatoust Steel Mill. He was one of the leaders of a social democratic labor group. In 1900, he was appointed as manager of Magnezit Plant, where he oversaw mining, construction, and equipment. In the 1920s, he was appointed as the plant’s technical superintendent. Starting from 1928, he served in the capacity of consulting engineer at Uralmet in Sverdlovsk.

    Refractory bricks made of fused magnesia were very resistant to high temperatures, but had one critical drawback — low resistance to sharp temperature fluctuations. They quickly deteriorated following rapid temperature changes in steel furnaces. Chrome-magnesia bricks proved to be more mechanically stable. Thanks to the research work done by Vladimir Rogozhnikov, Magnezit Plant was the first in the Russian Empire to launch production of this type of bricks in 1914. The bricks demonstrated high mechanical strength and resistance to slag action. Therefore, they were suitable for lining the walls of steel furnaces, including the areas in contact with metal and slag. Chrome-magnesia bricks were also lighter than regular chromite bricks and so resistant to high temperatures that they could be used in roof lining of open-hearth furnaces.

1914

Zinoviy Tabakov

Director of Magnezit Plant

  • Method for producing magnesite bricks
    1935

    Zinoviy Tabakov

    Director of Magnezit Plant

    1935

    Method for producing magnesite bricks

    Born on July 15 (28), 1895, in Kyiv, Zinoviy Tabakov studied at the Moscow Institute of Silicates and Construction Materials (today the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology) and the Industrial Academy. In November 1931, he was appointed as head of Magnezit Plant, where he became the first executive with a higher vocational education. Under his leadership, the plant underwent fundamental technical upgrades, for which he was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1935. In October 1937, he was arrested under trumped-up charges of wrecking, sabotage, and terroristic setup. In 1938, he was sentenced to the maximum punishment. In 1956, he was rehabilitated.

    For producing magnesia bricks, raw magnesite was burned at 1,600 °C to remove the carbon dioxide and dead-burn the magnesium oxide remaining after decarbonization with iron oxides, silica, etc. contained in the magnesite. The temperature was not enough for dead-burning all the calcium oxide in the raw material. Also, the burned material still had a certain amount of not dead-burned magnesia. These oxides can absorb moisture, with the particles expanding and forming hydrates. Expansion of the particles should be avoided once the product is set to shape. Therefore, the hydration phase should precede the forming. The process is quite slow and requires specific temperatures. The solution suggested by Zinoviy Tabakov was aimed at accelerating the hydration process to produce a more homogeneous mixture (in terms of hydration and moisture content), as well as to avoid powdered lime.

1935

Aleksey Panarin

Chief Engineer of Magnezit Plant

  • Chrome-magnesia products for open-hearth furnace roofs
    1941

    Aleksey Panarin

    Chief Engineer of Magnezit Plant

    1941

    Chrome-magnesia products for open-hearth furnace roofs

    Born on February 24 (March 9), 1905, in the village of Strelchataya Polyana, Yefremov District, Tula Governorate, Aleksey Panarin studied at the Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School. He started working at Magnezit in 1933 after receiving a placement at the plant. He worked as a technical supervisor of the caustic department, head of the magnesite powder shop and engineering department, and chief engineer. From 1946 to 1962, he served as director of the plant. It was under his leadership that the first stage of Magnesite’s New Plant was commissioned and construction of its second stage started. He was awarded the Stalin Prize (1943) and the State Prize (1950); and honored as a Hero of Socialist Labor (1958).

    It was standard to use silica bricks in open-hearth furnace roofs, but they had many drawbacks, including high responsiveness to temperature fluctuations. When temperature changes, silica bricks start flaking. The start of commercial production of new magnesia-chrome bricks (following their development before the WWII) overseen by Aleksey Panarin was one of the most important milestones in the history of Magnezit. In 1941, the plant started making large-sized magnesia-chrome products for supporting suspended roofs in open-hearth furnaces. By the end of 1941, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works used it as a basis for developing the world’s first armor steel smelting technology for heavy-duty open-hearth furnaces. Thanks to this technology, it became possible to fully supply the production of tanks in Chelyabinsk with armor steel.

1941

Nikolay Bugayov

Head of Magnezit Plant

  • Method for manufacturing plates for steel ladle slide gates
    1973

    Nikolay Bugayov

    Head of Magnezit Plant

    1973

    Method for manufacturing plates for steel ladle slide gates

    Born on September 21, 1923, in the village of Markovo, Konstantinovsky District, Donetsk Region, Nikolay Bugayov finished the Artemovsk Ceramics and Mechanics Technical School in 1941. He fought on the Central, Bryansk, and first Ukrainian fronts, advancing into Germany. After graduating from the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in 1955, he received a placement at Magnezit Plant. Under his leadership, the second stage of the New Plant was built and put into operation. He was awarded the Order of Lenin (1971), the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1974), and the Order of the Badge of Honor (1958, 1966). He was also awarded Magnezit Group’s For Professionalism and Devotion to the Cause corporate prize in the Contribution to the Company’s Development category (2007).

    With the development of the iron and steel industry, the locking gear used for steel casting was replaced with slide gates. In the USSR, the locking-free (slide gate) casting technology was first used in 1966 at Novolipetsk Steel. Slide gate kits for steel teeming ladles were supplied from Austria. They were very expensive: one set cost as much as a passenger car. Refractory engineers were tasked with replacing the Austrian products with domestic ones. The refractories were developed in collaboration with experts from the All-Union Institute of Refractories and Magnezit Plant. In 1973, the first refractories for slide gates were produced at Magnezit Plant and supplied to Novolipetsk Steel. In 1974, the products were supplied to West Siberian Metallurgical Plant and later to other iron-and-steel enterprises in the USSR.

1973
  • Gripping device for lifting and handling several unit loads at a time
1974
  • Slide gate plate
1978
  • Unshaped refractories
  • Ladle slide gate plate
  • Method for manufacturing a refractory tuyere (PDF)
  • Firing method for complex shapes in a tunnel-type kiln
  • Method for producing refractory powder from caustic magnesia powder
1979
  • Batch for producing magnesia-chromite refractories
  • Method for producing magnesia
  • Unshaped refractories
1980
  • Method of decarbonizing magnesia powder

  • Method for producing magnesia

  • Batch-type kiln

  • Batch for producing basic refractories

  • Method for producing magnesia

  • Batch for producing basic refractories
1981

Konstantin Simonov

Deputy Head of Central Laboratory at Magnezit Plant, Head of Research Department

  • Electric arc furnace for magnesia fusion
    1982

    Konstantin Simonov

    Deputy Head of Central Laboratory at Magnezit Plant, Head of Research Department

    1982

    Electric arc furnace for magnesia fusion

    Born on June 11, 1931, in the village of Bykovo, Vagai District, Tyumen Region, Konstantin Simonov studied industrial engineering at the Kirov Ural Polytechnic Institute. In 1957, he enrolled to the Eastern Research and Design Institute of the Refractory Industry. Starting from 1966, he worked as deputy head of the plant’s central laboratory and also as head of the research department. During his time at the enterprise, he authored and co-authored more than 70 scientific papers and 52 patents. A candidate of engineering science, he was awarded one silver and three bronze VDNKh medals.

    The aim of his invention is to increase the yield of fused material and decrease the specific consumption of raw materials and electricity by reducing the mass of the non-melting zone of blocks. As follows from the author’s proposal, this aim is achieved by designing a movable guard in the form of a truncated triangular pyramid in the electric arc furnace for the “to-block” magnesia fusion, where the side edges are curved along the arcs coinciding with equipotential lines surrounding the electrodes. The ratio of the radius of curvature of side edges to the electrode diameter is 1.4–2.2; and to the electrode pitch circle diameter, 0.5–1.2. The proposed technical solution reduces the specific consumption of raw materials and electricity and increases the yield of usable products, which corresponds to a 47–52 % increase in the machine’s performance.

  • Method of decarbonizing magnesia powder

  • Batch for producing magnesia-chromite bricks

  • Electric arc furnace for magnesia fusion

  • Batch for magnesia-chromite products 
Method for producing porous magnesia refractories
1982
  • Batch for castable refractory products

  • Batch for producing unfired shaped refractories

  • Batch for producing magnesia-spinel bricks
1983
  • Unshaped refractories
  • Method for multi-row loading of liners for composite plates in slide gates (“annular loading”)

Andrey Luzin

Head of Thermal Engineering Laboratory at Magnezit Plant

  • Method for multi-row loading of liners for composite plates in slide gates
    1984

    Andrey Luzin

    Head of Thermal Engineering Laboratory at Magnezit Plant

    1984

    Method for multi-row loading of liners for composite plates in slide gates

    Andrey Luzin was born on July 23, 1936, in Satka, Chelyabinsk Region. After graduating from the Satka Mining and Ceramics Technical School, he worked in the drying and kiln shop, the central laboratory’s research department, and as head of Magnezit Plant’s thermal engineering lab (from 1973 to 2000). From 1973 to 1987, he was a scientific secretary of the plant’s research and technology council. His titles and ranks: Inventor of the USSR (1990) and Honored Innovator of the Plant (2001). He was awarded the following medals: For Valiant Labor. In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of V. I. Lenin (1971), and one silver (1980) and two bronze (1977, 1978) VDNKh medals.

    His invention was designed for the refractory industry; specifically, the methods for loading liners of composite plates for slide gates. The aim of the invention is to reduce the reject rate during firing by creating an extended heat-exchange surface. The idea of the proposed loading method is to create an extended heat-exchange surface of the column where products are evenly washed over by the heat carrier when heated and by the cooling air when cooled. This makes it possible to reduce the thermal stress that causes crack defects and ensure the completion of the oxidation process for the organic temporary binders, consequently reducing the amount of defects due to underfiring (spots). The loading method helps reduce the rejection rate when firing liners by 75–84 % and stabilize the properties of the fired products.

1984
  • Method for producing light-burned magnesia-based bricks

  • Mine water-removal unit

  • Method for producing dead-burned magnesia-based refractories

  • Magnesia-carbon refractories
1985

Evgeniy Mezentsev

Head of Engineering Department at Magnezit Plant

  • Method for producing unfired magnesia-carbon refractories
    1986

    Evgeniy Mezentsev

    Head of Engineering Department at Magnezit Plant

    1986

    Method for producing unfired magnesia-carbon refractories

    Evgeniy Mezentsev was born on December 2, 1932, in the village of Bagaryak, Kamensk District, Ural Region. After graduating from the Kirov Ural Polytechnic Institute (where he studied metallurgical engineering) in 1955, he received a placement at Magnezit Plant. He worked his way up from a foreman to the chief engineer. He is the author and co-author of 26 patents. He was awarded the order of the Badge of Honor (1971), the order of the Red Banner of Labor (1986), and a VDNKh gold medal (1978). He is an Honored Innovator of Magnezit Plant (2001). He was awarded Magnezit Group’s For Professionalism and Devotion to the Cause corporate prize in the Contribution to the Company’s Development category (2006).

    His invention was designed for the refractory industry; specifically, for manufacturing refractories used for lining steelmaking converters. The aim of the invention is to increase the strength of refractory products. According to the author’s idea, components of the mass are mixed at 25–60 °C. Their heat treatment is carried out with a heating rate of 3–15 °C per hour, holding at temperatures of 70–90 °C and 220–250 °C for 1–4 hours. Compressive strength ranges from 75.5 to 84.3 MPa, while bending strength is between 30.1 and 37.3 MPa (room temperature) and 21–25.6 MPa (at 1,500 °C). This manufacturing method delivers more durable magnesia-carbon bricks, increasing their resistance to mechanical erosive wear when used for lining steelmaking vessels.

  • Method for producing unfired magnesia-carbon refractories

  • Batch for production of magnesia-carbon refractories

  • Method for producing fused magnesia-containing materials

  • Batch for manufacturing magnesia-chromite refractories

  • Method for producing unfired magnesia-carbon refractories
  • Batch for production of magnesia-carbon refractories
1986
  • Batch for production of unfired magnesia-carbon refractories (PUE)

  • Refractory material for production and maintenance of refractory lining in steelmaking furnaces

  • Refractory batch for production of magnesia-carbon refractories

  • Method for producing magnesia-chrome-containing material

  • Method for producing fused magnesia-containing materials
1987
  • Refractory batch (SPKhT, MMShP, PPKhT, PPKhT‑1)

  • Method for producing magnesia-carbon refractory

  • Refractory batch for lining heat-treatment units

  • Unfired magnesia refractory

  • Batch for manufacturing refractories and linings (PGRBS‑90f)
1988
  • Method for producing magnesia-containing bricks

  • Unshaped refractories

  • Magnesia-carbon refractory (PUSKb, PUPEb)

  • Method for producing magnesia-containing materials

  • Magnesia refractory

  • Unshaped refractories

  • Method for producing fused refractory materials (rotary bath)

  • Batch for xylolite production 

  • Single line-to-ground fault protection device in an isolated neutral system
1989
  • Tuyere for bottom blowing of molten metal and the method for its production

  • Refractory material for production and maintenance of hearths in steelmaking furnaces (PPE‑88-1)

  • Batch for producing magnesia-spinel refractories

  • Batch for production of structural materials

  • Rotary kiln lining

  • Unshaped refractories

  • Batch for production of clinker bricks

  • Batch for producing low-silicon magnesia-spinel refractories

1990
  • Slide gate plate

  • Magnesia binder

1991
  • Acoustical-electrical transducer

  • Device for manufacturing thermoplastic bags

  • Metal detector

  • Carbon refractory (ShPUP)

  • Method for producing magnesia-containing powders

  • Transfer and sorting depot
1992

Viktor Koptelov

Deputy Head of Central Laboratory at Magnezit Plant

  • Method for producing fused magnesia powders
    1993

    Viktor Koptelov

    Deputy Head of Central Laboratory at Magnezit Plant

    1993

    Method for producing fused magnesia powders

    Viktor Koptelov was born on August 5, 1946, in Satka, Chelyabinsk Region. After graduating from the Leningrad Technological Institute named after Lensovet, where he studied chemical technology, he worked his way up from an ordinary engineer to the head of the powder group at Magnezit’s central laboratory. For many years, he oversaw the plant’s process development department. He is the co-author of 78 inventions and holder of 7 patents. He was awarded two VDNKh bronze medals. He is an Honored Inventor of the Russian Federation (2001). He was also awarded Magnezit Group’s For Professionalism and Devotion to the Cause corporate prize in the Science and New Technologies category (2007).

    The aim of his invention is to increase the density of fused magnesia powder by improving the fusion and grain size of the semi-finished light-burned magnesia, as well as to increase the yield of the semi-product and fused magnesia powder with an MgO content of over 91 % by means of thermal beneficiation with reduced energy consumption and by increasing the yield of fused magnesia powder granules. The raw material is decarbonized at 600–1,000 °C. The resulting product is cooled at a rate of 50–60 °C per minute, simultaneously causing its disintegration, and is fractured to isolate small-sized light-burned magnesia granules by classification. It is then fused at a rate of 20–50 °C per minute. Raw magnesite or brucite can be used as the raw material.

  • Device for measuring ohmic resistance of live electrical circuits

  • Device for bottom blowing of metal

  • Method for producing basic refractories

  • Method for producing magnesia powders (double-burned), Carbon refractory, PUSK (PU‑92-10-K, PU‑92-10)
1993
  • Single line-to-ground fault protection device in an isolated neutral system
1994
  • Method for producing magnesia-containing powders for refractories and a process line for its implementation

  • Method for determining a given size fraction of lump material in a process flow

  • Refractory binder for lining high-temperature heat-treatment units

  • Method for open-pit mining

  • Batch for producing castables and shaped refractories for structurally stable linings (PShPTs)

  • Magud ameliorant fertilizer

Evgeniy Krokhin

Head of Design Bureau at Magnezit Plant

  • Method for producing magnesia-containing powders for refractories and its production line
    1996

    Evgeniy Krokhin

    Head of Design Bureau at Magnezit Plant

    1996

    Method for producing magnesia-containing powders for refractories and its production line

    Evgeniy Krokhin was born on June 2, 1948, in Kyshtym, Chelyabinsk Region. After graduating from the Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute, where he studied mechanical engineering, he worked as a design engineer at Kurgan Wheel Tractor Plant. In 1978, he was appointed as head of the design bureau for automation and mechanization at Magnezit’s central laboratory. He oversaw the design bureau until 2008. He was awarded the badge of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions For Active Work in Mechanizing Manual Labor (1982) and holds the titles of Honored Innovator of Magnezit Plant (2005), Professional Engineer of Russia (2005), and Honored Designer of the Russian Federation (2012).

    The aim of his invention is to improve the efficiency of high-additive magnesite beneficiation and the quality of magnesia-containing powders used for producing refractories, while simplifying the technological process, allowing for an increase in the line’s productivity to up to 15 tonnes per hour. The effect is achieved by significantly increasing the width of the spread of dispersed grains when beneficiating the granular fractions of magnesia-containing powder. This is done by creating almost identical conditions for their charging and discharging by dedusting and heating the powder, and uniformly distributing the grains across the flow down to the size of a single grain. It is also the result of an intensified grain charging process in a uniform electric field of a corona discharge.

1996

Vladimir Velikiy

Head of Central Laboratory for Automation and Mechanization, Magnezit Plant

  • Process line for preparing a multi-component mixture for production of refractories
    1997

    Vladimir Velikiy

    Head of Central Laboratory for Automation and Mechanization, Magnezit Plant

    1997

    Process line for preparing a multi-component mixture for production of refractories

    Vladimir Velikiy was born on June 1, 1947, in the village of Solomensky, Stepnovsky District, Stavropol Territory. After graduating from the Chelyabinsk Industrial and Teacher Training College as a mechanical technician, he began working at Magnezit Plant as a technician in 1971, and moved his way up to the head of the mechanical installation section of the central laboratory for automation and mechanization, and then the head of the laboratory itself. He is the co-author of 7 patents and 113 streamlining proposals. He was awarded a bronze VDNKh medal For Achievements in the Development of the USSR National Economy (1981) and the badge of the Soviet Ministry of the Iron and Steel Industry For Mechanization and Automation in Metallurgy (1990). He is an Honored Innovator of the Russian Federation (2010).

    His invention aims at simplifying the design of the production line and preparing a multi-component mixture from heterogeneous ingoing materials. The line helps to increase productivity by combining two processes, the loading of soft containers into a hopper and the installing of a sealed lid, as well as by reducing the time for supplying liquid binder by displacing it with compressed air; another improvement is the higher quality of the prepared refractory mixture due to separating and removing the chemically pelletized fragments of the powdered phenolic binder while simultaneously preventing the release of harmful substances along the entire process train — from loading to mixing — and rationing the measured liquid binder.

  • Method for open-pit mining

  • Rotary kiln lining

  • Installation for side tipping of mine trolleys with hinged sides

  • Batch for production of magnesia-spinel refractories MPShPlI

  • Process line for preparing a multi-component batch for refractories (SFP)

  • Spinel-magnesia-carbon refractory

  • Spinel-magnesia-carbon refractory

1997
  • Method for controlling the light-burning of raw material in a rotary kiln

  • Device for pressing powder materials

  • Method for preparation of a carbon-containing batch for pressing dense shaped refractories

  • Device for emergency shutdown of the electric drive of a cableway

  • Cableway

  • Aerostatic cable hoisting machine

  • Rotary kiln

  • Multichannel strain-gauge

  • Device for monitoring the level of dielectric granular material


Germogen Chelpanov

Senior Engineer for Commissioning and Testing at Central Laboratory for Automation and Mechanization, Magnezit Plant

  • Multichannel strain-gauge
    1998

    Germogen Chelpanov

    Senior Engineer for Commissioning and Testing at Central Laboratory for Automation and Mechanization, Magnezit Plant

    1998

    Multichannel strain-gauge

    Germogen Chelpanov was born on January 1, 1937, in Satka, Chelyabinsk Region. After graduating from the Satka Mining and Ceramics Technical School as an electrical technician and the Magnitogorsk Institute of Mining and Metallurgy as an electrical engineer, he started working at Magnezit Plant as an electrician in 1958 and then worked his way up from power electrical engineer, area supervisor at the instrumentation and automation workshop, and senior commissioning and testing engineer to deputy head of the laboratory for automated control of electric drives at the central laboratory for automation and mechanization. He is the co-author of two patents and 108 streamlining proposals. He is an Honored Innovator of the Russian Federation (1999).

    His invention deals with automation of the material weighing, dosing, and testing processes. The technical result of the invention is simplification of the circuit, increased measurement accuracy, and noise immunity of the device. The use of the proposed design for the multi-channel strain-gauge allows (as compared to other known designs of the same device) a significant increase in the signal-to-noise ratio by increasing the supply voltage of strain-gauges and reducing the voltage amplifier gain. In addition, the simpler design proposed by the invention results in an increased measurement accuracy and resolution achieved by reducing the noise level and eliminating zero drift due to inclusion of decoupling capacitors.

1998
  • Shaft heat exchanger for a rotary kiln

  • Method for producing silicon-carbide electric heaters using black silicon carbide

1999
  • Vibrating feeder

  • Continuous-weighing scale
2000
  • Machine for working flat surfaces of parts

  • Lifting gear

  • Technological briquette for the non-ferrous metallurgy and method for its production

  • Method for firing highly-carbonated raw magnesite in a rotary kiln
2001
  • Conditioning agent for magnesia smelter slag and method for its production

  • Discontinuous-weighing scale with a dead weight compensation device

  • Spinel-containing carbonated refractory (PShU-75-5-K, PShU‑75-10-K)
  • Rotary kiln lining

  • Shaft heat exchanger of a rotary kiln

  • Method for producing high-duty carbon-containing refractory (PUPLb)

  • Refractory mortar

  • Comminution device

  • Method for breaking up by explosives in the bottom hole of underground stopes

  • Room-and-pillar underground mining method (shrinkage)

2002
  • Flux for the steel industry and method for its production

  • Sinking method for room-and-pillar mining of ore deposits
2005
  • Ore drawing machine

  • Method for transporting mined ore and means of its implementation
2006

Raisa Polovinkina

Supervisor of Process Development Office, Engineering Department, Magnezit Group

  • Method for producing flux for the steel industry
    2008

    Raisa Polovinkina

    Supervisor of Process Development Office, Engineering Department, Magnezit Group

    2008

    Method for producing flux for the steel industry

    Raisa Polovinkina was born on May 14, 1950, in the village of Stepanovka, Mariinsk District, Kemerovo Region. After graduating from the Tomsk Polytechnic Institute, where she studied process engineering for ceramics and refractories, she received a placement at Magnezit Plant and began working as a shift forewoman in the magnesia products workshop No. 2, later as an engineer in the research department of the plant’s central laboratory and as a senior engineer of the raw material and consumables processing study group. In 2006, she was awarded Magnezit Group’s For Professionalism and Devotion to the Cause corporate prize in the Science and New Technologies category. She is an Honored Inventor of the Russian Federation (2010).

    The aim of her invention is to produce flux with an increased MgO content (that provides a sufficiently high rate of dissolution of the flux in slag during steel production) and an optimal particle size distribution, thus eliminating the need of additional crushing of large components of the burned product and screening of substandard breeze. The technical result of the invention is the production of flux in the form of biceramic granules with a specific gradient of chemical composition characterized by a non-uniform content of basic oxides in the shell and core of the granules, thus enabling a high rate of flux absorption by the melted slag in steelmaking and, thereby, ensuring better quality of skull coating of the converter lining.

  • Flux for the steel industry

  • Method for producing flux for the steel industry (Thermogran)

  • Batch for manufacturing magnesia-spinel products

  • Method for producing magnesia-spinel refractory batch for making shaped products

  • Investment compound for filling the chimney of a steel teeming ladle

2008
  • Gunning refractory

  • Method for steelmaking in an electric arc furnace

  • Method for metallurgical dust recycling

  • Batch for manufacturing magnesia-spinel refractories

  • Roof lining in an open-hearth furnace

  • Method for open-pit mining

2010
  • Suction sump (embodiments)

  • Method for producing carbon-containing refractories and batch composition for them

  • Mold block for producing lining using dry gunning masses
  • Method for repairing the refractory lining of a degasser nozzle

  • Method for producing magnesia conditioning agent

  • Tundish ladle for continuous casting

  • Tundish ladle for continuous casting

  • Impact pot of a tundish ladle for continuous casting (straight)

  • Impact pot of a tundish ladle for continuous casting (reducer)
2011
  • Batch composition for carbon-containing refractories and method for producing them

  • Impact pot

  • Batch composition for carbon-containing refractories and method for producing refractories

  • Method for producing magnesia conditioning agent
  • Water-cooled roof of an electric arc furnace

  • Method for producing dolomite binder

  • Protective hardening coating for refractory lining of thermal generating units

  • Mold block for producing refractories using dry investment compound

  • Method for steel production in an electric arc furnace

  • Impact pot

  • Shaped refractory for lining the top ring of a steel-pouring ladle
2012
  • Crucible

  • Tundish ladle for continuous casting

  • Crucible for a tundish

  • Method for 3D printing refractories

  • Method for processing steel in tundishes
  • Refractory product for lining high-temperature machines 

  • Refractory product for the central part of an electric arc furnace

  • Metallurgical flux and method for its production

  • Crucible

  • Tundish ladle for continuous casting

  • Batch for producing forsterite-bonded refractories

  • Batch for producing aluminum-ferrous spinel and a refractory product based on aluminum-ferrous spinel
2013
  • Refractory concrete composition

  • Refractory block for a gas-distribution core (top)

  • Refractory block for a gas-distribution core (bottom)

  • Method for 3D printing products

  • Method for producing magnesia bricks

  • Composition for producing lightweight refractory

  • Composition for producing magnesia-spinel refractories
2014
  • Refractory castable

  • Dry gunning masses

  • Method for thermomechanical beneficiation of magnesite in indirect-heating furnaces

  • Magnesia-spinel refractory

  • Refractory cooling panel

  • Refractory product and a method for its production

2015
  • Composition for producing magnesia-spinel refractories

  • Recycling method for metallurgy

  • Chrome-magnesia refractory

2016
  • Chrome-magnesia refractory

2019
  • Batch for producing flux for the steel industry
2020
  • Batch for producing magnesia-spinel refractories

  • Chrome-magnesia refractory

  • Refractory makeup mass

  • Method for monitoring the state of lining in heat-treatment units

2022

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Yurij Zaripov. Heavenly way. 2023

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The process of generating photos is very exciting. You can use simple prompts to create almost any image. Even a person with no artistic or illustrator skills can do that. I chose a photo of a cable car line for the project, as it contains clear and expressive objects — cable cars. The neural network helped make this photo even more vivid and emotional and removed all the elements that I thought were unnecessary. When I saw the result, the name for the image popped up immediately.

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Mikhail Mikhailov. The magnesite mine. 2023

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  1. Select a photo along the theme of “people x ideas x achievements.” The photo can be taken by you or selected from the Magnezit Group archives Magnezit Group archives
  2. Process the photo using any neural network capable of working with images.
  3. Send the original photo and the image generated by the neural network to museum@magnezit.com
  4. Include the title of the work and your first and last name in the letter.

You can see the works that have passed moderation here.

We wish you success in your creative endeavors!

exhibition

The project started as part of the same-name exhibition that opened at the Magnezit Museum on July 16, 2023. It was a notable event for residents and guests of Satka. The exhibition showcased the results of Magnezit Group’s modernization program as part of a broader history of people and ideas, and let us take a look at what generation and implementation of ideas may look like in the future.

  • The Art of Intelligence exhibition showcased the impact of modern technology on the art world. It demonstrated how art and technology can harmoniously coexist, inspiring new levels of creativity. One game invited participants to determine whether a certain phrase was authored by a human or a neural network, highlighting the striking similarity between artificial intelligence and human intelligence that we can witness today.

    Alexandra Gordiyuk
  • The Art of Intelligence: People, Ideas, Achievements exhibition is a captivating experience. It allows visitors to delve into the history of creative endeavors at the enterprise and learn (or be reminded of) remarkable facts about Magnezit’s innovative thinkers and their impressive R&D work. I was deeply impressed by the images of industrial facilities created using artificial intelligence. This is true art!

    Olga Likhacheva
  • The Art of Intelligence: People, Ideas, Achievements exhibition held at the Magnezit Museum leaves a lasting impression and makes you contemplate the role of artificial intelligence in shaping our future. Anastasia Chizhikova, our guide, conveyed the information in a clear and engaging manner, making our experience truly captivating.

    Elena Karabasheva, Svetlana Luzina
  • This exhibition is truly fascinating! I was particularly intrigued by the combination of AI-generated works and real photos. At first glance, they appear to be unusual paintings, but upon closer inspection, you realize that they are actually reproductions of the photos. It’s always interesting to witness the advancements in modern production lines as well.

    Olga Yakubovich
  • We were amazed by the digital paintings created with the help of artificial intelligence. The neural network managed to recreate various art styles, exploring Impressionism, Cubism, and even reminding us of works by Van Gogh and Klimt. When leaving the exhibition, we felt that the future holds even more incredible opportunities through collaboration between humans and artificial intelligence. It was a truly unique and inspiring experience.

    The Magomedov family